Liverpool v Man City: Who made your combined XI?

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Who would get in your combined Liverpool and Manchester City XI? The results are in.

Liverpool and Manchester City meet on Sunday in the most eagerly anticipated fixture of the Premier League season so far and we asked you to pick a team from both squads.

The reigning champions just edge out the Reds, with six players in the line-up compared to Liverpool’s five.

Combined XI: Alisson, Walker, Van Dijk, Kompany, Robertson, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D Silva, Salah, Aguero, Mane

The most selected player was Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, with City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne narrowly behind.

Liverpool’s Alisson comfortably took the goalkeeper position ahead of Ederson, but it’s an all blue midfield consisting of De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho.

And with so many attacking options at your disposal, you went for a frightening front three – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool, and City’s Sergio Aguero.

Data taken at 15:30 BST on Friday, 5 October.

You can still have a go at coming up with your strongest XI and share it on social media using #bbcfootball

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Youth Olympic Games: Who will be Team GB's next Jade Jones?

Youth Olympic Games: Who will be Team GB's next Jade Jones?
Tom Daley and Aaliyah Powell

2018 Youth Olympic Games
Venue: Buenos Aires, Argentina Dates: 6-18 October
Coverage: You can watch daily live coverage of the Youth Olympics via the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website & app from 14:00 BST each day and highlights from 08:00 BST each day.

British athletes have achieved record-breaking medal hauls at the last three Olympics, but who are the next generation of superstars?

Team GB will be represented by 43 talented youngsters, each hoping to prove they have that potential when they begin their Youth Olympics quest in Argentina this week.

Buenos Aires 2018 is hosting the third edition of the summer Youth Olympics and several British athletes have progressed to the senior ranks after being successful on the junior stage.

Jade Jones followed her taekwondo victory at the Singapore 2010 Games with successive Olympic titles in London and Rio, while Sam Oldham (Singapore 2010) and Duncan Scott (Nanjing 2014) also won titles two years before securing honours on their senior Olympic debuts. World champion diver Tom Daley is another Youth Olympics graduate.

And with that pedigree in mind, there is every chance some of the 2018 competitors will be targeting places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Team GB’s largest-ever Youth Olympics squad is made up of 15 to 18-year-olds who will be competing in 17 of the 32 sports, with the championships beginning on Saturday, 6 October.

What’s new for 2018?

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach describes the Youth Olympics as a “kind of laboratory” where among traditional sports a host of new events are assessed.

One sport making its senior debut at Tokyo 2020 after being successfully demonstrated at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics is 3v3 basketball.

That means there is a chance that ‘dancesport’ – essentially breakdancing – futsal, beach handball and roller speed-skating could be considered for future senior Games.

“We will monitor very closely the performances of these new disciplines and sports and then when it comes to putting the programme for Paris 2024 together these results will play an important role,” says Bach.

Karate, sport climbing and freestyle BMX will also appear as medal events at an Olympics for the first time – two years before their senior bows in Japan.

Buenos Aires 2018 will also be the first Olympic event in history to feature an equal number of female and male athletes – about 4,000 competitors in total – who will compete across 241 medal events.

Unlike the senior Olympic Games, when Team GB are set a medal target by funding body UK Sport, there are no such pressures placed on young athletes.

However, the British squads delivered podium finishes at Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014 and with a host of junior world and European medallists among the Team GB line-up, plenty of success is expected in Argentina.

Who are the Team GB ones-to-watch?

Who? Amelie Morgan (age 15)

Sport: Artistic gymnastics

When does she compete? 7-10, 12-13 and 15 October

Background: Amelie Morgan is perhaps the best-known athlete in the Team GB line-up with the 15-year-old having amassed thousands of fans for her leading role in the CBBC series ‘GymStars’.

Morgan – a history-making five-time European junior medallist – is looking to follow Ellie Downie, who won a silver and three bronze medals at Nanjing 2014 before going on to become one of the world’s strongest young gymnasts, winning world bronze in 2015.


Who? Aaliyah Powell (age 15)

Sport: Taekwondo (-49kg)

When does she compete? 8 October

Background: Since Sarah Stevenson’s breakthrough bronze medal at Beijing 2008, Britain has gone on to become one of the world’s strongest taekwondo nations.

Powell, who became world junior champion earlier this year, is among a group of talented young British fighters and is hoping to follow double Olympic champion Jones’ career path by securing Youth Olympic gold and following it up with senior success in two years’ time.


Who? Ross Cullen (age 17)

Sport: BMX Mixed Racing Team

When does he compete? 7 Oct

Background: Former riders Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips shared four World BMX Supercross Championship titles between them, but never achieved an Olympic honour.

As such, two-time world junior champion Cullen – a self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie” – has the chance to become the first-ever British BMX medallist at an Olympic event.

Adam Tobin

Who? Adam Tobin (age 17)

Sport: Artistic gymnastics

When does he compete? 7-11, 13-15 October

Background: Tobin is the Under-18 British All Around champion who also won GB junior medals on the parallel bars and high bar.

He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Oldham by claiming Youth Olympic medals and then challenging for honours at future senior Olympic Games.


Who? Caroline Dubois (age 17)

Sport: Boxing (60kg lightweight)

When does she compete? 15-16 & 18 October

Background: The 2018 world junior champion has also claimed two European junior titles in recent years and aspires to be the ‘next Nicola Adams’, having been inspired by her gold medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016.


Who? Islay Watson (age 17)

Sport: RS:X Windsurfing

When does she compete? 7-9 & 11-12 October

Background: Bryony Shaw’s bronze at Beijing 2008 remains GB’s only Olympic windsurfing medal won by a woman and Watson – the reigning world junior champion – will be looking to demonstrate her credentials for future success.

However, she and her fellow windsurfers will also aim to prove why the sport deserves to remain in the Olympics programme – with World Sailing having threatened to remove it several times in recent years.

Javier and Joaquin Bello with Commonwealth gold

Who? Javier and Joaquin Bello (age 18)

Sport: Beach volleyball

When do they compete? 7-17 October

Background: The twin brothers who were born in their father’s home nation of Spain only moved to the UK seven years ago, but became England’s first-ever Commonwealth Youth Games beach volleyball medallists when they claimed gold at the 2017 edition in the Bahamas.

The pair are desperate to raise the profile of their sport in Britain with no senior athletes having qualified for the last Olympics at Rio 2016.


Who? Charlotte Hope (age 17)

Sport: Karate (-59kg)

When does she compete? 17 October

Background: Karate will make its senior debut at Tokyo 2020, meaning those fighting at Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first-ever karate athletes to bid for Olympic medals in the sport.

Hope has won both European junior gold and World junior bronze in an already highly successful 2018 season.


Who? Michael Dalton (age 18) and Theo Darlow (age 18)

Sport: Rowing

When do they compete? 7-8 October

Background: Won gold together as part of the men’s four at this year’s World Junior Championships and finished second as a pair at the Munich junior Regatta in May.

They will be looking to boost morale in the British Rowing setup after disappointing World and European Championships for senior athletes in 2018.

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Liverpool v Man City: Why is Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola's 'Kryptonite'?

Liverpool v Man City: Why is Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola's 'Kryptonite'?

Premier League: Liverpool v Man City
Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday, 7 October Kick-off: 16:30 BST
BBC coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, live text commentary on BBC Sport website

In episode six of All Or Nothing, the documentary that follows Manchester City’s record-breaking 2017-18 season, manager Pep Guardiola discusses Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool with his assistants.

“They scare me,” says Guardiola, in reference to the attacking threat posed by Jurgen Klopp’s team. “They’re dangerous, I mean it.”

It is a telling admission; a rare expression of uncertainty and fear from a man who spends much of the documentary’s eight episodes demonstrating an unwavering confidence in himself and his team.

As we know, these seeds of doubt would develop into two chastening defeats for City over the two legs that followed, providing evidence of why the Liverpool manager’s biographer Raphael Honigstein says Klopp’s teams are “Kryptonite” to Guardiola’s sides.

The rivalry – friendly yet fierce – began in 2013, when Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund ruined Guardiola’s Bayern Munich debut in the German Super Cup and served notice that, perhaps, there was a way to successfully combat the Spaniard’s seemingly imperious brand of football.

Since that game, the two have faced each other 13 times, with Klopp the only one of Guardiola’s regular opponents to have won more games against the Spaniard than he has lost.

Best records against Guardiola (minimum 10 games)
Manager Matches Wins Draws Losses Win %
Jurgen Klopp 14 8 1 5 57%
Jose Mourinho 21 5 6 10 24%
Arsene Wenger 14 3 3 8 21%
Manuel Pellegrini 11 2 1 8 18%
Mauricio Pochettino 13 2 4 7 15%

Of course, Guardiola can always point to the trophy cabinet if he feels the need for a riposte. Of the two managers, it is he in most need of a healthy stash of polish.

Born in Germany, continued in England

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp while managing Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively

Guardiola and Klopp faced each other eight times in German football over two years before the latter left Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Klopp departed the Bundesliga with the tally between him and Pep at four wins apiece. To place this in perspective, Guardiola lost only nine domestic games in total during the two seasons he and Klopp were both managing in Germany.

Klopp would also have the final word between them on German soil courtesy of Dortmund’s 2-0 penalty shootout win over Bayern in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals.

“When they were in Germany, Pep was in charge of a Bayern team who had dominance in abundance over the whole of the Bundesliga, including Dortmund,” German football expert Honigstein told Football Focus.

“It was impossible for Klopp to compete on a level playing field. It also didn’t help that Bayern and Guardiola pinched some of his players, such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski. Klopp wasn’t really in a position to win the war but he could win battles – annoying and upsetting the Bayern dominance just for a little bit.

“It never got personal between the two of them. If anything, they were very complimentary of each other and their tactics. Their relationship was always marked by huge respect, admiration and I think the biggest compliment that Pep paid to Jurgen was frequently changing his set-up and even going as far as playing long balls to bypass the pressing because he was so wary of the power Dortmund could bring on the pitch.”

Klopp was already 10 months into his Liverpool career when Guardiola switched from Munich to Manchester in 2016, rekindling a rivalry that began calmly but last season produced four barnstorming games featuring 18 goals.

The two teams head into this weekend’s encounter – the 15th between Guardiola and Klopp – unbeaten in the Premier League and joint top of the table, City only ahead of Liverpool through a superior goal difference.

Guardiola v Klopp – past meetings
Date Fixture Competition Result Tally
27 July 2013 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich German Supercup 4-2 Guardiola 0-1 Klopp
23 November 2013 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich Bundesliga 0-3 Guardiola 1-1 Klopp
12 April 2014 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 0-3 Guardiola 1-2 Klopp
17 May 2014 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund German Cup final 2-0 aet Guardiola 2-2 Klopp
13 August 2014 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund German Supercup 0-2 Guardiola 2-3 Klopp
1 November 2014 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 2-1 Guardiola 3-3 Klopp
4 April 2015 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich Bundesliga 0-1 Guardiola 4-3 Klopp
28 April 2015 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund German Cup semi-final 1-1 (0-2 pens) Guardiola 4-4 Klopp
31 December 2016 Liverpool v Man City Premier League 1-0 Guardiola 4-5 Klopp
15 January 2017 Man City v Liverpool Premier League 1-1 Guardiola 4.5-5.5 Klopp
9 September 2017 Man City v Liverpool Premier League 5-0 Guardiola 5.5-5.5 Klopp
14 January 2018 Liverpool v Man City Premier League 4-3 Guardiola 5.5-6.5 Klopp
4 April 2018 Liverpool v Man City Champions League 3-0 Guardiola 5.5-7.5 Klopp
10 April 2018 Man City v Liverpool Champions League 1-2 Guardiola 5.5-8.5 Klopp

What is Klopp’s approach? Fewer touches, more direct

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola on the touchline during a Liverpool v Manchester City game

The majority of managers, most of whom are not blessed with the playing talent available to Klopp, prioritise keeping City at bay. They play the percentages by packing defence and hoping to frustrate Guardiola’s team.

It is this that led City to average 71.94% possession and 17 shots a game over last season’s 38 fixtures. They are averaging 72.51% possession and 24 shots a game so far this campaign.

But containment is not Klopp’s way. Like Guardiola, the German is a risk-taker, with a philosophy and tactical vision built around ‘gegenpressing’ – in essence an extremely high-energy, high press that aims to win the ball back deep in the opponent’s half. Against City, he fights fire with fire.

“If you are brave, if you are ready to make mistakes, then you have a chance,” he explained before the first leg of the Champions League tie between the two sides last season.

“It’s difficult to be brave against them because you can suffer. Sitting back is not a solution against City. Be there where there is a chance to get the ball. If we can win it then we have a chance. If not? It is very, very difficult.”

His approach didn’t work at all in the first meeting between the two last season, which City dominated and won 5-0 at Etihad Stadium, although significantly Liverpool conceded four of those goals after Sadio Mane was sent off in the 37th minute.

However, Klopp’s gameplan would yield much more positive results later in the campaign.

His side’s high pressing in the league game at Anfield resulted in five City errors leading to shots, two of which resulted in goals, as City’s defence was tested in a manner it rarely was throughout the rest of the 2017-18 season.

It was City’s first defeat of the campaign and six more would follow, two of which Klopp would also inflict to knock Guardiola’s side out of the Champions League.

And while high pressing is clearly a key component of Klopp’s tactics generally, he appears to make a very specific tweak when his side come up against City.

In the six matches between the teams since the start of 2016-17, Liverpool have employed a faster, more direct approach when in possession.

In those six games, Klopp’s side averaged 2.68 passes per passage of play, compared with 4.13 across the 2017-18 season as a whole. They also registered only four sequences of 10 or more passes per game against City, whereas their normal average is 17 sequences per game.

You might think that is because City are so good at breaking up possession, but in fact the Reds made more progress up the pitch against City – 15 metres on average for every passage of play – than their 10-metre average across the rest of that season’s fixtures. Their ability to pounce at pace once in possession was something no other team achieved so successfully against the champions.

It is why, in All Or Nothing, Guardiola expresses his concern about how quickly Liverpool advance once they get into attacking channels.

So what will the managers’ approaches be this time?

The view of Guardiola as an idealist, with only one way of playing, would suggest he will continue with the tactical formula that has proved so successful since the start of last season.

And, according to Honigstein, that is likely to be the case, although more because of the players available to him, rather than stubbornness or an aversion to straying from his tactical ideal.

“Guardiola is a very vain manager and wants to show that his way of doing things is the best and that his team can settle that account that Klopp opened with him,” said Honigstein.

“But I wonder whether he would be tempted to change things up a little bit if he could.

“He has been unrelenting when it comes to doing things his way at Manchester City but he has shown in the past that he can be pragmatic when coming up against sides of the make-up Klopp has instilled at Liverpool and had at Dortmund.

“Maybe he would be more direct. But he doesn’t have a Robert Lewandowski figure up front who can hold the ball up, so sending balls up top to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane is probably not an option. That means it is difficult to him to change his approach, even if he wanted to.

“That makes it easy for Liverpool to set up, because they know – more or less – what they will have to do to contain City. Ultimately it will come down to how much Liverpool can disrupt City.

England beat Ireland to stay in World Cup – highlights & report

England beat Ireland to stay in World Cup – highlights & report

2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup
Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Dates: 21 July – 5 August
Coverage: Live commentary of every England game online and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, reports on England and Ireland matches on the BBC Sport website

England kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Ireland at Lee Valley Park in London.

Ireland had already reached the quarter-finals as group winners with victories in their first two games.

India’s 1-1 draw with USA earlier on Sunday left England needing a draw to qualify for the crossover phase.

A final-quarter goal from Giselle Ansley secured victory, sealed second place in Pool B and set up a match against South Korea on Tuesday.

It was England’s only conversion from 15 penalty corners.

The winners will face world number one ranked the Netherlands – who have scored 26 goals in their three matches – in the quarter-finals.

Ireland await the winners of the crossover match between India and Italy.

After two below-par performances in draws against India and USA, England dominated Ireland, who could not register a shot in the opening half.

Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran saved well from Sarah Haycroft and Susannah Townsend, but England’s pressure paid off seven minutes from time when Ansley’s shot deflected in off the stick of Hannah Matthews.

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch said reaching the play-off “means everything” to the team.

“This whole tournament has thrown up a huge amount of surprises – it could have gone either way today,” she said.


2016 Olympic gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

England were good value for their win. They only won this game 1-0 but they had a lot of corners and seemed to dominate possession.

They were much better than the first two games and showed great patience, but the worrying thing is that they are not scoring goals. It doesn’t matter how well you play – that is a problem.

I don’t think many people would have expected Ireland to top the pool. They played really well for those first two victories but they were pushed back tonight.