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Liverpool edges Manchester City in Anfield thriller

Liverpool edged Manchester City as the Blues finally lost a Premier League game for the first time this season following a thrilling encounter between both sides at Anfield.

The Reds — who were also playing their first game since Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona — claimed a victory as they ended City’s hopes of going through the league season without losing, and extended their own unbeaten run to 18 games.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s low drive gave Liverpool an early lead after just nine minutes, but City were level before half-time through Leroy Sane, who beat Loris Karius at his near post following Joe Gomez’s mistake.

However, the game turned decisively in two minutes either side of the hour mark, when poor defending by John Stones let in Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane — who had just hit the post — struck a stunning finish high past Ederson.

Not long after, Ederson’s poor clearance gifted Mohamed Salah a fourth, and despite their late wobble, Liverpool closed out the win to go third in the table.

At the sound of the final whistle, a jubilant Jurgen Klopp said that he believes Liverpool issued an “important statement” about their future without Philippe Coutinho.

“We made the right statement,” the Liverpool manager said. “It was not that I said to the players before the game: ‘It would be nice if you could win so nobody talks about Phil,’ but it was important for us to show it’s possible to win without him. It was a very important statement but that is all. We’ve got three points but we got them in a very important moment.”

“You have no alternative if you want to beat City. You could sit deep in your box and hope nothing happens but we are Liverpool and we should try to win this way. The way we pressed in the second half was outstanding, on a different planet. It is a historical day. It may be the only game City lose this season because they are so strong.”

While the Reds’ top-four challenge tends to fluctuate, City can still reflect on a 15-point lead over Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.

Philippe Coutinho secures “dream move” to FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona has signed Philippe Coutinho  for a fee that could reach £142m, with the Brazilian playmaker describing his move from Liverpool to Barcelona as a “dream”.

An official statement on the official Liverpool website read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”

Barca subsequently confirmed Coutinho’s arrival on their website shortly afterwards, revealing the player will have a €400m (£355m) buyout clause for the five-and-a-half-year deal that is also worth £12.1m a season.

The package for the player’s transfer consists of a basic fee of £106m, plus a further £36m in variables, of which £26m should be easily met — including an additional £17m would be payable for the first 100 games Coutinho plays for Barca with the charge of £4.4m per 25 games.

Furthermore, there will be an additional further £4.4m that would be paid for Champions League qualification in the first two seasons with a £4.4m bonus for winning the competition.

“I’m very happy, very happy. I have always said that it is a dream that I am living and I am very happy to be here,” Coutinho told Barca TV. “To be able to play, win titles, make the fans happy … always play with joy. It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols; players with a lot of history.”

“Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets. I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”

Blind Liverpool fan makes formal complaint against Seville police

A blind Liverpool supporter claimed that he felt “vulnerable” and discriminated after his cane was snatched from him by police in Seville and called on the Football Association to do more to protect British supporters travelling abroad.

“I travel all round the world watching Liverpool and have been to places you would expect to be much more hostile but they were massively overzealous,” said Eamon, the supporter, who preferred not to give his surname. “We made a formal complaint to the police and I’ll definitely be following it up.”

Eamon follows Liverpool home and away but missed much of the first half of Liverpool’s dramatic 3-3 Champions League draw on Tuesday and says he was subjected to heavy-handed policing at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla’s home stadium.

“They snatched my cane away,” said Eamon. “I snatched it back, they snatched it away again and a couple of people intervened to get it back. For people to think it’s all right in this day and age to treat people like that and tell blind people they shouldn’t be at the football is disgusting.”

“I asked a female police officer for help to get to the doors. She asked me for his ticket and she said: ‘He’s a blind person, he shouldn’t be here.’”

Eamon and his girlfriend Helena Martel subsequently made an official complaint to the Spanish police about aggressive treatment by the authorities.

The couple arrived at the stadium together on Tuesday evening and struggled to locate Eamon’s friends whom he was supposed to be watching the match alongside. “Spanish police treated him horribly,” said Helena, 44, who lives in Chester. “The fact he was blind made the situation even more awful.”