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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Enjoy your weekend

    Thanks for joining us for reaction to Thursday's Europa League games and for letting me know your favourite volleys after Ruben Neves' fine strike in Wolves' win over Espanyol.

    We also brought you the best lines from today's Premier League news conferences, which saw Jurgen Klopp confirm that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to be out for three weeks while Jose Mourinho got the giggles when asked about Tottenham's injury problems (see below).

    There's a full programme of Premier League fixtures to look forward to and we'll be back with live text commentary on Saturday's games, beginning with Chelsea's London derby with Tottenham (12:30 GMT).

    Until then, I'll leave you with some of today's top stories:

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  2. Eagles have been hit by illness this week

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    And finally a fitness update from Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

    "James Tomkins is added to the injury list we had but Cenk Tosun is now back fit again," he said.

    "Unfortunately we've had a few ill players as well, so we might need to monitor that.

    "If all goes well, we will have 16 senior outfield players and two goalkeepers available. That'll be the first time in a while."

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    Ryan: Suarez v Norwich in 13/14.

    Steven Gerrard congratulates Luis Suarez after he scored for Liverpool against Norwich in December 2013
  4. 'I don’t see any reason why we should abandon top-half hopes'

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace go into Saturday's game on the back of three straight league defeats, leaving them four points off the top 10 with 12 games left.

    “We had our turning point from being very, very successful to the last three games being unsuccessful," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

    "We’d like to put an end to that little sequence and start winning and drawing more games than we have in the last few weeks.

    “We started so well and have had the brakes put on, particularly by injury and partly by misfortune. At one stage when we were flying high we were hoping to finish in the top half and, at the moment, I don’t see any reason why we should abandon that hope.”

  5. Hodgson interested in Palace points and position, rather than goals

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Before we call it a day we're going to check back in with Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who confirmed earlier that he has been offered a new contract which he intends to sign.

    Palace go into Saturday's game 14th in the table, one point below their visitors, and only Palace (23) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Newcastle (24) this season.

    “We don’t have many 6-5s these days, do we?" said Hodgson. "Most games seem to be 1-0 or 2-0 events and I don’t see any particular event on the horizon to suggest this won’t be that type of game.

    “Both teams know how to defend and both teams are fully aware that once you concede a goal it’s very hard to score at the other end.

    “The only stats that interest me are the points we get per game and our position in the table," he added. “I see the global picture, we work hard every game knowing we need to work hard every game to score goals and keep them (the opposition) out.

    “Every game I hope we do it right at both ends. Of course you don’t play games in your imagination but I can certainly assure our fans we work very hard on both aspects (attacking and defending). We have the firepower to score more goals than we have so far.”

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    SMS Message: Check a Paul Scholes showreel of goals (eg vs Aston Villa) but my favourite is Mark Hughes for Wales vs Spain in 1985. from Chairman JB, Sheffield
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    Mark Hughes playing for Wales
  7. We'll do everything we can to get a result - Moyes

    Liverpool v West Ham (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    After losing 2-0 at defending champions Manchester City, third-bottom West Ham must now visit the runaway leaders on Monday.

    Boss David Moyes said: "Anfield is never an easy place for any manager or team to go but we'll go there and do everything we can to get a result.

    "We've got options. We've not had many options this season, so suddenly we've got one or two which we've not had.

    "We've been in a difficult period of games which I think is quite noticeable, but the players have done a good job. What we've asked them to do, I think they've done really well."

  8. Moyes won't rush new boy Bowen

    Liverpool v West Ham (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    New striker Jarrod Bowen came off the bench to make his West Ham debut at Manchester City.

    Boss David Moyes said: "He's looked sharp, match-fit and settled in very quickly. He's a good addition to the squad we've got and hopefully he shows that, but I'm not going to rush him.

    "I've had a lot of experience with boys from the Championship, so I've experience as to when to use him and when not to."

  9. Yarmolenko still out for Hammers

    Liverpool v West Ham (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes has said that winger Andriy Yarmolenko is still not back in contention.

    "He's done a little bit of training and joined us a little bit during the week, but not really the main sessions. He's probably still a bit off from joining in," said Moyes.

    "Most people are fine. I don't think we came away from the Manchester City game with injuries. Apart from the Ryan Fredericks injury, everybody else is fine."

    The Hammers' full-back is set to see a specialist after damaging ligaments in his shoulder.

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    Gunter De Paepe: It's not even a contest: Wolfsburg vs. Lille: Kevin De Bruyne.

    Wow! Thanks for introducing me to that one, Gunter. Sweet. As. A. Nut.

    Kevin de Bruyne scores against Lille
  11. Ancelotti backs Pickford

    Arsenal v Everton (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Carlo Ancelotti says Jordan Pickford deserves to be England's first-choice goalkeeper, despite some criticism of his recent performances.

    "To be England’s number one is a responsibility," said the Everton boss. "He deserves it as I think he is the best keeper that England has.

    "I am not afraid about the critics. In the game against Crystal Palace he made a mistake but he also did a fantastic save. This is the job of the goalkeeper.

    "Unfortunately you can make a mistake but after that you need to have the personality to move on quickly, and he did.

    "For this reason, not just his quality, he is the goalkeeper of the national team.”

    Jordan Pickford
  12. 'We have to be focused on Arsenal'

    Arsenal v Everton (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Carlo Ancelotti says he will assess Everton’s chances of qualifying for Europe after their next four matches - which are against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    The Toffees are ninth and four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham going into this weekend’s matches.

    “We have to be focused on Arsenal," said Ancelotti. "Then there are very important games after. There’s United, Chelsea, Liverpool. After these four games we can see what is going on for Europe.

    "This is a really important game against a strong team, away, but we have to have confidence to do our best and try to win.”

  13. 'The commitment will be incredible till the summer'

    Leicester v Man City (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said he has no doubt about whether his players will give their all for the rest pf the season after the club's two-year European ban.

    "I am sure about the commitment of our players," he said. "They have shown it for many years and nothing changes.

    "At the end of the season nobody knows what is going to happen. With calm we decide what we want, but for the next three months the commitment will be incredible."

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    Gumbo74: No one is getting close to that magical Di Canio volley but Papiss Cisse versus Chelsea is up there.

    John, Bournemouth: Paulo Di Canio for West Ham as the won 2-1 against Wimbledon back on 26 March 2000. Incredible strike!

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  15. Sissoko begins on-field rehab

    Chelsea v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham have confirmed that midfielder Moussa Sissoko has begun on-field rehabilitation after undergoing knee surgery recently.

    Defender Juan Foyth is in the late stages of conditioning following a groin injury so remains out with forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

  16. Spurs will miss Kane & Son - Lampard

    Chelsea v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    And finally from Frank Lampard, the Chelsea boss talked about Tottenham's injured forwards.

    "Harry Kane is a miss, Son Heung-min is a miss," he said. "They have had injuries in the past but they have players who can fill in."

    Lampard added that Dele Alli is having "a really good season and will be a dangerous player to watch".

  17. No guaranteed return for Kepa

    Chelsea v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Willy Caballero has recently replaced regular starter Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for Chelsea and boss Frank Lampard has said he will continue to pick the team he sees as strongest to win the game "in front of us". Once again, he indicated that work in training and a good attitude will be the main factors in his selection.

    Asked if he could clash with the club's board over leaving out Kepa, who cost £72m in August 2018, Lampard replied: "Certainly not. That fills a lot of headlines for people. I'm absolutely together with all the club and the board, because we all want the best. And I'm paid to make decisions.

    "So with form I have to consider the goalkeeper position. Recently it's just changed, but that's nothing final. All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players, and things can obviously change. But all I want is the best for the team."

  18. Fans are recognising a team that wants to play - Lampard

    Chelsea v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Frank Lampard on the rebuilding process in his first season in charge at Chelsea: "Whenever I speak to fans, and this season is a transitional year so we can't please everybody, but what I'm getting is they're recognising a team that wants to play."

  19. 'Gomes is ready to play'

    Arsenal v Everton (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says Andre Gomes is "ready to play" on Sunday - just 112 days after suffering a fractured dislocation to his ankle.

    "Andre is available to play," said the Italian. "He trained well, properly, with confidence and without problems.

    "My opinion is he is ready to play. Before the game we are going to talk together and decide if he can start or if he goes on the bench."

    Ancelotti also confirmed that Theo Walcott is a doubt for the trip to his former club but Brazilian forward Bernard is fit and available.

  20. We have to put it right - Klopp

    Liverpool v West Ham (Mon, 20:00 GMT)


    Boss Jurgen Klopp hopes Liverpool can get back to winning ways after Tuesday's Champions League loss in Madrid.

    "We have to put it right to get the other feeling back," he said. "I don't think we lost how it feels when we won a few games."