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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    It's been another busy day of Premier League news conferences. Here are some of the key lines:

    • Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side want what Liverpool have
    • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating United is "enough in itself"
    • Steve Bruce says it has been personal since he took charge of Newcastle
    • City boss Pep Guardiola says footballers should not be blamed for the current Covid-19 situation in the UK.
    • Sean Dyche says Burnley have to score a goal first before worrying about celebrations

    Don't you just love the drama of the Premier League? Read on if you want to hear from more top flight bosses.

    We'll be back tomorrow with live text coverage of Saturday's action, starting with the derby between Wolves and West Brom...

  2. I'm sure Rooney will be successful

    West Ham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    David Moyes handed a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney his debut at Everton in 2002. That boy became a man, and the man is now a manager after hanging up his boots to become Derby County boss on a permanent basis.

    "I knew him as a player and as a boy. He was a tremendous young player. What he could do from 16 onwards," said Moyes.

    "He's had an incredible career so if he's chosen to stop playing, I'm sure it'll be for the right reasons.

    "He's going into a different world now completely. Not all the best players go on to be the best managers, but just with his attitude, I'm sure he'll be successful."

  3. Burnley a great success story - Moyes

    West Ham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    They may only be two places and four points above the relegation zone, but David Moyes has no doubt that Burnley will avoid the drop.

    Moyes, who was used to working on a tight budget at Everton, says Sean Dyche deserves great credit for his work at the Clarets without spending huge sums of money.

    "Over the years, I have to say they've been a great success story," said Moyes. "Doing things on probably a minimum budget, not having the tools other clubs have maybe had over the years.

    The manager deserves a lot of credit for the way he's done the work. Even though they've started a bit slowly, I think they'll be fine."

  4. No new injury worries for Hammers

    West Ham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game against Burnley.

    Fabian Balbuena is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

    Lukasz Fabianski will be given as much time as possible to prove hit fitness after a thigh injury, while Arthur Masuaku is "probably a couple of months away" from returning from a knee problem.

  5. We will do everything to follow Covid protocols - Moyes

    West Ham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    Another manager, another question about Covid protocols and players celebrating.

    West Ham boss David Moyes reiterated the club's determination to follow the rules as much as possible.

    "We've done all we can to make sure that we've done all protocols," he said. "The club have done a brilliant job in setting up the training ground, the stadium, and the dressing room.

    "We'll continue to try and do everything we possibly can on the pitch to make sure we adhere to those new protocols.

    "We all understand the rules and we'll do all we possibly can to make sure we adhere to them at West Ham."

  6. 'Us v them'

    Fulham v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Fulham secured a hard-earned point in their rearranged game at Tottenham on Wednesday and Scott Parker says his side's "siege mentality" will help the club avoid relegation.

    "We needed to put everything in place for these players to make sure they perform at a level we need them to," said Parker.

    "And of course probably a little bit of a siege mentality - us v them - and use that to our advantage.

    "I felt all round that did come out and that was our mindset. It's probably been our mindset for a lot of this year, that's probably how it's going to be for us."

    Scott Parker
  7. 'Don't put the responsibility on us'

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sun, 19:15 GMT)

    Manchester City

    The theme of goal celebrations has been discussed at most of the top flight news conferences this afternoon, and now it's Pep Guardiola's turn to have his say...

    "We know how difficult the situation is here in the UK," said the Man City boss.

    "We have to do it and we are going to do our best to follow the new rules.

    "But the situation in the UK isn't due to football players. Don’t put the responsibility on us. From day one we've followed what the PM has said."

    Pep Guardiola
  8. 'Palace know exactly what they have to do'

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sun, 19:15 GMT)

    Manchester City

    City face Crystal Palace in their next game, knowing victory will keep them within touching distance of the top two, but Guardiola says Roy Hodgson's side "know exactly what they have to do".

    "All the clubs have had their ups and downs this season," said Guardiola.

    "More than ever. Every team has four good results and then after one or two bad ones. Palace are not an exception. What they changed I don’t know because I am not there.

    "The reality is that every game is so difficult. I can speak personally about my team, but you see it for all the other top teams. Every game is so difficult. When you win away at Chelsea and United the headlines are so nice, but the reality is Brighton.

    "A team like Palace knows exactly what they have to do. We have to be patient, find our rhythm. They defend so well. We saw that against Arsenal. They were able to control much of the game. It was tough in recent seasons when we lost and drew."

  9. 'If you make defensive mistakes you can be punished'

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham missed the chance to climb into the top four after conceding a late equaliser against Fulham on Wednesday. Recent games against Crystal Palace and Wolves followed a similar pattern, leading to accusations Jose Mourinho's side seek to defend a lead rather than look to get the crucial second goal.

    Mourinho was asked what needs to change going forward to avoid such an outcome.

    "We need to score the goals that we can and we need not to make mistakes that punish us," he said.

    "If you compare [Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse] Areola's moments to Hugo [Lloris'] moments. Areola made a couple of impossible saves that could have killed the match. Also the post, then a defensive mistake and a goal.

    "It looks complicated but it is really simple, a basic analysis of the game. I'm the first one that digs very deep to understand what my team has to improve.

    "But going to the basics: you score goals you kill matches, you don't score goals, if you don't make mistakes you win. If you make defensive mistakes, you can be punished."

  10. 'We have to feel our seat is not safe'

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sun, 19:15 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City have won their last seven games in all competitions but Pep Guardiola says there is plenty of competition for places in his squad.

    "Every player has competition with his team-mates. Even the manager, if we’re not playing good I have competition," said Guardiola.

    "To get the best out of ourselves, we have to feel our seat is not safe.

    "The players know what we have done in the past does not count. Crystal Palace counts."

  11. Now it is time to say 'celebrate alone' - Mourinho

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Like all Premier League managers today, Jose Mourinho was asked about the tighter protocols around players celebrating and says his team will do their best to comply - but will not judge those who may unintentionally get carried away after scoring.

    "It is what we are asked to do and we have to try," said the Spurs boss. "Probably the best way is for the goalscorer, if he wants to celebrate in a crazy way, let him do it alone.

    "Before we always told the players to celebrate as a team. Don't forget the guy that assisted, or those fighting hard behind you, celebrate with everyone. But now it is time to say 'celebrate alone'.

    "I know that it is difficult and our players did it very, very well, but it is difficult to be critical of others that don't do it.

    "Yesterday we had another meeting, this morning another one. If every club does the same I want to believe that only in an extreme situation will people will lose control of their emotions and we can help educate the players into not celebrating. Let's try altogether."

  12. No talks over Bale loan extension - Mourinho

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says there have been no talks about extending Gareth Bale's loan spell from Real Madrid

    The Wales international is on a season-long loan from the Spanish club, with the option of a second year.

    There have been recent newspaper reports suggesting the club had decided against taking up that option, something denied by Mourinho.

    "There was not even a second of discussion about that," Mourinho said. "He is a player on loan until the end of the season, not one second of discussion.

    "We are speaking about Gareth, himself, Real Madrid, Tottenham. Not one second of discussion."

  13. Mourinho to go 'step-by-step' with Bale

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says he is being careful with Gareth Bale and is wary of rushing him into action before he is fully match fit.

    The 31-year-old has played just 45 minutes of Premier League action since November 8, having suffered from illness and injury.

    "The Europa League group stage is a different level to the Premier League, in the Premier League he didn't play many minutes," said Mourinho.

    "Then another small injury at Stoke [in the Carabao Cup] where he was having a good first half. Now coming, not an easy process, everyone knew in the last couple of seasons at Madrid it was not easy for him. Let's go step-by-step and try and get the best out of him."

  14. 'We want something they have'

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next game is always the biggest game as Manchester United manager.

    "Being where we are in the league just gives us more confidence and it's a sign of where we are at," said Solskjaer.

    "The game against the champions, who have an amazing record at Anfield, is a great test for us.

    "Can we go there and cause an upset? We are the challengers and they have earned the right to be champions. We want something they have.

    "If you look at the results in the last few seasons, it [victory] would be an upset."

  15. 'Football is about passion and instant moments'

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun 16:30 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Talking about muted goal celebrations, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said "we all know the situation" but "football is about passion".

    "We all know the situation we are in and we are all trying to keep to the rules," said Solskjaer.

    "I cannot promise anything, but of course, if the payers can control themselves that would be best.

    "Then again, football is about passion and instant moments. You have seen loads of players who have scored against former clubs, and they can control their emotions.

    "We are role models ad we are going to do our best if we get the chance to celebrate, so let’s hope we get one."

  16. 'Form goes out the window'

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says form "goes out the window" when his side face Liverpool, despite travelling to Anfield at the top of the table.

    "You are always excited when you are going to play against teams of that quality," said Solskjaer.

    "Form goes out of the window and it doesn't matter. When you go to Anfield, it's a big game for the club, the players and the fans. I'm looking forward to it.

    "You don't get anything for being at the top of the league in January. It's not ever something we have valued. It's where you end up at the end of the season that matters."

  17. Solskjaer to have his say

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun 16:30 GMT)

    What about Liverpool's opponents?

    Time to hear from Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now...

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  18. Klopp praises 'exceptional' Rashford

    Liverpool v Manchester United (Sun 16:30 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp was asked about Marcus Rashford and the tireless campaigning he has done in recent months to combat child hunger.

    “I said it before, It's absolutely exceptional what he is doing there," said the Liverpool boss. "He has had some honours, and absolutely right.

    "It is a little shame he has to do this work, but these things happen and he has done it because he had the same situation when he was a kid. It's just great to see him never forgetting his roots. An exceptional, exceptional thing to do."

  19. Klopp to make decision on Matip fitness

    Liverpool v Manchester United (Sun 16:30 GMT)


    On to some team news and Jurgen Klopp says he will make a late decision on whether Joel Matip is fit enough to return after training on Saturday.

    Matip has been sidelined for nearly three weeks with a groin injury but is now ready to resume full training. Captain Jordan Henderson is among those who have deputised at the back in his absence.

    “Joel [Matip] is close. Does it make sense to throw him in a game after one or two sessions he hasn’t done yet? I don’t know. We have to have a look how he trains," said Klopp.

    "But we have different solutions. Hendo is important for midfield so we just have to see. But nothing decided yet.”

  20. 'Winning against United is enough in itself'

    Liverpool v Manchester United (Sun 16:30 GMT)


    Manchester United head to Anfield three points clear of their great rivals Liverpool at the top of the Premier League in what is turning out to be a increasingly fascinating title race. So does that give Sunday's game an extra edge? Not according to Jurgen Klopp.

    "Winning a football game against United is enough in itself, so there is not an add on. We play at home against United and want to win," he said.

    "They have got the points they deserve, we have ours and the season still has a long way to go.

    "We don't think about other teams or how the table looks at the moment, we just try to win our football games, and for this we need to perform at our highest level because United are good, they always were."