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Sadio Mané returns in Moscow but Klopp puts Liverpool balance before art

Gabriel Mercado of Sevilla tackles Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Anfield on September 13, 2017 in Liverpool,...

Jürgen Klopp seemed genuinely excited by his first visit to Moscow and the formidable police presence that greeted Liverpool’s arrival at Sheremetyevo Airport. The prospect of finally unleashing his most talented attacking quartet provided another adrenalin-rush but Spartak Moscow away, he cautioned, might not be the place for “all the artists”.

Harry Kane narrows the gap with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Harry Kane of Tottenham is chased by Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

To Harry Kane it is a numbers game and, like every football fan in Europe, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is in awe of those posted by two players in particular. You know who they are. There was a time when a goalscorer would be feted for getting 20 in a league season; for reaching a ratio of one in every two matches. That was in the era before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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