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Liverpool's return to Premier League action was one to forget as they were comfortably beaten by title-chasing Manchester City. The Reds took the lead at the Etihad through Mohamed Salah but City pegged Jurgen Klopp's side back before the break.
A dismal second-half proved costly as the hosts tore apart the visitors to keep the pressure on at the summit with a convincing 4-1 win.
In transfer news, Real Madrid are said to be trailing City and Liverpool in the race to sign Jude Bellingham.
Meanwhile, the Reds are reportedly 'likely' to beat the Citizens to the signing of Mason Mount. Another name who has been linked with a move to Anfield is 20-year-old Nico Williams.
The Athletic Bilbao youngster is wanted by a host of clubs with Liverpool and Aston Villa said to be 'in the picture'. Also reports in Italy suggest that Nicolo Barella is also being discussed by Anfield chiefs.
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It wasn't the result we'd hoped for but we go again tomorrow as focus turns to Chelsea.
Juventus behind in Antonio Silva race as Liverpool lead
Liverpool are reportedly leading to the race to sign Antonio Silva as Juventus battle for his signature.
That is according to Tutto Juve who has reported that the Serie A outfit is behind the Reds in the running to sign the Benfica defender.
The 19-year-old has established himself as a key figure in the Portuguese league and has courted interest around Europe as a result. The report claims that Liverpool's position in the race is "making it hard" for the Italian giants to get close.
Jota: Hard to explain
Diogo Jota was left to rue LIverpool's second-half showing against Manchester City following their 4-1 defeat.
The Reds made a losing return following the international break and, as a result of the afternoon matches in the Premier League, they slipped to eighth.
Mohamed Salah fired Jurgen Klopp's side in front but the City bit back through Julian Alvarez. Kevin De Bruyne kickstarted a miserable second 45 for the visitors, handing Pep Guardiola's men the lead for the first time immediately after the restart.
"The decisive moment was the beginning of the second half when they scored two goals very quick and swung the balance in their favour," the Portuguese told Viaplay Fotball after the match. "We scored first, we could've managed the game better, it is what it is and with that second half, we let them take the game and the three points.
"It's hard to explain, even in the second goal I believe we won the ball so we pressed well but we lost the ball straight away and they found us unbalanced and they were able to score. At this stage of the season, when we concede first, the team is disbelieving (sic) in what we do, then they are fighting for the title, they are full of confidence and they built the result on that."
"It's hard but it's also our job to try and do our best," added Jota on the targets until the end of the season. "We're not fighting for anything brilliant this season but we still have a lot of games to go so we have to grab the maximum points possible and get the best qualification possible."
Liverpool 'stand out' among Barella suitors
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to Calciomerato.
The Italian outlet says the Reds are interested in the Italian as he attracts interest from various top European clubs.
In their report, Jurgen Klopp's side are namechecked as a club who 'stands out' in the pursuit.
Kim Min-jae to Liverpool latest
Kim Min-jae's 'entourage' is already preparing for the future amid Liverpool links, according to Foot Mercato.
The Napoli defender is having a fine season in Serie A as they are in touching distance of winning the Scudetto.
In the report from the French outlet, they say PSG are tracking the centre-back. While he is focused on seeing the season out in Italy, his 'entourage' sees a potential arrival at Liverpool.
Liverpool team coach allegedly attacked
Manchester City have condemned an alleged attack on the Liverpool team bus after their 4-1 defeat, according to The Athletic.
A brick was allegedly thrown towards the Reds coach that caused a window to crack. No one is thought to have been injured on board.
The Citizens have issued a statement saying they will support the investigation by Greater Manchester Police. The Reds will also support the investigation into the alleged incident.
The statement read: “Manchester City FC has been made aware that Liverpool FC’s coach sustained damage on its return journey following today’s game.
“We understand an object was thrown towards the coach in a residential area. Incidents of this kind are totally unacceptable, and we strongly condemn the actions of the individual(s) responsible.
“We will fully support Greater Manchester Police’s investigation into this incident in any way we can.”
Liverpool 'test' resolve for Nico Williams
Liverpool and Aston Villa have reportedly 'tested' the ground to sign Athletic Bilbao attacker Nico Williams.
According to AS, the 20-year-old has attracted interest from two Premier League clubs. It has been claimed that he has a release clause worth €50m (£44m) but the Spanish club has no interest in selling and intends to extend his deal.
The Spanish outlet further report that negotiations are set to be long after the potential he has shown which has attracted interest.
Liverpool hit new low as former Man City boss mocks behind scenes after dismal defeat
Twelve months ago, a walk to the away end of Manchester City's Etihad Stadium would prove to be the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp to sign a new contract at Liverpool.
Subsequent conversations in the kitchen of his Formby home with wife Ulla, who was in the Reds' end on April 10 last year, resulted in a Klopp family agreement about putting pen to paper for a further two years.
It was a decision that the boss has since indicated was fuelled by his desire to go again; to keep Liverpool exactly where they stood in world football at that time, as one of the very best on the continent.
Flash forward a year and Klopp made that same trot across the pitch at full time having had the daunting task that now confronts him presented in unflattering HD.
Paul Gorst's verdict on this afternoon at the Etihad.
Liverpool 'edging closer' in Mount signing
Liverpool are said to be likely to beat Manchester City in the race to sign Mason Mount, according to Football Insider vis Football365.
The Reds have been linked with the England international for a number of months as his contract talks with Chelsea continue.
He is entering the final 12 months of his current deal at Stamford Bridge and it has been claimed he wants his next contract to match those of the other members of Graham Potter's squad.
The report is said to have reported that Liverpool are 'edging closer' in signing Mount.
Real Madrid 'trailing' Liverpool in Bellingham race
Real Madrid are trailing behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Jude Bellingham, according to Christian Falk.
The 19-year-old remains one of the hottest properties in Europe and continues to be in the conversation ahead of the summer transfer window. Bellingham has emerged as a England starter after his glistening performances for Borussia Dortmund.
"The biggest focus is still on Liverpool. There were rumours of an offer Liverpool made to Dortmund for Jude Bellingham but I’ve heard that no such offer has reached the club at the moment," he wrote in his column.
"But there is a reason – there are very concrete talks between Bellingham’s father, Mark, and Liverpool but both sides are not together when talking about money at the moment. Liverpool will first make an offer as and when they have an agreement with the midfielder’s father.
"You see that Bellingham is willing to go to Liverpool but if another club puts a lot more money on the table, it would be hard to say yes. I think the biggest rival in this race is Manchester City at the moment, as they have the money, they’re a Premier League club and competing for titles. Real Madrid are still behind the two Premier League clubs at the moment.
"I think the Bellingham family will try to get an agreement with Liverpool but the Reds find themselves somewhat shackled by their finances in comparison to Pep Guardiola’s outfit."
PLAYER RATINGS: Van Dijk and five others bad
Alisson Becker 6
Safe enough with his handling and coped with the pressure from City when ball was at his feet, but a mix-up of sorts for the second.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 5
Brought aggression to the Liverpool play early on and defended simply. Got forward when possible, but not all clearances found mark and overwhelmed after break.
Ibrahima Konate 5
Caught out of position a few times first half and not his most composed showing. Not the only one to struggle in the Liverpool defence.
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