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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    Right that's me done for the day. Thanks for sticking with me.

    Remember you can follow all Wednesday evening's Premier League matches via the BBC Sport website or app from around 17:00 GMT.

    There's also plenty to keep you entertained until then:

    See you all soon.

  2. 'We are confident'

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Champions Liverpool have lost their last four home games, but Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says his side's opponents are "one of the strongest sides in Europe".

    "We always have a chance to win any game because we have self-confidence and a good shape," said Tuchel.

    "But you can always lose games in the Premier League because it’s the toughest competition.

    "Liverpool miss their fans like we do. I know what impact they can have at Anfield.

    "They [Liverpool] have dropped points but they are one of the strongest teams in Europe with one of the best managers.

    "But we are confident enough to go there and do what we have to do to win."

  3. The challenge 'gets me out of bed early'

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Thomas Tuchel succeeded Jurgen Klopp as Borussia Dortmund manager in 2015, but the current Chelsea boss says he does not know the Liverpool manager "as well as everybody expects".

    "We know each other but maybe not as well as everybody expects," said Tuchel. "I came to Mainz in the academy in the year he left so we did not meet. We meet when there is a farewell game for a player we have both coached and then we talk and it's super fun.

    "The moment you enter the Premier League, you enter a competition with the best clubs and the best coaches, and one of them is Jurgen.

    "He has proven that with many clubs and it gets me out of bed early because it's a challenge for me to play against him and his teams. We will not meet up for a game of pedal court tennis one on one, we will meet with our teams and we will have to be prepared.

    "Jurgen has transformed any club into a unit and he is a big part of the club, in their history and in the hearts of the fans, even when he leaves.

    "It is always a union between his players and him and it's similar between Diego Simeone and the players at Atletico Madrid, and they are really together. It's a big challenge and it's where we want to compete."

  4. 'Abraham lacks a bit of luck'

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham was not selected in his side' 1-1 draw with Manchester United, but manager Thomas Tuchel says his omission was "just a choice".

    "It is my job to push him to his limits and we will not stop supporting him," said Tuchel.

    "With everybody coming back [from injury] we have decisions to make. It is not always a punishment or a signal to a player that he is not doing enough.

    "He lacks a bit of luck, not just in the games but in training. Once the last touch comes back, which he is working hard for, he will be a player that we push forward."

  5. Thiago Silva edges closer to a return

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Speaking about injuries ahead of his side's trip to Anfield, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says defender Thiago Silva joined in with training on Tuesday.

    However, it does not really sound like he is quite ready to start a game just yet.

    "Thiago made his first training with the team but he did not finish the last exercise," said Tuchel.

    "He was not in pain but he was just aware of taking the risk.

    "Callum [Hudson-Odoi] has no issues and was in full training with the team on Tuesday. Tammy [Abraham] has some problems with his ankle but everybody else is available."

  6. Post update

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    We are very much into the final leg of our coverage of Premier League news conferences this afternoon.

    But before we get going let's hear from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

  7. Post update

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho says he will not be drawn into a heated debate between Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp on Sky over which Spurs players would get into other top-four sides.

    Mourinho said he did not "watch it" and it was not his place to comment on pundits' opinions but added "I have huge respect for Roy. I loved to work with him at Sky but independent of that he is a winner and I have a lot of respect for him and his job as a pundit."

  8. Rodon has to wait for 'his opportunities'

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho has been asked what Joe Rodon has to do to get himself back in the Spurs team. The 23-year-old Wales defender last featured in the 1-0 defeat at Brighton on 31 January.

    Mourinho said: "He has to do nothing. He works very hard, good professional. He cannot play in the Europa League so that reduces his chances in relation to the other guys.

    "He has to do nothing. He has just to wait for his opportunities."

  9. Post update

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    On player that will not be making the shortish trip across London on Thursday is Giovani Lo Celso.

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says the Argentine midfielder is still "one to two weeks away from being ready" and will not be risked.

  10. Bale fit to face Fulham

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale's recent renaissance has been a hot topic of conversation and it doesn't seem like dying down anytime soon, with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho tackling an early question about the on-loan Real Madrid forward.

    Asked why it has taken Spurs the best part of a season to get Bale firing, Mourinho said: "Ask Madrid, maybe if they answer to you, you can understand why it took a while. Maybe to be patient was the main reason.”

    Mourinho added that Bale will feature against Fulham on Thursday, saying, "He will be involved. Bench or starting, he will be there.”

    Lovely news for the Cottagers!

  11. Tough to break down

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)


    No side in the bottom half of the table has conceded fewer goals (32) than Fulham.

    The Cottagers face Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on Thursday, but manager Scott Parker says his defence have performed "extremely well" so far this season.

    "They’ve come with experience, quality and have adjusted," said Parker.

    "There’s a group of defenders here that have improved."

  12. 'The main thing is that he gets better'

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)


    Following the news that Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald is due to have a kidney transplant next month, manager Scott Parker says the 32-year-old has been "as good as gold".

    "He’s got a big few months ahead, but the way he is, he’ll come out of this as good as ever," said Parker.

    "The main thing is that he gets better."

  13. 'Nitty gritty'

    Fulham v Tottenham (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)


    Fulham remain in the bottom three despite a run of five matches without a defeat, and manager Scott Parker says his side are entering the "nitty gritty" end of the season.

    The Cottagers play the first of their 12 remaining matches against London rivals Tottenham on Thursday.

    "The journey has been brilliant as I’ve seen a team develop and grow," said Parker.

    "The players are in a good place and we have to maintain that."

  14. 'Clubs have to be first priority' - Klopp on international breaks

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finished up with a warning that he will not allow players to travel to international matches later in March if they have to quarantine on their return.

    Under current coronavirus guidelines arrivals from Red List countries are subject to 10 days' hotel confinement, which would apply to the likes of Brazilian trio Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho as well as Portugal forward Diogo Jota.

    "I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel, it is just not possible," Klopp said.

    "I understand the needs of the different FAs but this is a time where we cannot make everyone happy and we have to admit the players are paid by the clubs so it means we have to be first priority."

    That's pretty much all the best bits from Klopp, so time to head down to London.

    Jose Mourinho and Thomas Tuchel are both still to come but prior to that let's hear from Fulham manager Scott Parker...

  15. 'The challenge and job is clear'

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on the race for the top four: "A week ago we were out now we're around it again. The challenge and job is clear. We have to win games and as many as possible to make it. We know that.

    "We cannot make a difference who we face but we know about Chelsea's quality and their targets.

    "Other teams, our neighbours, West Ham, Tottenham and Leicester. [Manchester] United are maybe not involved anymore and City have already gone.

    "For a neutral fan it is exciting and for Liverpool fans as well though it is not maybe in exactly the way they want. We will give it a proper try."

  16. Post update

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on facing Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel: "In the games Chelsea played so far (under Tuchel) they have been successful. They have a clear philosophy, clear idea and are possession based.

    "He's used the time to get to get immediate results but also knowledge of his squad. He has changed a lot. Only Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho are fixed but all the other positions have been changed to get information about his squad.

    "It is quite difficult to get more possession than Chelsea. You have to defend, work a lot, you have to be patient in moments and show your desire to defend all the time because they are a top team."

  17. He was a fantastic person - Jurgen Klopp on Ian St John

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp began his presser with a few memories of club legend Ian St John, who has died aged 82.

    "When you're in a club with a lot of legends and see them, I saw the pictures of Ian on the wall at Melwood and when he came round the corner he didn't change over the years," Klopp said.

    "You could see the smile all the time. He was a fantastic person. You want to show the respect you have and it was so easy with him because he was a really nice, funny and smart person.

    "I only met him once. I heard a lot about him. Everyone was so positive about him. So now another big name of Liverpool is not here anymore but in a better place."

  18. Fabinho and Alisson to return

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Thurs, 20:15 GMT)


    Fabinho and Alisson will be included in the Liverpool squad for Thursday’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea at Anfield.

    A muscle issue had kept Fabinho out of the Reds’ last four matches, while Alisson was absent from Sunday’s win at Sheffield United on compassionate grounds.

    Boss Jurgen Klopp has also said that Diogo Jota trained on Tuesday. The forward has been absent since 9 December.

  19. Post update

    Right time to head across to the Red side of Merseyside.

    It sounds like Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some positive news to chat about...

  20. 'Expectation is a motivation for us'

    West Brom v Everton (Thurs, 18:00 GMT)


    More from Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, this time on the fight for the top four places: "We are pleased to be in the fight. The expectation is a motivation for us.

    "The expectation is high but that’s normal for a club that has fantastic history and a club who want to be back where they were in the past, this is absolutely normal. Expectation is not a bad word it is a good word.

    "It is important to have ambition."