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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's all from Friday's Premier League news conferences. Thanks for joining us for reaction to Thursday's Europa League games and the latest football updates, which included:

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on the Premier League clash between Wolves and Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT kick-off). Until then, I'll leave you with today's top pieces of content:

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    Video caption: FA Cup Final: Six Great Goals
  2. 'Hopefully I can do a good job this season to stay longer'

    Sheffield United v Manchester City (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    And Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked directly about that story in his news conference today.

    The Spaniard replied: "I am incredibly happy here. I'm delighted to be in Manchester and hopefully I can do a good job this season to stay longer."

  3. Gossip: Barca presidential candidate wants Guardiola back

    The top story in today's gossip column is Sky Sports reporting that Victor Font, the Barcelona presidential frontrunner, wants to bring Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola back to the club. Guardiola is in the final year of his contract at Etihad Stadium.

  4. Watch some of birthday boy Maradona's best goals

    Carlo Ancelotti was on the bench for Italy when Diego Maradona's Argentina knocked the hosts out of the 1990 World Cup semi-finals.

    Argentina went on to lose to West Germany in the final but Maradona had already led his country to victory in the 1986 World Cup.

    He celebrates his 60th birthday today, but why is he still revered? Watch some of his goals below to see why...

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch some of Maradona's best goals for Argentina
  5. Ancelotti's FA Cup final message for Everton's women's team

    Everton v Man City (14:30 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Carlo Ancelotti also had a message for Everton's women's team, who face Manchester City in the delayed FA Cup final on Sunday, which is live on BBC One at 14:30 GMT.

    The women's team earned Everton's most recent piece of silverware by winning the FA Cup in 2010.

    Ancelotti said: "Firstly, everyone in the club is really excited for this final. It's a great opportunity for the women’s team to make history and increase and improve the history of the club.

    "So the message I can say to them is, don’t go to play the final, because they already achieved this, go to win the final!"

    Everton players celebrate reaching the Women's FA Cup final
  6. Busy schedule the reason for more injuries - Ancelotti

    Newcastle v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Plenty of managers have been mentioning a report which many have seen about the rate of injuries this season. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said earlier that 42% of injuries are soft-tissue problems, which he said was "a big stat" before adding that teams were finding it a struggle.

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti added: "Yeah, I saw the report. It has been a really, really busy schedule, but after the international break we only have one game a week so it's not so bad for us.

    "But for teams in the Champions League and Europa League it's really busy, and the fact there are more injuries is for that reason and the managers are more concerned for this. I agree with this, because it's a really busy schedule.

    "Also, you have to consider that after the international break you are going to lose all the players and you can't give them a rest, so it's really complicated. This is the reason there are more injuries, no doubt about this."

  7. Rodriguez to miss Newcastle trip

    Newcastle v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    The big news from Everton's press conference is that James Rodriguez will miss their trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

    Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: "He has a little problem, so he needs to rest for this game and will be available the next game."

    The good news is that defenders Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite are available for selection. Seamus Coleman is still out while Lucas Digne and Richarlison are suspended.

    James Rodriguez
  8. Injured City players 'getting better'

    Sheffield United v Manchester City (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City have five players out injured, including strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

    "They are getting better," said City boss Pep Guardiola. "Now we have the training session, so we will have an update.

    "Gabriel is getting better, Nathan [Ake] is getting better. [Sergio is] still not available to train with us but progressing."

  9. 'Hopefully they can reconsider substitutes rule'

    Sheffield United v Manchester City (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier that he was surprised Premier League clubs didn't vote to continue being able to make five substitutions this season.

    Now City boss Pep Guardiola has said: "It’s to protect the players, not to protect one team. Hopefully they can reconsider.

    "We have to adjust due to the pandemic, to many things. Reality is complicated. The football is the players."

    Pep Guardiola
  10. 'I cannot make a speech every three days to motivate players'

    Sheffield United v Manchester City (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City are in the middle of a run of seven games in 22 days and, at times, manager Pep Guardiola is relying on his players to be able to motivate themselves.

    "With this amount of games, if the manager has to motivate, it’s over," he said.

    "It comes from inside, the desire to play good and help the team. They want to feel like a decisive player. It comes from inside himself. I cannot make a speech every three days to motivate."

  11. Walker was an incredible signing - Guardiola

    Sheffield United v Manchester City (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Kyle Walker

    Kyle Walker is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Manchester City when he returns to his hometown club.

    The England full-back, 30, left the Blades for Tottenham in 2009 before moving to City for an initial £45m fee in 2017.

    "Kyle was an incredible signing," City boss Pep Guardiola has just said at his news conference.

    "I want to thank the club for bringing him here. Today top players are the ones who can play every three days. Kyle is an example of that. He is one of our captains. He is so important in the locker room."

  12. 'Sometimes it's easier away as it might surprise the hosts'

    Aston Villa v Southampton (Sun, 12:00 GMT)


    Southampton drew their last away game at Chelsea after winning 1-0 at Burnley on their previous road trip.

    Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: "The way we want to play is always active and not passive.

    "Sometimes it's easier in away games as it might be surprising for the home team. It is very often deserved and you can see the belief in what we’re doing."

    And apart from that 3-3 draw at Chelsea, Saints have kept three clean sheets in their last four games.

    "It's the key to winning and getting points if you have a clean sheet," Hasenhuttl added. "There are different ways to do it but in the last games we've had very good game management."

  13. 'Villa made very good steps forward in the summer'

    Aston Villa v Southampton (Sun, 12:00 GMT)


    Like Everton, Aston Villa saw their unbeaten start to the season end last weekend as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Leeds.

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: "Villa made very good steps forward in the summer, with good signings but also better organisation.

    "They're doing well and have had a fantastic start. It's a tough opponent and definitely a tough game for us."

  14. We have confidence, but we know how tough it'll be - Hasenhuttl

    Aston Villa v Southampton (Sun, 12:00 GMT)


    Southampton go into Sunday's game seventh in the table after inflicting Everton's first defeat of the season last Sunday to stretch their unbeaten league run to four games.

    Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has just said: "We have confidence, but we know how tough it will be at the weekend.

    "We have a good chance to take something if we play like we did last season. We must go with 100% commitment and a good game plan."

    Ralph Hasenhuttl and James Ward-Prowse
  15. TAA's journey 'pretty special'

    Liverpool v West Ham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line for his 100th Premier League start for the club against West Ham on Saturday, not bad progress considering he only made his first start for the club three years ago.

    "It's a great number, it's been a great ride so far, an interesting journey," said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

    "He came in with a super basis as a player and person, and used it to make big development steps.

    "When you see pictures from his first game, the boy who came in compared to the man now, even though he's a young man, the difference couldn't be bigger. When you look at his age, there is a lot of space for improvement and he will use that.

    "It's really nice to be part of this journey, because everyone dreams of it, and when you are part of it, it's pretty special."

    Trent Alexander-Arnold playing for Liverpool
  16. Williams progress 'pretty exceptional'

    Liverpool v West Ham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    It's been quite a few weeks for Rhys Williams. The 19-year-old only made his Liverpool debut against Lincoln in the EFL Cup last month, but came off the bench in last week's Champions League win at Ajax and again against FC Midtjylland.

    So is he now in line for a first Premier League start?

    "I can say a lot about his progress in the last few weeks or months since he was with us and it is pretty exceptional," said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

    "It's one of the benefits of having [elite development coach] Vitor Matos in the coaching staff because he made us aware of him and he looks good.

    "We have Billy the kid [Koumetio] and Nat Phillips too, so these are our boys. Billy wasn't available but now he is back. They all trained with us and now we have to make a decision."

    Rhys Williams playing for Liverpool
  17. We won’t change anything for Vardy & Foxes - Bielsa

    Leeds United v Leicester City (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leeds United

    Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa expects to face a well-drilled Leicester side.

    "They are a team who have been playing the same style of football for some time now," he said. “They manage the ball well and have the spirit to attack.

    "All the teams in the Premier League are at a very high level and present similar challenges. Of course there are some teams who are above the rest but the others in general are difficult to face.

    “He [Jamie Vardy] is a very good player who scores lots of goals. He’s very quick. Of course we take into account of all the characteristics of the opponents' attackers but we won’t change anything.”

  18. Klopp to be 'responsible' with Henderson

    Liverpool v West Ham (Sat, 17.30 GMT)


    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was substituted at half-time against FC Midtjylland but Jurgen Klopp insists it was nothing to do with an injury, but simply a case of managing his workload.

    "Henderson doesn't have a fitness problem. Responsible is the best word for it," said Klopp.

    "I can count the games he's played and we have to try to get through the period.

    "October has been like a December, November is like a December, and December is December. That means it is intense and hectic like a December but every month. So we have to make these decisions.

    "The boys are ready to go."

  19. Cooper available for Leeds return

    Leeds United v Leicester City (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leeds United

    Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Liam Cooper "is fine now" but fellow defender Diego Llorente won’t be fit for Monday's game.

    “He [Cooper] is at a very good level but I haven’t picked the team yet," said Bielsa. "Being able to rely on him as an option is good.

    “The fact that we have more days to prepare for this game means less for Crystal Palace [away on 7 November]. It goes for you this time but against you for the next one.”

    Riyad Mahrez and Liam Cooper
  20. Nothing else to say on Van Dijk incident - Klopp

    Liverpool v West Ham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Liverpool have spoken to referee's chief Mike Riley about application of VAR during the incident that resulted in Virgil van Dijk's injury, but Jurgen Klopp would not reveal what was said and is keen to move on.

    "I don't want to talk about this anymore. I would immediately if it would change anything but it doesn't," he said.

    "I'm not sure the world is in a place right now where we have to keep this story going.

    "Yes, we still feel something about it, but nothing that will happen will change that, so I've nothing else to say."