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Jürgen Klopp gets his game face on for a match Liverpool dare not lose | Andy Hunter

Manager in no mood for joking as he landed in Salzburg with his side’s Champions League campaign hanging in the balanceThe Austrian media who were expecting a bit of light-hearted banter with Jürgen Klopp at the Red Bull Arena were to be disappointed. …

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Duncan Ferguson’s timing and tactics are spot-on for Everton win

• Ferguson wore Howard Kendall’s old watch in 3-1 victory• Scot praises Djibril Sidibé, who played despite being illDuncan Ferguson wore a trademark blue sweatband on his left wrist. On his right was an old Armani watch, broken and stuck at 8.15. It wa…

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Temporary manager Duncan Ferguson wells up as he sweats on Everton future

• Former player charged with arresting Everton’s alarming slide• ‘I am here to steady the ship until they find whoever’It was an incongruous sight and a press conference to shatter preconceptions. There sat Duncan Ferguson, fearsome slayer of Pascal Ch…

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson can succeed at Anfield

• Wales international has scored six goals for Bournemouth• ‘All the players we sent on loan have the chance to make it’Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool would have sold Harry Wilson last summer if he did not believe he had a first-team future at Anfield…

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‘Everyone is ready’: Van Dijk hails impact of Liverpool squad players

• Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 after making five changes• Van Dijk not concerned over 13 games without clean sheetVirgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s comfortable victory in the Merseyside derby confirmed every member of Jürgen Klopp’s squad is ready and…

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Marco Silva confident Everton’s team spirit can end 20-year Anfield drought

• Liverpool host neighbour for 234th derby on Wednesday• Spirit ‘gives hope that things will change’, says SilvaMarco Silva believes Everton’s players have not lost faith in his methods and they can transform their season by going “face-to-face” with L…

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Virgil van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi, insists Jürgen Klopp

• Liverpool manager says ‘it would have been right if Virg won it’ • Klopp says club might make January moves if players availableJürgen Klopp has said Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the men’s Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi for his outstanding contribu…

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Richarlison to commit to Everton despite Manchester United interest

Forward close to signing new five-year contractDeal could be announced before derby at LiverpoolRicharlison is close to signing a new five-year contract with Everton despite interest from several suitors including Manchester United.Marcel Brands, Evert…

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Marco Silva says future not in his hands as Everton seek unity and stability

• Struggling manager gets degree of boardroom backing• ‘We have to improve results,’ says Everton’s director of footballMarco Silva has conceded his future as Everton manager is “not in my hands”, while the club’s director of football, Marcel Brands, i…

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Liverpool reveal expansion plans to increase Anfield capacity above 61,000

• Proposed £60m designs are for a new 16,000-seat stand• Draft plan depends on success of public consultationsLiverpool have announced plans for a £60m expansion of the Anfield Road stand that will raise Anfield’s capacity above 61,000.The designs, par…

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Sadio Mané confident Liverpool’s forwards can deal with hectic December

• Jürgen Klopp’s side face nine matches in four competitions• ‘Tiredness is all in the head,’ says Liverpool forwardSadio Mané has claimed Liverpool’s front three can handle the exhausting demands of December because fatigue exists only in the mind.Liv…

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Jürgen Klopp brings up his century and aims for early Liverpool progress

• Victory in manager’s 100th European game will put side through• Napoli arrive under a cloud after a falling-out behind the scenesJürgen Klopp remembers the first time: 14 July 2005. He had just turned 38 when he encountered Armenia’s Mika Ashtarak an…

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Marco Silva claims he can still win over Everton supporters to keep his job

• Manager’s future under threat after home defeat to Norwich• David Moyes and Mark Hughes discussed as replacementsMarco Silva said his fractured relationship with Everton supporters is not beyond repair as Farhad Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder,…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah may play through pain barrier at Crystal Palace

• Jürgen Klopp waits on Egyptian forward’s ankle injury• Klopp: ‘It’s still kind of there. We have to be sensible’Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah must continue to play with pain but allayed concerns the Liverpool forward needs surgery on the ankle …

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Moise Kean will ‘definitely not’ leave Everton in January, says Marco Silva

• Italy coach and player’s father suggested Kean needs new club• Selling young forward ‘doesn’t make sense for us’, says SilvaMarco Silva has said there is no prospect of Moise Kean leaving Everton in January despite the Italy international’s difficult…

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Liverpool to hold open meetings on new Anfield Road stand proposals

• Plans would increase capacity of Anfield to more than 60,000• Consultation programme includes two events before matchesLiverpool are to stage a public consultation into proposals to increase Anfield’s capacity to more than 60,000 by rebuilding the An…

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Liverpool hope £50m Kirkby training facility will inspire academy players

New facility to replace Melwood training ground next seasonAcademy prospects and first team will be brought togetherLiverpool are on course for next summer’s move to a new £50m training facility in Kirkby that manager Jürgen Klopp believes will inspire…

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Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool to stay grounded in title pursuit

• Liverpool eight points clear at top of Premier League• Mohamed Salah to have scan on ankle injuryVirgil van Dijk has said Liverpool do not consider a commanding lead in November as cause for celebration and are focused only on improving form that has…

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Peter Reid: ‘I told Boris Johnson he was a fat, lying disgrace’

The former midfielder on champagne socialism, his toughest opponents and party time at Everton under Howard KendallThe air turns royally blue inside Peter Reid’s home while Boris Johnson is on TV for prime minister’s questions. The old Evertonian silen…

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Marco Silva says VAR has cost Everton ‘five or six points’ this season

• Premier League admits Brighton decision was erroneous• Everton need a return at Southampton after recent mishapsMarco Silva’s grievances against VAR are likely to have increased after the Premier League informed Everton that its TV official for the B…