‘Liverpool must kick Man City while they are down’

first_imgLiverpool need to be looking at making the most of an uncharacteristic wobble from Manchester City, says Jamie Carragher, with the Reds urged to kick the defending champions while they are down.Jurgen Klopp’s side have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and are yet to show any sign of weakness in 2019-20.In contrast, Pep Guardiola’s title holders have already suffered shock defeats to Norwich and Wolves and find themselves playing catch-up with a depleted squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Carragher wants Liverpool to take advantage of injury and form struggles being endured at the Etihad Stadium by opening up an advantage that cannot be clawed back.The Reds legend told talkSPORT: “I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them.“That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.“You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have.“But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.“But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.“It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much.“And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible. Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out.“Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games.”Liverpool have been fortunate to see key men such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane steer clear of serious knocks, with an early setback for first-choice goalkeeper Alisson the only issue they have had to contend with.The Brazil international is edging closer to full fitness once more, so Klopp will hope that his side can get stronger from here as they count down the days until a return to domestic action away at Manchester United on October 20. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

West-leading Nuggets edge Blazers

first_img GO Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Photo Gallery Receive latest stories and local news in your email: West-leading Nuggets edge Blazers Jokic scores 40 points to hand Portland 116-113 loss 9 Photos Share: DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 40 points, Jamal Murray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113 on Sunday night.Jokic finished a point off his career high. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists, just missing his sixth-triple double of the season.Murray’s lip was bloodied when he took an elbow to the mouth from Jusuf Nurkic on a drive to the basket early in the third quarter. Murray hit both free throws before heading to the locker room to get the injury tended to. He was back in the game within minutes, and grabbed a rebound off his own missed shot in the final moments, hitting both free throws after he was fouled to help the Nuggets stave off Portland.Denver rebounded from a loss at Phoenix on Saturday night for its 12th home win in a row. Share: Denver ran the clock down and Murray let a jumper fly that hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Murray grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with 3 seconds left. Portland had just enough time for a long 3-point try by Lillard at the buzzer, but — Paul Millsap in his face — it was off the mark.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Maurice Harkless remains sidelined by a left knee injury.Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed a fourth straight game with left hamstring tightness. … F Trey Lyles missed his second game in a row with a right wrist sprain. … Jokic scored a career-best 41 points against Brooklyn on Nov. 7, 2017.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Sacramento on Monday night.Nuggets: Host Golden State on Tuesday nightMore AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/APSports Published: January 13, 2019, 9:01pm Damian Lillard led Portland with 26 points, and CJ McCollum had 18 points. The Trail Blazers had won four straight.Lillard put in a reverse layup to put the Trail Blazers up by two with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter. But the Nuggets closed the period on a 17-10 run to take a 93-88 lead into the fourth. Jokic had 15 of his points in the period, including two 3-pointers during the Nuggets’ surge and also added an assist on an alley-oop pass that Mason Plumlee finished with a one-handed dunk.Portland, though, scored the first six points of the fourth, moving in front by a point on Evan Turner’s jumper.It was tied at 108 when Jokic hit a floater in the lane to put the Nuggets on top with 1:07 left to play. He added a pair of free throws moments later only to see Lillard drive to the basket for a dunk. With 30.6 seconds, Murray hit a jumper, but McCollum connected on 3-pointer to pull Portland within one with 27.7 seconds left. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Presslast_img read more