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#LIVWHU: Liverpool Are 4 Wins Away From Title After Defeating West Ham At Anfield

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Liverpool survived a rare night of struggle in this stellar season to overcome West Ham United and close to within four wins of the Premier League title as keeper Lukasz Fabianski suffered an Anfield nightmare.

Victory means Liverpool equal the English league record of 18 successive wins, set by Manchester City from August to December 2017, with Jurgen Klopp’s side last dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in October.

The Hammers – whose fans staged protests against the club’s owners throughout – threatened to inflict Liverpool’s first league defeat this term when they led midway through the second half.

Liverpool took an early lead when Fabianski failed to deal with a routine Georginio Wijnaldum header but David Moyes’ side showed great character to hit back through Issa Diop’s header, which should also have been kept out by Alisson.

And when substitute Pablo Fornals swept West Ham into the lead nine minutes after the break Liverpool were faced with a fight to preserve their unbeaten 27-match league run.

It had been a poor display by their sky-high standards but their luck was in as Fabianski was the culprit again, inexplicably allowing Mohamed Salah’s shot to squirm through his legs in the 68th minute.

There was a sense of inevitability as Liverpool went for victory and so it proved as Sadio Mane turned in with nine minutes left after Trent Alexander-Arnold lofted the ball over Fabianski.

It was cruel on West Ham and Moyes, with Liverpool keeper Alisson having to produce a crucial late block from substitute Jarrod Bowen.

Liverpool have restored their 22-point lead at the top and the Hammers are left in the bottom three.

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Liverpool have produced months of thrilling football but this inevitable title triumph has also been about winning with narrow margins when just short of their their best.

The champions-elect were a long way short of that here and the decisive moment in this match was when Fabianski, who has been a reliable figure for West Ham, compounded his error for Wijnaldum’s goal with a horror moment as Salah’s shot slipped through his legs and into the net in front of an exultant Kop.

Liverpool missed the driving force and leadership of injured captain Jordan Henderson and it was no surprise when Naby Keita was substituted after a poor performance.

The great quality of this Liverpool side, and make no mistake they got lucky with Fabianski’s howlers, is that they are currently driven by an unshakeable self-belief and the error for Salah’s goal tipped the balance firmly in their favour.

It is a truly remarkable effort to have dropped only two points after 27 games and Liverpool will happily grab moments of good fortune when they can.

Liverpool’s celebrations were subdued at the final whistle, perhaps an acknowledgement of an average display – but this will not matter when in due course they are crowned champions for the first time in 30 years.

Moyes must feel Anfield holds him in a curse – he has never won at Anfield in 16 attempts as a manager with Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland or West Ham.

The Scot’s joyous celebrations when Fornals gave West Ham the lead at a time his side were performing with real heart must have had him believing the drought might be over until things took a nasty twist with that Fabianski error.

West Ham’s fans came here to protest against their owners, with black balloons let off and a series of banners unfurled reading “Karren Brady – You’re Fired. “Sullivan This Charmless Man.” “Run Like A Circus Owned By Clowns” and “State Of The Art Retractable Promises.”

If there was discontent off the field, they will have been pleased with what they saw on it as West Ham ran Liverpool as close as just about anyone at Anfield this season.

Moyes still faces an uphill struggle but he can at least take some encouragement from West Ham’s display once the bitter taste of defeat has eased.

  • West Ham manager David Moyes remains without an away win against Liverpool in all competitions, failing in 16 attempts (D7, L9) and losing the last four in a row with Man Utd, Sunderland and West Ham.
  • Liverpool have won their last 21 home Premier League games, equalling the English top-flight record for consecutive home wins, set by the Reds themselves between January and December 1972 under Bill Shankly.
  • They have scored 14 headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Only Cesc Fabregas (20y 134d) and Wayne Rooney (21y 63d) have reached 25 Premier League assists at a younger age than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (21y 140d).
  • Since making his debut for West Ham in February 2017, Robert Snodgrass has registered 12 assists in the Premier League for the Hammers, more than any other player.
  • Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in eight goals in six Premier League appearances against West Ham (6 goals, 2 assists).
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson has registered 27 assists in the competition, more than any other defender in that time.
  • Sadio Mane has been directly involved in eight goals in his last six Premier League appearances against West Ham (5 goals, 3 assists), scoring in each of his last four against the Hammers

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BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is DeadThe Genius Media Nigeria reports that Grand Father Of Former manchester United Forward, Javier Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar who scored a goal against France at the 1954 World Cup has died at the age of 88.

This reliable platform gathered that the causes of his death is yet to be disclosed in his native city of Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

The Mexico Football Federation paid tribute to Balcazar with a statement on Monday which read: “The Mexican national teams lament the passing of Tomas Balcazar Gonzalez, former Mexico national team player and Mexican football legend.

“We share in the grief of his family and friends.”

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister

2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – MinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 SportsMinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the minister made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), John Joshua-Akanji in Abuja.

Dare declared that the days of jamboree at the Olympics are over, as Nigeria would only leverage on sports with comparative advantage and prospects of a podium finish.

He said preparing and leveraging on such short will be the focus of the ministry.

“The Olympics is less than six months away and we have started camping our athletes to get them to full fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We have four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. From next year we will commence a more robust camping with some athletes going abroad to train with their foreign- based counterparts, he added.

Dare said the early camping which are in stages will be intensified with all the COVID-19 protocols put in place.

“The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase camping ended on Dec. 24, 2020. Lagos , Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase.

“We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure that the Athletes that will be representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics put up podium performances,” he added.

The minister emphasised that Team Nigeria will be going to the Olympics with just 11 sports, unlike in the past when all the sports that qualified went and returned empty handed.

“We need to compete with other nations to win and not to complete the numbers. We have decided to focus on 11 sports where we have comparative advantage,” he added.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will now hold in the summer of 2021.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record—Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record-Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that Messi netted the record-breaking 644th goal in the second half of their 3-0 win at Valladolid.

Pele scored 643 competitive goals for Santos during his 18 years with the Brazilian club, before moving to the New York Cosmos in 1975.

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

His one-club goal record was almost broken by Gerd Muller. The former Germany international netted 565 times for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979.

“When I started to play football, I never thought I would break any record. Especially not the record held by Pele that I now hold,” Messi wrote on Instagram after Tuesday’s game.

“I can only give thanks to everyone that has helped me throughout the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone that supports me every day.”

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