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Mason replaced for Sheff Utd-Liverpool game with injury

10 hours 50 min ago

Referee Lee Mason has been replaced as fourth official for Sunday's match between Sheffield United and Liverpool due to injury.

Mason will be replaced at Bramall Lane by John Brooks, with Jonathan Moss refereeing Sunday night's game, live on Sky Sports.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has confirmed to Sky Sports News that Mason picked up an injury while officiating Saturday's game between West Brom and Brighton, during which Mason was involved in controversially disallowing a Brighton goal.

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In the incident, Brighton defender Lewis Dunk curled in a quick free-kick from the edge of the penalty area. Referee Mason blew his whistle - before quickly blowing again - but in between, Dunk had taken a quick free-kick and scored while Sam Johnstone was still lining up his wall.

Mason appeared to rule the goal out straight away but after Brighton's players surrounded him to complain, the referee eventually gave the goal - only to finally reverse his decision after a chaotic few minutes and pull the game back for the visitors to retake their initial free-kick.

2:49 Lewis Dunk described the controversial moment Lee Mason disallowed a free-kick that Brighton had scored despite blowing his whistle as 'embarrassing and horrendous'.

After the game, Dunk described Mason's decision as "embarrassing and horrendous" and claimed the referee lost control of the game.

Dermot: Mason lost focus

Dermot Gallagher on Sky Sports News:

Referee Lee Mason during the Premier League match between West Brom and Brighton 0:54 Mason 'lost focus' during his decision to initially award Brighton a goal against West Brom before later disallowing it, says former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher.

"I've been in situations in games where I've lost focus for a little while. I think that's the key thing: Lee has lost focus here.

"He's tried to regain it, he's realised, but he's lost a little bit of concentration, and he's not quite in that zone for making accurate decisions.

"He should never have had the free-kick taken in the first place, but having done that, he's then got to follow the process through. He's quickly realised, and quite rightly blown a second time to stop that, to control it, but the ball has entered the net.

preview image 3:15 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Brom’s win over Brighton in the Premier League

"It's at that point the VAR has told him that the ball has not entered the net before the whistle, so therefore the goal doesn't stand.

"The fact he's gone across to the bench has given him that thinking time, created that time for him to get his thoughts and himself together, so that when he goes back, he's in a better frame of mind to restart that situation."

Stelling: This is a shambles

Dunk's disallowed goal was slammed as a "shameful, disgraceful piece of nonsense" by Jeff Stelling.

The Soccer Saturday host was in disbelief as Paul Merson described events at The Hawthorns.

"This is a shambles. Lee Mason, what have you done?" Stelling questioned, as the Soccer Saturday team watched on.

"VAR has given no goal and now he is going to look at the screen. This is a total, utter, shameful, disgraceful, piece of nonsense!

"This is the dream team of Lee Mason and Simon Hooper, who is the VAR at the moment. You could not make this up."

Merson added: "I've never seen anything like this. He's completely out of control."

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Wilder: Relationship with Klopp absolutely fine

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:20

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists he has nothing but admiration for the "incredibly talented" Jurgen Klopp following the public spat between the two managers earlier this season.

Wilder said the Liverpool boss was being selfish when he advocated a return of the five substitutes rule, believing it would give those with much bigger squads and resources an advantage, and later described the German as a "world-class politician".

Klopp then responded with several jibes at Wilder in his media interviews, including pointing out that the Blades only had one point on the board at the time.

The pair will meet for the first time since that war of words in November when Liverpool travel to Bramall Lane on Sunday evening.

Ahead of the Premier League clash, Wilder insisted: "The relationship is absolutely fine.

preview image 0:40 Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder's side are bottom of the Premier League ahead of their game with Liverpool and admits his team has missed having the support of their fans at Bramall Lane this season

"I've got nothing but admiration for Jurgen, he's a top-class manager. That's what happens, people talk and things get said. If I was precious about things being said I wouldn't be doing this job.

"If I took notice of people in the media and what the majority have said through my time as a manager I don't think I would be sat here and I think that's the same for the manager at Liverpool.

"He's an incredibly talented manager, he's a winner and we all try to win. He has done that in incredible fashion. Heat of the moment, or whatever.

preview image 2:50 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Fulham's win over Sheffield United in the Premier League

"I didn't take it personal, and I have moved on and for me to worry about stuff like that is way down the pecking order."

The Blades, bottom of the table with just three league wins this campaign, head into the weekend's round of fixtures 14 points from safety, with only 13 matches left to bridge the gap.

Wilder: One of the hardest periods I've been through

It has been a season of struggle for Wilder's side, who finished ninth last term on their return to the Premier League, and he admits there have been times when he has felt more like a counsellor than a football manager.

"These players have swum the channel to get in the position they are," said Wilder, who has shared winning the League One title and promotion from the Championship with many of the players in his current squad over the past five years.

Fulham's Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) gets away from Sheffield United's John Lundstram Image: Sheffield United are now 11 points behind Fulham following defeat at Craven Cottage

"I'm not going to smash them over the head. I support them. Sometimes, what they have done in such a short period of time, is overlooked a bit. We want more.

"Am I being a counsellor as much as a manager? Yes, it seems that way, because we are trying to keep spirits high and positive.

"It's one of the hardest periods I've been through in my managerial career, because of my connection to this club. We just want to get through it."

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Klopp: No need for massive squad rebuild

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 22:30

Jurgen Klopp has denied it is time for a rebuild of his Liverpool squad but admits a top-four finish this season will be a big achievement.

Twelve of his current squad are 28 or over, with Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones currently the only players under that age who have played a major part.

Only two - Thiago Alcantara and Jota - of Liverpool's last six major transfers could be classed in the category of strengthening Klopp's first-choice XI and both have missed large parts of this season through injury.

A run of two Premier League wins since Christmas has led some critics to suggest the squad needs refreshing after the achievements and workload over the last three years.

Klopp, however, disagrees and pointed to a lengthy injury list for being at the heart of the problem.

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"Rebuild? No. What is 'rebuild' exactly? Rebuild means 10 out, 10 in? Changes to which XI?" he said.

"I know what you mean but I don't think it is time for a massive rebuild like how I understand it: six, seven out, running contracts but trying to get rid of them and bring in all the new faces.

"The squad of this year didn't have the chance to play together one time really. I think it would make sense to have a look at that but on top of that, of course little readjustments will happen.

1:50 Klopp says the mood around Liverpool is still good, despite their poor run of form and growing injury list

"Reacting on the situation but planning at the same time for the future and all these kinds of things.

"I am not sure we can do that in the summer but that is what we will try."

preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League

A return of nine points from a possible 33 since thrashing Crystal Palace 7-0 on December 19 has seen the defending champions fall from first to sixth which has left them in a battle for the top four.

When asked to assess the achievement of qualifying for the Champions League in the face of an injury list which shows no signs of easing - after captain Jordan Henderson was ruled out for at least a month after a groin operation - Klopp said: "Big. Yes it would. Absolutely.

Jurgen Klopp 0:27 Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the club will have 'more poor results' this season

"You can see the competitors. Look, it is not about the possible performance.

"The game we played against Leicester [when they conceded three in the last 12 minutes] we lost, but the performance on the day was one with which the team usually wins.

"It is all about results. The table doesn't lie. Never. That is completely fine. We know that performance-wise we are not that far away, but results-wise we are.

"That is what we have to change and for all the different reasons that it was a difficult season so far for us.

"We try with all we have to sort it and while you try and sort one problem another problem occurs. That is in a season when it is not going perfect, obviously."

I take responsibility for tough period - Klopp AP - Jurgen Klopp Image: Klopp has taken responsibility for Liverpool's disappointing form

Despite an alarming drop off in results since December, Klopp insists he does not attribute the blame to his players.

Liverpool's struggles have wrecked their title defence but Klopp insists "careers don't end after this season" and is confident there are positive lessons the club can take.

"We will try everything this season but there are so many things we can learn from it," Klopp said.

"And while we are doing that we go through this (tough period) but our football lives - our career - doesn't end after this season.

"I don't go and put the finger on my players and blame them for the situation - I don't do that.

"We are all responsible for it, I am mainly responsible for it. What we go through now, we have to sort problems now, immediately, and in the long term we can get the benefit of what we are going through in the moment.

"It's not cool but there are much worse things out there than the situation we are in as a football club.

"Maybe the important message even in this moment is we are still Liverpool and that is what we feel.

"We are Liverpool when we win 20 games in a row or whatever and don't lose, and not when we lose matches? No, we are still Liverpool.

"That, of course, gives me energy, so I am not here only for the big celebrations, I am here for the work.

"And if it is the dirty work, the hard work, no problem."

Redknapp: It'll be a surprise if Liverpool make top four

Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool's injuries and their drop-off in confidence and performance levels makes a top-four finish tough - but expects them to roar back next season.

The defending champions' Merseyside derby defeat at home to Everton on Saturday made it six defeats in their last nine games and with captain Jordan Henderson the latest centre-back option to be struck by injury, Liverpool's hopes of a Champions League qualifying spot are in doubt.

Speaking on the latest Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, Redknapp believes Liverpool's "fear factor is gone" and there will be no quick turnaround in their fortunes, with the Sky Sports pundit predicting more setbacks for Jurgen Klopp's side between now and the end of the season.

However, he says Liverpool supporters can be optimistic of a return to form in 2021/22 when fans are back at Anfield, and Virgil van Dijk is fit again, and belief is back in the team.

"They might not finish top four. It wouldn't be a surprise - it's actually more of a surprise if they did finish top four in the form they're in," Redknapp said.

"But they'll have to look at this as an exercise. It's not gone well for them but how can they do in the Champions League? Can they win the Champions League and upset the odds and do something incredibly special on that front?"

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Klopp: Atmosphere still positive in challenging times

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 14:40

Jurgen Klopp insisted that while the mood in the Liverpool camp has been better, there is still a positive atmosphere as the club look to turn their season around.

Champions Liverpool are languishing down in sixth in the table, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, after their fourth successive Premier League home defeat - equalling a club record - against Everton in last Saturday's Merseyside derby.

To make matters worse, injuries have decimated Klopp's options as he at least looks to steer his side to a top-four finish. Despite enduring a miserable season to date, the Liverpool boss, speaking ahead of his side's trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, believes his team are still doing some good things, and morale is high.

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"The atmosphere is right, it is appropriate to how it should be," he said. "It is not the best atmosphere we have ever had but there is nothing in between us, that is all fine. We all agree on the things we have to do. We have good moments as well. It is a very challenging time for this squad, as you can imagine, for different reasons. In these times you have to show your real face and that is what the boys do.

"During the week we work hard, look forward to the next game, look forward to a chance to turn it around for us, to win a football game. You need some positivity for that. It is not so easy in these moments. It is not like everything is clicking, but I am responsible for the atmosphere as well and I am in a good mood. I am not happy about the situation but this is a massive challenge, a challenge you can face in different ways and I prefer to face it in a positive way.

"I see a lot of good things in this team and a lot of promising things in our performances. We know we don't have results and we have to change things, but we cannot change things without keeping the good things as well. That's what we are trying to do. We try to influence as much as we can and the rest we have to accept. We have a positive atmosphere."

Jurgen Klopp 0:27 Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the club will have 'more poor results' this season

Klopp has received some good news after Diogo Jota trained this week following three months out with a knee problem, while Fabinho and fellow midfielder James Milner are set to return to training on Saturday

However, he admits the club have not yet considered Alisson's availability for Sheffield United on Sunday after the goalkeeper's father died in a swimming accident in Brazil on Wednesday.

"No comment about that. There's nothing to say. We didn't think about that (him playing this weekend)," he added.

"Diogo has trained twice with the team and looked really good but he's been a long time out. Fab will have his first session back with the team tomorrow. The same with James (Milner)."

Jordan Henderson is treated on the pitch after going down injured against Everton at Anfield 0:42 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are missing a lot of their leaders after Jordan Henderson became the latest long term injury Henderson out until April after groin surgery

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has undergone surgery on the groin injury he suffered in the Merseyside derby and will be out until April at the earliest.

Henderson was forced off in the first half of Liverpool's 2-0 defeat against rivals Everton at Anfield last Saturday and, after being assessed by the club's medical staff, it was decided an operation was necessary.

A Liverpool statement read: "Following further assessment with the club's medical team, Henderson has successfully had a corrective procedure carried out on the adductor injury. He will begin a rehabilitation programme immediately."

Klopp spoke about the absence of Henderson and the effect it could have on his team at Friday afternoon's press conference. He said: "They all have to be influential, with so many injured players at the moment. Most of them are leaders in this group even when they are doing their rehab.

"The best-case scenario? I don't know, it is not a quick one but we all hope that there is still a possibility for him to play a few games this season but we will see."

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PL predictions: Raphinha to fire first at 8/1

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:00

Jones Knows is back with his Premier League predictions and betting angles across all 10 games. He thinks Raphinha is a great bet to fire first at 8/1 for Leeds.

Manchester City vs West Ham, Saturday 12.30pm

The records are tumbling for Manchester City - is this where their 19-game winning run ends? I can't see it.

Regular readers won't be surprised to read that. West Ham will have to be foot-perfect in both boxes to maintain their impressive form. Yet their biggest hope may come from me opposing them. I haven't got them right for six weeks now. West Ham rejoice.

City's defence are on the verge of doing something no team has achieved in Premier League history. Another clean sheet here would make them the first team to concede as little as four goals in 18 straight Premier League games. Arsenal (1998/99) and Manchester United (2008/09) managed to concede just four goals in 17 games, but no one has put such a deadly defensive run together. A huge reason for their upturn at the back is simply Ruben Dias, who is part of a defence that is statistically the best in all of Europe's top leagues. City have conceded just 15 goals this season.

So, why is Dias as big as 12/1 with Sky Bet to land the PFA Player of the Year award when it looks a straight shootout between him and Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes?

The market is far too skewed in the direction of the United playmaker, who is a Even money shot with Sky Bet, and when we have a false favourite at the top of a betting market, there's only one thing to do, Jones Knows must strap on those punting boots.

Dias can grab another clean sheet here in what should be another routine victory.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-0

BETTING ANGLE: Ruben Dias to win PFA Player of the Year (12/1 with Sky Bet)

West Brom vs Brighton, Saturday 3pm, live on Sky Sports (Play Super 6 to win £250,000!) Saturday 27th February 2:45pm Kick off 3:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

The Baggies are a bet here at 3/1 with Sky Bet. That's a big price.

Brighton just can't be trusted at odds-on against teams that play a low block. Graham Potter's men have won just one from seven games against teams that like to defend deep and counter.

Sam Allardyce has left his Houdini act too late in the day to conjure up a miraculous escape but his side are now a competitive outfit, capable of winning games in the Premier League. They were magnificent at Burnley, somehow spurning big chances with 10-men to slip to another draw. In another world, they would be coming into this game with back-to-back wins having made life difficult against Manchester United too.

The impact of Mbaye Diagne has much to do with West Brom's upturn in performances. He only has one goal to his name but has recorded an expected goals figure of 2.76 in his last four games - that's the most created by any player since he signed bar Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. Four of his shots in that period have come via a header, including his goal in the draw with United. All three goals Brighton have conceded of late have come via opposition centre-forwards getting in where it hurts and Diagne looks a fair bet to score with a header at 14/1 with Sky Bet.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-1

BETTING ANGLE: Mbaye Diagne to score a header (14/1 with Sky Bet)

SUPER SIX: It was a 1-1 stalemate when West Brom met Brighton earlier this season and the same outcome is the most popular selection by Super 6 players for the rematch - backed by 27% of entrants.

Leeds vs Aston Villa, Saturday 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports Saturday 27th February 5:00pm Kick off 5:30pm Sky Sports Premier League Sky Sports Premier League

Now this should be a fun watch. If there's an early goal we could see chaos.

I was really keen on attacking the total match shots market as the previous fixture between these two produced 39 shots and Leeds' total of 712 shots for and against in their 25 games works out an average of 28.5 per game which is more than any other side. However, the line is set high at 31 shots at 11/10 with Sky Bet and with Jack Grealish an injury doubt for Villa, I'm happy to let that price slide.

It's hard to ignore the 8/1 on Raphinha scoring first though. As my colleague Adam Bate wrote in a fantastic read on the Brazilian, "Leeds United have found one in Raphinha."

He was sensational in the wins over Crystal Palace and Southampton, playing with a confidence that makes him look very much at home at Elland Road. In his last seven games, only Bruno Fernandes and James Maddison have had more shots than him (18) with three of those shots finding the net. He can score first in what is likely to be a typical Leeds 'we'll have a shot, you have a shot' type of game.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 3-1

BETTING ANGLE: Raphinha to score first (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Newcastle vs Wolves, Saturday 8pm, live on Sky Sports

Newcastle are slipping and sliding nearer trouble but I'm still convinced this isn't the Newcastle of a few weeks ago that embarrassed themselves in a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. It's a braver, more forward-thinking approach.

Back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Manchester United haven't changed my opinion. And, to an extent, the performance at United, especially in the first half, actually strengthened my belief that the Toon are an improved outfit since switching to this diamond-like formation halfway through their defeat to Leeds.

This is a very winnable game for them, so much so I was surprised to see 5/2 available on the home win with Sky Bet.

Wolves may have won four of their last five matches but they still remain a very stodgy team, especially in the first half of matches. They haven't scored before the 36th minute in a match for seven fixtures and with Newcastle playing a more aggressive, high-press game, I'm interested in the 3/1 for Newcastle to be winning at half-time. Steve Bruce's men have scored five goals in their last five first halves.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-1

BETTING ANGLE: Newcastle to be winning at half-time (3/1 with Sky Bet)

Crystal Palace vs Fulham, Sunday 12pm

Quite how Crystal Palace are 10 points from safety is one of football's great mysteries. In their last four games, most of it without Wilfried Zaha, they have somehow picked up six points despite registering a total expected goals figure of 0.86. It's probably saved their season as they don't need to waft outside off stump in order to pick up points to stave off relegation now. Roy Hodgson's men can block, block, block.

I'm convinced Fulham are the more accomplished side of these two, especially with Zaha still ruled out, yet Scott Parker's men still can't be trusted to pick up consistent wins at this level. This could be a similar tale to Palace's win over Brighton where Hodgson's boys will look second best for large parts but still come away with a result. I'll play the draw.

One area Fulham can be trusted is their ability to get Ademola Lookman into shooting positions from outside the box. This month, only James Maddison and Bruno Fernandes are taking more shots from outside the penalty area than Lookman (7), who is quickly becoming a shoot-on-sight merchant.

Palace, likely to defend deep, have faced 128 shots from outside the box - only Sheffield United have faced more, so I'm keen to back Lookman to hit the target from range at 9/4 with Sky Bet.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1

BETTING ANGLE: Ademola Lookman to have one or more shot on target from outside the area (9/4 with Sky Bet)

Leicester vs Arsenal, Sunday 12pm

The destination of the points in this one will centre around which club can recover quickest from their Thursday night escapades. Arsenal will take to the field in far more buoyant mood after keeping their Europa League hopes alive vs Benfica but it's Leicester that surely will be the fresher side.

Brendan Rodgers' tactical flexibility and ability to rotate his squad in shrewd fashion is a key part of his management. I always got the feeling a Premier League game takes prominence in his eyes over Europe and Thursday's defeat to Slavia Prague backed that up. They will be ready to rock for this one.

A common theme of their season has been their impressive performance levels after a Europa League clash on a Thursday. The Foxes have won six of their seven Premier League matches straight after a Thursday game, including the 1-0 win at The Emirates back in October. At 6/4 they look backable.

The match-up down Leicester's left has got my punting juices flowing, too.

Hector Bellerin will be tasked with dealing with a fresh Harvey Barnes, who was rested in midweek. The Arsenal defender is the most booked player in the Premier League this season (8) with one of those for a foul on Barnes in the corresponding fixture. In total, the flying Leicester man has got 12 players booked this season which ranks him only behind Jack Grealish in that regard. The 7/2 with Sky Bet for Bellerin to be carded looks very fair.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-0

BETTING ANGLE: Hector Bellerin to pick up a card (7/2 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Burnley, Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports Sunday 28th February 1:00pm Kick off 2:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

There was a moment towards the end of Tottenham's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City that might just have changed the trajectory of their season. It was the rebirth and potentially the return of Gareth Bale. With 82 minutes on the clock, Bale, on for another seemingly underwhelming cameo, showed a change of direction and skill to beat two City defenders before his effort was parried away by Ederson. It was bright. It was sharp. It was full of quality. It was Gareth Bale.

Since that moment, Bale has played 130 minutes for Spurs and he's bagged two goals, two assists and most importantly looked ready to make a significant difference for Jose Mourinho. His performance in the second half at West Ham, where he played in front line of Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son was everything Spurs fans want to see from him. Mourinho's men were fantastic in the second half at the London Stadium with Bale crashing the crossbar with a fine strike.

Burnley, who were absolutely rancid against West Brom, could be in serious trouble here as Bale looks set to start for the first time in a home game this year. I want to invest in his chances of delivering a monstrous performance. My main play will be his anytime scorer price of 2/1 with Sky Bet but I'll also be plunging some pennies on Bale to score from outside the area at 12/1, Bale to score twice at 14/1 and Bale to grab a hat-trick at 100/1.

The boy is back and I'm expecting Spurs to surge up the table in the next few weeks, starting here with a comfortable win.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 3-0

BETTING ANGLE: Gareth Bale to score anytime (2/1 with Sky Bet)

Chelsea vs Man Utd, Sunday 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Sunday 28th February 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

It's far too early to be making any sweeping statements about Thomas Tuchel's impact at Chelsea - but one thing we can say with confidence is their upsurge at keeping the ball out of their net. As my colleague Nick Wright wrote in a feature analysing Tuchel's first few games, since Tuchel's appointment, Chelsea have faced the fewest shots in the division and recorded the lowest expected goals against total too. Tuchel has made defensive stability a priority since his arrival, switching to a back three and making Chelsea more robust by deploying two defensive midfielders rather than one.

Now comes the biggest test. Can he keep the free-flowing Manchester United attack, led by Bruno Fernandes quiet? Well, I'd argue it might not be such a challenging task as it first seems.

One Fernandes penalty vs Tottenham is United's only goal in 'big six' Premier League meetings this season. United have not kept the pace with rivals City in the title race due to their record in matches against teams competing for the top six. Solskjaer's side are winless in their seven fixtures this season against traditional 'big six' teams and Leicester, with Fernandes seemingly going missing when the big occasion arrives. As you can see from the table below, he has managed one goal, one penalty and one assist in 630 minutes of action against such opponents.

His individual performances in those games is summed up by the player ratings awarded by Sky Sports' team of journalists on the match in question. In those seven games, he has averaged a combined player rating of just 5.3, showcasing just how little he has impacted those type of matches.

Chelsea are set up to be counter-attacked, an area where United flourish, but it's hard to make a case for an away win when all angles are assessed. Like most meetings between the big boys this season, it's bound to be a tactical and very cagey affair with Chelsea dominating possession. One goal will probably do it for Tuchel.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0

BETTING ANGLE: Chelsea to win by one goal (3/1 with Sky Bet)

Sheffield United vs Liverpool, Sunday 7.15pm, live on Sky Sports Sunday 28th February 7:00pm Kick off 7:15pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

I've not lost faith in Liverpool yet. A string of injuries at centre-back - combined with individual drop-offs in form - has left Liverpool low on confidence. That can be fixed by Jurgen Klopp.

With Phil Jagielka set to start for the Blades, they will be defending deep in order to protect their goal. Liverpool will only need one goal against the league's worst attack.

This brings forward the prospect of Liverpool managing to get shots away from distance and prices around Trent Alexander-Arnold hitting the target have got my attention. The England man has yet to hit the heights of last season in a low-key year for him but confidence is slowly returning after a spell of classy performances down the right. He's had five shots in his last two games and likes nothing more than firing from range against a low-block, hitting the target from outside the box vs Tottenham, Burnley, Sheffield United and Everton twice this season. The 11/4 for another is too big.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-2

BETTING ANGLE: Trent Alexander-Arnold to have a shot on target from outside the box (11/4 with Sky Bet)

Everton vs Southampton, Monday 8pm, live on Sky Sports Monday 1st March 7:00pm Kick off 8:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

All eyes will be on Everton here. Traditionally, you'd think the Toffees would be vulnerable in trying to back up a famous win like they had at Anfield. Lose this one and that historic victory is toned down a touch.

It's relevant that eight of Everton's 12 Premier League wins this season have been away from Goodison - only 35 per cent of points have come at home (14/40). I wouldn't be touching them around Evens against a dangerous Saints team.

Yes, they have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games since mid-December but Ralph Hasenhutt's boys do raise their levels when necessary, as seen when beating Liverpool and drawing with Chelsea.

I'm expecting plenty of bite in midfield in this one with the rapidly improving Tom Davies matching up against a Saints side that play very aggressively through the middle with James Ward-Prowse at the forefront of their play.

Davies was sensational in the win at Anfield with a destructive and tactically astute performance in front of his expertly organised defence. No player made more tackles than Davies (5) and no Everton player gained possession for their side on more occasions (8). Carlo Ancelotti is getting the best out of the midfielder in the absence of Allan and the 11/4 with Sky Bet for him to make four or more tackles looks good to me.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1

BETTING ANGLE: Tom Davies to make four or more tackles (11/4 with Sky Bet)

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Redknapp: It'll be a surprise if Liverpool make top four

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 09:41

Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool's injuries and their drop-off in confidence and performance levels makes a top-four finish tough - but expects them to roar back next season.

The defending champions' Merseyside derby defeat at home to Everton on Saturday made it six defeats in their last nine games and with captain Jordan Henderson the latest centre-back option to be struck by injury, Liverpool's hopes of a Champions League qualifying spot are in doubt.

Speaking on the latest Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, Redknapp believes Liverpool's "fear factor is gone" and there will be no quick turnaround in their fortunes, with the Sky Sports pundit predicting more setbacks for Jurgen Klopp's side between now and the end of the season.

However, he says Liverpool supporters can be optimistic of a return to form in 2021/22 when fans are back at Anfield, and Virgil van Dijk is fit again, and belief is back in the team.

Listen to the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast for more from Redknapp on Liverpool's situation, Ozan Kabak's tough start, and their Super Sunday clash with Sheffield United; plus the show features further analysis ahead of Chelsea vs Man Utd and Tottenham vs Burnley.

Redknapp on… Liverpool's top-four chances

"Teams have found a way. I remember when West Brom came to Anfield, they sat back and let Liverpool get crosses into the box and because they haven't got that focal point of a big striker you end up crossing the ball for the sake of it, not working little balls into the front man, getting runners from midfield… And they have struggled, especially when they go a goal behind, to find the answer.

"It will come, of course it will come, but right now everything Liverpool do feels difficult. When you're in a team struggling for form, even the basics, simple passes, crosses, normally they'd find a man but they're not quite happening for them now. They have to get their confidence back.

They might not finish top four. It wouldn't be a surprise - it's actually more of a surprise if they did finish top four in the form they're in. Jamie Redknapp

"They might not finish top four. It wouldn't be a surprise - it's actually more of a surprise if they did finish top four in the form they're in.

"But they'll have to look at this as an exercise. It's not gone well for them but how can they do in the Champions League? Can they win the Champions League and upset the odds and do something incredibly special on that front?"

Sunday 28th February 7:00pm Kick off 7:15pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD Redknapp on... individuals below their best

"One thing you can't deny is the levels have dropped. If you were to go through the team, the 'keeper has not been as good, Trent Alexander-Arnold, last year and the year before, his levels have been so high - the best right-back in the world we were talking about - he's not been the same player this year.

"That can be through a number of reasons - is he thinking, 'I've cracked it?' All I have to do is turn up and play' and maybe not do the basics of what made him one of the best right-backs, which was great defending, great going forward, working hard to stop the opposition first and foremost…

"I have seen a drop off and if he's honest he'll look in the mirror and say I've not been as good this year.

"When you get a bit of criticism, what you've got to do is look at yourself and think can I do better? And there's a number of players who can do better, make no mistake. Individuals have to do better. They'll know that. They have to work harder."

Redknapp on… how centre-back injuries have damaged confidence across the pitch

"I don't know what they're going to end up with as their centre-back pairing at the moment. Henderson could be out for a couple of months and it's terrible news. They're not a team who can keep going through these partnerships.

"You're trying to work in a system but confidence is low. You can talk about the team playing higher up the pitch, all these little factors, but if you're conceding goals all the time, and that fear factor is gone, it doesn't really matter what you do because Liverpool are just struggling for confidence.

Richarlison fires Everton ahead early on at Anfield Image: Ozan Kabak has endured a tough start to life at Liverpool

"Everton went there and as soon as they scored that first goal you could see the players' shoulders start to go, they started to lose belief in what they were doing and it is inevitable you end up losing games.

"And that back two, right now, whoever they end up with because of the personnel they have at their disposal, is a team which would struggle. That's not a good back four in any team in the Premier League, let alone Liverpool who are the title-holders.

"There's nothing to be scared of about Liverpool right now. This is a team you can get after, certainly defensively, make sure you don't give away silly mistakes or let Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane do something special, and you've got every chance of winning it because the midfield and defence is decimated."

Redknapp on… The Anfield factor

"The Anfield factor is huge. We talk about home and away - they're just playing on a pitch right now.

"When you used to play at Anfield - and I played there for Liverpool and against them - when you walk onto that pitch and you hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone' you look at people and you can see they're scared, they don't want to go there.

"Of course, your Man Utds, your big players, that doesn't bother them but a lot of teams will have gone there and thought this is a nightmare. They wouldn't want to play out from the back with five minutes to go.

"But because there's no pressure of the crowd they're just doing it and it's easy to play against Liverpool right now because the players aren't at the level they were last year and there's no crowd making them anxious."

Redknapp on… why there's no quick fix for Liverpool

"This isn't a short fix. Liverpool's results up until the end of the season are going to be up and down.

"They're going to have some good results because they've got Salah, Firmino and Mane to do incredible things but they're also going to have some really poor results, that is a fact. Because you can't change what's in front of you right now.

This isn't a short fix. Liverpool's results up until the end of the season are going to be up and down. Jamie Redknapp

"Jurgen Klopp can't get a special formula or recipe to go, 'I'm going to change this, I'm going to be so bright and so clever and change it to a back three', it isn't going to change a thing.

"Klopp has got the hardest job at the moment because he hasn't got a partnership, none of them have played together, you've lost your captain for three months… he's got a really tough job.

"It will come, of course it will come, but just right now everything Liverpool do feels difficult. When you're in a team struggling for form, even the basics, simple passes, crosses, normally they'd find a man but they're not quite happening for them now. They have to get their confidence back."

Redknapp on… why Van Dijk's return is so important

"Losing Virgil van Dijk - people don't want to hear it. 'Losing Van Dijk' it can't be that easy [to explain Liverpool's problems].

"But pre-Van Dijk for Liverpool was where they are now. Not a lot different. Win games, great. Lose games. Van Dijk came in and all of a sudden they looked like a proper team.

Virgil van Dijk sustained the injury after this challenge from Jorgan Pickford Image: Virgil van Dijk sustained his injury after this challenge from Jordan Pickford

"One player can make that much of a difference. Look at Ruben Dias at Man City. They're not playing any better than they were last season, Man City. They were having the same amount of possession but they'd lose a goal, with a minute to go, because they weren't quite as good and teams thought 'we can get at this back four' because they were playing a midfielder at centre-back.

"Dias-Laporte, Dias-Stones and all of a sudden it's like 'wow, they can win anything they want'. But it isn't that much different in terms of personnel going forward."

Redknapp on… why Liverpool will bounce back next season

"Jurgen Klopp had an easy job last season to a certain extent because all he had to do was keep them going out onto the pitch. The confidence was high and the fans were in the stadium. Everything they did, people believed it.

"But right now he's up against it. It's his first challenge at Liverpool. He'll come through it but it won't be now.

"It will be, I think, next season, once things start to get back to normality. Next season will be a complete change. You're going to get back to normality, not just on the playing staff, as you start to get your key players back, but with the crowd in the stadium."

Pitch to Post Preview - Jamie Redknapp's Liverpool verdict. Plus: Chelsea v Man Utd build-up, and Tottenham's tricky Burnley test

On this week's Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith to assess where Liverpool stand right now. The Sky Sports pundit explains why he thinks it would be a surprise if they make the top four and the reasons why he expects them to get back to their top level next season.

We also hear from Sky Sports football writer Jack Wilkinson, who assesses Chelsea's start under Thomas Tuchel, Man Utd's talk of the title, and gives his verdict on why the next couple of months could be key for the future of Jose Mourinho and Tottenham. Plus he shares his Pitch for the weekend!

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Alisson's father drowns in Brazil aged 57

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:03

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has died after drowning in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil on Wednesday, according to local police.

Jose Becker, 57, had been swimming at a dam on his property when the accident happened on Wednesday afternoon, Doroteo Machado Filho, a police inspector in the town of Lavras do Sul, told Reuters. No foul play was suspected.

Brazilian club Internacional, who both Alisson and his brother Muriel played for, tweeted their condolences.

"It is with great sadness that we received the news of Jose Agostinho Becker's death, the father of our ex-goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel," the club said.

Alisson began his career at Internacional before joining Roma in 2016. He moved to Liverpool, where he has established himself as one of the world's best keepers, two years later.

The 28-year-old has been a regular for Liverpool since joining the club, helping them to win the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and European Super Cup in that time.

He has also won 44 caps for Brazil and was named FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper in 2019.

Alisson's brother, Muriel, also began his career at Internacional. The 34-year-old joined Portuguese club Belenenses in 2017 but returned to Brazil with Fluminense two years later.

He has three caps for Brazil's U20 side.

Fluminense said on Twitter: "Fluminense Football Club deeply regret the passing of Jose Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Muriel and Alisson. We wish all strength to his friends and family."

The death of Jose Becker comes just weeks after Jurgen Klopp's mother, Elisabeth, passed away.

The Liverpool manager was unable to attend her funeral due to a German ban on travellers from England.

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Jota back in training, VVD steps up rehab

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 15:17

Diogo Jota returned to full training on Wednesday as Liverpool prepared for Sunday's trip to Sheffield United, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Portugal international Jota scored eight goals in his last 11 matches for Liverpool before a knee injury in their Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland in early December sidelined him for almost three months.

After making tentative steps with individual outdoor training, Jota - who has scored a total of nine in 17 since arriving from Wolves in September - rejoined his team-mates at the club's Kirky training base.

 Getty images Image: Diogo Jota at Liverpool's Kirky training centre with Curtis Jones and Mohamed Salah

There was also positive news regarding Virgil van Dijk, who was pictured training outside with the ball as part of his individual recovery programme.

Van Dijk suffered serious anterior cruciate ligament damage against back in October 2020 and had spent the majority of his recovery following surgery in Dubai.

Getty images Image: Virgil van Dijk continued his recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament injury Sunday 28th February 7:00pm Kick off 7:15pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

Liverpool are also still awaiting the results of a scan to determine the severity of the injury sustained by Jordan Henderson during the Merseyside derby defeat on Saturday.

Jordan Henderson went off injured during the first half of Liverpool's match with Everton (PA image) 0:34 Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson's injury 'doesn't look good' and that his medical staff are not feeling positive as the Liverpool captain faces a scan.

The Liverpool captain was forced from the field in the 29th minute with an apparent groin injury.

Jurgen Klopp said on Sunday: "It's the groin/adductor region and nobody in the medical department was positive about it.

"It doesn't look good, but we have to wait, of course, for the scan tomorrow, hopefully."

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Mane: Firmino deserves more credit than me or Salah

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 20:15

Liverpool's Sadio Mane has sprung to the defence of fellow forward Roberto Firmino.

As the form of Jurgen Klopp's side has fallen away in 2021, the Brazil international has come in for criticism due to his lack of goals, having scored just once since Christmas.

But Mane - whose own goal tally of 11 from 32 appearances is five short at the same stage last season - believes without the hard-pressing forward, he and Mohamed Salah would get fewer chances.

"He deserves more credit than me and Mo, for sure," Mane told ESPN Brazil.

"But it is part of football, (people) always seeing the goals scored. But without Bobby, I don't see me and Mo score as many goals as we have, to be honest.

preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League

"He makes everything easier for us. Brazil are just lucky to have Firmino. I have always said to Bobby: 'You will have to change your nationality and come to Senegal'.

"For me, that would be a dream. I just love him. I think he is my favourite team-mate."

Liverpool's established front three could finally have some competition again as Diogo Jota is expected to return to full training this week.

Wijnaldum and Salah, PA 1:03 Andy Dunn and Henry Winter discuss the reasons behind Liverpool's tremendous dip in form, and believe there are issues at the club beyond injuries to key players

The Portugal international scored eight goals in his last 11 matches for the club before a knee injury in their Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland in early December sidelined him for almost three months.

However, having made tentative steps with individual outdoor training Jota - who has scored a total of nine in 17 since arriving from Wolves in September - is ready to rejoin his team-mates.

There has still been no news on the outcome of scans on captain Jordan Henderson's groin problem which forced him off in Saturday's Merseyside derby defeat at home to Everton amid fears the injury could keep the midfielder out for an extended period of time.

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Carragher on Liverpool problems and criticism

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:18

Jamie Carragher has defended his criticism of Liverpool during the Premier League champions' astonishing slump and insisted injuries do not excuse their run of four consecutive home defeats.

Since January 1, Liverpool are 17th in the form table, with just seven points from nine games, including Sunday's 2-0 loss to Everton at Anfield.

"I said during commentary that 'l am sick of talking about Virgil van Dijk'. And what l mean is that we have highlighted that throughout. Liverpool can't win the league. I said that after the last league derby game. They can't win the league with Van Dijk being out the whole season. That's the big picture," Carragher told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"But the problems Liverpool have, with centre backs out and midfielders at centre back, does not mean they can't win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom. Manchester United, maybe. And Manchester City are real top quality.

"It's not an excuse for individual games. No matter what problems you have as a Liverpool player, you can't not win at home for six games. That is not acceptable. It's not."

preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League

Carragher added: "The reason I don't want to use Virgil van Dijk as an excuse because Liverpool started the game against Everton with 10 Champions League winners.

"That is why it is not an excuse in individual games. They have to find a way to win."

Since topping the table at Christmas, Liverpool have been held to a 1-1 draw at home to second-bottom West Brom and suffered defeats at Anfield to Burnley, Brighton and Manchester City before Everton claimed their first derby away win in over 20 years.

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"I've played in teams not as good as this one," continued Carragher. "But they find a way to win. We beat Everton twice with 10 men.

"So when we are talking about Jurgen Klopp doing something different, it's not ripping everything up. Of course it is not. But l do think there could be there could be a tweaking in the system, maybe a 4-2-3-1, bringing in an extra attacking player in because Liverpool are struggling to score goals.

"Defensively, is there a case that they could they put the defence 10 yards further back? Liverpool never played this high when Jurgen Klopp first came in.

"With the high line they are playing at the moment, Ozan] Kabak is struggling, (Ben) Davies is coming in, (Nathaniel) Phillips is going to play and they need more protection."

Liverpool have crept forward as a unit in successive seasons

Liverpool have fallen to sixth in the Premier League table, two places outside of the automatic qualifying positions for the Champions League, and next play Sheffield United before facing Chelsea, live on Sky Sports, on Thursday March 4.

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Carra: Ancelotti was Everton's MOTM at Anfield

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 21:38

Carlo Ancelotti was the secret behind Everton ending their 22-year Anfield hoodoo in Saturday's Merseyside derby, says ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Everton won at Liverpool for the first time since 1999, with their 2-0 success ending a run of 24 games without victory against their oldest rivals.

They led inside three minutes through Richarlison and doubled that advantage late on courtesy of a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty. However, the main man to credit for the Toffees' success was manager Ancelotti, Carragher told Monday Night Football.

"I never gave a man of the match in the game for whatever reason, maybe it slipped my mind. There was probably three or four Everton players you could have given it to, but I watched the game again yesterday morning when I got up and their man of the match was the manager, Carlo Ancelotti," said Carragher.

"It's 22 years since they won at Anfield, 1999. But that's just the Premier League; notoriously, Everton's record at Anfield is horrendous. So, to actually win at Anfield for Everton is huge. They're celebrating like mad, and rightly so.

"Before Saturday, this was Everton's league record at Anfield since 1962/3 - 58 games, six wins in 58. That's why that was so big, what happened on Saturday night.

"Forget the '22 years, Everton's record at Anfield'. Even with the greatest team, you go through the 60s - Everton won a title in the 60s, an FA Cup, got to another final - only won once at Anfield. They won the league in 1970. Again, the 70s, only one win at Anfield. The 80s, Everton's greatest-ever team - only won twice there."

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Carragher played in his fair share of Merseyside derbies himself as a Liverpool defender, and was left feeling his former club had enjoyed a mental edge over their near-neighbors which had inhibited Everton's hopes of taking the bragging rights in games between the pair down the years - something Ancelotti managed to overcome last weekend.

"I'll tell you the reason, in my experience, the record is so poor, and also at Goodison in the last 20 years as well," he said. "Everton never get the derby right emotionally. They're either too up for it, and they get players sent off, or they're absolutely terrified going into games, certainly at Anfield.

preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League

"And the reason I say Ancelotti won Everton that game, is that he took the emotion out of the game, with the team he picked. So when that team came in, Evertonians, getting ready for the game, their heart sank. No Calvert-Lewin, and no Allan. Now, Allan hasn't played for two months. Calvert-Lewin was coming back from a hamstring injury. So it's the right decision.

"But emotionally at times, Everton see the derby as the biggest game you have to win. Roberto Martinez told me a story where he almost felt pressured to play Gareth Barry in a derby game at Anfield and he wasn't 100-per-cent fit.

"He got injured, they lost the game, and he missed an FA Cup semi-final, and he always looks back at that as a huge regret. Ancelotti, again, ended up saying this is three points for our European ambition, forget Liverpool."

The tactics behind Everton's historic victory

While much of Ancelotti's work to win the derby was done ahead of kick-off, the game could not be won, even with Liverpool's nightmare run of form, without Ancelotti's players executing a solid plan to stifle the reigning Premier League champions.

Carragher credited the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan boss with winning the tactical joust against Jurgen Klopp - and pointed out exactly how he set up his side to finally break their Anfield duck.

He said: "In the first derby, Liverpool scored after two or three minutes with Mane, because they exposed Rodriguez, who at times can leave his right-back really exposed.

"So he didn't do that in this game, he played off the front - and he's massively involved in the first goal. He gets in between the lines. When he gets on the ball in these positions, it's, 'can he deliver?'

 JAmie Carragher thinks Liverpool should be winning despite Virgil van Dijk's long term injury 3:04 Carragher says that the Liverpool side has been so good that they should not be losing home matches to the likes of Brighton and Burnley, even if they have midfielders plugging their centre-back positions

"And in that position, with that pass on to Richarlison, there's very few who can deliver that pass better than James Rodriguez. Tactically, they got that right playing him in a 10 position, because he does what he's in the team for, to deliver that pass - and Everton get off to a great start.

"The next thing is the debate on, were Everton playing with a back four or a back five? Now Carlo said before the game he wasn't changing too much, and then I looked down and thought it's a back five. And then I saw Holgate taking throw-ins, and thought maybe it's a back four. It was both.

"I think was primarily a back four, but there was a man-marking system on this right side. It was Holgate with Mane, and it was Seamus Coleman with Andy Robertson, and that's what caused the confusion.

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"When you play against Liverpool, they're a team that press really well. The way you stop that is to just kick along, and it took me back to Jose Mourinho with Chelsea when Liverpool almost won the league under Brendan Rodgers, and we highlighted on this show, Mark Schwarzer kicked everything long - it beats the press.

"Then you go to Calvert-Lewin. And I was talking in commentary about when he probably will come on - I thought the only way he was going to come on was if Everton were losing and he'd join Richarlison, but he brought him on at 1-0.

"And that's what won them the game, keeping the two attacking players on the pitch. I said at the time I don't actually think [their second goal] was a penalty but it doesn't matter, it didn't affect the result."

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Fans set to return from May 17

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 15:50

Fans are set to return to sporting events from Monday, May 17 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his road map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Supporters have been prevented from attending sporting venues across England since the scrapping of the tier system in December.

However, the Prime Minister has now revealed plans in the House of Commons to ease restrictions step-by-step across the whole country simultaneously instead of on a regional basis.

From May 17, indoor events will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000, whichever is lower, and for outdoor events this will be 50 per cent capacity or 4,000, whichever is lower.

Larger outdoor seated venues such as football stadiums will be allowed up to 10,000 people or be a quarter full, whichever is lower.

The proposals rule out the possibility of fans attending any further regular-season matches in the EFL, but it would mean the final weekend of the Premier League season, set to be played on Sunday, May 23, could potentially be played in front of a limited number of fans.

With Manchester City top of the league, 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, supporters could see Pep Guardiola's side lift the Premier League trophy against Everton at the Etihad.

Although the FA Cup final is set to be played on Saturday, May 15 - two days before the initial plans to allow fans to return, it could be used as a test event.

Which clubs will be at Wembley?

Tottenham face Manchester City in the 2021 Carabao Cup final on April 25

Eight teams are left in the FA Cup. The quarter-finals will see Leicester vs Manchester United, Chelsea vs Sheffield United, Bournemouth vs Southampton and Everton vs Manchester City.

Sky Sports News reported last week the FA and EFL were working with the Government to get fans inside Wembley for the two showpiece finals of the FA and Carabao Cups.

It is hoped to have one-third of Wembley full of spectators by the time the finals are played, in late April and mid-May, providing it is safe to do so.

The EFL has already moved the Carabao Cup final from February 28 to April 25 to give it the best chance of having supporters inside Wembley.

Both finals have been identified as key milestones for the wider game, and - crucially - ahead of this summer's Euros.

And with Wembley set to host seven matches at this summer's delayed Euro 2020, including all three of England's group games, a last-16 clash, both semi-finals and the final, Monday's announcement is seen as a positive step for fans to attend.

The proposals also leave open the possibility of spectators returning over the summer for Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, the British Grand Prix and cricket internationals and county matches, depending on whether the conditions for easing restrictions have been met by May 17.

Wembley Stadium is due to host the 2021 FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals 2:00 Rob Dorsett explains that football authorities are hoping that 30,000 fans could be in attendance at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals. Non-elite sport in England to resume in March

The Prime minister has also revealed non-elite sport - including grassroots football - can resume in England from March 29.

Johnson also confirmed schools in England will reopen to all pupils on March 8, with children's after-school sports and activities also allowed to resume.

On the same date, outdoor recreation with one other person will also be permitted, meaning people will be allowed to sit together in a park with a coffee, drink or picnic.

However, adults will have to wait a further three weeks to restart organised sports, with grassroots football set to resume along with the reopening of tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sport facilities.

From April 12 at the earliest, use of indoor leisure facilities such as gyms for individuals or household groups will be possible.

All children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity including sport, regardless of circumstance.

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Race for the PL top four: Merson's verdict

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 14:40

Sky Sports' Paul Merson gives his verdict on the race to finish in the Premier League's top four.

With Manchester City continuing to pull clear at the summit, Manchester United, Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Arsenal all have hopes of securing a top-four finish.

As it stands, 15 points divide second-placed Man Utd and 10th-placed Arsenal - while the Gunners remain 11 points shy of fourth spot and are just about in contention to qualify for the Champions League with 13 games left in their season.

So, who does the Magic Man think will be playing Champions League football next season?

Here he goes through each contender before prediction who will finish in the top four...

Manchester United Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle 3:08 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United's win over Newcastle in the Premier League.

Position: 2nd
Games played: 25
Points: 49

Merson says: "You'd like to think Manchester United will get into the top four from here. However, it's all still so tight with plenty of points to play for in the coming weeks. All it takes is a really poor dip in form and you can quickly find yourself down in sixth with the games coming so thick and fast.

"United have three consecutive away games against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City and a bad run, coupled with some good results for the teams around them and things can change. They can change quickly in this league at the moment. That being said, if United beat Chelsea you'd have to think Thomas Tuchel's side won't catch them.

"United have the platform and they should secure a top-four finish. Are they looking up rather than behind them?

"I don't really get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying the title race is not over. A few weeks ago, when they were in a better position, he said they weren't ready to win the title. Now, they are further back, and it's not done. I'm really not sure what game he is playing?"

Leicester ASTON VILLA 1-2 LEICESTER 2:19 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Position: 3rd
Games played: 25
Points: 49

Merson says: "Leicester fell away last year when looking like securing a Champions League spot, but I don't think that will happen this time around. They look a really good outfit under Brendan Rodgers.

"The club has upset the apple cart before, and I'll think they'll do it again this season. They are a really good team."

West Ham Jesse Lingard celebrates his goal against Spurs (AP) Image: Jesse Lingard celebrates his goal against Spurs

Position: 4th
Games played: 25
Points: 45

Merson says: "Twenty-five games in and West Ham are in the top four. It's phenomenal what David Moyes has done.

"This is not just five or six games; this is 25 football matches. That's a big chunk of the season so to get them where they are now is an absolutely phenomenal achievement,

"It was a great result for them against Spurs. At the end of the day, they are going to have times when they are hanging on in games, but it was job done for the Hammers. They defended well, put their bodies on the line and rode their luck, which is what you need. You make your luck, though.

preview image 3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham’s win over Tottenham in the Premier League.

"I just look at West Ham's fixtures and they have Man City away next where you don't give them much of a chance. Then it is Leeds at home which is another hard game. Then it's Manchester United, Leicester and Arsenal at home and Wolves away. They are hard football matches, so it will be difficult for Moyes' men.

"I said on transfer deadline day I thought Jesse Lingard was the signing of the window. To get someone of his quality from Manchester United is a great coup for West Ham. He was always going to be better than what they had so it was a great signing

"At the moment, he is doing well, and he could well prove to be the difference, who knows?"

Chelsea preview image 2:42 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s draw with Chelsea in the Premier League.

Position: 5th
Games played: 25
Points: 43

Merson says: "Chelsea have had kind fixtures in recent weeks, but you still have to beat these teams. Liverpool have had relatively kind fixtures, but they didn't beat Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley or West Brom. You have to put these teams away and to be fair, Chelsea have done that.

"What follows easy games, though? Hard games and Chelsea face that now.

"Chelsea play Manchester United and Liverpool and then they've got Everton, who are flying. Leeds away is in there too, which is a hard game, and in the middle of that is two games against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Before you know it, they could get nothing out of those four games, and they are completely out of it. But, if they can get results against United and Liverpool and can beat Everton and Leeds, then they've got a far easier run of games and then they are favourites. It's madness.

"This period now and until the end of March is a defining time for Tuchel and Chelsea. It's the be-all and end-all of their season, without a doubt. The real test starts now for this Chelsea side. They have five or six matches coming up which will define their whole season."

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp Image: Jurgen Klopp

Position: 6th
Games played: 25
Points: 40

Merson says: "Liverpool need to get back to winning ways, and fast!

"They've got Sheffield United next and then Chelsea and Fulham at home. The game against RB Leipzig in the Champions League should be finished, so that should mean they will be able to rest players when the second leg comes around. Then there are games against Wolves and Arsenal.

"They've got some nice fixtures coming up and they need to get back on track.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the win over RB Leipzig in Budapest 0:26 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are 'really critical' over their performance during their first loss against Everton at Anfield since 1999.

"Their luck at the moment is rotten. Ozan Kabak came in from Germany and wasn't very good against Leicester but was good against Leipzig. He then got lost for the first goal in the Merseyside derby. It's hard. And now, Jordan Henderson's not going to be playing and they will end up with two kids at the back.

"I don't care what anyone says, the injuries have made a huge difference. Having the injury list they've had will affect any club and Liverpool have had injuries to big-time players.

"If they don't get into the top four it will be a disaster for Liverpool. It will be a nightmare, but at the moment, I still can't see Liverpool not being in the top four."

Everton preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League.

Position: 7th
Games played: 24
Points: 40

Merson says: "If there is a difference for Everton this season, it will be Carlo Ancelotti.

"Fair play to Everton for what they did at Anfield at the weekend, but it just shows you where Liverpool are, at the moment. I watched the last couple of games and Fulham and Man City ripped Everton to shreds. Man City played in second gear and Fulham, who are in the bottom three, gave them the run-around.

"So, to go there, do what they did, defending brilliantly and holding on for a brilliant result, I thought it was real good management. He brought Dominic Calvert-Lewin on, knowing his side needed a second goal and it worked a treat. You also have to give credit where credit is due, I thought Jordan Pickford was outstanding. He was solid and made some really good saves. He was England's number one and that's what I expect from him every week. If he doesn't have the game, he has then I think Liverpool probably get a result.

"Everton have got some really good fixtures coming up, but we are talking about Everton here. They are very inconsistent.

"They go and put a performance in like they did against Fulham at home after scoring three at Man Utd and hitting five past Spurs in the FA Cup. Then they go to Anfield and win so they need to go and get that sorted. They need to find some consistency and if they can, with the games they've got against Southampton, West Brom, Chelsea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

"The Chelsea game aside, they are winnable football matches for Everton. After that, there are only seven matches left in the season. They have got the nicest fixtures coming up out of every team, but they have to be consistent. You can't keep throwing in a Fulham at home result.

"These chances aren't coming along again. You have to take advantage now. Liverpool are not going to be this bad again, Chelsea will be better again next season, Man City are Man City and Man Utd keep on improving. You'd like to think Tottenham will get better, plus there will be crowds back next season.

"This chance is not coming along again and there are reasons for that.

Aston Villa Aston Villa boss Dean Smith with assistant John Terry Image: Aston Villa missed Jack Grealish during their defeat to Leicester

Position: 8th
Games played: 23
Points: 36

Merson says: "Aston Villa have got no chance!

"Let's be honest, watching them yesterday, if Jack Grealish isn't playing, they are not far off being a relegation team.

"If Grealish left at the end of the season, they'd be back fighting where they were last year. I have no doubt about and there is no shame in that.

preview image 1:37 Paul Merson says Jack Grealish is one of the best players around and he would buy him tomorrow if he was in charge at Barcelona.

"We've seen a team of Liverpool's stature, with international footballers all over the pitch, crumble without Virgil van Dijk. Without him, they are a completely different team.

"Villa without Grealish are a completely different team and there's nothing wrong with that because that haven't got the players Liverpool have got.

"But if he's not fit then Villa re not winning too many football matches."

Tottenham JOSE MOURINHO (PA) Image: Jose Mourinho's side are on a difficult run

Position: 9th
Games played: 24
Points: 36

Merson says: "If Tottenham win their game in hand, they are back in the mix in terms of points. But the problem is winning that game in hand after a run after a run of five defeats in their last six league games.

"But you look at their fixtures coming up and you think they could go on a role. They've got Burnley at home, Fulham away and Crystal Palace at home. They are all winnable games and if you get nine points you are right back in it.

"Then it is Arsenal and Aston Villa, so they do have some nice fixtures coming up.

1:06 Jose Mourinho admits his Tottenham side are on a bad run, but denies there is a crisis following a fifth Premier League defeat in six games.

"When you are in this position you just have to keep going one game at a time and you see where it takes you. As I said with Liverpool the other week, they are out of the title race but if you win your next six games you can have another look. That's exactly what Man City did. They won six straight games and Liverpool hardly picked up a point. All of a sudden that's a big turn around in points.

"Spurs just have to consolidate and take it at a game at a time. Get a few wins ad see where it takes them because the gaps that are there now can disappear very quickly with a run of wins. That's the nature of this league this season.

"At the moment, I think the gap is too big for Spurs, but we've seen other teams do it. A run of wins can change things in terms of confidence and the table, and that's what Spurs need to hold onto. Confidence is a massive thing in football and for me, it goes hand in hand with luck. If you can get some confidence back and a have a bit of luck go your way, you can be unstoppable."

Arsenal Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives instructions to Kieran Tierney Image: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives instructions to Kieran Tierney

Position: 10th
Games played: 25
Points: 34

Merson says: "I can't see Arsenal doing anything between now and the end of the season to get into the top four.

"I played at Arsenal for a good number of years a long time ago and it is just a phenomenal football club. It's a Rolls Royce of a football club but when you look where they are now, it's just hard to watch.

"Man City used to be a million miles away and talk about turning things on its head, they are so far ahead of Arsenal. The only thing that can give you hope if you are an Arsenal fan is that you can watch City and think things can turn around.

"I was so disappointed yesterday. It's so easy for me to sit and say Arsenal should have had a right go at Man City because I know you can end up losing 4-0 or 5-0, and then it looks an awful result. But if you look at Arsenal's performance, they looked out of their depth and that was really worrying.

Arsenal are approaching a pivotal run of results Image: Arsenal are approaching a pivotal run of fixtures

"When they got to 75 minutes and were only a goal down, they had to have a right go. But it looked like the players just didn't have that belief. It seems a long time ago now and it was a long time ago that Arsenal had that. They had that fear factor for teams playing them. I found it a really hard watch.

"It's probably now time to focus on the Europa League for Arsenal, but they'd do well to win that with the way things are going. There are some really good teams in that competition - some good English teams as well.

"It's a real massive rebuild job at the Emirates Stadium and I think it's going to take a long, long time. That's unless they've got some money from somewhere and they have a right go, but we've seen Chelsea have a right go and look where they are. We are talking about whether they will get in the top four and that was a lot of money, so there are no guarantees.

"It's a really hard one to take for Arsenal at the moment."

preview image 2:42 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's win over Arsenal in the Premier League. And finally, Merson's top-four verdict… Liverpool played RB Leipzig in Budapest last week in the Champions League Image: Merson is sticking with Liverpool to qualify for next season's Champions League

Paul Merson's Premier League top four: Man City, Man Utd, Leicester City and Liverpool

Merson says: "Man City are in, obviously - that's the easy part!

"Next, I have to stick with Manchester United and Leicester, who are a very good team. The top three now will stay there, in my opinion.

Harvey Barnes celebrates  with Youri Tielemans after doubling Leicester's lead Image: Leicester will qualify for the Champions League, according to Merson

"After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don't like to sit on the fence, but I'm finding it really hard to pick a team for the final spot.

"Despite their superb season so far, I don't see West Ham lasting the distance, and that means a spot is up for grabs. Moyes' side have been brilliant, but I saw enough in that second half against Spurs to tell me it's just too much for them to do in the reminder of the season.

"Everton have got the fixture list to make a challenge, but I do worry about their consistency.

"For me, it's between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final spot.

Thomas Tuchel 0:32 Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says his side 'lacked precision and composure' in their 1-1 draw at Southampton

"If Chelsea have a good March, that's it, they are in. But, I worry about Chelsea scoring enough goals. I can't see them blowing teams away.

"I've always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it so hard to stick with them, at the moment. It's hard to get away from their form and the fact the luck is not with them.

"You look at the games they've lost, and you look at the games they have coming up and wonder if they can turn it around. They should beat Sheffield United but there is doubt there, especially with no defenders.

Jordan Henderson went off injured during the first half of Liverpool's match with Everton (PA image) 0:34 Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson's injury 'doesn't look good' and that his medical staff are not feeling positive as the Liverpool captain faces a scan.

"I've shown so much faith in them, but the players keep dropping like flies. The one player I want on the pitch out of all of their players at the moment is Jordan Henderson. When things are not going well, he's the leader. He's the player that gets people going. With him now being out of the team it's a bit of a worry.

"It feels like I'm just going with the name and not looking at the performances and results. The teams they haven't beaten is very worrying. I don't know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. Please don't ask me why but I'm keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side."

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PL players face 10-day isolation after every overseas trip

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 13:30

Premier League clubs have been told their players and staff will now be forced to self-isolate for 10 days when they return from any overseas trip.

It comes as the Premier League confirmed just two new coronavirus cases for the third straight week - the joint-lowest of the season so far.

There had previously been no specific restrictions on those arriving back from Champions League, Europa League and international ties outside the UK.

But the new UK Government guidelines were provided to all 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday.

Players will still be allowed to train and play in matches but will have to quarantine in the same way as the general public and can only leave home when entering their elite sporting environment.

Players can reduce the isolation period to just five days on the provision of a negative COVID-19 test.

The rules state that anyone who goes on international duty must remain in their sporting bubble at all times while away, in order to avoid a spell of unconditional isolation once they return.

Arsenal will play the second leg of their Europa League tie with Benfica in Greece on Thursday Image: Arsenal will play the second leg of their Europa League tie with Benfica in Greece on Thursday

If a player exits the national team's bubble - to visit friends or family - that will invalidate their quarantine exemption and they must self-isolate for 10 days.

The latest guidance also removes the quarantine exemption for new signings, as well as managerial and coaching appointments.

It will have a direct impact on teams involved in European competitions this week.

Chelsea play Atletico Madrid Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday while Manchester City face Borussia Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena in Hungary on Wednesday.

Arsenal travel to Greece on to play Benfica for the second-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday due to Portugal being on a 'red list' of countries drawn up by the UK government.

PL records two Covid-19 cases for third straight week

Across two rounds of tests between February 15-21, there were two positives out of the 2,633 players and club staff tested.

That figure is the same as last week and the week of February 1-7, making it the joint-lowest total of the season so far, and a significant drop from the record 40 cases between December 28 and January 3.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days," the Premier League said.

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

"No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public on a weekly basis."

Previous Premier League test results
  • Round 1: 31 Aug-6 Sep - 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
  • Round 2: 7-13 Sep - 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
  • Round 3: 14-20 Sep - 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
  • Round 4: 21-27 Sep - 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
  • Round 5: 28 Sep-4 Oct - 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
  • Round 6: 5-11 Oct - 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
  • Round 7: 12-18 Oct - 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
  • Round 8: 19-25 Oct - 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
  • Round 9: 26 Oct-1 Nov - 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
  • Round 10: 2-8 Nov - 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.
  • Round 11: 9-15 Nov - 1,207 tested, with 16 testing positive.
  • Round 12: 16-22 Nov - 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.
  • Round 13: 23-29 Nov - 1,381 tested, with 10 testing positive.
  • Round 14: 30 Nov-6 Dec - 1,483 tested with 14 testing positive.
  • Round 15: 7-13 Dec - 1,549 tested with six testing positive.
  • Round 16: 14-20 Dec - 1,569 tested with seven testing positive.
  • Round 17: 21-27 Dec - 1,479 tested with 18 testing positive.
  • Round 18: 28 Dec-3 Jan - 2,295 tests with 40 testing positive.
  • Round 19: 4-10 Jan - 2,593 tested with 36 testing positive.
  • Round 20: 4-10 Jan - 2,593 tested, with 36 testing positive.
  • Round 21: 11-17 Jan - 3,115 tested, with 16 testing positive.
  • Round 22: 18-24 Jan - 2,518 tested, with eight testing positive.
  • Round 23: 25-31 Jan - 2,957 tested, with seven testing positive.
  • Round 24: 1-7 February - 2,970 tested with two testing positive.
  • Round 25: 8-14 February - 2,915 tested with two testing positive.
  • Round 26: 15-21 February - 2,633 tested with two testing positive.

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Wijnaldum: We have games to turn this around

Sun, 02/21/2021 - 11:00

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool cannot feel sorry for themselves after losing the Merseyside derby to Everton on Saturday and is adamant they can stop their season falling apart, insisting they have "a lot of games to turn it around".

The 2-0 defeat in the 238th Merseyside derby was the first time the Reds had lost at Anfield to Everton since 1999 but, worse still, their fourth successive home league loss means they are on their worst run since 1923.

Injury to captain Jordan Henderson now leaves Jurgen Klopp without five options at centre-back while the goals have dried up at Anfield with just two goals - one of which was a penalty - in the last eight hours and 48 minutes.

Jordan Henderson went off injured during the first half of Liverpool's match with Everton (PA image) 0:34 Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson's injury 'doesn't look good'

The defending champions have slumped from top of the table on December 30 to sixth, three points outside the top four.

Netherlands international midfielder Wijnaldum, 30, who is out of contract in the summer and has still not signed a new deal, stressed Liverpool must now stop their season falling apart.

"This is a new situation we are in right now," Wijnaldum, who has been linked with a move to Spanish side Barcelona, told Liverpool's official website.

"In the previous seasons when we created so many chances, we always scored a goal. And now we're in a period where we create a lot of chances but don't score the goal.

preview image 5:00 Watch the latest addition of Matchday+ with a pitchside view of all the best action from Everton's first win at Liverpool this century

"It's frustrating, especially when you're on the pitch and you're playing. You don't want to feel sorry for yourself and don't want to go into the victim role.

"You just want to deal with the situation and try to bring it to a better end, or a good end, even if you know that you have a lot of injuries. I think that's how we should look at the situation, not be the victims but just try to turn it around.

"We have a lot of games to turn it around - if we're going to look at the situation as victims, it's going to be worse.

"What we can do is just try to give everything, try to keep confident, and work all together to bring it (the season) to a better end."

Liverpool are still alive and kicking in the Champions League, holding a 2-0 lead from the last-16 first-leg tie against RB Leipzig after a midweek performance which stood out as being markedly different from much of what has been seen in the last two months.

Klopp has seen positives in a lot of those matches and knows he must try to build on those elements to prevent the battle for a top-four place becoming even more difficult.

He refused to accept, however, his side had plateaued after three seasons of success.

"Not all the games were the same. We were dominant in most of the games. In the decisive moments, we make either a mistake, or something strange happens," he said.

preview image 1:11 Graeme Souness says that Liverpool are a shadow of the team from the previous couple of seasons

"That's how it is: if we make a mistake it's pretty much 100 per cent that the opponent scores from it and if we force them to make mistakes, it doesn't mean we will immediately score.

"It's no explanation to say that for three years we are really good and in the fourth, it's normal that we struggle.

"I don't see any relation to the last three years. The boys are still full of desire but to change football games and results you have to be decisive in the offensive and defensive moments and that is what we are lacking.

"I don't like to talk about the good parts of the (Everton) game because we lost the derby but from tomorrow on we have to use it again.

"We cannot change the situation by playing bad, that's not possible, but in decisive moments we have to improve, that's clear."

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Hits & Misses: Shock or sympathy for Liverpool?

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 23:34
Do Liverpool deserve shock or sympathy? preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool.

Has there ever been a collapse like it? A year ago, we ran out of superlatives for Liverpool. 12 months on, and with the memory of the champions topping the table at Christmas still fresh, it's ways of expressing our shock that have been exhausted.

After 68 unbeaten matches at Anfield, Liverpool have now lost all of their last four home games - their worst run in almost 100 years. This is a collapse for the ages.

If the mystery is why and how, the unanswered - and unanswerable - question is whether it was actually the first Merseyside derby of the season, when Virgil van Dijk suffered his season-ending knee injury, that ultimately ruined their bid for back-to-back titles. But as Jamie Carragher rightly observed during commentary, Liverpool's issue of late hasn't been at the back but up front. "Going forward is as big a problem as what we're seeing defensively from Liverpool now," noted Carragher. "Very rarely do you see Liverpool play now when you expect them to score."

On that basis, it could be argued that Diogo Jota's injury is what really did for Liverpool's season, although whether the champions ought to have been so instantly dependent on a late-summer recruit expected to play a reserve role is a scenario difficult to rationalise and difficult to defend. Anyone can play manager with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, but Liverpool's over-dependence on their 'fab three' should have been insured against over the summer with recruitment beyond just Jota. Since being crowned champions, Liverpool have signed Jota, Thiago and three defenders - Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies and Kostas Tsimikas. Some would say not enough, others not good enough. Both sets of dissenters would be right.

Against Everton, Liverpool's display felt neither good nor bad. It's only noteworthy characteristic was the absence of any fight. "It didn't look like they had any aggression, or fight or energy about them," concluded Graeme Souness. "Liverpool used to be horrible to play against. Now everybody wants to play against them. They are an easy touch."

It was, at best, a flat display. A display of a team which has simply run out of steam after an exhausting three years. What happened to Liverpool? The answer is that nothing happened - they tried to go again with the same team and more or less the same squad, only to find that this has been a season too far for a group running at full-pelt since 2018. Where once there were superlatives, now there is only shock. But after the shock, there may be some sympathy too.
Pete Gill

Viva Tom Davies!

"Viva Tom Davies" - the Everton fans would have sung in the away end at Anfield. And I'm sure many were boogying around their living room to the Elvis Pressley tune.

The Everton midfielder certainly had Liverpool all shook up with a destructive and tactically astute performance in front of his expertly organised defence. No player made more tackles than Davies (5) and no Everton player gained possession for their side on more occasions (8). Jurgen Klopp's side couldn't find Roberto Firmino in the pockets because of Davies' sublime positioning.

The 22-year-old is another example of Carlo Ancelotti's ability as the top man. Many had written off Davies when Everton snapped up Allan in the summer but instead of casting him aside, Ancelotti has kept Davies part of his plans and he's now receiving the benefits for persevering with the midfielder.

In the absence of Allan, who had looked an impressive piece of business on his performances since signing from Napoli, Davies has slotted in perfectly to that role to the extent that the Brazil international won't be getting back in the side with Davies in this type of form.
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Can Hudson-Odoi learn from being subbed on the south coast? preview image 2:42 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s draw with Chelsea.

No one likes getting hooked having only just come on as a substitute, but Thomas Tuchel hopes his young forward Callum Hudson-Odoi will learn from the chastening experience at St Mary's on Saturday lunchtime.

The new Chelsea head coach brought on Hudson-Odoi at half-time with his side trailing 1-0 to Southampton on Saturday, replacing Tammy Abraham.

However, despite the visitors equalising, the German then raised eyebrows on the south coast when removing the 20-year-old with 14 minutes to go.

Tuchel later confirmed Hudson-Odoi was not injured and that his substitution was down to the player's attitude.

Hudson-Odoi

The German did, however, hold out an olive branch to the England international ahead of Chelsea's next match against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

"You know I trust him a lot as he plays every game for us, but today I was close to him and… I do not know, maybe it was unfair, but I did not get the normal feeling with him today that he can be decisive," Tuchel said.

"So it is a hard decision today, but nothing that will stick between us, or stick for long. Tomorrow it will be forgotten and we prepare for Atletico.

"But now it's forgotten and he has step up, learn from it, swallow it, and there's no problem."

So, all eyes on the team-sheet in the Spanish capital come 7pm on Tuesday…
Richard Morgan

Fulham's big week continues preview image 2:50 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Fulham's win over Sheffield United in the Premier League.

"Let's try and rack up some wins and put pressure on the other teams. That's the main focus," said Fulham boss Scott Parker after another crucial win for his side.

Fulham's 1-0 win over Sheffield United means it is now seven points from a possible nine this week and it's got a few clubs looking nervously over their shoulders.

Parker's men went into the game six points adrift of Newcastle but victory over bottom side Sheffield United means they have closed the gap to just three, ahead of the Steve Bruce's side's trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

3:47 Scott Parker says he is very proud of his players after recording seven points from a possible nine after a 1-0 win over relegation rivals Sheffield United.

"I'm really proud of this team because it's a huge moment," Parker added. "Not just this game but this week. It's been massive. We need to rest now; we've had a tough week. We'll get back to it on Monday ready to push again."

Parker will be hoping his words ring loud in his player's ears as the job is far from done for Fulham.

They have another huge game next weekend against Crystal Palace before the fixtures take a more difficult turn with games against Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City on the horizon. However, to be right on the heels of the likes of Newcastle and Brighton in the fight for survival will give Parker and his players all the fuel they need for their next big push.
Oliver Yew

Ademola Lookman celebrates after scoring for Fulham against Sheff Utd Image: Ademola Lookman celebrates after scoring for Fulham against Sheff Utd Blades pushed closer to trap door

After a run of three wins from five games between mid-January and early February which hinted at a late-season rally, it seems Sheffield United's slim hopes of Premier League survival may finally have been extinguished.

The 1-0 reverse at Fulham was their third consecutive defeat and leaves them 14 points from safety with only 13 Premier League games remaining. By the end of the weekend, the gap could stand at 17 points.

Chris Wilder knows what's coming.

"There's always something to play for," he told Sky Sports after Saturday's game. "I won't accept relegation until it happens - and even then I still won't accept it. But I can't mug everybody off by saying we're going to have a miraculous recovery."

Not when they perform as poorly as they did at Craven Cottage. The meeting with a relegation rival was an opportunity to close the gap on the teams above them but for all their endeavour, they only mustered four shots on goal over the course of the 90 minutes.

"It looks like next season we'll be in the Championship," added Wilder afterwards. The achievements of last season will not be forgotten but the spectre of what happens next has become impossible to ignore.
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Battling Baggies hampered by quality crisis preview image 3:04 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley’s draw with West Brom.

Many sides in a more favourable position than the one West Brom find themselves currently in the Premier League would have folded at Turf Moor.

With half an hour on the clock, the Baggies were reduced to 10 men when Semi Ajayi's handball was penalised by referee Mike Dean after consolation with VAR.

While the decision to give Ajayi his marching orders for denying a goalscoring opportunity followed the letter of the law, with the infringement occurring some 50 yards from goal, it could also have been considered harsh.

But with time ticking down on West Brom's bid to avoid relegation, there was no time for self-pity. Instead, the decision seemed to galvanise the Baggies, and swift reorganisation at the back set them on their way to another encouraging performance.

Sam Allardyce's career in management has been built, first and foremost, on clean sheets, so to secure the first of his tenure at West Brom having played an hour with 10 men spoke volumes of his work to date at The Hawthorns.

Those foundations alone, however, look unlikely to maintain Allardyce's record of never being relegated from the Premier League, with the Baggies' failure to convert a host of chances at Burnley stopping them from securing a morale-boosting victory and cutting the gap to safety.

The Baggies have 13 games to bridge the current 11-point gap to safety, but in recent weeks they have demonstrated they have the defence and stomach for the fight that lies in front of them. Big Sam's challenge now is to unearth the quality.
Jack Wilkinson

Leeds loss fails to disguise Raphinha's rise preview image 2:46 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ win over Leeds.

Boss Marcelo Bielsa refused to blame bad luck after Illan Meslier's own goal condemned Leeds to a 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Friday night.

But while his goalkeeper unwittingly turned in Adama Traore's shot after it came back off the bar to decide this cagey contest, Leeds will take solace from another bewitching display from Raphinha.

The Brazilian winger, signed from Rennes for £17m plus add-ons last October, has sparkled since his debut in the reverse fixture at Elland Road and was unfortunate to be on the losing side at Molineux.

Three times his wicked set-piece deliveries found Liam Cooper unmarked but on each occasion the Leeds defender was unable to find a way past Rui Patricio.

Bielsa said: "Luck is not a factor in the result. It's clear the result was defined by their efficiency. Luck and what you deserve is not always the same.

"Look at the chances we had, we had double they did, and we defended well, we attacked well. There were only a few moments in the game where we didn't dominate.

"We had 10 chances and we weren't able to score a goal, they had five and scored one. That explains the game."

No player provided more than Raphinha's six key passes across the 90 minutes, which bodes well for the remainder of the season. It was a game of fine margins, and Leeds will have the opportunity to bounce back quickly when they host Southampton on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
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Klopp: Performance 90 per cent positive

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 22:00

Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated with Liverpool's inability to score after a performance he called "90 per cent positive" in the defeat by Everton.

Everton ended their 22-year wait for a Merseyside derby win at Anfield with a 2-0 victory which consigned Liverpool to their worst home league run in almost a century.

Victory, their first in 23 derbies, saw Everton draw level on 40 points with their sixth-placed hosts and with a match in hand.

preview image 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Liverpool in the Premier League

The last time Liverpool lost four league games in a row at home was in 1923. Klopp saw his team fail to score at Anfield for the fourth time in their last five matches with Jamie Carragher particularly scathing on Liverpool's attacking players, saying "they got everything they deserved."

Klopp told Sky Sports: "The first goal, which we have to defend better, gave the direction of the game. It was unnecessary.

"There were plenty of good football moments so we did well from a creative point of view but we had to chase the game and were not calm enough.

"Everton defended deep and full of passion but there were still moments where we were completely free in the box but we didn't finish.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the win over RB Leipzig in Budapest 0:26 Klopp says his side are 'really critical' over their performance during their first loss against Everton at Anfield since 1999

"In the second half, we changed formation a little because we wanted to cause them more problems. Immediately we had big chances. Sadio [Mane] twice in the box and Bobby [Firmino] was twice in promising positions, so we had all these moments.

"The penalty was late and wasn't really decisive so we don't have to talk about that too much.

"We could talk about this for an hour in detail and you would realise what you were talking about would be 90 per positive but 10 per cent was not and we have to change 10 per cent because it makes the difference result wise.

"We stand here having lost 2-0. I know how important it is. We feel it deep inside. But from tomorrow on I have to use all the good stuff. These good situations are the guarantee that we can change it but the decisive moments we have to change as well."

Ancelotti praises Everton spirit 2:43 Carlo Ancelotti says that he is really happy for the club and the supporters after Everton beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time this century

Everton boss Ancelotti has now beaten Liverpool in his managerial career with five different clubs: AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli and now Everton.

"I'm really happy," Ancelotti said.

"What it means, this victory, is that we can compete. Using our quality, which is not the same technical quality of Liverpool, but we have a strong spirit in this period and our belief is improving.

"The performance was good, it was difficult, but the spirit of the team was good.

"We competed really well and were clinical in front. We didn't have a lot of opportunities but the opportunities we did have we were able to convert them really well.

"We worked hard defensively. The performance of Jordan Pickford and the back at the back was really, really good. We were then clinical in front with James and Richarlison."

Wijnaldum and Salah, PA Image: Liverpool have failed to score at Anfield in four of their last five games Analysis: Liverpool's problems deepen

Sky Sports' Nick Wright:

Liverpool dominated possession and territory but the lack of cutting edge at Anfield was striking.

Their only meaningful chances in the first period came from long-range efforts and when they did find themselves in more dangerous positions after the break, the finishing was woeful.

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Carragher summed it up. "Even though Liverpool have dominated possession, it means nothing if you create nothing," he said. "That is a big problem for this Liverpool team at the moment.

"We keep talking about Virgil van Dijk and the problems at the back but very rarely when you see Liverpool play now do you expect them to score a goal.

"Going forward is as big a problem as what we are seeing defensively from Liverpool now."

The lack of composure in front of goal was summed up by Firmino, who blasted horribly over when presented with a clear sight of goal on the edge of the Everton box in the 73rd minute, then dragged another effort wastefully wide in the closing stages.

Jordan Pickford deserves credit for his performance in goal, of course, but Firmino was not the only one to waste opportunities.

Mane was well-placed to score on more than one occasion and Salah's one-on-one miss in the second half was also a big moment.

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Klopp on rebuilding Liverpool's mentality monsters

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 20:13

Jurgen Klopp turned towards the dugout, clenched his fists, and smiled as he embraced his coaching staff. The exuberant bear hugs haven't been seen frequently enough lately but Tuesday's win over RB Leipzig was a cause for satisfaction.

Liverpool went into the game following a run of three Premier League defeats which prompted Klopp to reluctantly concede the title. But the manner of the victory in Budapest - ruthless and comprehensive - was as pleasing to Klopp as the result itself.

"It helps to convince people that the things you are doing are still right," he tells Sky Sports. "It is not too difficult to convince the team of that. But to convince others is a little bit more difficult, because when you don't have results, people ask for big changes here and big changes there."

It is three days later - "that game already feels like ages ago," adds Klopp with a chuckle - and the Liverpool manager is back at the club's Kirkby headquarters preparing for Saturday's Merseyside derby. "The games come thick and fast."

The schedule is unrelenting and while Liverpool's winning start to the Champions League knockout stages provided some reassuring familiarity, Saturday's collapse at Leicester, where a one-goal lead became a two-goal deficit in the space of seven minutes, typified their domestic struggles this season.

Mohamed Salah is congratulated after giving Liverpool the lead against RB Leipzig Image: Mohamed Salah is congratulated after scoring against RB Leipzig

The champions, untouchable on their way to the crown last year and labelled "mentality monsters" by their manager, find themselves 16 points off the summit in sixth place this time around.

Mistakes have crept into their performances, leads have been surrendered too easily, and the aura of invincibility that previously surrounded the side has been lost.

Klopp knows building it back up will take time.

"It didn't happen overnight in the first place and it will not happen overnight now," he says. "Creating mentalities is a constant thing you have to do.

"This is not the first time in my life or in the players' lives that we haven't had exactly the results we want. We have to work. We have to build things again and one of the things we have to build again is that kind of mentality, to be unbeatable.

"It doesn't help if I tell you now that, from now on, we will be unbeatable again, or whatever. It's just about working on it.

"In every game, we want to be the last team the other team wants to play against. That's what we were and it's what we still are in moments, but not enough moments, to be honest."

It is hardly surprising Liverpool's mentality has suffered given the circumstances they have found themselves in this season.

One after the other over the course of the last few months, Klopp has watched his senior centre-backs succumb to season-ending injuries. Virgil van Dijk has been sorely missed, undoubtedly, but so too have Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk leaves the game with an injury after a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Image: Virgil van Dijk has been sidelined since Liverpool's last meeting with Everton

The club acted on the final day of the January transfer window, signing Ozan Kabak from Schalke and Ben Davies from Preston in order to provide defensive cover. But Klopp still lives in fear of the bulletins he receives from the club's medical department.

Even Fabinho, the midfielder tasked with filling in at the back in the absence of Liverpool's natural central defenders, has been sidelined in recent weeks with a muscle issue.

"This season, when I get a message from the medical department, I always know there will be a centre-half involved," says Klopp.

"It has been like this for the whole season and it will probably be like this until the end of the season. One thing happens and it leads to the next problem. It's incredible.

"That hasn't helped us to play the best season we can play - and the best season we have to play in order to be close to the spots where you can be champions.

"When we are close to 100 per cent, we are a real threat to everybody. But for different reasons, we haven't been at 100 per cent often enough.

"We don't take it as an excuse, we just understand it. It will not always be like this but this season we have to sort it."

'Thiago needs time to adapt' Thiago and Liverpool team-mates during defeat to Man City Image: Thiago's performances for Liverpool have received mixed reviews

It has been a challenging campaign for everyone at Liverpool. Even the usually reliable Alisson's performances have suffered. But it has been particularly difficult for the club's new signings.

Thiago Alcantara has certainly had some awkward moments since his £25m arrival from Bayern Munich, the most recent of which came when he conceded the free-kick from which Leicester scored their equaliser last weekend. Klopp, however, believes the 29-year-old's struggles have been overplayed.

"He came in late, which is just the nature of some transfers, then he got Covid, got injured, and still had to adapt to a new team - and a team which was not exactly flying with no problems at all.

"We've had to rebuild the team pretty much every three days because of changing the last line and changing a lot of things, so that's just really unlucky for Thiago. But he has played some exceptional games and had some exceptional moments on the pitch, and he is so respected in the squad.

Alisson Becker with Jurgen Klopp (PA) 1:21 Jurgen Klopp says he has full confidence in 'world class' Alisson

"It's just a public perception. 'Oh, Thiago is in and we don't perform well anymore.' These kind of things are just b*******, let me say it like that! They are just not right.

"Everybody needs time to adapt. Bayern played a different style, in a different league, and were much more dominant in the Bundesliga than any team can be in the Premier League.

"So, that's all different. But thank God, we are all smart enough to judge the situation correctly here. Thiago can play better football, yes, of course, but we all can play better football. No doubt about it."

It is not just the coverage of Thiago's performances that Klopp takes issue with. He is also adamant Liverpool's collective displays have not been as bad as their position suggests.

Inconsistency has been an issue, of course. Their defensive frailties are undeniable. But the win over RB Leipzig was not the only occasion Liverpool have looked like their old selves this season.

The underlying numbers show they are still pressing opponents effectively and creating scoring opportunities at a rate second only to leaders Manchester City. Many of the qualities that made them champions, in other words, are still there.

"The situation is not cool but it's not as bad as it looks when you talk to the media," says Klopp. "It's two worlds. It's the view from outside and the view from inside. Both are completely fine but I cannot be influenced too much by the view from outside.

"It's not something that I'm really interested in because I know, and I have always known, that I give 100 per cent. It's probably not the best 100 per cent in the world, but it's my 100 per cent and I cannot give more. I did it when we won all the games and I do it now.

"It's not like in good times we close our eyes and say, 'Come on, let's keep going and do all this again and again and again'.

"We are always changing things but always while using our principles and that's the situation we are in now. We had the results we had, and now we go for better results in the next games."

Klopp has endured personal tragedy this season and was unable to attend his mother's funeral earlier this month due to current travel restrictions. But he rejects any suggestion it has been the most challenging period of his managerial career on the pitch.

'I love my job and my players' Jugen Klopp embraces Andrew Robertson at Anfield Image: Jugen Klopp embraces Andrew Robertson at Anfield

"Being a champion and then not being champions again the year afterwards is probably the best problem you can have, to be honest," he says. "All the other teams want to have that problem.

"This has been the most challenging time in parts of my life, for sure, but not on the football side.

"I was in much worse situations in my life as a player and a coach in Germany, fighting to stay in the league. Those are proper problems.

"I think I went through all the different stages of problems in those times. I had pretty much all of them. So, the problem I have now at Liverpool is actually the best one I could have."

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It is an outlook which has enabled Klopp to continue transmitting positivity to his players even through the difficulties they have endured together this season.

"A lot of the time we have cameras in training and stuff like this and when people see us smiling during the week, they think, 'What are they smiling about?'

"But for me it's not a problem to spread positivity because I'm really happy being here. I love my job. I love my players. I love the club. I am in the right place here and we try really hard to change things around - in the short term and in the long term as well.

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's first goal 0:59 Jurgen Klopp says he cannot explain why some do not give Mohamed Salah the credit he deserves

"Losing a game, losing two games, losing three games - it's a problem. But it's only a real problem if you don't learn from it.

"We constantly try to learn from our losses and hopefully we will use that on Saturday against Everton, and a week later [against Sheffield United], and 100 per cent we will use it next season.

"It's just an experience. A lot of things in life are experiences and experiences are always important because, if you are smart enough, you use them for the better.

"That is what we will do."

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Manchester and north London derbies live on Sky Sports

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 18:30

Sky Sports will show both the Manchester and north London derbies live next month as part of a bumper line-up of Premier League football during March.

The top-of-the-table clash between City and United will be live on Sunday March 7 with Arsenal vs Tottenham a week later on March 14.

Sky Sports has also announced a suite of games for the first midweek in March with a number of fixtures which were set to clash with the sixth round of the FA Cup moved forward, including Liverpool vs Chelsea which will now be played on Thursday March 4 and Crystal Palace vs Man Utd moving to Wednesday March 3.

The latest Premier League games announced for live coverage on Sky Sports

Mon Mar 1: Everton vs Southampton - Kick-Off 8pm

Weds Mar 3: Burnley vs Leicester City - Kick-Off 6pm

Weds Mar 3: Crystal Palace vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 8.15pm

Thu Mar 4: West Brom vs Everton - Kick-Off 6pm

Thu Mar 4: Liverpool vs Chelsea - Kick-Off 8.15pm

Sat Mar 6: Sheffield Utd vs Southampton - Kick-Off 3pm

Sat Mar 6: Aston Villa vs Wolves - Kick-Off 5.30pm

Sat Mar 6: Brighton vs Leicester - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Mar 7: Liverpool vs Fulham - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Mar 7: Man City vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Sun Mar 7: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace - Kick-Off 7.15pm

Mon Mar 8: West Ham vs Leeds Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Wed Mar 10: Man City vs Southampton - Kick-Off 6pm

Sun Mar 14: Everton vs Burnley - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Mar 14: Arsenal vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Mon Mar 15: Wolves vs Liverpool - Kick-Off 8pm

Fri Mar 19: Fulham vs Leeds Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Sat Mar 20: Brighton vs Newcastle Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Mar 21: West Ham vs Arsenal - Kick-Off 3pm

Sun Mar 21: Aston Villa vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 7.30pm

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Sat Feb 20: Burnley vs West Brom - Kick-Off 3pm

Sat Feb 20: Liverpool vs Everton - Kick-Off 5.30pm

Sat Feb 20: Fulham vs Sheffield United - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Feb 21: West Ham vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 12pm

Sun Feb 21: Aston Villa vs Leicester - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Feb 21: Arsenal vs Man City - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Mon Feb 22: Brighton vs Crystal Palace - Kick-Off 8pm

Sat Feb 27: West Brom vs Brighton - Kick-Off 3pm

Sat Feb 27: Leeds vs Aston Villa - Kick-Off 5.30pm

Sat Feb 27: Newcastle vs Wolves - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Feb 28: Tottenham vs Burnley - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Feb 28: Chelsea vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Sun Feb 28: Sheffield United vs Liverpool - Kick-Off 7.15pm

Mon Mar 1: Everton vs Southampton - Kick-Off 8pm

Weds Mar 3: Burnley vs Leicester City - Kick-Off 6pm

Weds Mar 3: Crystal Palace vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 8.15pm

Thu Mar 4: West Brom vs Everton - Kick-Off 6pm

Thu Mar 4: Liverpool vs Chelsea - Kick-Off 8.15pm

Sat Mar 6: Sheffield Utd vs Southampton - Kick-Off 3pm

Sat Mar 6: Aston Villa vs Wolves - Kick-Off 5.30pm

Sat Mar 6: Brighton vs Leicester - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Mar 7: Liverpool vs Fulham - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Mar 7: Man City vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Sun Mar 7: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace - Kick-Off 7.15pm

Mon Mar 8: West Ham vs Leeds Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Wed Mar 10: Man City vs Southampton - Kick-Off 6pm

Sun Mar 14: Everton vs Burnley - Kick-Off 2pm

Sun Mar 14: Arsenal vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 4.30pm

Mon Mar 15: Wolves vs Liverpool - Kick-Off 8pm

Fri Mar 19: Fulham vs Leeds Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Sat Mar 20: Brighton vs Newcastle Utd - Kick-Off 8pm

Sun Mar 21: West Ham vs Arsenal - Kick-Off 3pm

Sun Mar 21: Aston Villa vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 7.30pm

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Liverpool vs Everton LIVE!

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 15:43

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Liverpool vs Everton. Premier League.

5:30pm, Saturday 20th February 2021.

Anfield.

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