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FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 12, 2020 General view of the Manchester United crest on a corner flag before the match Pool via REUTERS-Phil Noble

Manchester United’s title aspirations set for Anfield acid test

They are top of the Premier League table after New Year’s Day for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s glittering dynasty ended with his retirement in 2013, since when they watched first Manchester City and then Liverpool disappear into the distance.
Premier League referee Michael Oliver has admitted that Jordan Pickford should have been punished for injuring Virgil van Dijk.

Prem referee admits Jordan Pickford should have been punished for Virgil van Dijk injury

Premier League referee Michael Oliver has admitted that Jordan Pickford should have been punished for injuring Virgil van Dijk.
Manchester City have ended their pursuit of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, according to Spanish football expert Semra Hunter.

Leo Messi now 97th most valuable footballer in the world

Incredibly, Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself 131st with two of the greatest players of all time both trailing Manchester United bit-part player Daniel James.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he initially 'felt empty inside' after the club secured the Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp blames coronavirus crisis for lack of transfer activity at Liverpool

The English champions are expected to be without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the rest of the season, while Joel Matip is also currently sidelined leaving Klopp without a senior recognised centre-back. Midfielder Fabinho has deputised in central defence for most the season, while youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have had to be drafted in.
Liverpool’s controversial application to trademark the name ‘Liverpool’ has been unsuccessful.

Liverpool ‘unlikely’ to sign new centre-back in January

Liverpool are unlikely to add any further additions to their squad during the January transfer window, according to The Athletic.
Jan Valery’s goalbound effort beats the onrushing Alisson but lacked the pace to beat the defender to the goalline. Robin Jones-Getty Images

Liverpool legend raises doubts over title defence after Southampton defeat

Liverpool’s injury woes have been well documented this season, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term absentees, while Joel Matip was forced off with a groin complaint in last week’s 1-1 draw against West Brom.
It is paramount that Liverpool sign a central defender in the January transfer window after Joel Matip sustained another injury, says former star Jamie Carragher.

Jamie Carragher: Liverpool must sign a centre-back in January

It is "paramount" that Liverpool sign a central defender in the January transfer window after Joel Matip sustained another injury, says former star Jamie Carragher.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has congratulated Nigerian- born British Heavyweight World champion, Anthony Joshua on his victory over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night in London.

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British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round of their world title bout at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
According to the Daily Mail, Jurgen Klopp’s side will move for the defender if they fail to lure away Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.

Liverpool line up bid for Manuel Akanji

According to the Daily Mail, Jurgen Klopp’s side will move for the defender if they fail to lure away Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.
Jurgen Klopp's side were punished for a sloppy first half display at Craven Cottage when Bobby Decordova-Reid gave Fulham a shock lead.

Mo Salah rescues Liverpool in Fulham draw

Jurgen Klopp's side were punished for a sloppy first half display at Craven Cottage when Bobby Decordova-Reid gave Fulham a shock lead.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has taken a swipe at Liverpool over the injury suffered by Lucas Digne.

Carlo Ancelotti plays up to Everton fans with Virgil van Dijk swipe

Ancelotti feared Digne could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after damaging ligaments in Toffees training at the end of November.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker added to Liverpool’s long injury list as Caoimhin Kelleher was handed his Champions League debut for Ajax’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday night.

Alisson Becker adds to Liverpool injury woes

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker added to Liverpool’s long injury list as Caoimhin Kelleher was handed his Champions League debut for Ajax’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday night.
The 50 players shortlisted for the UEFA.com fans' Men's Team of the Year 2020 vote represent 21 clubs and 19 different national teams.

UEFA Team of the Year 2020 nominees revealed

Uefa have revealed the women’s and men’s nominees for the Uefa.com Team of the Year.
Thiago Alcantara is still weeks away from a return for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Monday as he pinpointed a bad-tempered Merseyside derby against Everton last month as the root cause of his side's injury crisis.

Jurgen Klopp confirms Thiago Alcantara still weeks away from Liverpool return

Thiago Alcantara is still weeks away from a return for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Monday as he pinpointed a bad-tempered Merseyside derby against Everton last month as the root cause of his side's injury crisis.
Leeds United manager, Marcelo Bielsa, is set for a bumper pay-rise after securing promotion back to the Premier League.

Leeds, Liverpool managers shortlisted for FIFA men’s coach of the year

Bielsa was an eye-catching inclusion on the five-strong shortlist for Best FIFA Men's Coach, with the Championship-winning manager named alongside Hansi Flick, Julen Lopetegui, Zinedine Zidane and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
FIFA have revealed the nominees for their The Best awards on Wednesday morning.

The Best FIFA Award nominees revealed

A ceremony on 17 December will see players and coaches from both the women’s game and the men’s game win the prizes up for grabs.
Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp slammed British broadcasters Sky and BT on Sunday over match scheduling that he says is leading to more player injuries.

Jurgen Klopp faults broadcasters over hectic match schedule

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp slammed British broadcasters Sky and BT on Sunday over match scheduling that he says is leading to more player injuries.
Jürgen Klopp relished the reaction of his players as Liverpool produced a comeback to beat Bournemouth 2-1 after two successive defeats.

Jurgen Klopp not thinking of January transfer window despite growing injury list

England internationals Joe Gomez (knee) and Jordan Henderson (thigh) were the latest to be added to the list in the last few days, the former potentially being ruled out for the rest of the season.

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