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Salah's youngest stunner crowns Liverpool's 5-0 win at Watford

WATFORD, England (AP) - With a skillful touch, a roll of the ball with his cleats, a dummy and a terrific finish in the bottom corner, Mohamed Salah scored yet another contender for goal of the season to get Liverpool's 5-0 win at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

WATFORD, England (AP) - With a skillful touch, a roll of the ball with his cleats, a dummy and a terrific finish in the bottom corner, Mohamed Salah scored yet another contender for goal of the season to get Liverpool's 5-0 win at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. On a tough day for Claudio Ranieri in his first game as Watford coach, Salah nearly delivered a replica of his stunning pre-international break single goal against Manchester City - and overshadowed a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino - to show why many are calling him the world's best player in current form. Who is better than him now? "That said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp. We don't need to talk about what (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi did for world football and how long they were really dominant, but at the moment it is clear that there is no one better than him (Salah). Salah's 54th-minute solo goal started right in the area where he was surrounded by three Watford players. Salah somehow managed to get off with wonderful footwork The Egyptian winger was bullied by his teammates after scoring his seventh league goal of the season has now scored in their last eight games for Liverpool in all competitions, at which point Liverpool had already been hit in the eighth minute by Sadio Mane from Salah's exquisite pass from the outside after an opening game nside of his left shoe - and Firmino clearly clear on both sides of the half-time. The Brazilian striker practically completed his hat trick with the final kick of the game. Mane is the 31st player to score 100 goals in the Premier League and the third from Africa after Didier Drogba and Salah. Liverpool started the eighth round of the game in second place, one point behind Chelsea. 69-year-old Ranieri, who was signed to replace Xisco Munoz last week, will be judged after playing against weaker opponents than Liverpool but this has been as one-sided as it gets. In fact, it was Ranieri's worst defeat in the Premier League as a manager when he assumed his duties in charge of Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham. "When I came, I knew everything," said Ranieri when asked if the job at Watford was bigger than he thought. “Now I know my players a lot better ... We have to work hard and slowly, slowly we get better.

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Salah is the best player in the world

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp calls Mohamed Salah "the best" player in the world after the Egyptian's great performance in the 5-0 win at Watford. (Author: Gardener)

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp called Mohamed Salah "the best" player in the world after the Egyptian's great performance in the 5-0 win at Watford. Who is better than him? "Klopp told BT Sport. His attempt against the Hornets - he pushed himself away from several defenders before turning in the far corner - was of similar quality as his goal in the last top game against the Reds Manchester City, which Klopp said fans will remember "in 50 or 60 years". "He's the player who can do things like that for us," added Klopp. A goal is not possible for people with normal feet, but it is possible for him and that is what makes it really special. You could see the team celebrating the goal that everyone knew was special. ”Salah's goal brings him in with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the best African player in Premier League history with 104 goals. whose goal took his own Premier League to 100 added: "Mo is one of the best players in the world. This goal surprises you, but we see it all the time in training." Apart from Luka Modric in 2018, only Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or for the best player in the world since 2008. Klopp, however, believes the 29-year-old is now dwarfing the vaunted duo: "We don't need to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo did for world football and their dominance. But right now he [Salah] is the best. There are people like [Robert] Lewandowski and Ronaldo and Messi and [Kylian] Mbappe, but right now he's definitely at the top of that list Pass from Mo Salah to Sadio Mane was out of this world, we're seeing Salah at the level of Lionel Messi. " Defeated Watford coach Claudio Ranieri added: "Mo Salah is one of the best players in the world, if not the best. Everything he touches is a target." * Our coverage of Liverpool is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know here to make sure you don't miss a moment * All Liverpool - go straight to the best content

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Liverpool leave Vicarage Road with a convincing 5-0 win and a sensational performance by the entire team (Author: Gardener)

Liverpool leave Vicarage Road with a convincing 5-0 win and a sensational performance by the entire team. After breaking off our unbeaten league run two seasons ago. Liverpool wanted revenge on Watford. Liverpool dominated from minute one. They didn't let Watford breathe. They didn't let Watford in at all. Once Liverpool scored a goal they knew it was going to be two or three. Just like Liverpool was when they won the Premier League. Like the air that surrounded Vicarage Road. Liverpool was cold. Though players like Salah and Firmino get high credit for their performance today. His positive runs and passing play from midfield were exactly what Liverpool needed to build their attacks. Keita also had the misfortune of not being on the scorers list with a couple of long-range efforts, one of which hit the woodworks. Keita is a fantastic player when he's fit. I hope we can see a good run of games for him now as he will be very important in getting into the busy Christmas calendar. At the start of the season. Lots of experts, rival fans and the media either let Liverpool finish 4th or some didn't even that. Never doubt Liverpool. After last season's injury crisis, Liverpool have come back bigger and better this year. Now they think Liverpool is the real deal again. We tried to tell you. Since joining Liverpool, Diogo Jota has hit the ground under his feet and has never looked back. This season, Jürgen Klopp appeared to have chosen Jota as his number 1 striker ahead of Roberto Firmino. Firmino started again today with Mane and Salah at the top. With a point to prove, Firmino stepped on this field and presented his case to be a starter again. The Brazilian mage got away with the match point when he scored his second hat trick for Liverpool. With a brilliant all-round performance to match the goals, he hits the ball back to Jota. With very important next away games at Atletico Madrid and Manchester United. Firmino went out of their way to earn a place in these games. Mohamed Salah. It's something you tell your grandchildren about. The number of goals and assists is one thing, but the way he scores it is unreal. He has the most incredible stats since joining Liverpool and this season he's even surpassing his own standards. They know someone is special when even the most rival fans stand up to applaud what they are doing. This is now happening with Salah. Liverpool fans have always loved him, but lately rival fans have been impressed with the brilliance this man brings to the table. Mohamed Salah will go down in Liverpool and Premier League history.

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Liverpool beat Watford as Mohamed Salah cemented his place as the Premier League's brightest star

Salah scored one and delivered another when Liverpool won 5-0 at Watford (Author: Gardener)

WATFORD - From Mohamed Salah's first touch to the last touch, the tension could be felt on Vicarage Road. Watford fans knew anyone in Liverpool's red shirt could beat them today, but it was the number 11 they really feared. With today's knowledge and the weeks leading up to Liverpool's quiet 5-0 win over Watford, Salah is the best player in the Premier League and it's not that close. His great goal, Liverpool's fourth, could just be one of eight he has had in the top division so far this season. In addition, there is today's hat trick for Roberto Firmino and that means that the legendary first three occupy all top positions in the top five of the Golden Boot Charts. Jürgen Klopp is not afraid to crown his star with the highest praise. Salah, he emphasizes, is not only the best in the league, but currently the most outstanding footballer in the world. But right now he's the best. "He added," He's definitely one of the best in the world now. For me he's the best. Others will come, but yeah, right now he's definitely at the top of the [list]. "Klopp insisted that there wasn't a big leap in getting Salah into the conversation for the best footballer in the world. He would argue that the Egyptian has earned a place in the highest pantheon of world footballers for some time, that there hasn't been a big jump in the last few months, even if he noticed that the glorious steep ball he delivered for Sadio Mane was something like a new one Wrinkle that he had "Mo has been at the top level for years and because of his desires a lot can still come from him," Klopp told CBS Sports. "There is more of him too." Argue that this is not the kind of game is to back up everyone's claim to be the best in the league how much work they have to do to keep Watford in the premier league, yet there is a way to get such cheap chores done as a salah Sniffed blood in the water, his attack was merciless. In its current form, Salah is the kind of player who forces managers to rip apart carefully crafted tactical plans in a matter of moments. At Vicarage Road, it was clear within 15 minutes that Rose, once the kind of player who would give as best as possible against Premier League winners, would be bullied off the field if he remained isolated too often against Liverpool's right wing. In his first game at the top, Ranieri found himself back at the drawing board almost immediately. His 4-4-2 with no ball was abandoned for a five-man chain, albeit one where Adam Masina Rose was so close it looked like Watford was fielding two left-backs. Neither of them could defend themselves against Salah on their own, even if that meant Trent Alexander-Arnold was occasionally left without pressure at all. Perhaps unsurprisingly, closing a gap in this sieve of defense didn't really give the home side more support in the game. He had seen what happened when Rose was left one on one against Salah. The Egyptian simply got his man off the ball before whizzing a pass from the outside of his left shoe into the path of Mane, who would open the shot on goal. By the start in the eighth minute, Liverpool might have had more. Salah hit the ball against the crossbar in the first minute. And in the second, a backward defense had done well to deflect his shot only to a corner. From that opening attack, you knew that the Salah Gate would come at some point. Since he tries to fill the season goal completely with his own repertoire, this should have been his best goal of the season. When he received the ball in the right corner of the D, he immediately pulled three defenders to him. The smart option might have been to slide the ball to the right where Alexander-Arnold flew up to join an unmarked Naby Keita, but he'd done enough for the day. Rivets on the ball, he rolled it back and forth. Only Craig Cathcart could keep up with him as he put on the afterburners to get out of the quagmire, but in the process, Salah's quick deceleration knocked him onto the lawn. A moment to get the ball out from under his feet, and then he wrapped his left boot around it. It is better to settle for the best view in the house. "You saw how the team celebrated the goal, that everyone recognized that it was something special," said Klopp. This was an authoritative representation not only of Salah but of those around him as well. Naby Keita seemed to be the dynamic bridge between the top three and the rest of the team that Klopp had always hoped for. When the strikers in front of him seemed to be enjoying their duties, you could sense that the center-back had been hoping for a more challenging task. All of this should come with the huge caveat that Watford was downright horrific. James Milner was able to feed the ball to Mane, overlap it over the left side and cut the ball back for Roberto Firmino to hit Liverpool's runner-up without any pressure on the 35-year-old. Sitting deep and asking your opponent to break him is an understandable tactic, but if that's the approach it may be worth making sure the runners behind are picked up, that there is a semblance of communication between the lines of defense consists. It also helps if you can only hold the ball for a moment. Watford could barely get it out of the defense. Goalkeeper Foster shot at Ismaila Sarr for a long time, who competed in Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip with players three or ten centimeters taller than him. It took Cathcart until the 37th minute to complete a passport, another 20 minutes before he doubled his balance sheet. "We were very, very nervous," said Ranieri. We've been playing against Liverpool for the last 20 minutes, I asked them to play at eye level from the first minute. I watched my players very closely today. In the meantime, the fans had to be content with little graces, the loudest cheers came when Juraj Kucka and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher struck the first save. That took 55 minutes. Likewise, they may not have a tougher test than this Liverpool side who simply will not allow their opponents' shortcomings to go unpunished. At the moment there is no one better suited to this than Salah.

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Salah 10/10 after stunning goal; Firmino scores hat trick on Liverpool win

Liverpool pounded Watford, and their star trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all shone brightly. (Author: Gardener)

Janusz Michallik says Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world in current form. Janusz Michallik says Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world in current form. Liverpool may have missed players but they beat Watford convincingly when Sadio Mane scored the goal after nine minutes with a wonderful goal after a brilliant pass from Mohamed Salah. Liverpool's runner-up came in the 37th minute when Roberto Firmino tipped a James Milner cross before striking again in the 52nd minute. Liverpool were four goals ahead just two minutes later when Salah scored a great goal to top his performance against Manchester City after showing superb skills to make room in the box and shoot home. Firmino ended a joyous game for the guests by completing his hat trick in the dying second, and Watford was never in the game. Liverpool enjoyed complete domination for most of the game, moving the ball with precision to ensure they hurt Watford rather than just holding the ball. They looked good defensively too, as the Hornets couldn't do much with the ball even if they had it. Watford also had an occasional moment towards the end, but by then the game was over. 9 - Jurgen Klopp did not have every player available and again complained about the timing of the games but that did not affect Liverpool's performance. This was helped by a pathetic performance at Watford, but the Reds manager deserves credit for the outstanding performance of his team. DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 8 - Made some excellent forward passes, including one to give Salah a chance. He also looked sovereign defensively and made a brilliant comeback against Cucho Hernandez, although the Colombian would have been sidelined if he hadn't succeeded. Missed a long shot in the second half while another shot was deflected off the post in agony. DF Joel Matip, 6 - Looked confident throughout the match, whether he was on the ball or on the rare occasions when he was worked defensively. DF Virgil van Dijk, 7 - Salah played a great ball early on and was there to step in and wipe out any uncomfortable moments in the back when needed. DF Andrew Robertson, 8 - Has made some brilliant runs forward throughout the game, one giving Salah a chance. The Scottish international didn't look like he'd been hit when he didn't have the ball. MF James Milner, 7 - He had some smart positions all along and did brilliantly pick Firmino for second. MF Jordan Henderson, 7 - As Liverpool captain for the 150th time, he moved the ball efficiently and was always committed to the press when needed. MF Naby Keita, 6 - Was good at helping out defensively when needed, moving the ball well and saw his deflected shot hit the crossbar from a distance before it went past. FW Mohamed Salah, 10 - Beat left-back Danny Rose from the first whistle. Made an excellent template for Mane's opening game after a pass with the outside of his shoe. Then the Egyptian international, having been rejected several times, scored a simply exquisite goal for Liverpool fourth. FW Roberto Firmino, 10 - Often well connected game. He held great positions and demonstrated awareness of the opportunities presented to him and made sure his hat trick was easy finishes. FW Sadio Mane, 9 - Made a well-timed run and a very balanced finish to the opener, which was also his 100th goal in the Premier League. While one heel nearly resulted in a Watford chance, another helped Milner build Firmino for Liverpool's second. Should have scored a second goal himself after Firmino expropriated Rose and gave him a chance. Kostas Tsimikas, 6 - Replaced Robertson in the 64th minute and almost found Firmino with a cross. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 6 - Replaced Alexander-Arnold in the 64th minute and looked nice, made some good forays. Neco Williams, N / A - Replaced Milner in the 83rd minute for his first Liverpool minutes of the season and assisted Firmino in the forward's hat trick.

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'He wants PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona' Former Manchester United player Gary Neville believes Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool

Sky Sports expert and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool and follow big names from the past. (Author: Gardener)

Sky Sports expert and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool and follow big names from the past. Mohamed Salah is currently in the shape of his life. He has always said that he loves playing at Liverpool and according to recent reports, he stays more than happy when paid for what he's worth. Gary Neville speaks to Sky Sports about his feelings for Mohamed Salah's future: “I don't think he will stay with Liverpool for the rest of his career. It has always been that view, but I could be wrong. “I just think when you look at someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, Beckham, Mbappe, it's not just about the money. "They have to play for certain clubs, they have to go and experience certain things." "I think Salah has to see Real Madrid, the Bernabeu. Real Madrid will be back." "I think he did an amazing job at Liverpool. I always felt that he wanted a Paris, a Real Madrid, a Barcelona and I think he'll get it. If Liverpool offer the right deal, Salah will stay in my opinion. Liverpool loves him. Liverpool loves him. His chances of an inheritance will be much higher if he stays at Liverpool than at any of the other clubs. Real Madrid and Barcelona are in one state right now and PSG are in Such a bad league, Salah will win just as much at Liverpool while playing at a better level and with a better manager.

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Liverpool beat Watford as Mohamed Salah cemented his place as the Premier League's brightest star

Salah scored one and delivered another when Liverpool won 5-0 at Watford (Author: Gardener)

WATFORD - From Mohamed Salah's first touch to the last touch, the tension could be felt on Vicarage Road. Watford fans knew anyone in Liverpool's red shirt could beat them today, but it was the number 11 they really feared. With today's knowledge and the weeks leading up to Liverpool's quiet 5-0 win over Watford, Salah is the best player in the Premier League and it's not that close. His great goal, Liverpool's fourth, could just be one of eight he has had in the top division so far this season. In addition, there is today's hat trick for Roberto Firmino and that means that the legendary first three occupy all top positions in the top five of the Golden Boot Charts. Jürgen Klopp is not afraid to crown his star with the highest praise. Salah, he emphasizes, is not only the best in the league, but currently the most outstanding footballer in the world. But right now he's the best. "He added," He's definitely one of the best in the world now. For me he's the best. Others will come, but yeah, right now he's definitely at the top of the [list]. "Klopp insisted that there wasn't a big leap in getting Salah into the conversation for the best footballer in the world. He would argue that the Egyptian has earned a place in the highest pantheon of world footballers for some time, that there hasn't been a big jump in the last few months, even if he noticed that the glorious steep ball he delivered for Sadio Mane was something like a new one Wrinkle that he had "Mo has been at the top level for years and because of his desires a lot can still come from him," Klopp told CBS Sports. "There is more of him too." Argue that this is not the kind of game is to back up everyone's claim to be the best in the league how much work they have to do to keep Watford in the premier league, yet there is a way to get such cheap chores done as a salah Sniffed blood in the water, his attack was merciless. In its current form, Salah is the kind of player who forces managers to rip apart carefully crafted tactical plans in a matter of moments. At Vicarage Road, it was clear within 15 minutes that Rose, once the kind of player who would give as best as possible against Premier League winners, would be bullied off the field if he remained isolated too often against Liverpool's right wing. In his first game at the top, Ranieri found himself back at the drawing board almost immediately. His 4-4-2 with no ball was abandoned for a five-man chain, albeit one where Adam Masina Rose was so close it looked like Watford was fielding two left-backs. Neither of them could defend themselves against Salah on their own, even if that meant Trent Alexander-Arnold was occasionally left without pressure at all. Perhaps unsurprisingly, closing a gap in this sieve of defense didn't really give the home side more support in the game. He had seen what happened when Rose was left one on one against Salah. The Egyptian simply got his man off the ball before whizzing a pass from the outside of his left shoe into the path of Mane, who would open the shot on goal. By the start in the eighth minute, Liverpool might have had more. Salah hit the ball against the crossbar in the first minute. And in the second, a backward defense had done well to deflect his shot only to a corner. From that opening attack, you knew that the Salah Gate would come at some point. Since he tries to fill the season goal completely with his own repertoire, this should have been his best goal of the season. When he received the ball in the right corner of the D, he immediately pulled three defenders to him. The smart option might have been to slide the ball to the right where Alexander-Arnold flew up to join an unmarked Naby Keita, but he'd done enough for the day. Rivets on the ball, he rolled it back and forth. Only Craig Cathcart could keep up with him as he put on the afterburners to get out of the quagmire, but in the process, Salah's quick deceleration knocked him onto the lawn. A moment to get the ball out from under his feet, and then he wrapped his left boot around it. It is better to settle for the best view in the house. "You saw how the team celebrated the goal, that everyone recognized that it was something special," said Klopp. This was an authoritative representation not only of Salah but of those around him as well. Naby Keita seemed to be the dynamic bridge between the top three and the rest of the team that Klopp had always hoped for. When the strikers in front of him seemed to be enjoying their duties, you could sense that the center-back had been hoping for a more challenging task. All of this should come with the huge caveat that Watford was downright horrific. James Milner was able to feed the ball to Mane, overlap it over the left side and cut the ball back for Roberto Firmino to hit Liverpool's runner-up without any pressure on the 35-year-old. Sitting deep and asking your opponent to break him is an understandable tactic, but if that's the approach it may be worth making sure the runners behind are picked up, that there is a semblance of communication between the lines of defense consists. It also helps if you can only hold the ball for a moment. Watford could barely get it out of the defense. Goalkeeper Foster shot at Ismaila Sarr for a long time, who competed in Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip with players three or ten centimeters taller than him. It took Cathcart until the 37th minute to complete a passport, another 20 minutes before he doubled his balance sheet. "We were very, very nervous," said Ranieri. We've been playing against Liverpool for the last 20 minutes, I asked them to play at eye level from the first minute. I watched my players very closely today. In the meantime, the fans had to be content with little graces, the loudest cheers came when Juraj Kucka and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher struck the first save. That took 55 minutes. Likewise, they may not have a tougher test than this Liverpool side who simply will not allow their opponents' shortcomings to go unpunished. At the moment there is no one better suited to this than Salah.

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Dodger's bulldog Max Scherzer is greedy for another World Series ring

The three-time Cy Young winner has saved his first career in the NLDS clincher and wants to win another championship. (Author: Gardener)

The tendons on the back of his neck tighten, he tears his jersey violently off his body and runs around shirtless every time the Dodgers party. Max Scherzer celebrates on the field after winning NLDS Game 5. “And as you know,” Scherzer says, “I like to party.” Scherzer, taken over by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30th, is the main reason the Dodgers are in the National League Championship Series against Atlanta, with Game 1 on Saturday night in the Truist Field. It was Scherzer who kept the Dodgers at bay in the Dodgers 3-1 wildcard win over the Cardinals, keeping St. Louis at bay for 4⅓-innings. It was Scherzer who put up seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. It was Scherzer who pitched the goalless ninth inning of their 2-1 winning take-all win for his first save of his career. It all started in mid-July when the Washington Nationals dropped out of the playoff race and General Manager Mike Rizzo decided to sell parts for a rebuild. Scherzer, who had a blanket no-trade clause, agreed to the deal, he said, but only to National League clubs. "I wanted familiarity so I wanted to stay in the National League," he told USA TODAY Sports, "but it became pretty clear where I was going to be traded." Rizzo told Scherzer that he wasn't in NL East, so Atlanta, Philadelphia and the Mets were out. The National League Central was down, Scherzer said, as the Milwaukee Brewers had lots of starting places and the St. Louis Cardinals looked inside out, unsure if they were even a playoff contender. This left NL West, where the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants battled it out for the division title in an epic race while the San Diego Padres battled for a place with wild cards. The Giants had brief talks with the Nationals, but trade talks were never serious and left the Padres and Dodgers behind. The Dodgers quickly became favorites, especially when the Nats were ready to include Trea Turner in a package. “I knew the general managers were still doing everything they could to work out the proposals,” said Boras, “and the proposals were not complete because no one knew about Turner. “I knew Washington's intentions were and what they were trying to do because Rizzo needed my approval and we needed their approval, so we went back and forth about what was pleasant and what he wanted Dodgers, but there was only one hook. Scherzer, a Florida resident, owes $ 105 million in deferred payments through 2028 and should now be taxed in California. The Dodgers and Boras went back and forth, and eventually the Dodgers agreed to pay the difference in taxes worth about $ 700,000. The Dodgers didn't want this to stand in the way of acquiring a future Hall of Famer, and 10 weeks later the deal is looking awesome. Scherzer delivered 0.78 ERA in his first nine starts with the Dodgers, 9-0 with an ERA of 1.98 in his 11. And here are the Dodgers without three members of their original starting rotation - Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May and Trevor Bauer - eight wins away from becoming the first National League team to win consecutive World Series titles since the Cincinnati Reds 1975-76. “That's why I came here to win,” says Scherzer. Scherzer is obsessed with winning. It's been almost 10 years, and he's still pissed off, that his ultra-talented Detroit Tigers team didn't win a World Series during this glorious three-year stretch from 2012 to 2014. "I'm still thinking about it," said Scherzer. Now, having won the World Series with the Nationals in 2019 and beating the Giants in the NLDS, he's greedy. Because of this, he volunteered to get off the bullpen in Game 5 and was ready to return two nights later on Saturday. Sure, Thursday was technically a bullpen day for Scherzer, but between starts you don't run to the hill, snort, grunt, throw the ball as hard as possible, suck his body's energy. “He brings this intensity and this dog mentality with him,” says Dodgers team-mate Gavin Lux, “which I think we need. You see him step on the hill and he's a dog, man, and you want to play behind this guy. ’’ He wants to pitch no matter how he feels. He went to the bullpen in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the Division Series, walked back and forth four innings, telling Dodgers manager Dave Roberts that he was ready no matter what. “This guy,” says Atlanta's manager Brian Snitker, “is just a different animal. That temperament is why Mad Max is made for the Dodgers. He's a free agent after the World Series, but it's hard to imagine him signing anywhere else. The Dodgers want him and Scherzer knows he wants to be here and leaves Washington in the rearview mirror. "I understand, I don't doubt it," said Scherzer. We knew they would sell and move parts. You had to flip some parts and attract some prospects in order to win again. "But hey, I want to win for the rest of my career, I don't know how many years I have left." Scherzer, who fulfills every penny and more of his $ 210 million seven-year contract with the Nationals, will likely go for at least a three-year deal to get him to 40. Boras doesn't shake hands with him, but considering that Scherzer is showing no signs of slowing down, they won't limit themselves to a short-term deal. “Age is not the problem,” said Boras, “performance is the problem. Max is considered an ace, and how many aces are there in our game? "They want Scherzer back. And Scherzer wouldn't be willing to move to California from Jupiter, Florida if he wasn't interested in ending his career with the Dodgers. It's getting more and more likely that Scherzer will wear Dodger Blue in 2022. And over the next two weeks it will be decided whether he wears a matching World Series ring. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Party Tough: Dodgers Bulldog Max Scherzer is greedy for another World Series ring

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PSG vs. Angers Sco odds, expert tips and predictions

Analyze the odds and lines of PSG against Angers Sco on Friday, with Ligue 1 expert tips and predictions. (Author: Gardener)

In a Ligue 1 showdown on Friday night, Angers Sco (4 wins, 1 loss, 4 draws) visits PSG (8-1-0). Angers Sco odds and lines and make our best Ligue 1 bets, tips and predictions. PSG attract a top 5 Ligue 1 team after their first defeat of the season at home. PSG will be without Messi and Neymar as they seem to be on the right track after a 2-0 loss to Rennes. Despite the defeat, it remains first in the table. The Angers Sco is the fourth-placed club. Angers have scored 14 goals in nine games but are led by a stellar defense who have only given up one goal per game. PSG have scored 22 goals in their nine games. Odds via Tipico Sportsbook; Access USA TODAY Sports betting odds for a complete list. PLAY: Our new free daily Pick'em Challenge and win! "LEAN" to PSG (-300). It's a risk as the value isn't really there, but these are actually good chances of winning the clear Ligue 1 favorite. PSG should know this is a daunting loss should be able to win at home after a less talented side. While Angers are a top 5 club in Ligue 1, PSG are way ahead of the rest. Angers have also given up 7 goals in the last 4 games so their high level defense may go back to the median. Angers finished 13th in the table last year. While PSG's attack is undoubtedly elite, both sides have kept their opponents at an average of one goal per game. While it's easy to bet on PSG's win, it's not a huge risk to bet that they will consistently break the backline. The odds are better and with PSG scoring in every game but one and Angers scoring one and a half goals per game you can expect both sides to get on the board. If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tips, access all of our content on SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please play responsibly. Follow @SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn income from Tipico for referring viewers to betting services. Tipico has no influence on such income and is in no way dependent on or associated with the newsrooms or reporting. General terms and conditions can be found on Tipico.com. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).

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PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino dissatisfied after PSG's ugly 2-1 win against Angers

Pochettino's men were once again unconvincing when Kylian Mbappe scored a controversial late penalty kick to ensure victory (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain had to do without Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos against Angers SCO on Friday. The impact of the recent international break should not detract from the visitors' performance, which was the last in a string of encouraging performances under new boss Gerald Baticle, but PSG were again deeply disappointing, needing a header from Danilo Pereira and a controversial late penalty from Kylian Mbappe over VAR to save them from a second consecutive loss. Angers got its full value in their halftime lead by Angelo Fulgini when Sofiane Boufal and Mohamed-Ali Cho made the home defense at Parc des Princes to the frustration of Mauricio Pochettino, who was pretty much forced to set up a makeshift back four. Despite the numerous absences for PSG, Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mauro Icardi and Presnel Kimpembe all started in an eleven that, although not lacking in individual skills, looked just like the players who hardly played together, as many of them these marginal figures are. "It wasn't an easy game," Pochettino admitted after the game. "It was important to get back to winning ways after losing to Rennes. It's been two weeks since we played and some players are returning from injuries. Gini Wijnaldum, who expressed concern about his current situation in Paris during the international break , was just a replacement alongside Julian Draxler while Juan Bernat was returning from a lengthy injury break, so it was hardly the bare bones, even if some big names were missing a coherent selection with 90 more tedious minutes in which they really didn't get much more than a point deserved, and Angers could even resent their first half at Les Parisiens, like they did a couple of weeks ago against Olympique Lyonnais when Neymar was awarded an incredible penalty for a mess with Malo Gusto in which he was at least an equal aggressor Seemed, VAR came to PSG's aid with another kick out of nowhere after his summer spirits missed penalty shoot-out against Switzerland, in addition to his penalty against Belgium, which brought France to the final with a 3-2 win in the UEFA Nations League and with equal sovereignty against Paul Bernardoni. We work all week to deliver a decent performance, it doesn't make sense that the referees don't also take their time. "I'm tired of this VAR business. Icardi commits a foul early in the game, he pulls my arm, I fall, and then he uses his position to win the penalty. To say it was tough" A blow for Angers would be an understatement, however, and the men of Baticle will have a hard time putting so much into an ultimately unrewarded evening under the lights in the capital. VAR goes for you and sometimes it goes against you. I can understand why Angers is complaining. We would have liked to have won differently here. This time it went in our favor. "Expect things to be massively different for PSG on Tuesday against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League when the big guns are back and after the impressive win over Manchester City last time around Want to stay at the top of Group A, but you can't escape the feeling that Pochettino's men scratch by doing the bare minimum.

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