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Champions League & Europa League finals: How to follow Liverpool v Spurs and Arsenal v Chelsea

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Recovering from the Premier League season? Thinking of your summer holidays? There's no rest for football fans as attention turns to following the all-English Europa League and Champions League finals.

Here is just about everything you need to know on Liverpool v Spurs and Chelsea v Arsenal, whether you plan to watch at home, listen to commentary, follow online, attend an event or actually go to the matches.

We will come on to tickets, big screens, and a bumper run of sport - including 'Super Saturday' with other big titles on the line - but first...the basics.

Europa League final - Chelsea v Arsenal

What: Europe's second biggest international club competition. When: Wednesday 29 May, 20:00 BST (23:00 local). Where: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan

Champions League final - Tottenham v Liverpool

What: Europe's biggest international club competition. When: Saturday 1 June, 20:00 (21:00 local). Where: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain

Can I watch for free?

Yes, you can watch both finals for nothing, even if you do not subscribe to broadcaster BT Sport, although there is some important fine detail about TV coverage so bear with me.

Fans will, of course, also be able to listen to radio coverage with BBC 5 live's commentary teams winning praise for their coverage of the dramatic semi-finals.

There will also be live updates, stats, pictures and analysis on the BBC Sport website.

What are the TV details?

Both finals will be shown on BT Sport 2 for existing subscribers.

They will also be available for free by downloading the broadcaster's app for mobile (which will have a high-definition option for the first time) or TV and on Virgin channel 562.

You will also be able to watch the matches on the BT Sport YouTube channel and the app will have the Champions League final in virtual reality 360, although the score will be the same whatever way you look at it.

No place like home

Both sets of fans will have the chance to watch the Champions League showdown at big-screen broadcasts in their home city.

Liverpool

Screenings will take place at three venues, catering for a total of 11,500 supporters in all.

These are: The Auditorium Liverpool, Space by M&S Bank Arena and the convention centre.

Supporters who were unsuccessful in the ballot for Champions League final tickets will be given the first chance to buy tickets (£10 for adults, £5 children).

Anfield hosted a screening of the final last year but this time preparations will have begun for three summer concerts - Take That, Bon Jovi and Pink are all performing at the club's home ground during June.

Tottenham

Spurs were criticised over delays to the opening of their new £1bn state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but it is now very much in business and will be a gathering point for Tottenham fans.

Tottenham Stadium

The north London club are showing the final live at the stadium, which will be open to its full 62,000 capacity and reportedly boasts the largest LED screens in Europe. Billed as a 'family event', there will also be screens on the pitch.

Tickets, available to season ticket holders first and then club members only, are again priced £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Super Saturday - 1 June

Rugby union, horse racing, football, boxing - there is pretty much something for every sports fan on the first day of next month.

15:00 BST: Premiership final, Twickenham - climax of the domestic rugby union season which last year saw Saracens beat Exeter in front of a 75,000 crowd.

16:30 BST: The Derby, Epsom - More than 100,000 people are expected at the Surrey track for the famous race which has previously been won by the likes of Mill Reef, Shergar, and Sea The Stars.

20:00 BST: Champions League final, Madrid - Months of matches conclude with the first all-English final since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow 11 years ago.

22:45 BST: Boxing, Madison Square Garden, New York - British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua makes his United States debut as he defends his titles against Andy Ruiz Jr.

On the undercard earlier, Irish fighter Katie Taylor will be looking to become undisputed women's lightweight world champion when she faces Delfine Persoon.

And that's all without throwing in the first weekend of French Open tennis and games in the Cricket World Cup.

Boxer Anthony Joshua Tickets for the match?

You'll be lucky. Although forward planning helps - ie taking a punt months in advance that your team might reach the final.

"There were thousands of people who booked before the match. I know people who booked a year ago," said Liverpool fan Paul Cope, a contributor to the Anfield Wrap podcast.

"Booking in advance is hedging your bets and often worthwhile. We have sympathy for Spurs fans after we got there the night before."

Google Maps directions from London to Baku Olympic Stadium

Liverpool and Spurs have been allocated around 16,000 tickets each for the match at Atletico Madrid's stadium, which holds around 68,000.

But the situation is even starker in Azerbaijan.

Arsenal and Chelsea have been allocated just 6,600 tickets each. That represents only 15% of the number of Gunners season ticket holders.

Is it worth travelling?

Supporters say prices of flights to Madrid and surrounding towns have rocketed by up to 840%.

Hotel rooms are more than £1,000 a night, with stories of room bookings being cancelled and resold at vastly inflated rates. Ticket prices in excess of £500 are not uncommon.

Yet still many will make the trip, says Spurs fan Gareth Flavell, of the Fighting Cock podcast

"This is the biggest game in our history, certainly our modern history," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's crazy but so many people are going to find their way there, with or without tickets. You've just got to be there. At the Ajax semi-final, there were maybe 10,000 Spurs fans out here without tickets.

"Liverpool qualified 24 hours before we did and started booking up everything. The city of Madrid will be the hardest place on earth to get to that night.

"We've looked at flying to Prague, Milan, we've looked at driving, there's no ferries, there's no trains.

"The cost we have been quoted is anything from £700 going to Prague and then flying to Madrid to £1,700-£2,000 direct to Madrid, which is madness."

Tickets have been offered for sale online for more than £5,500 a time, and the cost of accommodation has soared.

For example, shortly after the semi-finals, a twin room at one Madrid hotel was available online for £7,760.45 for Saturday 1 June. A week later you could stay there for under £200.

Who are the favourites?(Approximate odds with British bookmakers, 20 May)Europa League: 4-6 Chelsea, 5-4 ArsenalChampions League: 1-2 Liverpool; 6-4 Tottenham

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Premier League players out of contract this summer

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:26
Giroud, Sturridge and Monreal

Olivier Giroud, Daniel Sturridge and Nacho Monreal are among the Premier League players out of contract this summer.

The trio could all end up staying with their current clubs - in fact Giroud could be poised to sign an extension to stay at Chelsea - but they are free to talk to other sides about potential transfers.

Who else is a free agent across the Premier League and Europe, and which players have their exits confirmed? BBC Sport takes a look.

Arsenal

Danny Welbeck

Confirmed as leaving: Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey (to Juventus),Petr Cech (retiring)

Out of contract: Stephan Lichtsteiner, Nacho Monreal

Bournemouth

Out of contract: Artur Boruc

Brighton

Kompany and Bruno

Confirmed as leaving: Bruno (retiring)

Burnley

Confirmed as leaving: Stephen Ward, Anders Lindegaard

Out of contract: Peter Crouch

Cardiff

Confirmed as leaving: Aron Gunnarsson (Al-Arabi)

Out of contract: Bruno Ecuele Manga, Stuart O'Keefe, Jazz Richards, Kadeem Harris, Brian Murphy, Loic Damour

Chelsea

Gary Cahill

Confirmed as leaving: Gary Cahill

Out of contract: Olivier Giroud, Willy Caballero, Rob Green

Crystal Palace

Confirmed as leaving: Jason Puncheon, Julian Speroni

Out of contract: Bakary Sako, Pape Souare

Everton

Out of contract: Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka

Fulham

Confirmed as leaving: Ryan Babel, Lazar Markovic

Huddersfield

Confirmed as leaving: Jonas Lossl, Danny Williams, Laurent Depoitre, Erik Durm, Jack Payne

Leicester

Shinji Okazaki

Confirmed as leaving: Shinji Okazaki, Danny Simpson

Liverpool

Out of contract: Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno

Manchester City

Confirmed as leaving: Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht)

Manchester United

Ander Herrera

Confirmed as leaving: Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia

Out of contract: Juan Mata

Newcastle

Out of contract: Mohamed Diame

Southampton

Confirmed as leaving: Steven Davis (Rangers)

Tottenham

Out of contract: Fernando Llorente, Michel Vorm

Watford

Out of contract: Miguel Britos, Heurelho Gomes (expected to retire), Tommie Hoban

West Ham

Out of contract: Andy Carroll, Samir Nasri, Adrian

Wolverhampton

Nobody

*With clubs not always releasing contract details, it is possible there are other players out of contract not listed here, or that some of them could have extended their deals without making it public.

Europe

Daniele de Rossi

The following players are all out of contract across Europe this summer, with the majority expected to move on.

Diego Godin, Filipe Luis (both Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Daniele de Rossi (Roma), Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Rafinha (all Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Werder Bremen), Adrien Rabiot, Dani Alves (both PSG), Mario Balotelli (Marseille), Hector Herrera (Porto), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)

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Champions League final: Jurgen Klopp's finals record

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:04

Jurgen Klopp's record of getting teams to finals is excellent - less so when it comes to actually winning them.

The Liverpool boss heads into Saturday's Champions League finale with Tottenham looking to end a six-match losing run in finals.

Two of those have come in the Champions League. Will Klopp avoid an unwanted hat-trick?

This is the 51-year-old German's eighth major final as a manager - and fourth in his third full season in charge at Liverpool.

BBC Sport takes a look at what has happened to Klopp's teams in major finals.

'It's the most incredible thing that's ever happened to me'

12 May 2012: German Cup final - Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Bayern Munich, Olympic Stadium, Berlin

It started so well for Klopp.

Having already delivered back-to-back Bundesliga titles for Borussia Dortmund, he secured the club a third German Cup after demolishing Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich in Berlin.

Robert Lewandowski, who would later move to Bayern, scored a hat-trick while Dortmund's other goals came from Shinji Kagawa, before his move to Manchester United, and Mats Hummels, who would also move to Bayern.

"That was a cup final which no one from Dortmund could have better imagined," said Klopp. "It's hard to put into words what has happened to us."

It was Dortmund's first German Cup triumph for 23 years and came days after Dortmund were crowned champions of Germany.

"The double, it's the most incredible thing that's ever happened to me," added Klopp after his one and only major cup triumph.

Last minute heartbreak at Wembley

25 May 2013: Champions League final - Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich, Wembley

Having got the better of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in the last-four to reach a first Champions League final for 16 years, Klopp's Dortmund headed to Wembley in confident mood.

"People have tried to reach Everest in the past and had to turn back with 10 metres to go, it could be the same for us but this is our chance," Klopp said on the eve of the final.

"We have to win the final, that is the only story I am interested in."

Yet a pulsating final ended in tears for Klopp and Die Schwarzgelben as Arjen Robben scored an 89th minute winner after Ilkay Gundogan's penalty cancelled out Mario Mandzukic's opener for Bayern.

"It was a really hard season for us and I saw that from 75 minutes on," added Klopp afterwards.

"We deserved to be in the final. That is not the most important thing, but it is important."

Guardiola comes out on top against Klopp

17 May 2014: German Cup final - Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayern Munich, Olympic Stadium, Berlin

Another final, another meeting with Bayern Munich. This time, however, there is a difference.

Whereas Jupp Heynckes had been in charge of Bayern for the previous two finals between the sides, it was Pep Guardiola who was in the opposite dugout to Klopp for the 2014 German Cup final.

Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who had agreed to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season, was excused from some training before the final as a precaution to injury.

"We were very careful with him," said Klopp before the game.

Unlike in the Champions League final 12 months earlier, Klopp's side at least forced extra-time before falling to goals by Robben and Thomas Muller.

"It's a painful defeat because it's a big competition. Both teams pushed each other to the limit," said Klopp.

Klopp's Dortmund farewell ends in defeat

30 May 2015: German Cup final - Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Wolfsburg, Olympic Stadium, Berlin

This was Klopp's final game in charge of Dortmund after seven years in charge of the team.

He had already announced his decision to leave the club at the end of a particularly trying campaign, even though Dortmund did manage to salvage a seventh-placed finish, despite sitting bottom of the table in February.

"I always said in that moment where I believe I am not the perfect coach anymore for this extraordinary club I will say so," said Klopp after asking to be released from his Dortmund contract, which had been due to run until 2018.

"This club deserves to be coached from the 100 per cent right manager. It's not that I'm tired, I've not had contact with another club, but I don't plan to take a sabbatical."

Klopp's farewell was to end in another final defeat - Kevin de Bruyne among the scorers as Wolfsburg came from behind to win the German Cup final after scoring three goals in the space of 16 first-half minutes.

"I'm going to need time to get over this loss," said Klopp before saying farewell to Dortmund for the last time.

'Only silly idiots stay on the floor'

28 February 2016: League Cup final - Liverpool 1-1 Man City (Man City win 3-1 on pens), Wembley

Four months after replacing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, and three years after Dortmund's defeat at the venue, Klopp was back at Wembley in a final.

Yet it was another familiar outcome for the Stuttgart-born boss.

Willy Caballero saved from Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana to win Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City the League Cup after it had gone to penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

"We feel down but now we have to stand up. Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat," said Klopp.

"We have felt how it is to lose. We will go on and we will get better. There is light at the end of the tunnel."

'I take the blame'

18 May 2016: Europa League final - Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla, St Jakob Park, Basel

Liverpool recovered from their League Cup defeat to reach the Europa League final three months later after a run which included a thrilling 5-4 aggregate win over Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.

It looked as though Klopp's losing run in finals might come to an end when Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead against Unai Emery's Sevilla in Switzerland.

But a dramatic second-half collapse saw Liverpool's Spanish opponents claim the trophy for the third season in succession - and the Reds miss out on a place in the Champions League.

"This could have been 4-1 or 5-1 in the end. Liverpool completely lost it," said former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Klopp accepted responsibility for the result and told fans to blame him, adding: "There is no criticism and I have spoken to my players."

'xxxxxxxxxxxx'

26 May 2018: Champions League final - Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, Olympic Stadium, Kiev

Gareth Bale scored one of European football's great goals and Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a personal nightmare as Klopp lost his sixth straight final.

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Community Shield: Liverpool to take on Manchester City

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 20:10
Manchester City against Liverpool

It was one of the most thrilling title races in Premier League history - and Liverpool and Manchester City will not have to wait long to meet again.

City's FA Cup final win means they will compete for the Community Shield, days before the new season starts.

A date has yet to be confirmed, but it is likely to be on 3 or 4 August.

Manchester City won the domestic treble - the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup - meaning league runners-up Liverpool are named opponents.

The match is normally contested by the league and FA Cup winners, but City's success in both competitions means the Reds get the spot because they finished second.

City won the Community Shield in 2018 by beating Chelsea 2-0. Sergio Aguero scored both City goals, including his 200th for the club.

Liverpool will be competing for the trophy for the first time since 2006, when they beat Chelsea 2-1 in Cardiff.

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Champions League tickets: Liverpool and Tottenham fans call on sponsors to return tickets

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 23:56
Celebrating Liverpool fans holding up scarves and banners

Liverpool and Tottenham supporters' groups have called on Champions League sponsors to return tickets so more fans can attend the final on 1 June.

The Premier League clubs have been allocated 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the Madrid final.

Spirit of Shankly and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust called on eight major sponsors to "redress the balance".

The groups said the move would "lift the occasion by increasing the number of passionate fans inside the stadium".

BBC Sport has contacted the eight companies named in a joint statement issued by Spirit of Shankly and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust - Nissan, Playstation, Gazprom, PepsiCo, Banco Santander, Mastercard, Heineken and Expedia Group.

Mastercard said sponsorship gives the company "access to exclusive opportunities to share with fans", such as being a Champions League mascot or attending fixtures during the season and including the final.

"Given the proximity to the final, all our and our partner promotions and offers have now closed, with tickets allocated," Mastercard said.

The other seven sponsors are yet to respond.

In March, Uefa's website said the two finalists would receive 17,000 tickets each, while 4,000 would be sold to fans worldwide via the Uefa website.

The remaining 30,000 seats at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium would go to the local organising committee, Uefa, national associations, commercial partners, broadcasters and to corporate hospitality packages.

SOS and THST said their ticket allocations will mean many fans miss out on attending the showpiece final. The groups called on sponsors to lobby Uefa to allocate tickets more fairly.

Liverpool held a ballot to determine fans entitled to the remainder of their tickets on Thursday, with thousands missing out and left on a waiting list.

Tickets have since appeared on resale website Stubhub priced from 3,450 Euros (£3,012).

Arsenal request Uefa explanation

Frustrations over the number of tickets allocated to the Premier League clubs for the Champions League final have been replicated by fans of Arsenal and Chelsea, who meet in the Europa League final on 29 May.

The London clubs will share just 12,000 of 68,700 seats at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Uefa have said the number of tickets issued was influenced by the difficulties fans will face in reaching Baku, despite the fact European football's governing body chose the host city over Seville and Istanbul in 2017.

On Thursday, Arsenal issued a statement expressing the club was "bitterly disappointed" with the allocation and called on Uefa to explain it's criteria for choosing venues.

"Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are," the club said.

"On behalf of our fans, we would like to understand the criteria by which venues are selected for finals, and also how supporter requirements are taken into account as part of this.

"We have 45,000 season-ticket holders and for so many fans to miss out due to Uefa selecting a final venue with such limited transport provision is quite simply not right. The reality is that whoever reached the final would not be able to meet demand from their supporters."

In February, Uefa said 37,500 tickets would be sold to fans worldwide via their website, excluding those later offered to the two clubs reaching the final.

The rest will, as with the Champions League final, go to the local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to corporate hospitality packages.

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Sir Vincent Kompany? No Champions League final? The best rejected football petitions

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:50
Kompany lifting title

The last episode of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday, but its final season has left some fans bitterly disappointed. So much so that a petition has been launched asking for season eight to be filmed again with new writers.

The petition has only been up for a few days but already has more than 400,000 signatures.

But Game of Thrones isn't the only thing fans wish they could change. There have been some pretty amazing football requests submitted to the official UK Parliament petitions website.

It only takes 10,000 signatures for a petition to get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures the petitions are considered for debate in Parliament.

These rejected efforts never quite made it that far but they're still pretty funny:

Cancel this year's Champions League Cancel this years Champions League petition

You'll notice this petition was created on 8 May - the day on which Tottenham's Lucas Moura scored that incredible second-half hat-trick to seal Spurs' spot in the Champions League final.

Moura's treble came a day after a Divock Origi-inspired comeback saw Liverpool stick four goals past Barcelona and book their tickets to Madrid as well - something that, rightly so, neither set of fans has been quiet about.

But it appears all the noise and excitement got a bit too much for one opposition fan, whose solution was to cancel the final completely.

The petition received a grand total of 21 signatures before it was pulled - a mere 9,979 from receiving an official government response.

But don't be too aggrieved by the haters, Liverpool fans - you still got a mention in the Houses of Parliament.

Force Monaco to sell Youri Tielemans to Leicester Youri Tielemans petition

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans signed on loan for the Foxes from Monaco in January with Adrien Silva heading the other way. Since then the 22-year-old has impressed in the middle of the park. One fan in particular seems very keen on him.

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to hold on to the player but amid reports that some of Europe's top clubs are circling, this particular fan reckons to have come up with the answer: force Monaco into a permanent deal.

Just how the individual planned to "force" the Ligue 1 club into a sale isn't clear - but they still drummed up the support of 10 others who were similarly keen to keep Tielemans in the East Midlands.

Knight Vincent Kompany Knight Kompany

In Manchester City's penultimate game of the season, Vincent Kompany's top bin, 25-yard screamer clinched a vital three points against Leicester that set up their final-day canter to the title.

One fan clearly felt the Premier League title wasn't sufficient reward for the Belgian centre-back's heroics though and lobbied for him to become 'Sir Vincent Kompany'.

Fifteen people backed the request before it fell foul of the petition website's rules.

And that's a shame for the out-of contract Kompany as, with talks in the offing with manager Pep Guardiola, that 'Sir' title might have added a couple of zeroes to his salary.

Transfer Shkodran Mustafi Mustafi petition

Crystal Palace visited Emirates Stadium on 21 April to take on Arsenal and their centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

The score? 3-2 to Palace. And after some questionable defending from Mustafi, some Arsenal fans called for his immediate transfer.

One went a step further, however, and lobbied the government in the hope that it would sanction the German's move to, well, "literally anywhere".

The petition only got six signatures but it means there's actually people out there who would be happy to see Mustafi kicking about in the Bulgarian third division - maybe for FC Minyor Pernik FC or FC Chernomorets Balchik?

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European Under-17 Championship: Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever scores 'outrageous' goal for Netherlands

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:28

Watch as 17-year-old Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever scores an "outrageous" goal for the Netherlands in their European Under-17 Championship quarter-final win over Belgium.

Watch live coverage of the Netherlands v Spain in the semi-finals on Thursday on the BBC Sport website and Connected TV from 16:20 BST.

Available to UK users only.

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Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd: Top six transfer targets

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:39
Jadon Sancho

The Premier League season reached a thrilling climax just three days ago - but clubs are already switching their attention to the 2019-20 season.

The summer transfer window opens for business this Thursday, 16 May and will remain so until 8 August.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he "need players in" after finishing sixth, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.

It's still early and most clubs are looking at many names, options and scenarios with no doubt some complications and complexities to come. Things can and do change.

But here's my guide to where the top six could make changes this transfer window.

Manchester City keen on Rodri Rodri and Lionel Messi

The priorities are a 'number six' and a left-sided central defender.

Atletico Madrid's Spanish holding midfielder Rodri, 22, is among those being considered for the 'number six' role.

The aim of that signing is to produce an eventual successor to 34-year-old Fernandinho. City will not be signing Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes.

With Vincent Kompany's future uncertain, they also want a left-sided central defender.

One player City are certainly keen on is Crystal Palace's 21-year-old right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. I'm told they'll face a straight battle with Manchester United and despite preferring to stay in London, he wouldn't be averse to moving north.

City have shown interest in Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 22, and Fulham's 18-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon. But the form of Oleksandr Zinchenko - allied to the problems they would face selling the injury-prone Benjamin Mendy - mean that interest has cooled.

Contract talks were held last summer with Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, however no agreement was reached. And when City approached him again in January, he asked to postpone negotiations until the end of the season. It is understood he is likely to stay, even if he goes into the final year of his contract.

Another player City like is Joe Aribo from Charlton - they've initiated contact in the last 10 days. The 22-year-old left-footed central midfielder has scored 10 goals in 37 appearances and is on their list as a homegrown squad option.

Low-key summer for Liverpool Rhian Brewster

Liverpool are the most settled of the Premier League's top six and this is a summer of consolidation, having already stockpiled well. They've done their big shop, so don't need to do it weekly.

The feeling is that to improve their squad it would take astronomical spending and there are few 'gettable' players who can come in and be first choice.

Owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) don't just want to splash out, take a punt or spend for the sake of it; they'd rather be nimble, brave, smart and strategic.

Their aim has always been to get to a stage where they are ready to react and make game-changing signings when the need and the opportunity arise.

They feel they're now at that stage - as shown, for example, post Philippe Coutinho and with the acquisitions of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson.

Currently the need, opportunity and level of finance required for such game-changing signings is not there.

So unless any unforeseen circumstances arise to change that, it will be a low-key, conservative window at Anfield.

One, maximum two signings - and for fees unlikely to surpass, for instance, the £13m Liverpool spent on Xherdan Shaqiri last summer.

With Alberto Moreno on his way out and Nathaniel Clyne likely to go too, full-back cover - especially on the left - is needed. But not necessarily specialist cover, rather a flexible full-back - somebody who can grow into the role or operate in various positions.

It's a similar situation in attack, with Daniel Sturridge set to depart but unlikely to be replaced like-for-like. Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of 19-year-old Rhian Brewster and therefore does not plan to recruit a back-up 'number nine'.

Instead, the Reds could sign a versatile attacker, allowing Klopp to shuffle the pack as and when he sees fit. Divock Origi is expected to stay, regardless of whether or not he signs a new deal.

Liverpool don't mind certain players entering the final year of their contracts and ultimately leaving for free, if they see greater relative value in them staying than exiting for a small fee.

Those who have enjoyed successful loan spells away from the club - the likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Marko Grujic - could go out again on a temporary or permanent basis. There could also be movement for players such as Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria.

Liverpool have been linked with Bayer Leverkusen's attacking midfielder Julian Brandt, but it's thought a move for the Germany international will not materialise.

Although they were keen on Brandt in the window before Mohamed Salah was signed, the 23-year-old realised he would not be guaranteed a starting place and decided to stay put. That predicament would be worse for him at Liverpool now and, with that in mind, his £21.5m release clause along with a probable five-year contract and agent fee is not viable.

Similar applies for RB Leipzig's Timo Werner and, previously, the Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic. Why come to fight for a place when you can be first choice elsewhere?

Liverpool's pursuit of Nabil Fekir a year ago was genuine and at the time he fitted the bill. But in the end Shaqiri was signed, Klopp reworked the shape of his attack and experimented with other players, and he has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return. So as things stand Fekir, Brandt and Werner are not targets.

The unforeseen circumstances mentioned above would include a serious injury occurring or a key player demanding to leave. That said, Liverpool proved with Coutinho they are prepared to give a hard 'no', take the moral high ground and do things on their terms.

Among the players Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has eyes on is Roberto Firmino, but it's not something the Reds would even consider.

Transfer ban defines Chelsea's summer Eden Hazard

It all depends on their transfer ban and, because of that, no leading club faces greater recruitment uncertainty. I've heard the Court of Arbitration for Sport may not rule on that case until July, which falls bang in the middle of the transfer window.

Chelsea qualifying for the Champions League has, in one way, given them something of a headache. There are suggestions they may have reluctantly accepted the ban had they been in the Europa League; go with what they've got, get it over and done with.

But now they're in the top-tier competition, Chelsea need reinforcements to help them compete at that level and are, therefore, vigorously fighting the ban.

They desperately want a striker and also a wide attacker.

Should the ban stand, they will almost certainly take up the option of extending striker Olivier Giroud's contract and they can do the same with the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain. Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham are on their books, too, of course.

As for the wide attacker/playmaker, Eden Hazard is being heavily linked with Real Madrid and he wants the switch to happen, but it's not a done deal.

If the ban stands, some feel Chelsea will refuse to let him go, accept missing out on a huge transfer fee and losing him for free a year later, in the hope that keeping him pays off on the pitch. With Pedro and Willian into their 30s and Callum Hudson-Odoi facing a long spell out injured, Hazard could be priceless.

If the ban is suspended, the Blues would be expected to sanction Hazard's departure and I've heard a potential replacement is Coutinho.

With Antoine Griezmann joining Barcelona, somebody needs to make way and the most likely candidate is Coutinho. In addition, his agent, Kia Joorabchian, has done a lot of work with Chelsea over the years.

Other possibilities include Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace. The 26-year-old wants to leave Selhurst Park this summer, but there is a feeling among suitors that Palace will set too high an asking price.

Let's not forget the pre-ban signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, which looks a shrewd piece of business.

In the striking department, Edinson Cavani and Marco Asensio are names that have been mentioned to me. PSG are looking to offload Cavani, whose relationship with Neymar is poor, while Asensio could be used by Real Madrid as part of the Hazard deal.

Tottenham to bid for Sessegnon Ryan Sessegnon

It's going to be a summer of significant change at Tottenham, regardless of what happens in the Champions League final.

They're looking at players who haven't quite made it elsewhere - think Lucas Moura when he was out of favour at PSG, Malcom now at Barcelona - and at players who are not the finished article.

Spurs are fond of Ryan Sessegnon and the feeling is mutual. He would have stayed at Fulham if they had stayed up, but now they're resigned to his exit. They can't afford to lose Sessegnon for nothing next summer - if he went abroad they'd only get half a million pounds in compensation and if it was a Premier League club it would go to a tribunal.

Tottenham are yet to make an offer but the sense is that a bid is incoming and it would then be down to the clubs to agree a fee. They envisage Sessegnon initially playing on the left wing before dropping to left-back long term.

There has also been strong interest in Sessegnon from Manchester United, PSG, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. Chelsea, too, but their transfer ban and the West London rivalry rules that out.

The 18-year-old wants his future sorted before the Under-21 European Championships, which start on 16 June, but Tottenham's participation in the Champions League could delay matters.

Meanwhile, there is a very good chance Christian Eriksen will be sold this summer. With the Dane seemingly unwilling to extend his contract, Spurs will want to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year. There is a slight possibility that he could pen a new deal, with a clause inserted that would allow him to join a leading club like Real Madrid or Barcelona if they made an approach.

Previously, Tottenham have pursued Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Zaha. Grealish is expected to leave Villa if they miss out on promotion from the Championship, while Zaha can be signed at the right price.

Further back in midfield, Spurs would like to move on Victor Wanyama and possibly Eric Dier.

Centre-back Toby Alderweireld has a year left on his contact and a £25m release clause, so if the Belgian is sold he will need to be replaced. Jan Vertonghen is also going into the final year of his current deal.

Tottenham need a back-up striker as well. Given Fernando Llorente's role in their run to the Champions League final, that could yet be him. But the Spaniard is now 34, so clearly they may look elsewhere.

Arsenal look for Ramsey replacement Aaron Ramsey

It won't be the most spectacular window, but the Gunners do have some very important business to conduct. The key question is the size of their budget.

With Europa League football, we're told it will be as low as around £40m. But with Champions League football, it will be higher. I've been led to believe that could mean up to £100m.

The higher figure would require player sales and also need to cover the salaries of signings. There's also a revenue boost that will come with Adidas taking over as Arsenal's kit supplier.

The low kitty is mainly explained by Arsenal's heavy investment in recent transfer windows, a total commitment to their self-sustaining model and the adherence to financial fair play (FFP) rules.

Despite the continued absence of a technical director, the existing recruitment team have identified targets and conversations are under way. They're looking for experience and youth.

Their priorities are a central defender and box-to-box midfielder.

Jeremy Wilson from The Telegraph mentioned Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam, who is under contract until 2021 and has a reported value of £13.5m.

The midfielder will replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal came close to a deal for PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku in January, while Adrien Rabiot is another they've pursued in the past - but I've not heard that either are targets this time round.

Another position they would like to fill is a wide forward. In the last window, they tried to sign Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and were also talking to Yannick Carrasco of Dalian Yifang. I doubt that interest will be reignited.

Other areas in which they will try to add depth are up front - Danny Welbeck is leaving and there is a desire to send Eddie Nketiah on loan - and at full-back.

Decisions will need to be made on whether youngsters such as Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka are loaned out or integrated into the first team.

Manchester United want Koulibaly and Sancho Kalidou Koulibaly

United are looking at bringing in a mixture of young talent and experienced big names. And the priority areas for them are central defence, full-back, central midfield and the wings.

Their first-choice centre-back is Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, however the Senegal international's hefty price is likely to scupper their hopes.

Koulibaly is 27, under contract until 2023 with a reported 150m euro (£130m) buy-out clause in 2021, and his club have no need to sell.

United will strongly rival Manchester City for full-back Wan-Bissaka, while in central midfield Rabiot is among those on their radar - though much will depend on what happens with Paul Pogba.

The big signing they had been hoping to land was Jadon Sancho.

I'm told he was the Red Devils' top attacking target and that they were his preferred option if he was to return to the UK from Borussia Dortmund this summer. A couple of months ago, he was open to the transfer and those involved felt it was nailed on.

But United's terrible end to the season has changed everything. Sancho is reluctant to give up Champions League football and if he is to move he wants to play for a club where stability, progression, development and a chance of winning trophies is guaranteed.

The 19-year-old England forward now harbours severe doubts that United can offer any of those assurances. I'm told 'never say never', but as things stand it is looking highly unlikely.

PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid want Sancho, too, but there has been no contact from other Premier League clubs. The transfer fee to prise him from Dortmund this summer would be in excess of £100m, though he is not agitating for a move. It's looking 50-50.

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Manchester City: 'Battered' Liverpool fans song draws criticism

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:53
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Manchester City have been criticised over a video that appears to show players and staff joining in a song that celebrates Liverpool fans being "battered in the street".

The video is thought to have been captured on an aircraft as the club's travelling party returned from a 4-1 win at Brighton.

That victory saw the Blues beat Liverpool to the title by one point.

Manchester City have not commented on the video.

It is unclear which players and staff - if any - are joining in the song, which recalls Liverpool's defeat in last year's Champions League final in Kiev.

The song cites fans being "battered in the streets" and "crying in the stands" and includes a line on Liverpool forward Mo Salah being injured - but with the original culprit, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, changed to City defender Vincent Kompany.

However, many of the party only join in at the "Allez, Allez, Allez" chorus.

"It's honestly embarrassing that some Man City fans think it's OK for their players to sing about fans being beat up," one Liverpool fan tweeted, while many more responded saying the video was "classless", "unprofessional" or "naive".

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Champions League final: Damir Skomina to referee Spurs v Liverpool

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:58
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Slovenia's Damir Skomina will referee the all-English Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool.

The 42-year-old awarded Manchester United a controversial late penalty in their last-16 victory over Paris St-Germain in March.

PSG forward Neymar was later given a three-match ban after he called the decision "a disgrace" on social media.

The Champions League final takes place at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday, 1 June at 20:00 BST.

Skomina was in charge when United beat Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final as well as the Uefa Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid five years earlier.

He was fourth official at the 2013 Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich and has been referee in four of the competition's matches this season, including Liverpool's 1-0 win over Napoli which secured a place in the knockout stage.

He will be assisted in the final by his compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan. The fourth official will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain.

The video assistant referee role has been assigned to Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, who will be supported by countryman Pol van Boekel, plus German officials Felix Zwayer, and Mark Borsch.

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi will take charge of Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku on 29 May.

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Manchester City know Liverpool are 'here to stay', says Andy Robertson

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 22:32
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Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson says Premier League champions Manchester City know Jurgen Klopp's side are "here to stay" after they pushed their title rivals to the final day of the season.

City successfully defended their league title on Sunday, defeating Brighton 4-1 to finish one point ahead of Liverpool.

The 97 points won by the Reds is the third-highest top-flight total in English football history.

"We are a tight-knit group, a young group," said 25-year-old Robertson.

"Hopefully we will be here for many years and we will be a better team in terms of maturity and experience next year.

"Man City know, hopefully, we are here to stay. We know they are definitely here to stay, they are incredible.

"Fingers-crossed we don't lose anyone. We will go into next season as strong as ever. Whether we can put in the performances remains to be seen but we hope we can."

Reds team-mate Virgil van Dijk added: "With the level we have shown this season, the consistency we have, we have to build on it, try to do it again next season. That's what we all aim for, and I am looking forward to it already.

"There is a togetherness we have throughout the whole club. It is also the connection we have with the fans that helps us through tough, tough moments, through tough games."

Despite suffering just one defeat all season, Liverpool's 29-year wait for a league title goes on.

The Reds' 97-point haul, bettering their fourth-placed finish in 2017-18 by 22 points, is the highest ever tally for any runner-up in any of Europe's top five leagues.

But following their 2-0 final day victory against Wolves, manager Klopp said Liverpool's "special" season was "only the first step" as they look to overhaul City in the coming years.

Klopp's side now have a second consecutive Champions League final to contest as they look to end the campaign with a trophy against Tottenham in Madrid on 1 June.

"We have the Champions League to play for. Everything else is forgotten about," Robertson said.

"In my opinion, it won't be thought of that we came second in the Premier League and all that nonsense.

"There have been ups and not many downs. I am sure we have learned a lot of lessons this season and we just need to take that into next.

"We have just fallen short to a world-class team. Ninety-seven points wins every single league apart from last season so if we do that again we will keep knocking on the door and we won't be far off it."

'Liverpool can barely afford to draw a game next season' - analysis

By BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson:

You only have to look at how many points Liverpool got this season to see how good this team are.

On the evidence of the past few months, they can barely afford to draw a game next season if they are going to keep up with City - who have a total of 198 points from their past two campaigns.

That is why the Reds cannot rest and be too satisfied with their achievements, because they will have to improve further if they are going to challenge again.

As things stand, it is hard to see anyone else being in contention for the title next year.

I know the rest of the top six will all sign players in the summer, but looking at them now I don't think they will be anywhere near City or Liverpool.

Read more from Lawro on why Liverpool can challenge again here.

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Hillsborough trial: Safety officer Graham Mackrell fined £6,500

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:43

The stadium safety officer in charge at the time of the Hillsborough disaster has been fined £6,500.

Former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Graham Mackrell is the first person to be convicted of an offence relating to the tragedy.

Mackrell, 69, of Stocking Pelham, Hertfordshire, failed to ensure there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up.

He was also ordered to pay £5,000 prosecution costs.

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Liverpool can challenge Man City again - Lawrenson

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 06:11
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The only time Anfield was flat on Sunday was when the Liverpool fans heard Manchester City had gone 3-1 up against Brighton.

That basically ended any hope the Reds had of winning the Premier League title, but none of the supporters I spoke to before Sunday's game against Wolves really expected City to slip up anyway.

By the time it was over, the crowd was up again, saying 'let's lift the team for Madrid'. There is still another game to play this season, and clearly it is a massive one for the club.

That is the great thing about Liverpool's situation now. Of course there was disappointment Jurgen Klopp's side fell just short after pushing City so close, but it did not feel like a failure, or the end of the world.

The 29-year wait for a title goes on, but they still have next month's Champions League final to look forward to and a bright future beyond that too.

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Why I can't see Liverpool falling away next season

You only have to look at how many points Liverpool got this season to see how good this team are.

I was co-commentating with Ian Dennis at Anfield on Sunday and he pointed out that the Reds' tally of 97 points would have been good enough to make them champions in 116 of the previous 119 seasons.

Liverpool also only lost one of their 38 games as they finished a point behind City - I won the title four times with them in the 1980s and we never got near that kind of record.

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Last season they were 25 points behind Pep Guardiola's side, so it shows the incredible progress they have made, and I can't see them falling away next season.

Why am I so confident? Well, look at their mentality, and the way they have picked up so many points with late goals.

Look at their style of play and the way they have always been on the front foot home or away - or when they have been under pressure in the run-in.

Then there is their squad, and the quality and depth that has kept them challenging at the top for 10 months in the Premier League and has got them into their second successive Champions League final.

And of course, look at their manager and everything about him, from his man management to his tactics and the way he just understands everything about his club.

The last time Liverpool went close to the title, in 2014, the club was not in the same position of strength as it is now, on or off the pitch.

Everything is now the way it should be, but they are just short of a trophy at the moment. They have got the chance to put that right when they play Tottenham in Spain on 1 June.

What could Liverpool have done differently? John Stones clears the ball off the line against Liverpool

Whatever happens against Spurs, I don't think you could accuse Liverpool of underachieving this season.

When I look back at what they could have done differently in the title race, there is only really one game that springs to mind - their one defeat, which came against City at the Etihad Stadium in January.

They had that great early chance at 0-0 when Sadio Mane hit the post and John Stones had to scramble his own clearance off the line, but City went on to win 2-1.

That was the moment for me. If Mane had scored then, I think they would have gone on to win the game and also the title - they would have opened up a 10-point lead that would have been hard to claw back.

Since then, they have not done too much wrong - clearly, because they have not lost since.

How can Reds improve next year?

When you look at this season, you can praise both of the top two teams together. One of them has edged an unbelievably good title race, rather than the other failing and losing it somewhere.

That is why it is difficult to look through the Liverpool team and say they need to sign this or that to make sure it is a different story next year.

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They will need another left-back as back-up to Andy Robertson because Alberto Moreno is leaving in the summer, and Klopp cannot expect James Milner to play there regularly.

But it is not like the last couple of summers when it has been easy to identify what this team needs to improve it.

In 2017 it was a centre-half, and Virgil van Dijk arrived the following January, while in 2018 it was a goalkeeper, and Alisson was the answer.

Those problems have been solved, so primarily you are looking at adding depth in a few positions - at centre-half, or up front.

You might argue that they don't really need any one position desperately, but I think it would be nice if they could get an attacking midfield player, of the sort they have not had since Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona in January 2018.

A criticism I heard a lot, particularly earlier in the season, was that with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined, all of Liverpool's midfielders were too similar, and not good enough at opening up defences.

I am talking about bringing in someone with a bit more creativity, like Lyon's Nabil Fekir, who they were going to buy last summer until the move fell through.

The way the season has gone, you could not say they have missed him, but in future they will have to look at having more ways to win games, especially against teams who just sit in.

Liverpool cannot ease off Most points from top two

On the evidence of the past few months, Liverpool can barely afford to draw a game next season if they are going to keep up with City - who have a total of 198 points from their past two campaigns.

That is why the Reds cannot rest and be too satisfied with their achievements, because they will have to improve further if they are going to challenge again.

As things stand, it is hard to see anyone else being in contention for the title next year.

I know the rest of the top six will all be signing players in the summer, but I am looking at them now and thinking they won't be anywhere near City or Liverpool.

There is no quick-fix at Arsenal or Manchester United, and everything is up in the air at Chelsea about who their owner and manager will be.

For me, the only certainty at Stamford Bridge is that Eden Hazard will be leaving and, with their best player seemingly on his way out and a possible transfer ban looming, I cannot tip them to challenge.

That just leaves Tottenham, who have lost 13 league games this season compared to one by Liverpool and four by City.

Spurs finished 27 points off the top so they have a big gap to close, and they also have a doubt over the future of their manager.

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Whether Mauricio Pochettino stays or goes could rely on them spending a lot of money and I just don't see it happening.

In contrast, everything is already in place for Liverpool to kick on. You just know that City will be better under Pep Guardiola, but I am confident Klopp's team will be stronger next time too.

Mark Lawrenson was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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The best Premier League season ever - Shearer

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 23:47

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Former England captain Alan Shearer says the title race between Manchester City and Liverpool has provided the best Premier League season since its introduction in 1992.
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Premier League Golden Boot: Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share prize

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 18:37
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored final-day goals to share the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah.

Aubameyang's double for Arsenal at Burnley means he joins Salah and his Liverpool team-mate Mane, who scored against Wolves, on 22 goals.

Salah also won the prize last season.

It is the lowest winning total since 2010-11, when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez shared the Golden Boot with 20 goals each.

Gabon forward Aubameyang who scored twice after the interval at Turf Moor said: "I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that's cool.

"I am happy we won, and I am sharing this [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys I like. My team-mates knew about the Golden Boot, I said nothing. I did not want them to play and only focus on me. I am a team player."

'They are all my players'

The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed surprise and happiness for the former Dortmund forward, who he signed from Saint-Etienne in 2013, when he was in charge at the Westfalenstadion.

"Auba too? Do they have three boots? It is good. They are all my players," he said.

Salah, 26, scored 32 goals last term. That figure is the record for the most goals scored in a 38-game campaign.

He becomes the sixth player to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Tottenham's Harry Kane, the last player to retain the Premier League Golden Boot, having won it in 2015-16 and 2016-17, finished on 17 goals following a campaign blighted by injury.

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Premier League: Liverpool v Wolves - rate the players

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 15:05

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Premier League final day: Who will win the Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards?

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 06:45

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas says who he thinks will win the Premier League's Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards after the final day of the season.
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Liverpool v Wolves live in Premier League

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 19:09
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  1. Liverpool looking to win first league title since 1990
  2. Reds need to beat Wolves and hope Brighton hold Man City
  3. Wolves are guaranteed seventh place

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Premier League final day: Man City & Liverpool fight for title

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 19:07
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This is the eighth Premier League title race to go down to the final day.

On all seven previous occasions that the Premier League title has gone down to the final day, the team who started the day top have won it.

The closest Premier League title race ever saw Manchester City beat Manchester United on goal difference in 2012. That remains the only time the lead has changed hands in the 'as it stands' table on the last day.

Sergio Aguero's injury-time winner against QPR denied United the chance to be the first team to start the day second and win the Premier League.

Only once have the second-placed team blown the chance to win the Premier League on the final day. In 1995 Blackburn lost 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield but still won the title.

Manchester United would have won the league had they beaten West Ham, but they drew 1-1.

The last team to start the final day of the English top flight at the top of the table and not win the title were Liverpool in 1989, when Michael Thomas' dramatic injury-time goal gave Arsenal the 2-0 win they needed at Anfield to secure the old First Division title.

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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says the 'week of big football moments' is not over yet

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:28

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it has been a "week of big football moments" but the "week is not over yet" before Sunday's Premier League title decider.

Liverpool host Wolves while leaders Manchester City - who lead the Reds by a point - travel to Brighton.

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