Even Klopp is 'overwhelmed' by remarkable Liverpool – The Warm-Up

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Liverpool continue to do other-worldly things

Liverpool are two games away from a quadruple. To repeat, Liverpool Football Club are two games of association football away from potentially winning four trophies in one season.

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Two wins do not guarantee the quadruple as they need an assist from former player Steven Gerrard, whose current employers, Aston Villa face Man City – a point ahead of Liverpool – in the last game of the season while the Reds welcome Wolves to Anfield.

However, to be two games away from winning a quadruple is a remarkable achievement; to actually achieve it – in the modern era – will be beyond remarkable. Re-remarkable, if you will?

Tuesday night’s win against Southampton – after making nine changes – meant they are still the only side yet to lose a Premier League match in 2022, remaining unbeaten in 18 matches this year – winning 15 and drawing three. Their only reverse this calendar year was a 1-0 loss to Inter Milan in the second leg of their last-16 tie they won 2-1 on aggregate.

It is genuinely other-worldly stuff. So much so in fact, that it has left Jurgen Klopp overwhelmed.

“Outstanding, what can I say about this group? It’s been overwhelming, it’s been really touching what the boys did,” he said after their latest comeback win.

“I told them after the game in a little analysis, the situation is pretty much a crime, that [Takumi] Minamino doesn’t play more often, that [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is in outstanding shape but is not part of the squad very often.

“How they didn’t play for a long time, Curtis [Jones] didn’t play for a long time and all these boys deliver and deliver and deliver and it’s unbelievable.

“Making nine changes and this kind of performance is absolutely exceptional I have to say. Really happy, we keep going.”

The Warm-Up will finish as it started: Liverpool are just two games away from a potential quadruple. Two games. Remarkable.

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‘He’s shook up, bleeding, angry’

Nottingham Forest were beaten at home for only the second time this season on Tuesday night, going down 2-1 to Sheffield United in their Championship play-off semi-final. That result sent the two-legged tie to penalties.

There, the brilliant Brice Samba made three penalty saves to add to his excellent collection of saves during the match, as evidenced below.

It would take an astonishing turn of events for Samba not to be the sole story after a performance of such brilliance.

Alas, that astonishing turn of events was forthcoming. Because someone – inexplicably – decided to, in the midst of a pitch invasion, headbutt Billy Sharp.

“It’s assault. We’ve seen one of our players attacked,” said Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom afterwards.

“He’s shook up, bleeding, angry. It’ll be dealt with.

“There will be something done about that. We’ve seen what’s happened, we know what’s happened.

“There’s a prison sentence there without a doubt.”

Nottingham Forest are making a first trip to Wembley since 1992, and one of English football’s great and storied clubs are on the cusp of a return to the top flight. Yet, that, alas, is not the story.

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HAT-TIP

“Anger, resentment and mockery. Andreas Christensen’s name is provoking a lot of negative emotion among the Chelsea fanbase as his 10-year stay at Stamford Bridge draws to a close.”

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COMING UP

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Giro d'Italia Stage 11 – Route map, how to watch as Cavendish seeks 17th win

After Biniam Girmay’s historic victory on Tuesday, another chance for the fast men arrives on Stage 11. Only this time, Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) will expect to feature.

The flat-track bullies were cruelly distanced by their more versatile, but slower, rivals during the early hills on Stage 10, but there should be no repeat on the pan-flat run from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia.

Cavendish is chasing his second win at this year’s Giro, and his 17th in total, while Ewan is yet to get off the mark in Italy after a frustrating start.

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The pair were pipped by Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) in their last sprint opportunity on Stage 6, with the Frenchman currently leading the race for the maglia ciclamino.

Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) will again start the day in pink and should have an easy day.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV AND LIVE STREAM?

Each and every stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.

WHEN IS STAGE 11?

It’s an earlier start! Tune in from 11:00-17:00 BST to watch Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. Watch the action on Eurosport 1, with uninterrupted coverage on discovery+

STAGE 11 PROFILE AND ROUTE MAP

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Giro d'Italia Stage 11 – Route map, how to watch as Cavendish seeks 17th win

After Biniam Girmay’s historic victory on Tuesday, another chance for the fast men arrives on Stage 11. Only this time, Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) will expect to feature.

The flat-track bullies were cruelly distanced by their more versatile, but slower, rivals during the early hills on Stage 10, but there should be no repeat on the pan-flat run from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia.

Cavendish is chasing his second win at this year’s Giro, and his 17th in total, while Ewan is yet to get off the mark in Italy after a frustrating start.

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Opinion: Van der Poel’s magnificent gesture enhances significance of Girmay’s historic win

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The pair were pipped by Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) in their last sprint opportunity on Stage 6, with the Frenchman currently leading the race for the maglia ciclamino.

Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) will again start the day in pink and should have an easy day.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV AND LIVE STREAM?

Each and every stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.

WHEN IS STAGE 11?

It’s an earlier start! Tune in from 11:00-17:00 BST to watch Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. Watch the action on Eurosport 1, with uninterrupted coverage on discovery+

STAGE 11 PROFILE AND ROUTE MAP

https://i.eurosport.com/2021/11/11/3252471.jpg

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Stream the Giro d’Italia live and on-demand on discovery+. You can also watch all the action live on eurosport.co.uk.

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‘What can I say?’ – Klopp hails ‘outstanding’ Liverpool as title race goes to final day

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his relentless Liverpool side, who came back from behind to beat Southampton 2-1, salvaging all three points on the South Coast.

The win means the much-anticipated title race goes down to the final day of the season, where Manchester City now require a win at home to Aston Villa to secure the Premier League title.

Klopp made nine changes to his side with Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk among the players absent, as a second-string Liverpool side fought back from behind after going a goal down after 13 minutes.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp branded his Liverpool group as “outstanding”, as the Reds keep their quadruple hopes alive.

Outstanding, what can I say about this group? It’s been overwhelming, it’s been really touching what the boys did.

“I told them after the game in a little analysis, the situation is pretty much a crime, that [Takumi] Minamino doesn’t play more often, that [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is in outstanding shape but is not part of the squad very often.

“How they didn’t play for a long time, Curtis [Jones] didn’t play for a long time and all these boys deliver and deliver and deliver and it’s unbelievable.

“Making nine changes and this kind of performance is absolutely exceptional I have to say.

Really happy, we keep going.

Nathan Redmond opened the scoring for Southampton, before Minamino and Joel Matip completed the comeback for the Reds.

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Talking about his special group of players, Klopp said: “I ask for a lot to be honest, and I’m not sure if that’s ok [laughs].

“I saw them enjoying the game, I saw them really playing football against a side who was obviously ready to go for us, to press us.

“I’m really proud of the boys, it’s so big this second part of the season since January.”

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Premier League LIVE – Everton v Brentford

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'All or nothing' – Snooker Q School begins with Holt and Maflin chasing tour survival

The final action of the 2021/22 season begins on Monday when a number of prominent potters attempt to secure their professional future in Sheffield.

Former Shoot Out winner Michael Holt, 2020 Crucible quarter-finalist Kurt Maflin and 1999 British Open champion Fergal O’Brien are three of the names bidding to recapture their respective playing rights on the main World Snooker Tour circuit for the next two years.

Holt needed to finish inside the top 64 to extend his 24-year stay on the tour, but finished the season in 65th spot after a 6-3 loss to Tom Ford in the third round of World Championship qualifying last month at the English Institute of Sport.

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Maflin finished his campaign at 66th in the rankings with O’Brien at 79th.

“I was disappointed, but I can’t put it on that match,” said Holt on WST.

I shouldn’t have been in that position going into the World Championship. It is my own fault and it is heartbreaking to have dropped off. I am where I am.

“I now have to go to Q School and get through. My game is still there. What can I do? I just have to prepare for it and see how I go.

“The situation completely took away any thoughts about the Crucible. All I wanted to do was to win my next match and be safe. If I’d got to Judgement Day, then I’d have thought about it. All I wanted was to save my tour spot and it was all or nothing.

“You have to win your matches and I didn’t. It happens every year to players and this time it happened to me. I tried and I failed.”

12 tour cards are available in Sheffield. Three events are staged at Ponds Forge between 16th May until 2nd June with four semi-finalists from each tournament earning a tour card.

Holt begins his campaign on Tuesday needing to win six matches to secure his future. If he falls shorts in event one, he will move onto event two of Q School.

An Asia-Oceania Q School will also take place in Bangkok for the first time starting on 1st June with another four tour cards on the line.

Two events are to be hosted Thailand’s capital city with the finalists from both earning a two-year card to the elite circuit.

19-year-old Julien Leclercq of Belgium clinched a two-year tour card last week with victory at the Q Tour play-offs.

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Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas – Italian Open final LIVE

Djokovic 6-0 *1-1 Tsitsipas

A rapid hold of serve from Djokovic with four unanswered points going his way. The Serb is still in full control at the moment.

Djokovic 6-0 0-1* Tsitsipas

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That first set was the first time Tsitsipas had been bageled in his career in an opening set, including challengers and futures tournaments.

He finally gets on the scoreboard in the opening game of the second set to the delight of the Rome crowd.

Djokovic *6-0 Tsitsipas

A comfortable hold of serve for Djokovic, sealing it with a smash to take the opening set in 30 minutes. A bagel in a Masters final from the Serb tells you just how well he is playing today and sums up his performances levels all of this week.

Djokovic 5-0* Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas’ woes continue as Djokovic wins three points in a row to get two break points.

Tsitsipas pulls both back to get to deuce, but another unforced error from the Greek gives Djokovic a third break point and he converts as Tsitsipas smacks a backhand well wide. Djokovic is in complete control.

Djokovic *4-0 Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas is not being given an inch and Djokovic races further in front as he continues to dominate on his first serve.

Djokovic 3-0* Tsitsipas

Two winners from Djokovic off both wings brings him to deuce.Tsitsipas gets back to advantage, but Djokovic is looking to get this done early here.

A sixth winner puts Djokovic back on deuce before a double fault hands the world No.1 the advantage. Djokovic takes it as Tsitsipas hits a backhand out to go a double break up in just 13 minutes. Tsitsipas whacks his bag in frustration.

Djokovic *2-0 Tsitsipas

Djokovic has come to play. The Serb rattles off eight of the first nine points of the match to take full control in these opening stages.

Djokovic 1-0* Tsitsipas

Djokovic already goes a break up! The Serb’s service return are too much for Tsitsipas and he reels off four points in a row, the fourth being a giveaway as the Greek volleys into the net, to move into an early lead!

15:10 – The players are on court!

It’s another packed out crowd in Rome for what should be an epic. Djokovic leads 6-2 against Tsitsipas in the head-to-head and is 4-0 on clay.

15:00 – The road to the final

14:50 – Here we go!

Novak Djokovic may have made it 1000 wins on Saturday, but he faces a stern test in the Rome Masters final against Stefanos Tsitsipas if he wishes to make it 1001 this afternoon.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 38th Masters title. For Tsitsipas, he is playing in his first Rome final.

The men’s final is set to get underway at 3pm UK time. Stick with us here for live game-by-game updates!

Djokovic records 1000th career win against Ruud to set up Tsitsipas final

Novak Djokovic recorded his 1000th career win with a convincing 6-4 6-3 victory over Casper Ruud to reach the Italian Open final.

Djokovic dominated from the baseline against the Norwegian fifth seed in their fourth meeting on the ATP Tour and wrapped up the milestone win in one hour and 41 minutes.

The world No. 1, who becomes the fifth man in the Open era to earn 1000 wins, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final after the Greek beat world No.3 Alexander Zverev in three sets earlier on Saturday.

The 34-year-old joins Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in reaching the 1000 win landmark.

Read more here

Tsitsipas avenges Madrid loss against Zverev to reach maiden Rome final

Stefanos Tsitsipas has improved his head-to-head record to 8-4 against Alexander Zverev after coming from behind to beat the world No. 3 4-6 6-3 6-3 to reach the Italian Open final.

Tsitsipas’ 31st win of the season will see him play either five-time Rome champion Djokovic in Sunday’s final after a hard-fought win in two hours and 27 minutes.

“He wasn’t giving me much, he made me work hard for every single point,” Tsitsipas said after the match as he bids to win the third Masters title of his career.

“I’m extremely proud of the way things turned around, and I was able to read the gameplay a little bit better and understand what was working at that time.”

Read more here

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GC hopeful Bilbao wiped out in ‘big crash’ on Stage 9

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) was among riders caught up in a big crash during the early stages of Stage 9 at the Giro d’Italia.

The Spaniard, who started Sunday’s five-star stage ninth in the general classification, was one of six riders upended by the innocuous incident in the middle of the peloton.

Jorge Arcas (Movistar) was also caught up in the crash on the run from Isernia to Blockhaus, a day after being involved in the four-up sprint in Saturday’s finish in Naples.

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“It’s a blow if Bilbao has to take time to get back on or he’s injured because we’ve seen the form he’s in,” said Eurosport commentator Adam Blythe, who branded it a “big crash”.

“Brilliant in the Tour of the Alps and if he’s injured it’s going to be a blow for the team.”

Bilbao is expected to battle with Mikel Landa for Bahrain Victorious leadership duties at the Giro. Bilbao was 2’00” off pacesetter Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) prior to Sunday’s start, with Landa in 13th and 2’15” off the pace.

A double ascent of the fearsome Blockhaus, including the tougher side of the climb on the grind to the finish, was expected to inject some much-needed spice into the battle for pink.

Maxing out at 14%, with an average gradient of over 8% from top to bottom, the Blockhaus will leave riders wanting to “to strap a rocket onto their bums”, according to Blythe.

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Serie A LIVE – Napoli v Genoa

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