(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.

Report: Koeman has four games to prove himself

An emergency meeting held immediately after the 3-0 hammering to Bayern Munich did not bring any radical changes in the team or on the sidelines.

Ronald Koeman’s continuity was a topic extensively discussed by Rafa Yuste, Mateu Alemany, and Joan Laporta in the meeting, but the consensus reached was that it was too early to jump to any decisions.

Javi Miguel from AS reports that Koeman will have four games to prove himself at the Catalan club. The games against Granada, Cadiz, Levante, and Benfica will be crucial in deciding if the Dutchman continues or not. Any slip-up in these games will jeopardize his position.

Moreover, the clash against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano will not count in deciding his continuity. A defeat against Los Rojiblancos is considered acceptable under the notion of the growth or transition of the team.

That said, the coming month becomes altho more important … Read the rest

C-LA-sh, Gateway debut headline NASCAR Cup schedule changes for 2022

While not a shift as seismic as the 2021 calendar, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule will feature some major changes.  Thirty-six points races continue to be the norm as it has been since 2001.

Announced on Tuesday was the Busch Clash‘s relocation from its only home at Daytona International Speedway to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A temporary quarter-mile short track will be constructed on the playing surface of the legendary football stadium. As the exhibition race is now located on the opposite side of the country, it is moved back a week to give teams some breathing space before Speedweeks (or just a single Speedweek now) at Daytona to properly kick off the season.

After the Daytona 500 on 20 February, Auto Club Speedway, which lost its 2020 and 2021 dates to COVID-19, returns to the schedule as the second race of the year to … Read the rest

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

Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: Match Review

On a highly-anticipated Tuesday evening, Barcelona took on Bayern Munich in their own backyard for the first time after their humbling defeat in Rome. The opening Champions League clash promised to be a cracker, and needless to say, lived up to its hype.

Much speculation surrounded Ronald Koeman’s starting lineup on the night, especially because of the injuries in the side. The Dutchmen went for a 5-3-2 as predicted by multiple outlets with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, and Eric Garcia in the defensive wall.

Sergino Dest was not fit to start, which meant that Sergi Roberto took on wingback duties with Jordi Alba. Luuk de Jong received his debut and started alongside Memphis Depay.

First half

The game started off on a balanced note. Neither side dominated the opening period of the game, with both teams having their moments.

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NASCAR formally moves 2022 Busch Clash to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

What many initially brushed off as one of the most bizarre rumours in recent memory is becoming a reality. After weeks to months of speculation, NASCAR confirmed the Cup Series‘ exhibiton Busch Clash will be moved to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 2022, and is set to take place on Sunday, 6 February.

The Coliseum, which has been the home of the University of Southern California Trojans football team since 1923, is no stranger to hosting motorsport despite NASCAR being a new endeavour. After World War II, the stadium was one of numerous venues that conducted midget racing on asphalt and board tracks; the 1946 race saw 65,128 in attendance, and the Coliseum held a 500-lap event a year later. In 1972, the concept of stadium motocross was realised with event inside the venue, and the AMA Supercross Championship would regularly visit it until 1998. Rallycross races were … 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