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Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    That's me done. Thanks for joining me this morning.

    Here are a few bits of reading to keep you going until we return around 18:00 GMT with all tonight's Champions League action.

    Take care and see you soon.

  2. Bartrip on overcoming teenage anorexia

    Molly Bartrip

    A slightly different subject....

    But before I get going this piece is well worth a read from my colleague Katie Falkingham who has been talking to Reading defender Molly Bartrip about overcoming teenage anorexia.

  3. Early team news

    Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Who says we're all about the Champions League....Here's some early team news ahead of Arsenal's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon.

    Greek defender Sokratis (ankle) and Spanish left back Nacho Monreal (hamstring) will both face fitness tests for the Gunners. However, Mohamed Elneny (thigh) and Dinos Mavropanos (groin) are definitely out.

    The game is also likely to be too soon for French defender Laurent Koscielny who is currently being integrated back into full training.

  4. 'City and PSG are cheating'

    Talking of Manchester City there is one story that is guaranteed to rumble on for a while......

    According to La Liga, the Premier League champions and Paris St-Germain "are cheating and should be sanctioned", following financial conduct allegations.

    German news magazine Der Spiegel says City and PSG overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

    And it says that in 2014 the clubs negotiated with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who was then general secretary of European football's governing body Uefa, to agree reduced punishments.

    City say they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation is "organised and clear".

    More instalments on his one are sure to follow. Just have a look at this.

  5. 'Every game is a final'

    Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk (20:00 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Despite winning 3-0 at Shakhtar two weeks ago, the Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is treating Wednesday's Champions League group encounter at the Etihad Stadium as "a final".

    "Shakhtar is the most important because it's the first one. After dropping points against Lyon every game is a final, he said.

    "We have a chance to step into next round, then we have three or four days to think about Manchester United [on Sunday]."

    You can get all the team news here.

  6. City set to qualify?

    Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester City have a 98.6% chance of reaching the Champions League's last 16 according to the Euro Club Index- the highest of the four English clubs after three matches.

    And they could well confirm their qualification this evening.

    Pep Guardiola's side currently sit top of Group F with six points. While bottom two sides Hoffenheim (who play Lyon tonight) and Shakhtar have two a piece.

  7. Post update

    What is going on at Manchester United? Even more smiles.

    Is it contagious?

    Jose Mourinho
  8. 'Do I look sad?'

    Juventus v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Paul Pogba

    A little bit of good news for Manchester United - rated as 5-1 outsiders to win in Turin - are the positive noises coming from midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Since returning from Russia as a World Cup winner, the 25-year-old France international has been the subject of intense speculation about his future and happiness.

    However, he says that he is happy at United which is a change in tone from the response he gave after the season-opening win against Leicester, when he said he would be fined if he opened up on his happiness.

    "Do I look sad? Obviously, yes, I'm happy," Pogba said with a smile. "Like I said again, I am really happy to come back (to United). "I was really happy to come back to Manchester United, wearing this shirt, playing for this team because it is a big club.

    "Obviously when you are playing in a big club like that there is always talk about this club and we know anything can go on. But on the pitch, always happy, always with a smile, fighting for my team-mates, fighting for my team, fighting for my club, fighting for the fans."

  9. 'You have to realise what it takes to be the best '

    Juventus v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Ryan Giggs scores v Juventus, 2003

    Ryan Giggs was noted for a standout performance against Juventus back in the day.

    Seem to recall a couple of screamers at Old Trafford as well as a virtuoso display in Turin one year in a 3-0 Manchester United win.

    "One of them was a bit of a mini-Arsenal goal," Giggs said.

    "They were titanic games against Juventus at that time, brilliant ties.

    "We faced the likes of [Zinedine] Zidane, [Alen] Boksic, [Edgar] Davids, [Alessandro] Del Piero, but we had players who were capable of doing it and they did.

    "To get to that level, you have to perform week in week out and in training every day. You have to realise what it takes to be the best club in Europe and be part of that as an individual."

  10. 'As a United fan you're scratching your head'

    Juventus v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    The Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of the need for his team to put in full game performances after a series of matches in which his team has struggled in the first half before responding in the second period.

    And former United winger and current Wales boss Ryan Giggs says that form has also left him "scratching his head".

    "I've been really impressed with United in the last four or five games, especially second half," Giggs said.

    "But I don't know what it is. As a United fan you are scratching your head. Bournemouth on Saturday were brilliant in the first half, but United were brilliant in the second half. It's just putting that 90 minutes together.

    "They have proven they can give anyone a game, but if you don't turn up for 45 minutes you will not win. You have to turn up for 90 minutes and United have the players.

    "They were second best the other week, but I think it will be closer on Wednesday."

  11. Post update

    Juventus 1998-99 team

    I agree Mina especially after watching Juventus play Manchester United in the Champions League in October.

    I was mightily impressed with Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and their team ethic.

    Have to say though....not sure it's quite as good as the vintage that contained Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Piero, Edgar Davids, Filippo Inzaghi, Angelo Di Livio et al, all those years ago.

    What. A. Side. That. Was.

  12. Why Juventus are so much more than Cristiano Ronaldo

    Juventus v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Let's face it Cristiano Ronaldo is headline news everywhere he goes. And that hasn't exactly changed since his £99.2m move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer.

    But the Italians aren't exactly a one-man side as this piece from Mina Rzouki stresses.

    It's well worth a read I promise.

  13. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text on 81111

    Joe: I think yesterday showed why Liverpool won't have enough to overhaul Man City this year- squad rotation. Not quite got the same level of quality at their disposal.

    Sharkey: Ok Liverpool lost last night, and deserved to. Red Star showed passion,determination and steel but we move on. We have only lost 3 games all season and are unbeaten in league. We haven't clicked properly yet and played some great sides.

  14. Beckham MLS franchise wins vote on stadium plans

    David Beckham's hopes of building a new stadium for his Inter Miami franchise in the MLS look as though they have taken a step forward after a vote by residents.

    About 60% of the city's voters opted to allow the club to negotiate to build on a 73-acre site that is currently a council-owned golf course.

    The complex would house a stadium, shopping mall, hotel and public park.

    But their are still a few hoops to get through and you can read more about that here.

    David Beckham
  15. Quiz time

    Time for a little bit of fun. How well do you know your European Club badges?

    Do you know your Real Madrid from your Atletico Madrid? And can you pick out AC Milan from Inter Milan?

    Check out our ultimate test of European Football and see how many club badges you can recognise...

  16. 'It'll be great for the younger players'

    More from Harry Kane on Wayne Rooney's England return: "I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys.

    "It's a great experience for the younger players in our team. I think everyone should get right behind it, and it'll be a good send-off."

    "He was a great captain for us. He was captain when I got into the squad. So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain."

  17. 'Rooney deserves England send-off'

    Harry Kane & Wayne Rooney

    Now it is fair to say the news that former England captain Wayne Rooney will collect a 120th senior cap in a one-off appearance on November 15, against the US, has met with a mixed reaction.

    But the match which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International has been welcomed by current skipper Harry Kane.

    "I think it's great," Kane said.

    "Wayne is one the greatest ever players to play for England, the greatest goalscorer to play for England, so why not give him the send-off he deserves?"

    The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in almost two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

  18. 'I only have 10 fingers'

    Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool

    Interesting line from Jurgen Klopp captured by the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce.

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  19. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text on 81111

    So what do people think of those comments from the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp? Does he have a quick fix? And is this a minor blip or the sign of something more serious?

    And finally are the Reds good enough to go on and win the Champions League or Premier League this term?

    Let me know your thoughts in the usual fashion. Tweets or texts are both good.

  20. 'We made life too easy for Red Star'

    Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool

    Here's some more from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on their poor Champions League performance against Red Star Belgrade:

    "We had a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn't do it, we just made the wrong decision.

    "The first big chance to Daniel was a very big one. If - big if - we had scored early the game would have changed but we didn't.

    "We gave them too many set-pieces. They scored with a header from a corner and the second goal was out of the blue. We gave the ball away and that's not cool in a game like this, an atmosphere like this, a situation like this. You then have to play your best football in a negative mood. it was a blow.

    "We made life a bit too easy for Belgrade. That is the main problem."