Klopp & Guardiola speak before weekend action

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  1. Anelka the last City Anfield hero

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


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    It is over 16 years since Manchester City last won at Anfield.

    Nicolas Anelka scored twice for a Blues side managed by Kevin Keegan.

    Since then, Liverpool have come out on top 13 times – with five draws.

  2. ‘Lampard’s success is no surprise’

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

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    Frank Lampard and Roy Hodgson

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    Palace boss Roy Hodgson has said that the good start made by counterpart Frank Lampard at Chelsea has come as no surprise.

    He said: “Lampard has done a very good job, there’s no question about that – the club has done a good job in encouraging the manager and his staff to blood some of the players that had previously been out on loan.

    “I expected it [Lampard’s strong start as a manager]. When he [Lampard] and Steven Gerrard went into management I had no doubt that they would succeed. For me it was a question of whether they would go to a club that would give them a chance to really show their great management material.

    “For me there is no surprise at all.”

  3. ‘We’re very fortunate to have a fully-fit squad’

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

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    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has a fit squad to choose for Saturday’s match against Chelsea, with Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham back from their long-term injuries.

    He said: “We’re very fortunate. The players who had been suffering are now recovered. One or two who suffered from a knock either against Arsenal or Leicester are recovered.”

  4. City caution

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

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    I am not sure Jurgen Klopp’s comments will ease Manchester City concerns about their arrival at Anfield on Sunday.

    It is worth stressing there were no issues at the corresponding fixture last season but memories are still fresh at City about the barrage of missiles that were thrown at their team bus before the 2018 Champions League quarter-final.

    City have been in touch with Liverpool to stress the importance of being allowed an incident-free journey into Anfield.

  5. Lamela out for Tottenham

    Tottenham v Sheffield United (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Tottenham will be without the sting-pulling and play-making of Erik Lamela on Saturday at home to Sheffield United. The Argentine, whose last appearance was in the 5-0 win over Red Star Belegrade on 22 October, has been ruled out along with defender Jan Vertonghen after both picked up hamstring strains.

  6. Meanwhile in Manchester

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

    It’s busy in the media room at Manchester City this lunchtime.

    The turnout reflects the magnitude of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.

    Journalists have been watching Jurgen Klopp’s press conference to see if there are any nuggets to ask Pep Guardiola about when he takes his seat at 13:30GMT.


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  7. ‘My lowest point at Liverpool’

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

  8. ‘Senseless’

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the possiblitity of a repeat of missiles being thrown at the Manchester City bus in 2018:“I am a fan of fan power in the stadium, but that is senseless. If someone at Manchester City is concerned that is our fault and we all have to make sure that something like this never happens again.

    “We have not had a situation like that again. I wish I could say it would never happen again, but we all have to try and make sure.”

  9. The guy selling the hot dogs has to be in top shape’

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


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:“City in the last three years have been the team in the Premier League and it has always been our plan to get closer. In the last three games we have drawn once and lost twice, but the guys are showing improvement.

    “Everyone has to be in top shape in the stadium on Sunday, even the guy selling the hotdog. Everyone has to be there from the warm-up and invest all our emotions.”

  10. Impossible to pick a combined front three – Owen

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    It’s a discussion you’ve probably had today as well, and unfortunatelyMichael Owenalso couldn’t choose a combined front three on today’sRobbie
    Savage Premier League Breakfast.

    He said: “Everyone says Liverpool has the best front three in the
    world, and I agree with that. If you say does Sterling get in there, you’ve
    just got to find room for him because he’s utter class, and the same for
    Aguero. I don’t know what to say!”

  11. Henderson and van Dijk fit

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


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, who missed training earlier in the week, are “fine” for Sunday’s match.

    Joel Matip, like Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri, is still out.

    And he has been talking about opposite number Pep Guardiola as well…

    “I could not respect him more, for me he is the best manager in the world,” he said.

    “Wherever he is he has an impact on his team and when you take him away you can see the football change. Our relationship is good, it is very respectful.”

  12. It is an interesting game!

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


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:“The best news is that it is as Anfield, under the floodlights. Everying is on a plate nobody hides anything, if you are not brave against Man City you don’t have the chance of even a point.

    “You have to create, but your positioning and protection must be perfect. It is a lot. It is an interesting game!”

  13. ‘Sterling is outstanding’

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


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “From a sport’s point of view this rivalry is getting bigger and bigger. We live in now and obviously Man Ciy are a pretty good football and thank god there is a rivalry because it means we are a pretty good team as well.

    “Raheem Sterling is always a big threat, and he is always improving. He is a fantastic footballer, I can’t say anthging bad about him, outstanding. He is not the only threat unfortunately. That is the problem we have.”

  14. Lampard’s Chelsea ‘mouth-watering’ – Ferdinand

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    Savage’s Premier League Breakfast
    how impressed he has been by Frank Lampard and Chelsea this season

    He said: “I was at the game the other day, the 4-4, and what he’s
    creating there at the moment with the young players and even the experienced
    ones there is mouth-watering, so good luck to him.”

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    Image caption: Youngsters such as Callum Hudson-Odoi have thrived under Frank Lampard
  15. Lampard named manager of the month

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

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    Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has been named as manager of the month after his side was the only Premier League team to take maximum points from October.

    “Winning an individual award like this, my first one at the club, it is the perfect time to appreciate the close staff who have worked so hard since pre-season and the players, as they are the ones who go out and perform,” he said.

    “I am delighted for everybody.”

  16. The power couple

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

  17. City in a must not lose situation – Own

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    Manchester City are under pressure to gain points on Sunday,Michael OwentoldRobbie
    Savage’s Premier League Breakfast
    this morning.

    He said: “I don’t think it’s a must win for them – I think it’s probably a must not lose
    for them. We’ve all been in games thinking ‘we can’t lose here’. Yes we want to
    win, but if you have that seed there you often get a strange game.”

  18. Read more of his Match of the Day analysis piece here.
  • Morata called up by Spain

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    News from the continent that may come as a surprise to some Chelsea fans,

    Spain have recalled Alvaro Morata for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania.

    The 27-year-old spent a year and a half at Chelsea, scoring 24 goals in 72 games, before moving to Atletico Madrid in January.

    The striker has scored five times in his last five games for Atletico Madrid.

    There was a maiden call up for Zagreb forward Dani Olmo, however Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati and Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos missed out.

  • Grealish omission surprising – Owen

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    We know a large section of Birmingham agree with this one!Michael
    toldRobbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfastthis morning that he wondered why Jack Grealish was not included in the latest England squad.

    He said: “It surprised me to be honest. The only thing is i’m such a
    big fan of Gareth Southgate – he’s done an amazing job – that I’m hesitant to
    question him. There’s that many good players now and exciting young players
    that it must be a tough decision. His time will come.”

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    Image caption: Jack Grealish has been a star turn for Aston Villa this season
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