(Videos) AC Milan score quickfire double in two minutes to stun Liverpool in first-half Anfield comeback

AC Milan looked set to go into half-time at least a goal down having come up against an aggressive Liverpool side at Anfield in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite being outplayed for large portions of the first-half, however, Stefano Pioli’s men rallied late before the whistle to fire in two goals in the space of a couple of minutes to lead at L4.

The goals came courtesy of Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz, with the pair stunning Jurgen Klopp’s Reds to hand the visiting Serie A giants the lead going into the second-half.

You can catch the clips below, courtesy of beINSports and BT Sport:

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“When they copy us, we think it’s something new” – Brazilian manager criticizes Pep Guardiola’s tatics

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has numerous fans in the sport of football due to his playing style. However, one manager in Brazil isn’t entirely impressed with the Spaniard’s ‘tiki-taka’ considering that manager coaches have been doing that in the South American country. 

In an interview with the program Resenha de Primeira (via ESPN Brazil) on YouTube, former Brazilian manager Celso Roth spoke about the Manchester City manager’s style of play and stated that Brazilian coaches have already done the ‘tiki-taka’ in the past, even before Guardiola.

“Guardiola started with a way of playing for Barcelona, ??the “tik-tok,” “tok-tik” (sic), which was originally Brazilian. Everyone thought it was new. We copy others, but when they copy us, We think it’s something new. With all due respect to Guardiola, he left Barcelona, ??went to Germany, and had a problem. He arrived at Manchester (City), had a problem,” Roth said.

Harvey Elliott may play again this season as Liverpool issue positive update

Harvey Elliott may play again this season, after a successful surgery was carried out on the Liverpool starlet’s ankle.

As confirmed by the club in an official statement on their website, the procedure was carried out on the teenager in London on Tuesday.

MORE: Jurgen Klopp believes Mo Salah can emulate Leo Messi: “He has all the things you need” 

Liverpool are reluctant to put a timeline on Elliott’s recovery, as was the case with Virgil van Dijk and co. last season, for obvious reasons.

This news comes as a massive boost to Jürgen Klopp and the rest of the team as the 18-year-old was beginning to cement his place in the Reds’ regular starting XI.

As per the above statement via Liverpool’s official website, Elliott suffered a fracture dislocation of the left joint.

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Former Colombian national team player explains why Everton ace didn’t move to Italy

This summer was terrible for Everton midfielder James Rodríguez considering that the Colombia national team left him off their Copa America squad and didn’t depart from the English club. 

Rodríguez had hoped to depart the Premier League side, but no move occurred. Former Colombian national team player Faustino Asprilla stated to ESPN Colombia (via AS) the reason that no Italian club wanted the 30-year-old.

“This person who has many contacts told me that James was offered in all the teams in Italy, in all, but that the real reason … Read the rest

GUEST: The shaky – and getting shakier – case for FSG at Liverpool

By Max Gallagher (@maxgallwrites)

The following is a guest article by the aforementioned author – linked above – and is not necessarily a representative of opinions held by anyone at Empire of the Kop…

Recently, I posted a tweet expressing my support for Fenway Sports Group. They are by no means perfect, but I feel they’ve been getting a bit of a hard time lately. The tweet did not go down well. In fairness, I probably deserved more stick. FSG are testing the patience of most Liverpool fans at the moment. And, as we all know, Twitter is the kind of place where if you express your preference for marmite, somewhere a militia will form and threaten to come to your house to cut out your tongue and staple it to your forehead. Nevertheless, I am going to attempt to put an argument together here that John Henry Read the rest

Everton ace named to Colombia national team all-time dream starting eleven

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics published the ideal eleven of several world national teams. One of the countries that the media outlet decided to put together the ideal starting eleven was the Colombia National Team. 

Of course, these stories usually generate controversies and debates, but not so much for this South American country since most of the included players were the best in their position.

This ideal starting eleven for Colombia is a mix of players from different eras, but the majority come from the country’s golden generation, which was the … Read the rest

Exclusive: “Going to break all records”: Collymore tips young Liverpool star for Premier League glory

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes Trent Alexander-Arnold is destined to grace the Premier League hall of fame.

The Scouser was yet again the provider as Mohamed Salah bagged his 100th goal in the country’s top-flight against Leeds United.

MORE: Exclusive: Stan Collymore compares Liverpool star to club legend after clean sheet

Speaking exclusively to Empire of the Kop post-match, Collymore explained why he thinks Trent will probably “break all the Premier League records” before he hangs up his boots.

Full-backs were fantastic [against Leeds], Trent Alexader-Arnold with another assist. This kid is probably going to break all Premier League records by the time he’s finished – for assists from a defensive position,” the former Liverpool player said.

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Pep Guardiola keen on bringing another England international to Manchester City

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has landed himself on Manchester City’s transfer radar, according to Fichajes.

Phillips was playing Championship football less than two years ago – he’s now the reigning England player of the year, having starred in the Three Lions’ memorable Euro 2020 run.

The 25-year-old has all the makings of a top-class midfielder, should he be able to sustain this performance level long-term.

What Phillips needs to decide is whether he’s happy spending the best years of his career at a club like Leeds, or would prefer to be competing for major honours.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly wanted by Manchester City

MORE: Man City ready to rival Man United for potential £100million transfer

19-year-old hints at possible reason for Liverpool exit after 2020 transfer

Former Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever has been speaking about his early career in his native Netherlands.

The 19-year-old, who currently plies his trade for fellow Premier League side Wolves, was called up to represent the Oranje’s U21s during the most recent international break.

MORE: (Video) Former Liverpool man interrupts Ronaldo’s return with brilliant team goal

While back in his homeland, Hoever gave an exclusive interview to Voetbal International in which he discussed his time at Anfield and Ajax.

What would have happened if I had stayed at Ajax? Where would I be then? I made that choice once when I was 16 and [joining Liverpool] was the best thing for my development at that time,” the youngster mused.

I have never regretted it for a moment. In retrospect you can say that if I had stayed with Ajax, I would now be competing with [Noussair] Mazraoui or Read the rest

Video: “I arrived!” – David Luiz speaks for the first time following signing with South American giant

After going all summer without a club, former Arsenal FC defender David Luiz is heading home to Brazil following offers from European clubs that didn’t suit him. 

David Luiz and Flamengo had weeks of flirting with one another, and finally, the South American club announced the addition of the veteran defender. The 34-year-old brings plenty of experience, having spent over the last decade in Europe playing for clubs like Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea FC.