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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Right that's me done and dusted. Thanks for joining me as ever.

    We will be back this evening covering all Thursday's Premier League action from around 16:45 GMT.

    Until then here are a few things to keep you going:

    Take care and see you all soon.

  2. Liverpool heading back to Budapest

    Liverpool's Champions League last-16 second leg tie against RB Leipzig will be played in Budapest, Uefa have confirmed.

    The first leg, which the Reds won 2-0 was also played in the Hungarian capital due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

    The second game between the sides will take place on 10 March at the Puskas Arena.

  3. Pick your combined Manchester derby XI

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will come up against each other on Sunday with a gulf in the Premier League table between them.

    There are superstars on both sides of the divide - but who would you pick in a combined Manchester derby team?

    Now you can make your choice. Select a formation and an XI and then share with your friends.

    Here is mine for what it is worth.

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  4. Haaland keen on three Premier League clubs

    Erling Braut Haaland

    While we are on the subject of forward players...

    Chelsea target Erling Braut Haaland - Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old Norway striker - has apparently said the only Premier League sides he would consider joining are Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.

    You can read all about that in the gossip.

  5. Barca hero Braithwaite

    Barcelona players celebrate

    Martin Braithwaite, arm in arm with Lionel Messi and a Barcelona hero.

    Never expected to write that having watched him play in the Championship.

    But the former Middlesbrough forward scored the decisive goal as Barca overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat 10-man Sevilla 3-0 after extra time in a Copa del Rey semi-final full of drama and incident.

    You can read all about that here.

  6. Women's Champions League: Chelsea take charge of last-16 tie

    Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Fran Kirby

    Ann-Katrin Berger saved two penalties as Chelsea recovered from Sophie Ingle's early red card to earn a first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.

    Ingle saw red as she conceded a 12th-minute penalty, but Berger superbly saved from Deyna Castellanos.

    Maren Mjelde's spot-kick put the Blues ahead after the break and Fran Kirby slotted a second from Sam Kerr's pass.

    Berger's second penalty stop ensured a 2-0 lead for next Wednesday's return.

  7. Rangers within four points of title

    Livingston 0-1 Rangers

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    Rangers moved another step closer to their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011 with a 1-0 win at Livingston.

    But it was far from routine for Rangers with Alfredo Morelos grabbing a late winner and manager Steven Gerrard sent off for debating a "bang out of order" refereeing decision.

    Gerrard was shown two yellow cards at half-time by John Beaton, who booked Morelos for diving after a challenge by Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek.

    You can read the report on that one here.

  8. Leading football agent under investigation by FA

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Leading agent Aidy Ward is under investigation by the Football Association over an allegation he paid a parent £10,000 for a player to join his agency, in breach of regulations.

    Agents are not allowed to approach the families of youngsters to offer representation until the player is in their 16th year.

    The FA has the power to ban agents found guilty of breaking the rules.

    Ward has been contacted for a comment by BBC Sport.

    Until last year he represented Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling. They split when their contract ended because Sterling wanted to take control of his affairs.

    Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is on loan at West Bromwich Albion, are among the players represented by Ward's Colossal Sports Management agency.

  9. Watch: Is this the most memorable Liverpool v Chelsea match?

    Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15 GMT)

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    Video caption: Gerrard's slip, Salah in blue and Willian's winner: What happened at Liverpool v Chelsea

    Liverpool and Chelsea have played out some cracking games over the years.

    There was a period when the clubs were managed by Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho that the rivalry and intensity just seemed to catch fire.

    But with Liverpool seemingly on course for a first league title in 24 years (at the time) it literally all slipped away when the sides met in April 2014.

  10. Watch: Werner on 'tough period'

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    Video caption: Chelsea's Timo Werner says lack of goals has been 'very tough'
  11. Werner confident the goals will come

    Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15 GMT)

    Chelsea forward Timo Werner hasn't quite lived up to expectations yet since his £53m move from RB Leipzig last summer.

    Werner went 14 Premier League games without scoring between November and February and has managed just five top-flight goals this term.

    But he says there is plenty to come from after admitting he has never experienced a goal drought like this season.

    "It was tough for me because I want to help the team," Germany striker Werner told Football Focus.

    "I want to score, it's in my nature, I am a striker. I never had it in my career before.

    "You can always learn more from the bad situations. I learned to trust in myself, to give everything on the pitch, not only think about goals and fight for the team.

    "Now I hope this period is gone and I score a few more goals until the end of the season."

  12. Big Sam's Everton lament

    West Brom v Everton (18:00GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Sam Allardyce wishes he had been given the funds his successors received at Everton to turn the club into challengers at the top end of the Premier League again.

    Everton were 16th when Allardyce agreed to take over as Ronald Koeman’s replacement, although they had gone up to 13th by the time the appointment was officially confirmed in November 2017.

    He was sacked at the end of the season, despite guiding the club to eighth place, amid irritation from supporters at a perceived negative style of football.

    Allardyce’s replacement, Marco Silva, also took Everton to eighth in his only full season in charge but was given almost £200m to spend across two summers and was eventually sacked in December 2019, with the club 18th in the table.

    It took the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti to change Everton’s fortunes, with the club hopeful of finishing in the top six for the first time in seven seasons.

    “I would have liked to stayed and had the investment they have had since and seen where I could have taken it,” he said.

    “I went there when they were struggling badly, rocking on the bottom of Premier League and finished eighth. No-one at Everton expected that.

    “In the end, they made the decision to move me on. I won’t comment on whether they got it right. There have been more managers since I have been there and they have got it going in the direction they want to go – but it has taken a long time.

    “As time goes by, as disappointed as you might be, you learn to accept it. I had the privilege of being there, even though it was only for a short period of time and I wanted it to be longer.”

  13. What happens when the Premier League academy dream dies?

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    Video caption: The brutal reality of Premier League academies: Deese Kasinga’s story

    Deese Kasinga was 17 years old and doing a gym session with some of the academy players at Newcastle United when he was called in to a meeting about his future.

    As he came back out of the room, there were cheers and questions from his older team-mates who knew what the meeting was for - and were desperate to know the details of his exciting new professional contract.

    But Kasinga had just been told he was being released from Newcastle's academy. His Premier League dream began to slip away...

    This is an all too familiar tale told by my colleague Miriam Walker-Khan.

    If you're not aware of the trials and tribulations faced by young footballers trying to make the grade, it's well worth a read.

  14. Snodgrass back for West Brom

    West Brom v Everton (18:00GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    West Brom winger Robert Snodgrass is set to return for tonight's Premier League encounter with Everton at The Hawthorns.

    The 33-year-old Scotland international has missed two games with an injury that has affected both his knee and calf but manager Sam Allardyce confirmed he had recovered and was in his squad for the Everton game.

    West Brom are unbeaten in three matches, their longest sequence of the entire season.

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    Joolz: While Man City have been on an amazing winning run, they’ve been helped in no small part by those teams around them struggling to pick up points during the same period. Tottenham, Liverpool, Man Utd, Leicester have lost or drawn too many games and Chelsea were playing catch-up.

    Tend to agree with that Joolz. Expect City would probably still be top in a normal season but they are absolutely running away with the league.

  16. Post update

    That Curtis Jones piece is a great read by the way.

    Like the bit about the 'Gascoigne arm' and Jones believing that he would not need a loan spell to make an impact on the Liverpool side.

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    James: West Ham are playing some good football and in decent form. I'd predict West Ham and Chelsea in top four at the expense of Leicester or United. So City, Chelsea, Man Utd & West Ham

    Dan: No mention of West Ham. Still fourth with game in hand on others plus have to play Man Utd & Leicester in coming weeks.

    The Hammers were clearly mentioned before Dan. Don't worry I'd not forgotten them.

  18. Curtis Jones: Liverpool's 'streetwise' youngster with 'unusual belief'

    Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15 GMT)

    Curtis Jones

    With Liverpool trailing Chelsea by just a point in the race to finish the season inside the top four this evening's fixture has quite a lot riding on it.

    Both managers will regard a victory as a huge boost for their respective sides with both still having plenty of big games ahead of them during the run in.

    However, one player who probably won't be short of confidence on his sides' chances is Liverpool's Curtis Jones.

    The 20-year-old has been one of the club's shining lights this term and my colleague Emma Sanders has put together a lovely piece on the "streetwise" youngster with "unusual belief".

  19. Alisson & Fabinho to return for Reds

    Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15 GMT)

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will return, having missed out on Saturday due to compassionate leave.

    Fabinho is also likely to be in the squad after recovering from a muscle injury, while Diogo Jota will be included if he can overcome illness.

    Chelsea are assessing top scorer Tammy Abraham, who suffered a minor ankle injury in training on Tuesday.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi is fit despite suffering a thigh problem at the weekend but Thiago Silva remains out.