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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all from this live text today.

    Manchester United can reclaim top spot with victory over struggling Sheffield United later, and with only nine points separating the top seven it appears we're in for a thrilling conclusion to the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.

    We've revisited a few other unpredictable title races, which you can take a look at here.

    Thanks for joining!

    Premier League table
  2. 'We demand a lot from Ndombele'

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    It remains to be seen what exactly Mourinho means by "we have more problems than that" regarding injury concerns.

    One player he was happy to chat about though was in-form midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

    "We always showed him the right way and demand a lot from him. If I did anything positive with him I believe it was not to play him when he was not in real conditions to play," Mourinho said.

    "I believe that we used some of the matches last season to expose his fragilities at the time."

  3. 'Late business would be huge surprise'

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Pressed on whether Spurs might be involved in some last-minute transfer business this month, Mourinho said:

    "I don’t think so, honestly I don’t think so. The transfer window is open and anything can happen until the last second but I am convinced that nothing is going to happen.

    "If something happens it will be a huge surprise for me."

  4. 'You can only replace Van Dijk with Van Dijk'

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    On Liverpool's problems at centre-back, Mourinho said it was a "miracle" his own side managed last season despite losing key players of their own to injury - adding that certain players simply cannot be replaced.

    "We had a period where we played Lucas every minute of every match. We lost Son, we lost Kane, we lost Bergwijn we lost everybody. Lamela, everybody. How did we manage? Miracles.We cannot do it," he said.

    "You have to try to compensate with what you have. Liverpool when you speak about Van Dijk you cannot replace. There are some players you cannot replace. It’s like when Harry Kane was inured. You cannot replace Harry Kane. You cannot replace Van Dijk. You can only replace Van Dijk with Van Dijk."

  5. Post update

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Jose Mourinho now.

    He's been asked about whether Thursday's opponents Liverpool can defend their title this season.

    "When you win it you know you are the best team and last season Liverpool was not just about winning it was just about winning so comfortably. They know the team they are and the players they have and they know they can do it again," the Tottenham boss said.

    "Would anybody expect Liverpool to have a similar run of last season, winning and winning non-stop? I wouldn’t expect that because what they did is so difficult that to win it a second time in the same way is even more difficult.

    "But to win the title again, they can. I think they believe they can and I think they believe what they really want. So simple”

  6. Get Involved


    Sulaimon Adelekan: Martin Odegaard is brilliant young player, much was expected from him few years ago but Arsenal is perfect club to show those abilities to the world. Arsenal now have two loan signing from Real Madrid but wont be signed permanently i guess.

  7. Post update

    Earlier, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described the Chelsea squad as a "present" for Thomas Tuchel.

    How are you expecting the Blues to look under the German's guidance? Is there anyone in particular you expect to shine? Or fall out of favour?

    Get in touch via #bbcfootball.

  8. Tonight's games

    Here's what's coming up this evening.

    There are five fixtures to enjoy tonight, as Manchester United attempt to return to the Premier League summit.

    Menawhile, the Thomas Tuchel era gets under way at Stamford Bridge.

    • Burnley v Aston Villa (18:00)
    • Chelsea v Wolves (18:00)
    • Brighton v Fulham (19:30)
    • Everton v Leicester (20:15)
    • Man Utd v Sheffield Utd (20:15)
  9. 'I think it's a good match' - Odegaard


    More from Mourinho to come shortly.

    Meanwhile, new signing Martin Odegaard says manager Mikel Arteta was "crucial" in his decision to join the Gunners.

    "He seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is," Odegaard told the club's website. "He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here.

    "He was crucial. I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good.

    "I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it's a club that really suits me well. So I think it's a good match."

  10. Post update

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Mourinho has confirmed Dele Alli will not be fit for the Liverpool game.

    The Spurs boss was asked about the availability of other players but wouldn't say more than there were other issues...

  11. Mourinho 'expects' Alli will stay

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Interesting. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has, of course, been asked about Dele Alli's future.

    He says he "expects" Alli will still be at the club at the end of the transfer window, but the possibility of business being done remains "open".

    "I expect [him to still be here]. I am saying that since the beginning of the transfer window, I was not expecting anyone to leave, I was not expecting anyone to come," he said.

    "At January 27, not long until the end, I don't believe anything is going to happen, but it is open. Football is football. The transfer window is open, sometimes unexpected things happen, but I don't expect it."

  12. Post update

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Spurs can move back into the top four if they beat Liverpool on Thursday evening.

    Victory would put Jose Mourinho's side two points above the defending champions - with a game in hand too.

    They'd also be within five points of leaders Manchester City. I'm sure Mourinho won't be willing get drawn into any of that sort of talk, though...

  13. Get Involved


    Alexander: I have no doubts about Martin Odegaard's ability. I just question whether Arsenal and the deal was the right one. Could/should he have joined Liverpool or City instead? He's good enough IMO. And six months. Is that a help or a hindrance? We'll see

  14. Jose incoming

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    We've already heard from Jurgen Klopp, but it's the turn of opposite number Jose Mourinho shortly.

    I imagine the Tottenham boss will be answering questions about the situation at his former club Chelsea...

    Jose Mourinho
  15. 'Tough time'

    Chelsea v Wolves (18:00 GMT)

    Now then, time to hear from Mason Mount following Frank Lampard's departure at Chelsea...

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    Video caption: It's a 'tough time' for Chelsea after Lampard departure says Mount
  16. Get Involved

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    SMS Message: I've heard a lot of people say the title is Man City's to lose but I can't agree at all. They are only a point ahead at the top (with KDB and Ageuro out) and we are only half way through the season. Lots can happen. Yes they are favourites, but there are genuinely six top teams who can get results against anyone and put great runs of form together. In any given season you deserve the title if you finish top but with everything that has happened this season, and the number of teams involved in the race at the top, I believe this is the case more so this season. But the most important thing for me as a fan is that at least there is a genuine race that involves more than two teams and that looks like it'll go to the wire. What excitement! Play on guys... from Alex, Yatton
    Alex, Yatton
  17. 'Exceptional talent'


    More context on the move now...

    Martin Odegaard, 22, has struggled to make an impact in Real manager Zinedine Zidane's squad this season.

    Real Sociedad, where the Norweigen attacking midfielder spent last season on loan, and Eredivisie leaders Ajax were also interested.

    Arsenal technical director Edu said the club had brought in an "exceptional talent".

    Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said Real Madrid blocked Odegaard going back to Sociedad because they wanted him to move to the Premier League club.

    His arrival at Emirates Stadium comes after the departure of playmaker Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce.

    Odegaard joined Real Madrid from Stromsgodset in January 2015 and has played nine times for Real this season.

    Read more here.

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    Video caption: Martin Odegaard: The rise, fall and return of Real Madrid's 'Norwegian Messi'
  18. Post update

    Southampton 1-3 Arsenal


    Arsenal continued their impressive league run with victory at Southampton last night, and now they have signed Martin Odegaard.

    Could things be falling into place for Mikel Arteta at just the right time?

    Here's what the Arsenal boss had to say after Tuesday's win at St Mary's...

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    Video caption: Southampton 1-3 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta praises 'magnificent' Emile Smith Rowe & Bukayo Saka
  19. Get Involved


    Dins: It's a loan and he wasn't getting a look in at Real Madrid anyway, could do much worse than Arsenal

  20. 'A player we all know very well'


    Speaking about the move, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although he is still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.

    "Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

    Martin Odegaard