Salah injury overshadows late win for Liverpool over Leicester

Mo Salah limped out of the stadium with what appeared to be an ankle injury. (Reuters)
Updated 05 October 2019

Salah injury overshadows late win for Liverpool over Leicester

  • Salah limped out of the stadium with what appeared to be an ankle injury
  • Jurgen Klopp says Hamza Choudhury should have been sent off rather than just shown a yellow card

LIVERPOOL: James Milner's 95th-minute penalty maintained Liverpool's perfect start to the Premier League season as a dramatic 2-1 win over Leicester stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.
However, victory came at a cost with Mohamed Salah limping off injured late on with an injury caused by Hamza Choudhury's lunge.
"It's a challenge which I really don't understand," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who believes Choudhury should have been sent off rather than just shown a yellow card.
"He is a player who is at full sprint, to bring him down without the ball around, for me it is only one colour (card).
"I don't want to cause the boy any problems but he has to calm down in situations like that. It's not the first time. He has to calm down.
"He's a super player, super development in the last one or two years at Leicester, but these kind of challenges, no. I don't know how that can not be red."
Salah later limped out of the stadium with what appeared to be an ankle injury, although Klopp did not immediately know the extent of his problem.
It was another twist in a dramatic game in which James Maddison's 80th-minute equaliser looked like it would be enough to see Liverpool drop a league point for the first time since a draw with Everton at the start of March.
But Marc Albrighton rashly tripped Sadio Mane, two minutes into the four added on, and, after a routine VAR check, Milner calmly converted the spot kick.
The drama did not end there as after the final whistle there were angry scenes with players from both sides squaring up, including a heated exchange between Ayoze Perez and Andy Robertson.
"According to the guys, Andy Robertson on the final whistle celebrated and pushed him which he probably didn't expect," said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
"He was obviously annoyed at that and that leads to a melee."
It was a frantic conclusion to proceedings as, 10 minutes from time, superb link-up play from substitutes Albrighton and Perez had slipped in Maddison who beat goalkeeper Adrian with a clinical finish from 15 yards.
Rodgers was making his return to Anfield for the first time since being sacked by Liverpool four years ago and Leicester showed why they will post a strong challenge to finish in the top four this season.
However, they were undone by a moment of magic from the European champions five minutes before half-time.
Mane scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool in his 100th appearance, but the goal owed much to Milner's vision.
Robertson's pass was sent forward by Milner, a perfectly-weighted assist that curled tantalisingly beyond defender Jonny Evans to play Mane clear and allow him to beat Kasper Schmeichel.
"Sadio is an absolutely exceptional player," said Klopp, who praised Mane's persistence despite struggling with an injury himself.
"Even though he is obviously not in good shape at the moment, he was still there in a really, really tough game in and around those situations. That's good."
 


Tyson Fury’s promoter says Saudi Arabia could host ‘Battle of the Brits’ Anthony Joshua heavyweight clash

Updated 51 min 15 sec ago

Tyson Fury’s promoter says Saudi Arabia could host ‘Battle of the Brits’ Anthony Joshua heavyweight clash

  • Frank Warren says the fighters will go where the money is
  • Anthony Joshua's promoter says 'huge site offer in place' for fight with Fury in Saudi Arabia

LONDON: World heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could fight in Saudi Arabia, Fury’s promoter said Sunday, after his boxer destroyed Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.

Speculation is rife over who Fury will face next after the “Gypsy King” twice knocked down Wilder to seal an emphatic victory. Most pundits are hoping for a “Battle of the Brits” with Tyson and Joshua currently holding all four heavyweight belts between them.

Joshua fought Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah near Riyadh in December and his team said previously there is an offer to fight the winner of the Fury, Wilder fight in the Kingdom.

 

 

Fury was also inside a ring in Saudi Arabia in October when he took part in WWE’s Crown Jewel event in Riyadh. 

Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, refused to rule out Saudi Arabia as a venue for the “Battle of the Brits.”

“In a dreamscape it should be in London but they’re professional athletes,” Warren said. “These guys have short careers, they go where the money is.

Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December. (AFP/File photo)

“It’s the boxers who get in the ring and they’ll make the choices.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said last month that they have a “huge site offer in place” for the fight to take place in Saudi Arabia. 

Describing it as a “big option,” Hearn said: “We have a partnership out there in Saudi Arabia.

“They put the money up for the Andy Ruiz fight. Everything they promised, they delivered.

“They want this fight bad and when they've got that kind of attitude and mentality, it's going to be difficult to beat.”

Several hurdles remain in place for Fury to face Joshua.

Wilder, who held his title for five years, has 30 days to invoke a rematch clause against Fury. 

Joshua is scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in June, but Hearn has suggested that match could be canceled to make way for a clash with Fury.

Another obstacle would be how to split the prize money. Warren suggested a 50-50 split would be generous to Joshua after the scale of Fury’s win in Las Vegas.

“In my time I’ve been involved with some big fights and some big fighters,” Warren said. “This is without doubt the best performance by a British fighter - not abroad, but ever.”

Joshua’s fight against Ruiz was the biggest boxing event held in Saudi Arabia and part of a drive to make the Kingdom a venue for the world’s biggest sporting events.

The fight took place on a rainy night at the purpose built 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena.

Joshua beat Ruiz with a unanimous points decision from the judges, reclaiming his world heavyweight belts.