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Thomas Mallows and Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye!

    That's it from us this afternoon - thanks for joining our coverage.

    Remember, you can stay up to date with all of the biggest football stories here.

    We'll be back later this evening with live text commentary from across all eight Carabao Cup ties.

    Until then...

    Jose Mourinho
  2. Get Involved - football without fans

    #bbcfootball

    Darren: Sitting in an outside controlled stand watching football is a lot safer than buying a pint of milk in the supermarket

    Methers: It's not the watching the game in the stadium, it's about getting to and from including public transport etc. It's too risky. Let's try and stop the virus now while we can before it explodes and we can't control it. Common sense everyone please

  3. 'Alli is a top player'

    Shkendija v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:00 BST)

    More reaction now to the speculation surrounding Dele Alli after he was omitted from the Tottenham squad that beat Southampton on Saturday.

    In a recent Amazon documentary, Mourinho openly criticised Alli's attitude in training, but Spurs midfielder Harry Winks says his teammate has "responded really well" to the situation.

    "He [Alli] has been training really hard," said Winks.

    “Dele is a top player. You don’t get to the level he has got through through luck. You get their through hard work and ability.

    "It might be a dip in confidence, I don’t know what the situation is but he is a top pro.

    "Everyone in the team will back me in saying that he will get back to his best form."

  4. Mourinho 'not happy'

    Shkendija v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:00 BST)

    Tottenham were due to face Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but the game was called off after a number of O's players tested positive for coronavirus.

    However, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says he was ready to fulfil the fixture and is "not happy" at the situation.

    "I process our calendar and my bad feelings to the unfair schedule we have got," said Mourinho.

    "I was ready to play yesterday but we didn’t but I am ready to play tomorrow [v Shkendija. I know nothing else.”

  5. 'The players have to have an answer'

    Shkendija v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:00 BST)

    Jose Mourinho says Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli "will have his opportunities" despite only playing 45 minutes so far this season.

    “No problem at all to have him [Alli], said Mourinho.

    "He is coming [to Macedonia] and he has a chance to play. It’s important for him to perform.

    "When the squad becomes competitive, the players on the pitch have to have an answer and perform.”

    Mourinho also confirmed new arrivals Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, who completed his move after the Uefa deadline, will remain in London as the rest of the squad travel to Macedonia.

    Dele Alli
  6. 'I am tired of question on Dele'

    Shkendija v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:00 BST)

    There has been growing speculation over the future of England and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in recent weeks, but Spurs boss Jose Mourinho suggests the 24-year-old is likely to stay in north London.

    “I am not tired of Dele because he is a great kid but I am tired of questions on Dele," said Mourinho.

    “I always feel that 99% of the responsibility is the player. I have 1%. Me and my staff and the people that work everybody has 1%.

    "It’s 99% belongs to them.”

    Asked if Alli would still be here by the end of the transfer window, Mourinho nodded.

  7. Mourinho up next

    That's all from the red side of Merseyside. We'll hear from Tottenham and Jose Mourinho next...

    Jose Mourinho
  8. Liverpool want to 'attack' Carabao Cup

    Lincoln City v Liverpool (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders says the Reds want to "attack" the Carabao Cup, starting with Thursday's third round tie at Lincoln City.

    “It always starts with the first game in front of you, so we want to attack that game, show our hunger, show our desire, put a team out who represents our club – with big, big names involved," he said.

    New signings Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are yet to make their competitive debuts for the club, but Lijnders remained coy on selection, saying the coaching staff still "have to see how some players are".

    “I don’t want to give the team selection at this moment because we still have one training [session] to go," he added.

    “What we try to do is for each player, what is good for him. It’s these weeks where we have to look at that as well. At this moment in time, it’s difficult to say exactly what we are going to do.”

    Pepijn Lijnders
  9. 'Each game is the next final'

    Lincoln City v Liverpool (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders said: "One of our main things over the last two years or longer is that we see each game as the next final.

    "This mentality is in our group. So the way we prepare for Lincoln will be the same way we prepared for Chelsea over the weekend."

  10. Post update

    Lincoln City v Liverpool (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

    Right then.

    Time to hear from Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders as the Premier League champions prepare for their Carabao Cup third round tie at Lincoln City.

  11. Fuller helps Hanley make history

    Down to 10 men in the second half of an FA Cup first qualifying round match, the last thing you want to see is the opposition bringing on a former Premier League striker.

    Unfortunately for Redditch United, that's exactly what happened in their tie at Hanley Town on Tuesday after the North West Counties side added former Stoke City man Ricardo Fuller to their ranks over the summer.

    Keen to show he isn't just there to make up the numbers, the 40-year-old came off the bench and scored an 85th-minute winner from the spot to send the Stoke side into the second qualifying round for the first time in their history, thanks to a 3-2 victory.

    Read more here.

    Ricardo Fuller
  12. Get Involved - football without fans

    #bbcfootball

    Matt: I’ll be watching the games from home. But can imagine a lot of people will be heading to the pub for the 12.30 game, and staying in the pubs watching the other games, until 10pm of course.

    Danny: Why is it dangerous to be socially distanced outside watching football, but acceptable to go to the pub and watch it.... I really do not understand any sort of logic behind this

  13. 'Age is just a number'

    Chelsea v Barnsley (19:45 BST)

    Chelsea begin their Carabao Cup campaign against Barnsley at Stamford Bridge this evening, and Frank Lampard's side could be boosted by new signing Thiago Silva.

    The veteran Brazil centre-back, 36, joined the Blues on a free transfer last month, after winning seven league titles with Paris St-Germain.

    “Age is just a number on your document," he said on Tuesday. "I don't worry [about the speed of the Premier League] at all."

    You can read more here.

    Thiago Silva
  14. Watch: Newcastle wonderkid

    Time for some lighter content.

    Next up to take our Wonderkids challenge is 15-year-old Newcastle player, Bobby Clark, son of Newcastle legend Lee.

    He's definitely got a bit!

    Video content

    Video caption: Newcastle United & England's Bobby Clark takes on the BBC Sport Wonderkids challenge
  15. Get Involved - football without fans

    #bbcfootball

    Rosie: I’m an Oxford United season ticket holder and I refuse to watch my club on a small screen. Call it a boycott. Our season ticket money should be kept and transferred to the 21/22 season.

    Skylineowl: Football without fans is like fish and chips without mushy peas

  16. 'The impact on football will be huge'

    Time for some more reaction to the government's decision to postpone the return of football fans to stadiums now.

    The FA say they understand the decision as the nation's health is a "priority", but that the "impact on football will be huge".

    "Clubs up and down the country are really struggling, and many will have been looking forward to crowds coming back in order to provide much-needed income during these difficult times. Many, at all levels of the game, are battling to survive," the FA said in a statement.

    "We welcome the Government’s commitment to provide financial support to clubs and will continue to work together on a return of crowds as soon as it’s safe to do so.

    "We also welcome the continuation of the grassroots game, and the elite game behind closed doors, to help support the physical and mental well-being of millions of players across the country, with outdoor exercise more important now than ever."

    Elland Road
  17. Klopp and Mourinho incoming

    Just a quick heads up...

    We're also expecting to hear from Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho this afternoon.

    Stay tuned for updates from Liverpool and Spurs, as both managers are expected to take the floor at around 12:00 BST.

  18. Nearly an entire Portuguese XI

    More on that Nelson Semedo move to Wolves now.

    Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo is building a formidable squad at Molineux, and it seems to have a familiar theme...

    Wolves are just one centre-back from being able to field a complete Portuguese XI.

    Wolves squad
  19. What's on the menu?

    We had four EFL Cup fixtures on Tuesday, but don't worry, we've got plenty more action tonight.

    Leicester v Arsenal is definitely the pick of the eight ties.

    Here's a look at the full schedule...

    EFL Cup fixtures
  20. Get Involved

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    The lack of fans in football grounds for the foreseeable future is the big talking point this morning.

    So if you're a loyal season ticket holder or love a good away day, how will you be filling your time at the weekend in the coming months?

    Get in touch and have YOUR say by Tweeting using #bbcfootball.

    We'll be sharing your best comments throughout the morning.