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Need a subscription?from just £2.99 a month and get access to every kick during with Tottenham.Kane is out of the Champions League tie due to injury.But Marin says: “We all know how much Kane means to the Tottenham team, however Moura did an amazing thing last year, sending the team to the Champions League final.”Harry Kane is a2013-1kjaer wants to see Manchester United kill off their opponents.The Red Devils blew a 1-0 goal lead against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Despite eventually winning on penalties, Solskjaer says his team must make it easier on themselves in t4 as well as reaction,s granted Lampard permission to speak with Chelsea this week.But he also said this morning: “When Frank met me, from the first time we talked about this opportunity, even then we knew some stage this would happen.”We just didn’t know when and we thou interviews, press conferences, LFCTV on the go, U18s and U21s live and much, much more.

Callaghan: Pressure is on Manchester City


Monday night’s 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace saw Brendan Rodgers’ charges go a point clear at the top, but with two home games left, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are seemingly the favourites to lift the crown.

However, Callaghan insists the pressure is now on City and claims Aston Villa and West Ham United are not a guaranteed six points for the men from Manchester by any means.

“We know football can kick you in the face and we know how things can change around quickly, so this title race is by no means over whatsoever,” Callaghan told

“We uito midfielder Jose Cifuentes admits he’s had an offer from Manchester City.The 20-year-old never made the move but he has revealed that City were interested but he wasn’t allowed to leave the club.“All contacts are closed, it was published by thehave got to be positive and we have still got one game to go. It wasn’t a great result last night – obviously the Chelsea game wasn’t either – but having said that, City have got to play on Wednesday night and then Sunday.

“Mathematically, we can still do it. They need four points out of the two games and we need to win our last game against Newcastle United.

“The pressure is on Manchester City. I went to their match at Everton on Saturday and it was a nervy affair. We can still hope and we have to stay positive. City could easily slip up.

“Aston Villa played very well at Anfield when we came back to get a 2-2 draw. On any given day each team can beat each other, they really can, as there are some really good players playing in the Premier League and anything can happen.”

West Ham are City’s final opponents of the season on Sunday at the Etihad and Callaghan is hoping for one of two favours from a former Liverpool record signing.

Callaghan added: “Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing both scored last weekend against Tottenham so there is no reason why one of them can’t do something this Sunday, and maybe Downing can cross one for Carroll to head home!

“Andy is still trying to earn a place in the England squad for the World Cup and City will not relish coming up against him.

“People might say that West Ham will have nothing to play for on Sunday but let me tell you that they are professional footballers and they have pride.

“Sam Allardyce will demand his team end the season well so I think they have got a chance and you never know.”

Calers after their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in the FA Cup.Spurs wis team were unlucky to lose to Sheffield United on Monday.The Gunners were downed 1-0 courtesy of a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.Speaking after the game, Xhaka said: “They have one chance, they score. We have maybe two or three chances and if ere 2-1 up in the game in North London, a fourth round replay.But they missed out on a last-16 spot after giving away two late goaGabriellels to lose 3-2.Hasenhuttl told reporters afterwards: “We colaghan, who made a record 857 appearances in a red shirt, was also quick to pay tribute to the fantastic job Brendan Rodgers has done in turning around Liverpool’s fortunes for the better this season.

He said: “A couple of months ago we were talking about the need to get fourth spot and qualify for the Champions League and here we are now still with a great chance of winning it.

“From my own point of view, I do hospitality in the lounges on a matchday at Anfield and it has been a fantastic season to watch Liverpool play. The football they have played this year has been absolutely tremendous.

“It has been so exciting and it has been a great season. We are back where we belong in the Champions League and I really do believe the future is bright under Brendan.

“It will be fantastic to have Champions League football back at Anfield as there is no better place to be on a European night because the atmosphere is just unbelievable.”

Emre Can: We’ve got a point to prove


The Reds take on the Eagles in an FA Cup fifth round tie at the scene of what Brendan Rodgers has described as the low point of their season so far.

His side were beaten 3-1 by Palace in a Barclays Premier League meeting in London back in November, while last season’s visit to Selhurst Park saw title hopes dealt a huge blow as they surrendered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3.

Nonetheless, Can is adamant the Reds won’t be thinking about previous disappointments at the stadium come kick-off as they aim to bolster their chances of going all the way in the tournament.

He told “We definitely won’t be thinking about that. We’ve just got to think about the game and go on and try to win it, rather than think about anything that’s happened in the past. We want to win and go through.

“I think when we lost 3-1 at Crystal Palace we were on a bad run. We weren’t on form and we were at a development stage. Now it is completely different – we are playing in a different way with a different line-up.

“Perhaps it wasn’t our day, but the way we played wasn’t quite right. Now it is completely different. That’s how we want to show ourselves on Saturday.

“We want to go there and win. It is a cup game and we will give 100 per cent to try to win it and go through to the next round.”

Can has added motivation to try to help Liverpool make May’s FA Cup final.

The 21-year-old was present at Wembley for the 2013 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and he’s itching to get his Leroy Sane.Should Sane arrive this summer, it could affect Davies’ path to the first team.But he told BILD: “The bosses see something in Leroy, they see something in me. That’s why they bought me. That’s why they might buy him. I want to develop herown opportunity to play at the national stadium.

“It’s a very well respected stadn claims of anger inside Real after Bale celebrated Wales’ Euros qualification with a fan’s flag rubbishing his commitment to his club.Zidane said, “I think we do a lot of things and make a lot of noise about Bale and the most important thing for me ium back in Germany,” explained Can. “The final of the Champions League walared he’s prepared to quit if his job hinges on winning the Europa League final next week.Ahead of next week’s clash with Arsenal, Sarri angrily told the Chelsea hierarchy that if they are judging him purely on the outcome of the Europa League finals there in 2013 and I was there, but didn’t play.

“It’s a great stadium and we want to get there, all of us, so we’ve got to win the game at Palace and get nearer to achi夜上海论坛eving the target of getting to the final at that great stadium.

“I’ve followed the FA Cup since I was a kid. It’s a great cup competition and there’s a great chance to get to the final.

“That’s our target, so we’ve got to go and win the game on Saturday.”

Metro: Camacho on Reds’ radar


The 24-year-old has impressed for the La Liga outfit this season, with a string of fine performances not only yielding a first senior Spain cap, but also catching the eye of a number of clubs across Europe.

It is understood Napoli tried夜上海论坛ar Solskjaer has confirmed the club will be active in next month’s transfer window.And Kleberson has identified two stars who he thinks should be at the top of Solskjaer’s wish-list.”ItLiverpool youngster George Johnston isn’t short of loan offers.The Mirror says Johnston is a wanted man in the Championship – with clubs queuing up to take him on loan.The 20-year-old defender impressed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in Thursday’s 6-0 friendly win over Tranmere.And the Scotland Under-21 star is already on the radar of West Brom, Hull, Wigan, Blackburn and Preston.’s a lot of money to be spoken about (£100 million/$131m) but he and failed to sign the defensive m League final thrashing by Chelsea.Xhaka has opened up on how gutted the players were, having suffered an embarrassing defeat by their Premier League rivals.“Him (manager Unai Emery), the players, nobody speaks in the dressing room,” said Xhaka.Wheidfielder – who can also operate as a centre-back – in January, but it is the Reds who are now showing an interest in the player, according toFichajes.

Of the same ilk as Liverpool’s LA Galaxy-bound captain, it has been suggested there could be some movement from Anfield for the former Atletico Madrid man over the summer, with any potential transfer likely to be for a considerable amount.

Raheem: There’s huge belief in this team


The 19-year-old was in scintillating form feven in a secondary role.Despite talk of agreeing a move to Jiangsu Suning – before Sunday’s news that Real had pulled out of the deal – it’s suggested Bale has no plans to leave Madrid this summer.Indeed, AS says he is so happy with life in Madrid trom start to finish during the demolition job at Anfield, chipping in with a goal in each half as the Reds ran riot.

Sterling’s pace on the ball helped the home side carve the Barclays Premier League leaders to shreds throughout a whirlwind opening 20 minutes.

And the youngster led by example as he helped press the opposition and win the ball back in advanced areas as the Gunners were rocked in front of the Kop.

“Everyone is buzzing,” Sterling reflected. “We’re delighted we got the three points and we’re really happy.

“There’s a massive belief in the team, but we’re just taking it step by step and each game that comes.

“We’re just trying to get the three points. That’s what we did today, and we’ll just go again against Fulham on Wednesday and then Arsenal on Saturday. We’ll take it step by step and hopefully we can be right up there at the end of the season.”

Much has been made of Liverpool’s persistence in pressing the ball and denying Arsenal time or space in possession, especially throughout the first half.

The likes of Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard hunted the play down in arc Cucurella.The young defender, on-loan at Getafe from Barcelona, is on the radar of Chelsea scouts ahead of the summer market.Getafe can sign Cucurella outright for €6m, though any sell on fee will see a 40 per cent cut returning to Barca. The Ctwos and threes and forced the Gunners, typically comfortable in possession, to surrender the ball.

Sterling played his part too – and the youngster revealed it was all part of the manager’s pre-match instructions to his players.

“The manager just told us to press them on the front foot and try to get onto people and win the ball,” said Sterling. “Tinjury has offered them a lift.Costa has been sidelined due to serious injury and Simeone went on to give an update on his striker’s recoveFabiry process.”This week he has joined [the group] and participated in training,” Simeone said.”He is getting hookhen it was a case of going from there and playing on the counter attack and that’s what we did and we got a few goals from it again.”

Alex: Academy link to Melwood is thriving


Inglethorpe, who arrived on Merseyside in November 2012, has revealed how Brendan Rodgers and his coaching staff are constantly enquiring about the development of the club’s youngsters.

Rodgers, who takes a keen interest in each of the Reds’ scholars, holds regular discussions with Inglethorpe and his coaches, getting to know the players and keeping tabs on their potential.

Inglethorpe explained how regular dialogue between the two camps ensures there is a constant flow of players from Kirkbve Manchester United.The Red Devils are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, whilst their storied rivals are neck and neck at the top for the second consecutive season.”I like to watch matches when I have a day off bey to West Derby – and that the youngsters are prepared for when the call comes from Melwood.

“The relationship between ourselves andMelwoodis still really strong,” he told Bleacher Report. “We have daily communication ster for the club.Going into the new season, Leceister are not keen on selling any of their prized assets.Maguire is wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United.While a transfer would be difficult given Leicester’s high valuation of the playaround which players will train with the first team, and we do our best to mirror their schedule so we are able to accommodate any last-minute changes of plan.

“I speak with our manager regularly on players and philosophy. He is quite unique in that he knows the names of all the scholars in our system and often asks how certain individuals are progressing.

“The first-team staff are equally supportive with the Academy. John Achterberg, Mike Marsh and ColinPascoeare all frequent visitors to games at the Academy.

“You will often find them all watching Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has shut down talk of losing Daniele Rugani.The defender is being linked with Leicester City in England.But Paratici says: “I can exclude right now that Daniele Rugani will leave. “We need to see what happens with Giorgio Chiellini. People tend to forget he has played quite a few games and won important trophies.“My concern is that because Rugani is so quiet, well-mannered, doesn’t make a big fuss or is a fashionable player, he ends up being underestimated.”any game from the formative age groups right the way through to the U21s. Their expertise and opinion is both valuable to staff and inspirational to the younger players.”

Inglethorpe arrived at the club from Tottenham Hotspur’s youth set-up two years ago, having spent six years helping to nurture young talents at White Hart Lane.

In August 2014, he progressed to his current position of academy director – and while the former Watford midfielder now fulfills more of an all-encompassing role, Inglethorpe insists he still maintains a hands-on approach.

“I am still on the training pitches every day working across all the age groups from U21 to U6,” insisted the 43-year-old. “The main difference is that now I am not responsible for any particular team.

“It gives me a great opportunity to get to know all of our players, and the pathway that is best suited to them.

“I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of talented staff both on and off the pitch, which makes it easier for me to try and find the right balance between working with the players and dealing with the issues surrounding the day-to-day running of the Academy.”

He added: “I’m finding that I’m having more interaction with our players now across all the different age groups. It’s been good for me to find out more about the younger players in our Academy.

“Much of coaching is actually hidden. I feel that you need to earn the right to coach someone. They need to trust what you are saying and believe in the advice before it’s actually offered.

“Most people in life only respond to a critique of themselves or their work if the person offering the advice has found ways ofCade earning their respect. This of course takes time and effort, but is so worthwhile because without it, the whole coaching on the grass becomes too hit and miss.

“I also work with the coaches regularly. My role is to support them in delivering our philosophy in their own particular way. It’s important to retain your identity as a coach, and to think for yourself as opposed to becoming a pastiche of someone else’s work.”

Rolser to leave Liverpool Ladies


On the transfer, the German winger said: “I have had a fantastic few seasons at Liverpool Ladies and have thoroughly enjoyed my time in England.

“When I first joined Liverpool we were a team in a transition period but I now leave behind a club that has won back-to-back league titles as well as establishing itself as a Champions League side.”

The Players’ Player of the Year for 2014 added: “I would like to thank my teammates and all of the staff at Liverpool for their support over the last few seasons, with a special mention to Kirsty Hicks and Kathryn Wise for helping with my rehabilitation from my cruciate ligament injury.

“I will take some fantastic memories with me but I simply could not turn down the opportunity to go back to Germany to play for a club as big as Bayern Munich.”

Ladies manager Matt Beard said: “I would like to thank Nici for her contribution to Liverpool Ladies, especially in our first title-winning season.

Former Chelsea star Oscar admits he wants to return to Europe.The Brazil international has been playing in China with Shanghai SIPG, though admits a return Italy coach Roberto Mancini says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the best in the world.Klopp was recognised as much with FIFA’s The Best award last night.Mancini told TMW: “I don’t think there should be any doubt that Klopp should be the coach of the year, with what he did and won.”To see Italians at The Best? They must do well in the Champions League. “Oh, and at the Euros…!”to Europe is now in his thoughts.Oscar told “If someone has searched for me? “Yes, in these weeks I have talked to two clubs in Milan. I can’t go into details, but one thing I can say. “I want to play in Italy.”

“She has been a pleasure to work with and I wish her luck for the future.”

Everyone at Liverpool Ladies thanks Nicole for her valuable contribution and wishes her the best of luck fdorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.The 24-year old has been with Chelsea since the age of nine and made his debut in an FA Cup tie atTabitha Derby County in January 2014. The midfielder spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow or the future.

Beard eyes Durham response


After a narrow 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in last Sunday’s WSL encounter, the Reds travel north hoping to secure a victory which would renew their hley Barnes and Chris Wood – both celebrating signing new contracts this week – were on target, along with a Roberto own goal.“People soon forget you know. We had one bad performance last weekend, when we were miles off,” mused Dyche.“The playeropes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Meanwhile, their opponents head into the clash bottom of the WSL 2 but the boss has stressed the importance of his side keeping their focus.

Kick-off is at 2pm BST on Sunday with the match being played at New Ferens Park.

Beard told “It’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back but we’ve got to be professional and I think the word we’re really looking at is ruthlesse a deal for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.Tottenham are sizing up a move for Lo Celso, says the Mirror.Lo Celso’s representatives are confident they have reached an agreement that Real Betis will consider any deal worth £70m.Spurs are bels.

“We created lots of chances against Arsenal and didn’t take any of them and we didn’t even work the goalkeeper which for me was disappointing. But I’m confident we can get back to winning ways.”

Despite last week’s defeat leaving them five points behind league leaders Birmingham City in their title defence, Beard believes his side are still in the title hunt and is trying to remain positive about their prospects for the remainder of the campaign.

The Londoner revealed that he had a lengthy chat with the squad earlier this week in a bid to address mistakes he felt cost them dearly.

He said: “We went through the breakdown of the game and we showed them the clips I wasn’t really happy with. We didn’t get enough bodies forward and we didn’t break quick enough.

“I’m sure we’ll put that right and the girls trained well yesterday and they were positive after we went through the clips so I’m looking for a positive reaction on Sunday.”

Whilst Beard admits the RedsTabitha don’t know too much about this weekend’s opposition, he feels his side should have too much strength in depth for them on the day. But he admits they’ve got to be respectful and maintain their professionalism in order to make sure that they come out on top.

He added: “The Continental Cup is important but the league is the priority if I’m honest. We want to progress in all the competitions that we play in.

“oked like starting the new Premier League campaign with a defeat after John McGinn’s early opener gave Villa a dream start to life back in the big time.Tanguy Ndombele showed just why Tottenham broke their transfer record to bring him to the club witWe set a minimum target of reaching the semi-finals in both cup competitions purely and simply because if you get to that stage, then you’re 90 minutes away from the final and anything can happen on the day in a semi-final.

“We want to progress in this tournament, it’s a good opportunity for us to not play in the league environment and to get that confidence back in us and score some goals.”

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bon intubameyang had a message for Granit Xhaka in his match progrRoy Hodgson has warned Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster he would not be guaranteed game time if he were to join on loan in January, reports SkySports.The 19-year-old forward’s only two senior appearances this season have come in the Carabao Cup, whamme notes for yesterday’s 2-2 draw with SouFalknerthampton.The forward has taken over the armband from the Swiss midfielder following the reaction to the latter’s substitution against Crystal Palacernational has told Saints he would like to leave the club this summer.Atalanta have held a long-term interest in Lemina, who could be tempted to return to Italy after starting his career at Juventus.The Southampton-exit-door-left-trip-Austria

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move to Arsenal is in danger of falling through.The Arsenals-deal-Pablo-Marorosso.He says he has found greater consistency over the past season.“I think that I’ve improved a lot since I first joined Roma three years agove decided now is the right time to cash in on Wesley and will set a starting price of €30m.The Brazilian, 22, is a target for clubs across Europe – including Arsenal and Everton.Wesley has admitted this season that a move to England is an attracti, becoming more mature aBabettes a player and above all in terms of my mentality,” El Shaarawy told Roma TV.“i-verge-collapse-Flamengo-defender-heads-Brazil.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mailsays Mari’s proposed move from Flamengo to Arsenal is in danger of collapsing because a late hi

Beard: I’m immensely proud of my players


The Reds did their job by beating Bristol Academy 3-0 in Widnes, and news subsequently filtered through that Chelsea Ladies and Birmingham City had both dropped points – confirming that the championship woul上海品茶网d be staying on Merseyside.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” the manager enthused to as celebrations ensued at the Select Security Stadium. “I thought we would win the game and the results went for us, and I’m just so immensely proud of this group of plaottenham winger Jack Clarke on-loan to the end of the season.Clarke, who was recalled from a barren loan at Leeds, has been keen to continue his development under Mark Warburton at Loftus Road.“I am delighted and looking forward to getting started,yers.

“We had such a tough game in the Champions League on Wednesday night and I’m so proud of the players, and all of my staff as well because they deserve a lot of credit. This is the toughest thing to do, to defend your title – now we have done it I am just so proud.

“At the start of the season we lost Nicole Rolser and Lucy Staniforth and then had a spell when we had eight players out injured and I didn’t expect us to win it again. All we kept focusing on was making sure we got into the top two to qualify for the Champions League. So to win it is an unbelievable achievement.”

Amid the excitement in Widnes, at the forefront of Beard’s reflections too was Gemma Davison, whose brilliant stoppage-time equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal last weekend proved to be a pivotal moment.

He added: “That goal from Gemma in stoppage time, the 93rd minute last week, haymar.Barca are exploring the prospect of buying back the Brazilian superstar.”Neymar is an extraordinary player, but I do not know, it’s like I’m coming back, would it be the same?” questioned Guardiola.”I’m not the same and I do not know if the Neyms probably won us the title. This team never give up and we know anything can happen in football.”

The Ladies have been strongly backed by a committed group of supporters throughout their campaign and the boss was keen to express his sincere gratitude to the fans who again roared the team on this afternoon.

“They have been fantastic all season,” commented Beard. “They have travelled home and away and they give the players a lift, especially today because they were a bit tired after the Champions League game.”

The celebrations will have to be put on ice for now, though, as Beard and his squad prepare for the second leg of their Champions League knockout tie against Linkopings FC in Sweden on Thursday.

He said: “This is a massive boost for us going into the second leg. Last season, we could celeber Ruben Vinagre is facing several weeks out with a hamstring injury.The Daily Mail says Vinagre has been ruled out of their forthcoming games with a hamstring injury.Nuno Espirito Santo’s small squad is being stretched to the limit after Vinagre reprate but we can’t do that tonight and we’ve got to be disciplined because we have got such a big game. We want to prolong our season and progress in the Champions League. If we can do that then it will finish off what a fantastic season we have had.”

Lallana inspires youngsters to read


The midfielder is Liverpool’s ‘Reading Star’ in the Premier League Reading Stars programme, run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

And the 26-year-old, who switched to the Reds last summer, has joined a host of fellow professionals from the division in revealing his favourite books.

His favourite children’s book is ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson, while tr Mario Balotelli.It had been reported to be a basic salary of €1.5m for one year with numerous extra bonuses and add-ons for goals scored, appearances, Italy caps Fabiand an automatic renewal in case Brescia avoid relegation.The Serie A new-boys annouhe adult read he prefers the most is Tom Palmer’s ‘Over The Line’.

Lallana has now set reading challenges for participants of Premier League Reading Stars in an online video that can be watched by .

The Premier League Reading Stars programme uses children’s passion for football to motivate them to enjoy reading and to improve their reading levels.

In the programme, each club selects one of its players to become a ‘Reading Star’ to talk about their favourite books enal boss Mikel Arteta says work on their summer market plans is already underway.The Gunners brought in two signings during the January transfer window, adding defensive pair Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari on loan.Arteta is keen to continue revamping and set reading challenges via online videos.

These challenges are used to support more than 30,000 children in 1,000 pp has likened Bayern Munich signing Philippe Coutinho to Juventus icon Alessandro Del Piero.Klopp feels the loan move for the Bacelona midfielder will be good for all parties.He told Kicker: “Coutinho has an incredible eye for distance goals. I haveschools and libraries, who are taking part in a 10-week reading intervention.

Jim Sells, manager of the programme at the National Literacy Trust, said: “Parents have a huge impact on their child’s motivation and ability to read.

“It’s great to see so many of our ‘Reading Stars’ who are also dads share their love of reading and books.

“As shown by the proven success of our Premier League Reading Stars programme, now entering its 12th year, using football as a hook to get children to enjoy reading enriches their lives, helps them to succeed at school and gain vital skills for the future.”

Lucas: Young talents will get even better


Markovic gave perhaps his finest performance since arriving at the club from Benfica in the summer as he landed the decisive blow duringerpool defender Dejan Lovren is adamant they’ll be stronger next season.Lovren is adamant they’ll build on another impressive campaign – which could end with them as European champions.”When you look back on the last three years, it was every season the 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.

The Serbian tormented his opopnents with a series of slaloming surges and hit the only goal of the game before rattling Costel Pantilimon’s crossbar with a stunning, dipping volley from the edge of the penalty area.

Lucas was thrilled with the vibrant showing from his teammate, who now has two Liverpool goals to his name, and the Brazilian is backing Markovic to go from strength to strength in the second half of the season.

“There’s no doubt he’s a very young player and people usually judge players after one or two months,” Lucas

“We know that the Premier League is a hard league to come and play in straight away, so he’s just imprBalthazaroving all the time and today he showed again that he could be very importafter victory over Villarreal.Barca first travelled to Japan before heading off to the United States over the summer.”The pre-season hasn’t helped us,” Pique said after the win over Villarreal.”There were a lot of trips. But we’re Barcelona and have nnt for tManchester United Treble winner Wes Brown is impressed by the club’s defensive options.Brown has hailed the club’s defenders, who have helped the Red Devils keep nine clean sheets in their last 11 matches.“It has just started to click because they have been given time. Lindelof and Maguire have been brilliant,” he told Goal. “It has taken time but that was always going to be the case and I think they have done well.“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is doing exactly what I thought he would do, he is a great defender and he’s improving all the time with his attacking skills.“And then there’s [Luke] Shaw and [Brandon] Williams who have good competition between each other which is pushing them both on.“You’ve got [Eric] Bailly coming back now. He was brilliant against Chelsea and has had another couple of good performances so it will be interesting to see whether the manager gives him time to see what he would be like with Maguire.”Having more players coming back is going to give some healthy competition at the back and I’m sure there’s going to be time to see different partnerships in the future.”he future of the club.”

Coutinho, meanwhile, who scooped the Standard Chartered Player of the Month accolade this week, was his usual diligent self, prowling in search of openings and supplying passes with deft touches throughout the 90 minutes.

The Brazilian has already spent two years showcasing his talents at Anfield, having arrived at the club from Inter Milan in January 2013, but Lucas insists the No.10 can still improve further and attain even higher standards.

“I think Coutinho can get anywhere he wants,” said the defensive midfielder. “His quality and his movement and his final pass. Philippe has been here for two years now and you can see he will only get better.

“They are young players. When you have difficult moments during the season, normally the young players struggle a bit more. But they have the quality and I think they will be very important.”

While Lucas was keen to praise the work of others, the 28-year-old also played his part against Sunderland, shielding the Reds’ back four, reading the flow of the game to make interceptions and stifle the opposition.

In the 13 games since Lucas returned to the team against Ludogorets Razgrad in late November, Liverpool have lost just one match – and that was against Manchester United at Old Trafford, when the No.21 was not involved.

He has started in every other match during that time and has not been on the losing side – a statistic that Lucas is determined to preserve throughout the remainder of the current campaign.

“It’s good to win away from home and keep a clean sheet at a difficult place to come to,” he said of the win over Sunderland. “But we had a plan to win the game and we probably could have scored more goals.

“I think we had the patience to move the ball very well. We knew that Sunderland play very compact and that they are always very hard to break down. But I think we were very dangerous on the counter-attack and we were pressing the ball very well. So I think we deserved it.”

He added: “I thought for the first 10 minutes of the second half that we were probably too deep again. They had a chance, which hit the crossbar, but apart from that, I think we controlled the game and it was a well-deserved win.”

‘It’s a tough test, but we’re out for the win’


The Reds welcome Brendan Rodgers’ former club to L4 on Tuesday, having progressed to this stage of the competition courtesy of an historic 14-13 penalty shootout victory over Middlesbrough last month.

Standing in their way on thno.Pochettino was replaced in the Spurs dugout by Jose Mourinho last week.Foyth was signed by his compatriot two-and-a-half-years ago and couldn’t be more thankful for his guidance.He said: “We are very grateful to Mauricio and all his staff.”For me,e path to silverware now are the Welsh outfit, who make the journey to Merseyside fresh from a 2-0 result over Leicester City that carried Garry Monk’s team into sixth place in the Barclays Premier League.

Pascoe is therefore anticipating a tough challenge from Swansea, but the assistant manager insisted today that Liverpool will enter the contest with their sights firmly set on the fifth round, however they choose to line up.

He told a pre-match press conference: “Every cup and league game at Liverpool you want to win. It will be a tough game against Swansea tomorrow night but we want to get through.

“They are a good side and will be hard opposition. They are playing very well – they had a great result against Leicester in the Premier League and I’m sure they’ll come here strong and wanting to win.”

Asked whether the Reds are likely to make alterations to the squad that was selected for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Hull City, Pascoe admitted the possibility of rotation.

“That’s why the squad is there, to rotate a few players,” he continued. “Strikers and midfielders can step in – you’ve got Rickie Lambert to step in, Fabio Borini to step in. We’celona.The versatile frontman has been linked with a move to Barca as the Catalan club hope to be given special permission to sign a forward outside the transfer window to replace the injured Ousmane Dembele. “Getafe would lose a lot without Angel,” ll wait and assess everyone, see who is fit and decide.

“We’ve got a lot of new players and it takes time to gel together. They are quality players and they’ll fit in fine. It’s just a time wherFalknere they’ve got to bed in; they are training and working hard as well. Just give them time and you’llus Rashford believes they are performing below their potential.The Red Devils are fifth in the Premier League, facing an FA Cup replay with Wolves, and almost out of the EFL Cup after a 3-1 home first leg defeat to Manchester City.They are through to see the best of them.”

Beard: We can’t drop more points


a club I of course know very well and have ftle United manager’s job.Chelsea legend Terry has catapulted from a 50/1 outsider to 6/1 second favourite to become Newcastle boss, reports The Sun.Terry trails only 5/2 tip Mikel Arteta, the Manchester City No 2, in the race to succeed Rafa Benitez.ond Florentino Perez is ready to offer a player to Tottenham to make up the difference in their valuation of Christian Eriksen.El Confidencial says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has set a price of €120m for the Dane, while Florentino refuses to go highermemories of my time there. Our corresponding fixture was arguably the best 0-0 draw I have ever been involved in, but obviously we will be hoping for three points this evening.

The Blues have had a very good season to date and are in the race for the title; therefore we face a tough game tonight. Chelsea have bought very well and they possess a lot of leaders within their ranks now. Our players are fully aware of the need to start quickly and get in our stride – given the qualities of our opponents. A repeat of our first half showing last time out could cost us dear and we are determined to bounce back and put all the wrongs of our last match right.

The bottom line is we can ill afford to drop any more points and the need to beat both Chelsea and Birmingham in the coming games is paramount if we want to keep the pressure up at the top of the table. I guess the advantage we have is that out of the three clubs, we are the only one with experience of winning the title – therefore both clubs will be feeling different tyEarlpes of pressure as they get closer to the end of the season.

Despite the ups and downs of this season so far I have been delighted with the positivity of the players throughout in what have been tough times, especially with injuries, and they are determined to ensure that they don’t put in the kind of performance they did in the first half against Manchester City. Discipline is the key for us today and if we can maintain that for 90 minutes then I’m confident we can beat any team in this league.

While an international break can be frustrating at times for a club manager- I was delighted for Fara Williams and her amazing achievement of being England’s most capped player of all time. There is no one more deserving of that honour and at 30-years old she has a good few years left in her career; therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets close to 200 caps in the coming years.

Fara is a fantastic character, a great footballer, has an amazing footballing brain, and is a real role model for the younger players here. She is a great talent and I’m lucky and feel blessed that I work with her every day.

I want to close this latest column his country.Almiron is in the Paraguay squad for the competition, which takes place next month.Despite missing the last three games of the season with a hamstring injury, he is set to recover in time to play.The 25-year-old had a decent start to lifeby thanking you once again for your continued support of the Ladies team. The atmosphere you create at home games gives the team great encouragement and each and every one of them is determined to repay your faith by finishing the season on a high.

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