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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us for now - thanks for joining our coverage!

    We'll be back later with live text commentary of the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Until then...

  2. Bertrand to leave Saints

    In other news, Southampton have announced that defender Ryan Bertrand will leave the club this summer.

    The 31-year-old has made 240 appearances for the club, scoring eight times, after joining from Chelsea in 2014.

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  3. 'One of the best in the world'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)

    Manchester United

    Edinson Cavani has signed a new one-year deal with Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the Uruguayan forward is among the "best in the world".

    "We have seen what we can expect from him over the last few months," said Solskjaer.

    "Next season, he will come ready. He will be fit over pre-season as he had seven months of no football to catch up this season, which isn't easy.

    "He comes in every day and does everything right, He gives us a number nine position.

    "I don't know how many games we will get out of him but he is one of the best number nines in the world at the moment."

  4. 'There will be changes'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes to his side before the defeat by Leicester on Tuesday, and the Manchester United boss says he will make more alternations against Liverpool.

    "There will be changes, but many of the players that played tonight did really well," said Solskjaer.

    "They will be in contention as well. It's about managing the squad now and building momentum and confidence.

    "Making sure we get enough points to get second and then into the final with confidence."

  5. Solskjaer hopeful on Maguire

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is "hopeful" captain Harry Maguire will be fit for the Europa League final after suffering an ankle injury.

    "The good news is that it wasn't broken," said Solskjaer.

    "But the ligament injury is serious.

    "If I'm very positive, and that is maybe stretching it, I'm hopeful he might be ready [for the Europa League final].

    "I don't think he will play in the league again this season but we will do everything we can to get him ready for the final.

    "You always try to look after players long-term. If he is fit he will play for us, and if he is not, he won't. If he is ready for us he will probably be ready for the Euros [with England]."

  6. Post update

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)

    Time to hear from Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now...

  7. Ancelotti meets owner Moshiri

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thu, 18:00 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    With the transfer window set to open, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said he met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri in London last weekend alongside director of football Marcel Brands and director Bill Kenwright.

    On his relationship with Moshiri, Ancelotti said: "I have a really good relationship. He’s an owner that supports the club. I talk to him, not every day but at least he wants to be informed for the condition of the team, for the condition of the players so we speak on the phone.

    "I met him last weekend in London. It was a good moment and with Marcel Brands and with Bill Kenwright, and I hope to see him soon."

    Speaking of transfers, I also asked about the future of Theo Walcott, who is on loan at Southampton and out of contract at the end of the season. Ancelotti said a decision would be made when the season is finished.

  8. Rodriguez and Mina miss Aston Villa match

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thu, 18:00 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Significant team news from Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, who says both James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina will be missing from the game at Aston Villa.

    Mina has an adductor injury, the Italian says, "but it's not a big problem" and should be ok for the game against Sheffield United on Sunday.

    Ancelotti says Rodriguez is training "pain-free" but didn't want to risk him for Thursday, and also should be fit for Sunday.

  9. 'It is a crime'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)


    Manchester United made 10 changes before their defeat to Leicester last night, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he expected opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to alternate his players.

    "It was the line-up I expected," said Klopp.

    "I knew he had to make these changes. They play Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

    "The protest in Manchester led up to this situation, but to play Sunday, Tuesday and then Thursday is a crime. It is not the fault of Ole and the players.

    "Would I have done the same? Yes. We have to.

    "We are late in the season. United are in the European final which means a lot of games. The weekend after is a weekend off for United, but I am not the guy who makes the fixtures."

  10. 'City are not the only challenge'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)


    Asked what his side must do to close the gap on Manchester City next season, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "I don’t think we had created a big gap between us and other teams last season.

    "We have to win football games and City are not the only challenge. Chelsea is a presence and with Thomas [Tuchel], they look good. They can make 11 changes and it’s a proper team. They will go for it next year and United are in a good way.

    "You just have to win football games, which is possible. Our season was really difficult but we know five or six points more this season, which we should have had, means we do not blame anybody else.

    "We would be closer to the Champions League spots, but now we need help from others. That is not the situation we want to be in, but it’s the best we could get and we have to deal with that."

  11. 'It was never possible'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)


    Injured defender Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of featuring for the Netherlands at this summer's European Championships, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the tournament was never a realistic option for the Dutchman.

    "Virgil has had one of the most serious injuries [ACL] you can get," said Klopp.

    "It can take up to 11 months [to return to action], on average. It is going really well and the plan is that he can do pre-season with us, but we are not sure.

    "The Euros are before that. For Holland, the next big tournament is waiting and everything will be fine by then. But we all have to be patient.

    "The type of rehab is really tough. It’s very painful, and when you overcome that, then you can make steps and become more positive.

    "I never wanted to cut the Euros off but I always knew with common sense, it was never possible. Hopefully he can start soon with us again."

  12. 'I am not concerned'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)


    The initial game between Liverpool and Manchester United was postponed after fan protests at Old Trafford, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says he is "not concerned" about a repeat on Thursday.

    "We trust the authorities," said Klopp.

    "We were not in danger last time and I have no idea what will happen tomorrow night but I am not concerned at the moment."

  13. 'Well deserved'

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)


    Having had to concede his crown, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City's title victory is a "great achievement".

    "I texted Pep [Guardiola] last night and I have already texted Ilkay [Gundogan]," said Klopp.

    "Very well done after a very difficult year for everyone, not just in football.

    "What they have achieved so far is exceptional. When you bring together financial resources and football knowledge, you have a good chance to create something special.

    "This is obviously the case. They have a brilliant squad and the best manager in the world. It is always a joy to play against them because it's such a massive challenge.

    "You can beat them but you have to be at your very top. Well deserved and congratulations."

  14. Klopp incoming...

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:15 BST)

    Time to hear from Liverpool Jurgen Klopp ahead of his side's rearranged trip to rivals Manchester United.

    Remember, the Reds lost their Premier League crown after United's defeat by Leicester last night...

  15. Going down to the wire in La Liga

    Levante 3-3 Barcelona

    Moving away from the domestic game briefly now...

    The league title might be settled in England but it's set to go down to the wire in Spain.

    Barcelona threw away a 2-0 lead and saw their La Liga hopes receive a major setback on Tuesday as they drew 3-3 at Levante.

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  16. Post update

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thurs, 18:00 BST)

    That's all from the Everton boss for now.

    His side will be looking to avenge their 2-1 home defeat earlier this month...

  17. 'Top four is not a possibility for us'

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thurs, 18:00 BST)


    Everton are still mathematically able to finish in the top four, but manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side are no longer in the race for Champions League qualification.

    "Top four is not a possibility for us, but we can fight for the other positions," said Ancelotti.

    "I don’t know which position we can reach but we want to win as many points as possible.

    "At the start of the season we thought it would be difficult to compete with the top six, but after all these game we were able to compete.

    "We are still there and close to the top. We have some regrets with the results at home, and we could do much better, but we have to consider we have also had a fantastic away run.

    "It was impossible to think we could win 11 away games, but we did. I think the position we are in now is the position we deserve."

  18. 'The team has improved'

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thurs, 18:00 BST)


    Everton have won more points than they did in the entire 2019-20 season and manager Carlo Ancelotti says the improvement is because of greater "confidence".

    "The team has improved," said Ancelotti.

    "We have more knowledge and confidence. We had a fantastic result away in the derby [against Liverpool] so it has to be considered a good season.

    "We are still in the fight for Europe and we want to use all of our energy to reach our target.

    "It is vital against Aston Villa, as it was against West Ham, and I hope the team can repeat their performance."

  19. City better than all the others - Ancelotti

    Aston Villa v Everton (Thurs, 18:00 BST)


    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says newly-crowned champions Manchester City "were better than all the others" this season.

    "We have to congratulate Man City, the manager and the players. They were better than all the others and they deserved to win," said Ancelotti.

    "They have had a fantastic season with a lot of consistency. They are strong defensively and they deserve it.

    "The Premier League is the most difficult competition in Europe. There are a lot of teams with a lot of quality. There are also fantastic mangers and to win here is not easy."

  20. Welcome back

    We're up and running again!

    Stay tuned for updates from three north west clubs, including Everton, Manchester United and Liverpool...