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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Right that is me done.

    Short and sweet but as ever thanks for joining me.

    There will be build up and live commentary of Liverpool v Ajax in the Champions League plus updates from Porto v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 Live from 19:00 GMT.

    And we will of course be live texting both of those games on the BBC Sport website a little later as well.

    For now, here are a few bits of to keep you going:

    Take care and I shall see you all soon.

  2. What are Liverpool's chances?

    Liverpool v Ajax (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Entertainment data company Nielsen's Gracenote say Liverpool have a 99.9% chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

    Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielsen's Gracenote said: "Liverpool are dominating their group and there is only a one in a thousand chance they won't be participating in the Champions League's knockout stages according to the Euro Club Index.The Reds have a 99% chance of finishing the group stage on top of Group D."

    Liverpool will qualify from Group D if they avoid defeat by Ajax and will be group winners if they win and Atalanta fail to beat Midtjylland.

    Liverpool chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League - 99%
  3. Early team news: Henderson back for Liverpool

    Liverpool v Ajax (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Richarlison tackles Thiago in the Merseyside derby

    As far as Liverpool are concerned, captain Jordan Henderson is fit to start this evening but the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all definitely out.

    Thiago has not played since being injured in a challenge with Richarlison in a 2-2 draw at Everton on 17 October.

    "I can't say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks," said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

  4. Early team news: Aguero unavailable for City

    Porto v Manchester City (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's Champions League game with Porto on Tuesday - but boss Pep Guardiola says the problem is not serious.

    Aguero was absent for Saturday's 5-0 win over Burnley with a knee problem and has not returned to training.

    The 32-year-old Argentina striker has only played four times this season.

    "I am not concerned. He did not train. He had a little disturbance in his knee. It is nothing serious," said Guardiola.

  5. Post update

    That's all from Manchester United and Chelsea...

    Just a couple of bits now looking forward to this evening's games before I depart.

  6. Post update

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Probably advise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to skim past that top fact:

    • The away side has won all three of the previous European meetings between Man Utd and PSG, with the French side winning 2-0 in their only visit to Old Trafford, in the 2018-19 Champions League last 16.
    • Man Utd’s 0-2 defeat to PSG in February 2019 is their only loss in 15 home games against French opposition in all European competitions (W10 D4).
    • PSG have only lost one of their last seven away games in the group stage of the Champions League (W4 D2). That defeat was in their most recent away trip in the competition – 1-2 v RB Leipzig on MD3.
    • Man Utd have won each of their last seven games at Old Trafford in European competition, scoring 24 goals and conceding just two in return – they last had a longer run between September 2006 and April 2008, winning 12 in a row.
  7. Post update

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    David de Gea had to come off injured in Manchester United's 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday, while Donny van de Beek's ankle looked like an orange after one first-half tackle in the same game.

    However, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that everyone has reported in as fit, ready and able to play against PSG.

    United only need a point from their remaining two Group H matches to secure progress to the knockout phase but the Norwegian wants more. "The quicker you can qualify the better, of course," Solskajer said.

    "With a win, we'll win the group so that's our intent. "We want to go out there in our style, attacking intent, defending well against a top team with some top individual players, of course. Our mindset is win this game and we've won the group."

  8. 'The best players can put their problems away'

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Cavani

    Now for a question on football...

    And Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is asked how he sees Edinson Cavani going against his former employers Paris St-Germain.

    The veteran Uruguay international is the French club's all-time top scorer and is facing them for the first time since departing in the summer.

    "Edinson is ready to play," Solskjaer said.

    "Of course it's special for him to play against PSG, his old club where he's the top scorer, so that'll affect him mentally. I know that'll give him energy and he'll be ready.

    "He's so professional, experienced. Of course he'll will work on his mindset today and tomorrow to be ready for the game, which the same goes to the FA (investigation).

    "He's learnt a lesson and it might affect him, but he'll just have to put it to one side when the game's on. The best players, they can put their problems or the other thoughts away for a while and then perform when they have to."

  9. 'There was no malicious intent at all'

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    More from the Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Edinson Cavani:

    "There was no malicious intent at all. It was just an affectionate greeting to a friend of his. "But we explained to him, he's been asked by the FA to explain, so of course he'll cooperate with them and we'll support him.

    "I think it is one of those unfortunate situations that he's just come into the country and in Uruguay it's been used in a different affection than what we have.

    "We'll support him but of course we support the FA.

    "It's important that the FA have asked him to explain and it's out there for everyone to see because we want to be in the fight against discrimination with everyone."

  10. Cavani is 'deeply sorry' - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    It's a Champions League night and Paris St-Germain are in town..

    But Kylian Mbappe and Neymar don't even get a look in when it comes to the first questions directed at Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Nope. Instead it's all about Edinson Cavani, who has apologised for a deleted social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.

    Solskjaer opens up by saying Cavani is "deeply sorry" for using a racial term on social media and will cooperate with the Football Association's investigation.

  11. Post update

    Man Utd v Paris St-Germain (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Group H

    As I intimated earlier, everything is to play for in Group H.

    Istanbul Basaksehir host RB Leipzig in the other group match at 17:55 on Wednesday.

    So by the time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United players get under way, they will have an even clearer picture of what is required to progress.

  12. Post update

    Now time to head over to Manchester to hear from Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer...

  13. 'It was difficult' to leave Hudson-Odoi out

    Sevilla v Chelsea (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was also asked about Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    The winger, 20, was excellent in the 2-1 win over Rennes and opened the scoring but he was not involved at all in the Premier League game against Tottenham on Sunday.

    "It was difficult. I have been really pleased with his training lately and his training and attitude is bang on at the moment and that was reflected with scoring and playing well against Rennes.

    "I have tough decisions when we have a fully-fit squad to leave players that work hard and who are desperate to play for the club, out.

    "I did speak to him personally because I wanted him to understand where he is at at the minute, which is a progression. He is getting better for me.

    "There are times when other players will have to sit out. "He is back in contention and I want to see more of the same. If there are times he is not starting or out of the squad I want to see him stay positive and that is part of my job as well to have that communication level."

  14. Gilmour looking 'spot on'

    Sevilla v Chelsea (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has also spoken glowingly about young midfielder Billy Gilmour.

    The 19-year-old Scot, is yet to make an appearance this term after recovering from a knee injury., however that could be about to change.

    "He is fit now. He could probably do with some more match minutes which are hard to get in covid times," Lampard said.

    “He is in the squad tomorrow, it would be nice if he could get some minutes in the remaining two Champions League group games.

    "I hopefully see him coming back at the level he was at before he got injured. He made a great impact and there will be so much more to come from him at this club because of the talent he has.

    "He is looking spot on and will come in to compete with the other players in that midfield area."

  15. Post update

    Sevilla v Chelsea (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    More from Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: “It certainly isn’t a dead rubber. We want to win the group for different reasons.

    "Generally winning the group is the beneficial pathway though that isn’t clear all the time.

    “In terms of motivation, players who haven’t had many minutes have to show why they should be in the starting 11.

    "I have difficult choices and it is an opportunity for players to give me more difficult choices going forward. We are on a good run. We haven’t lost since Liverpool which was a difficult game for us because of circumstances that happened in the game.

    "My feelings in football are, if you are going well and try and flick the switch off and then flick it back on again, it doesn’t work that way."

  16. 'Terry is destined to be a manager'

    Sevilla v Chelsea (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Media reports in England have linked former Chelsea captain and current Aston Villa assistant John Terry with the vacant manager's job at Derby County.

    But what does Frank Lampard make of his ex England and Chelsea teammate's credentials. Is he the perfect fit for the Rams, who Lampard of course managed for 12 months himself?

    "Yes. I think John is destined to be a manager," Lampard said.

    "He is working very well alongside Dean [Smith] at Aston Villa, so he will have been learning a lot. But he has experience from the game as a player and I know from playing alongside him what he has to offer.

    "It is a great opportunity potentially for him, if true, and for Derby. I have a lot of affection for Derby from my time there.

    "John will be a hungry, ambitious manager whether it is Derby or whatever other opportunities come his way. He is going to be a fantastic coach in my opinion."

  17. 'We want to win the group'

    Sevilla v Chelsea (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Given Chelsea have already sealed their progress into the knockout phase of the Champions League, manager Frank Lampard is asked about rotation and just how seriously the Blues will take their game in Sevilla.

    "Some people are knocking on the door and deserve opportunities but even though we have qualified we want to win the group," he says.

    "We are not taking it lightly, we want to win the group so I am certainly not expecting a drop in level."

  18. Post update

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is up in front of the press, as I type this.

    All his comments, incoming very soon.

  19. City almost certain to qualify

    Porto v Manchester City (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Entertainment data company Nielsen's Gracenote say Manchester City have 99.9% chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

    Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielsen's Gracenote said: "As one of only four teams to have taken maximum points from the first three matches, it is no surprise to find Manchester City are near certainties for a place in the knockout stages.

    "The Euro Club Index estimates City have a 97% chance of winning Group B and a 99.9% probability of finishing in the top two."

    Manchester City have a 99.9% chance of reaching the knockout stages
  20. 'We want to maintain our rhythm' - Guardiola

    Porto v Manchester City (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester City score against Olympiakos

    Manchester City have already booked their place in the last 16 after winning their first four games.

    So the objective for Pep Guardiola and his side is to manage at least a draw in Portugal that will seal top spot in Group C.

    "We go there to get first place in the group stage. The important thing is done - to qualify - but we go to maintain our rhythm," said City boss Guardiola.

    "The Premier League is the main priority in general terms. We have 19 players in the first team fit and all of them travel. They are a really difficult opponent and we need the best players possible.

    "Some players are going to play who didn't play the previous game.

    "There are a lot of games but I don't want them to feel this is rotation. Every game is played with the best players for the circumstances for a specific game."