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Jürgen Klopp criticises Premier League chief over substitutes’ rule

Liverpool manager says five replacements should be allowedPep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjær support Klopp viewJürgen Klopp has accused the Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, of a lack of leadership over the decision to abandon the fiv…

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Everton must prove they can win without Richarlison, says Ancelotti

Brazil forward suspended for trip to NewcastleLucas Digne and James Rodríguez also ruled outCarlo Ancelotti has said Everton must react to losing their unbeaten record at Southampton by proving they can win without Richarlison.Everton’s defeat last Sun…

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Alisson puts quick Liverpool return down to faith and hard work

Goalkeeper came back at weekend after four games outBrazilian set to face FC Midtjylland in Champions LeagueThe Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has attributed his rapid recovery from injury to prayer and six-hour daily rehabilitation sessions at Melwood.A…

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Jürgen Klopp describes this season as the most challenging of his career

Covid-19 and lack of recovery time concern Liverpool manager‘Life is more challenging than before and football is no different’Jürgen Klopp has described this season as the most challenging of his managerial career because of the condensed fixture sche…

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Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti keeps faith in ‘focused’ Jordan Pickford

‘I don’t consider taking him out’ says Everton managerJames Rodríguez could be fit to face SouthamptonCarlo Ancelotti has said there is no reason to remove Jordan Pickford from the spotlight at Southampton because the Everton goalkeeper has been unaffe…

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Jens Petter Hauge’s late strike for Milan ends Celtic’s comeback hopes

Europe continues to punish Neil Lennon and Celtic. The Scottish champions threatened a comeback from 2-0 down against Milan but it is deflation, not rousing rescue acts, that characterises their season in the Europa League and Champions League so far.W…

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Pickford meant no harm and ‘really sad’ at Van Dijk injury, insists Ancelotti

Everton manager dismisses claims tackle was premeditatedJames Rodríguez out as result of foul by Van Dijk Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed Liverpool’s criticism of Jordan Pickford and insisted the challenge that injured Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside d…

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Liverpool launch attack on ‘completely stupid’ Jordan Pickford

Everton accused of ‘unacceptable’ approach to derbiesClub devastated over Van Dijk injury, says WijnaldumLiverpool’s fury at losing Virgil van Dijk was laid bare on Tuesday when Georginio Wijnaldum accused the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford of being “compl…

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk facing surgery and long absence with cruciate injury

Centre-half hurt by Jordan Pickford in derbyFull extent of lay-off to be known after operationLiverpool have been dealt a devastating blow after scans revealed Virgil van Dijk damaged an anterior cruciate ligament against Everton and requires surgery.N…

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Allan: ‘Ancelotti and Everton – I didn’t have to think twice about signing’

Brazilian midfielder had other offers but the chance to reunite with ‘professor’ he thrived under at Napoli was the decisive factorAllan repeats one word so clearly during the Zoom chat that it is understood before the interpreter translates from Portu…

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Happy anniversary? Carlo Ancelotti seeks end to Everton’s derby blues | Andy Hunter

Liverpool have not lost a derby for 10 years but Everton have a 100% record this season and their manager hails a new attitudeEverton are everything that Liverpool must now become. That was the opening line of the Guardian’s report on the first match J…

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Northern Ireland savour shootout win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach final

The dream of a second successive appearance at the European Championship remains alive for Northern Ireland following a nerveless penalty shoot-out victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.Liam Boyce and Bailey Peacock-Farrell delivered the vital contributi…

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Northern Ireland savour shootout win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach final

The dream of a second successive appearance at the European Championship remains alive for Northern Ireland following a nerveless penalty shoot-out victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.Liam Boyce and Bailey Peacock-Farrell delivered the vital contributi…

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Northern Ireland savour shootout win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach final

The dream of a second successive appearance at the European Championship remains alive for Northern Ireland following a nerveless penalty shoot-out victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.Liam Boyce and Bailey Peacock-Farrell delivered the vital contributi…

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Northern Ireland have experience to reach play-off final, says Steven Davis

Captain full of belief his side can beat Bosnia in SarajevoDavis will surpass Pat Jennings’ caps record on ThursdaySteven Davis has said Northern Ireland must draw on their “big game experience” to preserve hopes of reaching a second successive Europea…

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Northern Ireland have experience to reach play-off final, says Steven Davis

Captain full of belief his side can beat Bosnia in SarajevoDavis will surpass Pat Jennings’ caps record on ThursdaySteven Davis has said Northern Ireland must draw on their “big game experience” to preserve hopes of reaching a second successive Europea…

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Cheating death and learning scouse: the incredible story of Jacob Viera

Kenyan refugee was once almost electrocuted for refusing to smuggle drugs and injuries hampered his playing career – now he plans to become a ‘sick’ referee An upcoming trial for Newcastle was on Jacob Viera’s mind when he returned home from training w…

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‘I will probably cry’: Theo Walcott leaves Everton and returns to Southampton

Season-long loan will see both clubs contribute to his wagesEverton land £25m Ben Godfrey and goalkeeper Robin OlsenTheo Walcott’s career has come full circle with the Everton winger rejoining Southampton 14 years after leaving his boyhood club.“I had …

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool not expecting further signings this week

Manager happy with defensive options despite injuries‘If the situation stays like it is there will be nothing’Jürgen Klopp has said he is satisfied with Liverpool’s central defensive options and will not be active in the final week of the transfer wind…

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Carlo Ancelotti insists he has ‘total confidence’ in Jordan Pickford

Everton manager backs goalkeeper after latest errorsAncelotti insists he is ‘not looking’ to buy replacementCarlo Ancelotti has “total confidence” in Jordan Pickford and claimed Everton are not looking to sign another goalkeeper.The England internation…