Neymar does not have to leave Paris Saint-Germain to fulfil his goal of becoming the world's best player, according to Brazil team-mate Alisson.

The forward was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, but no move to Camp Nou came to fruition.

Neymar has instead remained in the French capital, scoring four goals in five Ligue 1 games since recovering from a foot injury.

The 27-year-old did not finish in the top 10 for the 2018 Ballon d'Or but, asked if Neymar could become the best player in the world by joining Barcelona, Alisson told Mundo Deportivo: "I think that Neymar can be the best in the world on any team.

"Neymar is a high-level player and would be fundamental in any team in the world. If he returns to Barcelona or not... I wish him good luck and to play with his usual joy and energy, wherever he is."

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was reportedly pushing for Neymar to be signed by Barca, but he told RAC1 this month he was surprised his former team-mate did not join Real Madrid after it became clear he wanted to leave PSG.

Messi and Alisson met in the Champions League for the second season in a row last term, with the former Roma goalkeeper again coming out on top with a stunning second-leg comeback.

The Argentina captain had struck twice in the first leg to seemingly give Liverpool a mountain to climb but they won 4-0 at Anfield to overturn their deficit, going on to win the tournament by defeating fellow Premier League side Tottenham in the final.

Alisson also got the better of Messi at this year's Copa America, where Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in the semi-finals before going on to lift the trophy on home soil with a win over Peru.

"The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona and achieved two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments," Alisson added.

"Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don't think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.

"Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Rome, Liverpool and Brazil."

 

Either through injuries or dips in form, Luis Suarez has started to show signs of regression at Barcelona and they are planning for a future without him.

The Uruguayan striker has been a remarkable player for Barca, but at 32 he is approaching the twilight of his career and the Blaugrana have been considering who they might want to replace him with when the time comes.

Meanwhile, one player recently heavily linked with Barca could be signing a new contract with his current employers.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA DRAW UP STRIKERS SHORTLIST

Barca have significantly strengthened several areas of their team in recent transfer windows, with Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Frenkie de Jong and Neto bolstering their options.

They are now beginning to turn their attentions to the central striker role, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The publication reports Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is the ideal target, though Barca are said to be hopeful of getting him on a cut-price deal in 2021 after he has entered the final year of his contract, assuming he does not sign an extension in the meantime.

England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane is also said to be high up their list, despite their being acknowledgement that his wages would be more of an issue than the transfer fee.

The other two reportedly being considered are Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Inter's Lautaro Martinez.

 

ROUND-UP

Barca missed out on securing the return of Neymar in the most recent transfer window and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG are now planning to offer the Brazilian a new bumper contract.

- The LaLiga champions are also looking at midfield reinforcements with potential. Napoli's Fabian RuizEduardo Camavinga of Rennes and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz are all being considered, though Mundo Deportivo say Real Madrid are also tracking the trio with intent.

Christian Eriksen's future has been a hot topic for the last few months, with the Tottenham midfielder's contract ending next year. Sport1 in Germany claim Bayern Munich have already been in touch with him.

Liverpool are hoping to sign Brighton and Hove Albion-owned centre-back Ben White, 21, according to the Sun. The defender is impressing on loan at Leeds United and the Reds see him as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, who is said to be eager for a move to get first-team football.

- Despite languishing 12th in the Premier League after a wretched start to the season, the Daily Mail say Manchester United will not be splashing the cash in the January transfer window.

- But the Daily Express report United have reached a "verbal agreement" with Mario Mandzukic of Juventus, who are said to be demanding £10million for the Croatian forward.

Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has been handed a 14-day ban by the Football Association after admitting using derogatory language about Tottenham's Harry Kane in a social media video.

Footage emerged earlier this year of the 16-year-old performing an offensive impersonation of Kane on Snapchat while watching Liverpool's Champions League final win over Tottenham.

Elliott apologised for his "senseless" actions in August and has now been suspended from playing domestic club football until October 25 for a breach of FA Rule E3.

The winger, who joined Liverpool from Fulham in July after becoming the Premier League's youngest player in May, must also complete a face-to-face education course and pay a £350 fine.

Paul Pogba says he is "almost there" with his comeback from injury, though he remains a doubt for Manchester United's clash with rivals Liverpool.

An ankle injury ruled Pogba out of the Premier League loss to Newcastle United and prevented him linking up with France for international duty.

World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps indicated Pogba would be out for three weeks, which left him a major doubt for the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford on October 20.

Pogba has been working in Dubai in a bid to recover for the game against Jurgen Klopp's table toppers, who are yet to drop a point in the league this season.

The midfielder posted a video to Instagram on Friday in which he showed off his training regime, though his right ankle remains strapped up.

"Almost there," Pogba wrote in the caption. 

"Show off or motivation you choose? Same result at the end anyway."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named the Premier League Player of the Month after scoring in each of his four appearances in September.

Arsenal striker Aubameyang netted a brace in a 2-2 draw at Watford and notched crucial equalisers against Tottenham and Manchester United, along with an 84th-minute winner in a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over Aston Villa.

His five-goal haul helped the Gunners go unbeaten during the month after their August ended in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

Aubameyang now has seven for the season in the Premier League, one fewer than joint Golden Boot leaders Tammy Abraham and Sergio Aguero.

The former Borussia Dortmund star beat out Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, John McGinn, Ricardo Pereira, Son Heung-min and Callum Wilson to claim the honour for the second time in his career.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has won the Manager of the Month award, adding to his August accolade.

Under the German's stewardship, Liverpool continued their perfect start to the campaign with victories over Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United.

Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers were the other bosses in contention.

Rodri says "tactical fouls" are among the aspects of football he is learning since signing for Manchester City.

The midfielder, who joined from Atletico Madrid in July, has appeared in all eight Premier League games for Pep Guardiola's side this term so far.

Guardiola last year issued a strong rebuttal to suggestions from ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville that City deliberately commit fouls to break up play.

"We try to play, of course sometimes we make fouls. Never my teams are focused on making something wrong for the opponents," said Guardiola.

"We try to attack, to play our game but never to do that to avoid what they do. It's never happened in my career and never will happen in my career because I understand the game in a different approach."

After City beat West Ham 5-0 in August, the club's former manager Manuel Pellegrini highlighted the number of fouls committed by Guardiola's team.

And Rodri confirmed he has been working on 'tactical fouls', as well as other aspects to playing a new position, since swapping Madrid for Manchester.

"I think it's a big challenge for me because I never used to play this position particularly," Rodri said to ESPN FC. "I didn't have this exact role in the team.

"We have lots of offensive players and many other teams try to counter-attack you and a lot of the time you're alone but it's good for me.

"I am learning new things, how to go, when to stay, when I have to do a tactical foul, when I have to jump.

"It's good for me to learn these things. And for the team it's good because we need those offensive players to be able to play our game."

Defeats to Norwich City and Wolves have left City eight points behind Liverpool, who have a 100 per cent Premier League record, in the table.

With neighbours Manchester United struggling, Rodri was asked if Jurgen Klopp's Reds should now be considered City's main rivals.

"I don't know, I had never been in the city before, I don't know how people in the city feel," he said, City having pipped Liverpool to the title by a point last season.

"But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been seen the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.

"They're a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they're a very good team, and they're the best team in England and in Europe."

Jurgen Klopp insists he is happy at Liverpool "for now" but could not rule out the possibility of succeeding Joachim Low as Germany coach in 2022.

Klopp has overseen a significant improvement since taking over at Anfield in 2015, turning the Reds into a real force both domestically and in Europe.

Under Klopp, Liverpool have reached three major European finals and won the 2018-19 Champions League, following that up with UEFA Super Cup success.

Although they missed out in the Premier League title last term, finishing just a point behind Manchester City, a stunning start to the new campaign has them eight clear of Pep Guardiola's men after eight matches.

With Germany struggling to live up to expectations since winning the 2017 Confederations Cup, Klopp has been suggested as a potential saviour assuming Low leaves at the end of his contract in 2022, but the former Borussia Dortmund boss is keeping his cards close to his chest.

When asked about taking over in three years' time, Klopp told Magenta TV: "I really cannot say. I do not know if I would like to.

"Now, as of today, I do not feel like it. I'm totally happy with what I do now and that's important in the whole story.

"I also could not say 100 percent if I was the right choice. If the question ever arises, I would think about it - but not now."

Klopp is contracted to Liverpool until the end of June 2022.

Jurgen Klopp rejected an outlandish attempt to lure him back to Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but the Liverpool boss has admitted he would consider returning in future. 

The German left Signal Iduna Park after seven seasons - during which time he won two Bundesliga titles - shortly before moving to the Premier League in October 2015.

Last season's Champions League triumph cemented his rich reputation at Liverpool but just a year earlier he had been offered a route back to Dortmund.

The audacious effort to persuade Klopp to leave behind his work on Merseyside has come to light in Hans-Joachim Watzke's new book, 'Real Love: A life with BVB'.

Dortmund were searching for a permanent successor to the sacked Peter Bosz in May of last year when chief executive Watzke placed a call to Klopp, who was in the middle of a plane trip.

"At some point my phone rang while I was on the plane and Aki [Watzke] was on it, 'Jurgen, you have to come back'," Klopp said, according to an excerpt published by Sport Bild.

"I laughed, I thought he was kidding. 'Are you stupid, have you been drinking? How do you get that idea? I have a few more years in Liverpool'.

"I do not know how serious he was at that moment, but I realised that he wanted me to be more willing to respond."

Watzke conceded he "knew" Klopp would honour his contract at Liverpool but said he felt obligated to pose the question to Dortmund's longest-serving coach.

There could, however, be hope for the future, with the Reds boss not willing to rule out a second stint with his former employers.

"As a rescuer, if the club really needs my help, why should I not do it? It's very nice that I would even have the opportunity," he said.

"But I do not think it's very likely that it will happen."

Trent Alexander-Arnold is delighted to be compared to illustrious footballing names but Liverpool great Steven Gerrard remains the benchmark for Anfield's latest homegrown hero.

England right-back Alexander-Arnold has been an ever-present during the Reds' 100 per cent start to the season that has seen them open up an early eight-point advantage over champions Manchester City.

Along with being part of the league's most miserly defence, the 21-year-old's threat from dead balls and open play in an attacking sense frequently catches the eye.

He rifled in a superb free-kick during the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and already has a pair of assists to his name this term.

City's Kevin de Bruyne is top of those particular standings with a remarkable eight already, although ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Alexander-Arnold's future could lie in being a comparable assist king from midfield.

Another former favourite from the red side of Stanley Park, Danny Murphy, has likened the youngster's crossing to David Beckham but one particular player is still the ultimate for Alexander-Arnold.

Speaking to reporters ahead of England's Euro 2020 qualifier in the Czech Republic, he was asked whether he modelled himself on a particular player and replied: "Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him.

"If I had to pick a player it'd be him.

"I never thought I want to cross a ball like that. It's just happened naturally and I've developed it into a decent trait.

"That's what I try and do. It's probably the best asset going forward for me so I try and use it as much as I can."

Comparisons to lofty names are something Alexander-Arnold takes in his stride.

"It's maybe not that important to compare because at a young age you haven't achieved what those players have," he said. "It’s difficult to say whether you will or whether you won't. Who knows?

"For now it's about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those type of levels and be like those type of players. Reaching the levels they reached and being regarded in the same bracket as them is something that the best players want.

"Those are people's opinions. It's nice to be thought of in that way but for me it's about trying to reach those levels, trying to reach higher and trying to become one of the best in the world."

Much like his club side, England have won every match in their present campaign and are expected to confirm qualification over the next week.

However, a helter-skelter 5-3 win over Kosovo at St Mary's suggested there is work to be done for the defensive unit.

"If we want to be regarded as one of the best teams in Europe, get far in the Euros and try and win the competition then our goals conceded need to be few and we need to concede fewer goals and score more," Alexander-Arnold added.

"As defenders, as a team, as a unit we need to improve and that's what we'll be working on – analyse what went wrong and make sure it doesn't happen again.

"Kosovo are a really under-estimated side. We had massive respect for them before the game and knew they had threats.

"Luckily for us we've been able to outscore them but we weren't happy with the goals that we conceded. That's something that we need to work on."

Jurgen Klopp's biggest challenge at Liverpool four years on from taking over as manager is to keep setting new standards, says long-time assistant Peter Krawietz.

Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of Klopp's appointment at Anfield, with the German leading the Reds to Champions League glory and turning Liverpool in title contenders.

Liverpool have made a flawless start to the Premier League campaign, taking maximum points to open up an eight-point gap over defending champions Manchester City, who pipped Klopp's men by a solitary point last term.

Krawietz has been a mainstay of Klopp's backroom teams throughout his career, having linked up with the 52-year-old at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

He believes the key to Liverpool's success is fine tuning the smaller details and ensuring new standards are continuously set.

"It's always like this – teams who are successful will always be something like a role model," he told Liverpool's official website. 

"It's an honour. And a challenge as well, because the standards are set and in order to improve you have to go on, you have to keep the level high and always look at the little details. 

"For example, this season there are new rules about goal-kicks. With this, we have to think anew about the details and that keeps it interesting. We'll try to get better and keep the high level and standards."

Klopp has struck up a big affinity with Reds fans and the city of Liverpool during his reign, a factor Krawietz says is vital to their methods.

"We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural," he added. 

"We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! 

"Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we'd come somewhere where we'd try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. 

"Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool."

Manchester City are already hoping Liverpool drop points in the Premier League title race, according to Ilkay Gundogan.

City's 2-0 loss at home to Wolves on Sunday left Jurgen Klopp's team eight points clear at the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola's side cut a similar Liverpool lead to retain the title last season, though Gundogan accepts City need the Reds to slip up. 

"We had the same, or a similar situation last year but at a much later stage," the Germany midfielder told reporters.

"It's quite early in the season and there are still a lot of points to play for, but if we want to speak about the Premier League title, we have to hope Liverpool will drop points."

Liverpool have started the season with eight straight wins but benefited from strokes of luck in their past two wins, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson's error for Sheffield United resulting in a tight victory before James Milner converted a debatable late penalty to down Leicester City.

"It's not that easy to take these things and see your biggest rival win all the time, with things that you can't control," said Gundogan. "It was no different last year, when they also won a lot of games, as we did.

"This time we are the side that have struggled quite a bit more and they have continued better. That's a fact we want to change.

"Watching their games and situation doesn't really help us to be honest - we need to fix our situation and drop as few points as possible.

"We have definitely dropped too many points in the early part of the season. If that's the case in the next few weeks the gap will be even bigger, so we have to win as much as possible."

While Gundogan acknowledged City are looking for Liverpool to slip up, Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are not focusing on the side that pipped them to last term's title.

"It doesn't happen so much that they [City] didn't even score one goal at home, but a great performance from Wolves," Van Dijk told Sky Sports. "You have to give credit to them. 

"They will try to bounce back from it and until then we just have to focus on international football.

"We tried it [to win the league] last year and City were just a little bit better. So far we're getting the points.

"There's always room for improvement in our game and we just have to focus on ourselves, not on any gaps or points differences between us and the others, us and City.

"A lot of busy periods coming up, December and January, so anything can happen."

Liverpool lost Mohamed Salah to injury at the end of the Leicester win, with Klopp furious about a challenge on the forward from Hamza Choudhury.

Van Dijk, though, expects Salah to be available for the home league match against rivals Manchester United after the international break.

"I think he should be not too bad," Van Dijk added. "The good thing is he has plenty of time to recover. He'll probably get that time to recover as well. So I'm not concerned that he's not going to be ready for United away."

Could we have seen a potentially decisive weekend in the Premier League title race?

Liverpool opened an eight-point lead over Manchester City at the summit as James Milner's last-gasp penalty secured a precious 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

The Reds moved eight points clear with the last-gasp triumph – and City were unable to cut into it as they slipped to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday.

As for Manchester United, their torrid recent form continued with a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United, while struggling Tottenham were on the end of a resounding 3-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Our Premier League Data Diary sheds some light on the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's top games.

 

REDS LEAVE IT LATE TO MAINTAIN PERFECT START

Victory over Leicester means Liverpool have now won their past 17 Premier League games, just one short of Manchester City's top-flight record of 18.

They have also become just the seventh side in history to win each of their opening eight matches in an English top-flight season.

The Reds forged ahead through Sadio Mane's 50th league goal for the club in what was his 100th appearance in the competition for Jurgen Klopp's side.

James Maddison gave the Foxes hope of a point, though, with their first and only shot on target.

However, Milner stepped up deep into added time to seal yet another win for the hosts. It marked the 34th time they have scored a winning goal in a Premier League match in or after the 90th minute, which is at least nine more than any other team

TRAORE DOUBLE DOWNS INSIPID CITY

City were failed to respond to Liverpool's victory, slipping to just a fourth home league defeat in 61 matches under Pep Guardiola.

It was the first time they have lost a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium without scoring since March 2016, when they were beaten 1-0 by neighbours Manchester United.

Wolves were indebted to a superb double from Adama Traore inside the final 10 minutes to claim their second league win of the season. Remarkably, he had failed to score in his previous 32 Premier League matches.

The result marked the first time Wolves have beaten City away from home in a top-flight fixture since December 1979.

LONGSTAFF PILES MISERY ON SOLSKJAER

United's woeful start to the season reached a new low on Sunday. The sorry defeat at Newcastle means they have won a mere nine points from their opening eight games – their lowest total at this stage since the 1989-90 campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's beleaguered squad are now winless in their last eight away league games – their longest such run in the top flight since September 1989, when they went 11 games without victory.

Under-pressure Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, can celebrate after registering his first ever win as a manager against the club he served as a player, doing so at the 23rd attempt.

Victory came courtesy of Matty Longstaff's drilled effort 18 minutes from time, the 19-year-old becoming the youngest player to score on his Premier League debut for Newcastle.

SEAGULLS SWOOP TO TAKE ADVANTAGE

Tottenham's defeat at Brighton means they have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019 – more than any other top-flight side.

Brighton went ahead after just three minutes, Neal Maupay nodding in after Hugo Lloris fumbled a cross - injuring himself in the process. Only Asmir Begovic (21) has made more errors leading to goals than Lloris (18) in the Premier League since his debut in the competition in October 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Connolly then added two more either side of the interval to seal a memorable win for the hosts. The Irishman is the first teenager to start a Premier League game for Brighton and also the first to score in the league for the Seagulls since Jake Forster-Caskey in April 2014.

The win equalled Brighton's biggest margin of victory in a top-flight game and meant they scored more than once in a league home game for the first time in 16 matches.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said "there are a lot of games to go" after his side handed the Premier League title advantage to Liverpool with a shock home defeat to Wolves.

The Reds – last season's runners-up behind City – opened up an eight-point lead over Guardiola's men on Saturday with a last-gasp win over Leicester City.

City were unable to bridge that gap at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, however, with two late Adama Traore goals giving Wolves a surprise, but thoroughly deserved, three points.

The margin of victory could have been even greater had Nuno Espirito Santo's side taken advantage of a host of opportunities handed to them in the first half by City's porous defence.

Guardiola defended his players, however, and believes there is plenty of time left in the campaign for them to claw their way back into contention for a third consecutive Premier League triumph.

"Come on guys, there are a lot of games to go," he told a media conference. "We lost to a good team, who were really organised, so strong in the air and so fast in the counter attack.

"I know these guys [his players]. Still they are incredibly involved and can do it. What happened, happened. Most of the teams who won [the Premier League] in the past, the year after, don't win.

"Today, we were not at our usual level. The previous games were good, but the distance is big. I know that. Liverpool is not dropping points. But we are in October; there is still a lot of games and competitions."

The continued absence of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones meant Guardiola was once again forced into fielding Nicolas Otamendi and midfielder Fernandinho in central defence.

They were caught out on a number of occasions by Wolves' incisive counter-attacking moves, while Otamendi was guilty of a host of misplaced passes and errant challenges throughout the 90 minutes.

Guardiola defended the pair, though, and stated they were not helped by the carelessness of the players in front of them.

"They were quite good," he said. "They suffered because we lost the position in front of them. No central defenders can defend the kind of balls we lose there. They were good."

Wayne Rooney has predicted Liverpool will win the Premier League title, preventing Manchester City from becoming champions for the third straight season.

Rooney, a former Manchester United captain and the club's all-time record goalscorer, faces seeing his old team's two rivals fight for the title for the second campaign in a row.

Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top after Saturday's dramatic defeat of Leicester City, James Milner's 95th-minute penalty securing a 17th successive league win, with City in action at home to Wolves on Sunday.

Ex-England striker Rooney, who will join Championship side Derby County as a player-coach in January, feels it will be Jurgen Klopp's Reds who come out on top this term.

"In my opinion, Liverpool look the strongest," DC United star Rooney told boxing outlet iFL TV after Gennady Golovkin beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden. 

"City are a fantastic team. I think Liverpool have improved on last year. City have stayed at that level of great consistency. I think Liverpool."

Another of Rooney's former sides have had a tough start to 2019-20 with Burnley inflicting a fourth successive Premier League loss on Liverpool's city rivals Everton.

Pressure is growing on Marco Silva with the Toffees 17th in the table, a point above the relegation zone, but Rooney expects his boyhood club to improve.

"I think the players are too good to be where they are in the league," he added.

"Once results start coming, they'll definitely get out of it."

Sadio Mane said Liverpool deserved an "emotional" Premier League victory over Leicester City that kept the Reds soaring clear at the top.

Mane gave Jurgen Klopp's men the lead at Anfield on Saturday by converting a superb pass from James Milner, but James Maddison levelled in the 80th minute.

A draw at home to the Foxes in January damaged Liverpool's 2018-19 title bid, contributing to Manchester City being able to retain their title by a single point.

But Liverpool this time extended their winning run to 17 Premier League matches thanks to a penalty converted by Milner in the fifth minute of added time.

Albrighton tangled with Mane in the box and after the Senegal international went down, referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot with the decision ratified by VAR.

Mane, who also opened the scoring against Leicester in that January meeting, conceded Brendan Rodgers' visiting team tested Liverpool on the Northern Irishman's Anfield return.

"Emotional today," Mane told Liverpool's official website. "To be honest, I think it was a really, really tough game. We knew that before and expected it.

"We played in the Champions League [on Wednesday against Mane's old club Salzburg] and now we carry on with this intense game. But it's normal, it's the Premier League and we have to expect it all the time.

"At the end of the day, the most important thing is the three points, it doesn't matter how tired we are. 

"I think it would have been so important for us to keep managing the game, but sometimes it's not easy because Leicester is a very, very good team and caused us many problems.

"They equalised the game and that's why in football you never give up, that's what we try to do as a team.

"At the end of the game, we got a penalty. To be honest, we just have to say we deserved to win this game."

Liverpool's win nudged them eight points clear of defending league champions City, who were in action and looking to cut that deficit at home against Wolves on Sunday.

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