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Alisson ready for injury return as Liverpool visit Manchester United

• Goalkeeper has been out with calf injury for nine weeks• Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from ankle injuryLiverpool will have Alisson available for the visit to Manchester United on Sunday after their first-choice goalkeeper stepped up his recov…

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Marco Silva shuffles towards the Everton abyss despite spending big

Everton manager shows no sign of solving old problems and a team assembled at great expense lack spirit and commitmentEverton’s concerns are concentrated near the bottom of the table but the situation at the top elsewhere unwittingly adds to the proble…

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Holy grail could be in sight as Jürgen Klopp toasts his Anfield anniversary | Andy Hunter

The German’s four years have imbued Liverpool with belief and winning run suggests they can end their league title droughtJürgen Klopp has honoured every pledge made at his Liverpool unveiling four years ago on Tuesday, turning doubter to believer (it …

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Brendan Rodgers prepares for Liverpool return with lessons learned

Manager holds no grudges against his former side after Celtic success and now a promising start with a revitalised LeicesterLeft out of Melwood, past Tesco, through Stockbridge Village, on to the M57 and home to Formby. Brendan Rodgers remembers every …

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Liverpool got a helpful wake-up call against Salzburg, says Virgil van Dijk

• Liverpool threw away three-goal lead before winning• ‘We know we have to improve and we will,’ says Van DijkVirgil van Dijk has described Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Red Bull Salzburg as a wake-up call and said the European champions were too expose…

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Jürgen Klopp puts his faith in Anfield roar to silence Salzburg’s attack

Austrian champions arrive in dazzling scoring form but German is confident a ‘European reunion’ will buoy his Liverpool sideAnfield hosts its 100th game at the elite level of European competition on Wednesday and Jürgen Klopp envisages a wild one. He a…

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Jürgen Klopp admits Liverpool could face trouble over ineligible player

• ‘If it was our fault alone, we need to get punished’• Manager says Chirivella should be exempt from any censureJürgen Klopp has said he expects Liverpool to be punished for fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup “if it was our fault alone” …

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Marco Silva repels criticism and calls on Everton’s players to be ‘ice men’

• Silva believes club singled out because of Moshiri’s backing• ‘It is so easy to create a crisis inside Everton’Marco Silva has claimed Everton are singled out for criticism because of having a billionaire backer in Farhad Moshiri and his players must…

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Klopp surprised but not worried by Liverpool’s worsening big-six record

• League leaders have won once in past 12 games at big six clubs• Manager baffled by criticism of Robertson after defeat at NapoliJürgen Klopp has said he is surprised but not worried about the downturn in Liverpool’s results at the big six sides going…

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk tells team not to panic after Napoli defeat

• Loss in Italy ‘shouldn’t be a wake-up call’• Defender turns his focus to Chelsea gameVirgil van Dijk has said a Champions League defeat at Napoli is no reason for Liverpool to panic given the outstanding form they have shown before Sunday’s trip to C…

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Jürgen Klopp blames dive and VAR for Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli

• Italian side win 2-0 after late penalty award• ‘I could say a lot of things about it but I’m not a bad loser’Jürgen Klopp claimed Liverpool were undone by a dive and that video assistant referees remain at the mercy of human error after their Champio…

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Southgate tells England youngsters to stay hungry and justify selection

• Sancho, Mount and Maddison hoping to establish themselves• ‘Competition for places is a pretty good motivator’Gareth Southgate has warned England’s emerging talent there are no guarantees of a place in his team and they must earn the right to be cons…

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Marcus Rashford says football ‘going backwards’ in fight against racism

• Striker is one of many players racially abused this season• ‘It seems to me like things have been going backwards’Marcus Rashford believes football is “going backwards” in the fight against racism and social media companies have not done enough to co…

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: ‘Pub visit reminded me what England means to fans’

After watching the World Cup in Shoreditch among fans, the Liverpool midfielder is now ready to play his part for EnglandOn a summer’s evening in June 2018 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed to Boxpark in London’s Shoreditch to watch England’s World Cup de…

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Tyrone Mings targets St Mary’s as ‘fitting’ venue for England debut

• Aston Villa defender in squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo• Mings holds no grudges against Saints for releasing himTyrone Mings has said he holds no grudges against Southampton for releasing him as a teenager but would consider it fitting to make his …

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Liverpool accept Fiorentina offer for Bobby Duncan amid ‘bullying’ claim

• Agent accuses Anfield club of ‘mentally bullying’ striker• Teenager expected to sign three-year deal on MondayLiverpool have accepted an improved offer from Fiorentina for Bobby Duncan days after the striker’s agent accused the club of “mentally bull…

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Jürgen Klopp insists Bobby Duncan still has future at Liverpool

• Manager says contract dispute is problem with teenage striker• ‘We really, really care about our young players’Jürgen Klopp has said Bobby Duncan does have a future at Liverpool but indicated a contract dispute is at the heart of the teenage striker’…

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Liverpool deny ‘mentally bullying’ young striker Bobby Duncan

• Duncan’s agent makes claim in extraordinary statement • Liverpool disappointed by ‘unfounded allegations’Liverpool have been accused of “mentally bullying” Bobby Duncan by representatives of the 18-year-old and holding the player against his will aft…

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Marco Silva begins mission to end Everton’s abysmal League Cup record

• Manager looks for ‘something special’ in Carabao Cup • Everton’s pursuit of first trophy in 25 years starts at LincolnMarco Silva, on the eve of his second season as the Everton manager, identified where he was seeking improvement. “We must do better…

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Everton’s Marco Silva tells Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English

• ‘This is something we demand from them,’ says manager• Silva impressed by language skills of Kean and GbaminMarco Silva has told Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English, with the Everton manager unimpressed with their efforts to learn the…