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The Football Association has confirmed it will launch an investigation after allegations by Everton defender Mason Holgate that he was racially abused by Roberto Firmino during Liverpool’s FA Cup win at Anfield on Friday.

“The FA can confirm that referee Bobby Madley was made aware of an allegation during the Liverpool versus Everton game at Anfield last night and has subsequently reported this to the FA, which will now begin making enquiries into the matter,” read an FA statement (h/t Guardian).

The incident happened after James Milner’s goal when Holgate shoved Roberto Firmino into the advertising boards. A clearly unhappy Firmino vaulted back on to the field and sprinted towards Holgate, swearing in Portuguese, before referee Bobby Madley stepped in between them to intervene.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, now a columnist, wants Firmino to be handed a 10-game ban if he is found guilty of using racist language towards Holgate.

“Everyone knows my stance on racism — that any player or manager found guilty of it should have the book thrown at them,” he wrote for the Mirror.

“We will now have to wait for referee Robert Madley’s report into the incident between Firmino and Holgate before we can draw any conclusions on it.

“Firmino is, of course, innocent until proven guilty. If he is found guilty then a 10-game ban, a ­serious talking-to and compulsory attendance on a racism education course has to be meted out.

“And, if not, then, of course, there is no case to answer.

“Whatever the outcome, though, I hope this finally moves the ­governing bodies to get their acts together on these issues and make things clear once and for all.”

Asked whether Holgate accused Firmino of using a racist term, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said:

“I’m telling you nothing until whatever systems are used to find out what exactly happened and what didn’t happen. Whatever happens (outside football), has to be dealt with the authorities.”

Allardyce didn’t want to discuss if he had spoken to Holgate about the incident.

“I’ve left it with the director of football (Steve Walsh) today. I said to sort that out.”

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp admitted he thought Madley and the fourth official were discussing whether to take action against Holgate for the original push on Firmino.

Klopp then said: “I had information that something happened … but I can’t say anything about it.”

What Holgate did was entirely wrong but if Firmino is proven guilty, it would be a real shame and he would deserve to be penalised as there is no place for racism in this beautiful game.

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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

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In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

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Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

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Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

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