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Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho on why Romelu Lukaku did not celebrate goal vs West Brom

And Jose Mourinho has suggested the hitman failed to mark the goal because of the time he spent on loan at the Hawthorns from Chelsea. Lukaku put United ahead against West Brom today when he nodded past Ben Foster in the 23rd minute. But, just as when he scored for the Red Devils against Bournemouth in midweek, the Belgian did not celebrate the goal. Lukaku’s decision to remain po-faced when his team-mates surrounded him drew some criticism from fans and pundits alike. It has been suggested that the striker is…

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Bournemouth vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest score and action from Dean Court

Liverpool sit sixth in the Premier League and can move above Burnley and Arsenal into fourth with a win. The Reds’ form has dipped recently – they have drawn their last two games. But they are unbeaten since October and are favourite heading into this clash. Bournemouth are winless in five games and a result today (4.30pm) would see them move 12th. Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, L. Cook, Surman, Pugh, King, Defoe. Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah,…

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

1 min Blow your whistle! Blow your hoooorn! [embedded content] Out they come. Bournemouth payers are hugging and stuff; in the studio, Graeme Souness is doubtless stroking his thighs as though Gennaro Gattuso has just offered out Joe Jordan. The players are tunnelled; Jordan Henderson is modelling his gameface. So how do you defend Salah? On the ball, by forcing him outside, but what do you do once he’s on the move? Have his full-back follow him? Detail a midfielder to be on the look out? A centre-back? What we’re…

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Liverpool news: Barcelona give up on Philippe Coutinho for two huge reasons

Barcelona are expected to bid big for Liverpool star Coutinho next month. The Catalan giants spent the summer pursuing the Brazilian but, after being rebuffed on three separate occasions, ultimately focused on signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. Despite that decision, however, talk remains they are still hellbent on signing the 25-year-old. However, Spanish publication Diario Gol say Barcelona have now abandoned their pursuit for two big reasons. It is said the club feel Liverpool have priced them out of any potential deal. The Reds wanted a huge £166million to…

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Real Madrid equal Barcelona record for Club World Cup wins – who else has lifted trophy?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was enough to seal victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final yesterday, sealing Los Blancos’ third tournament victory. The win – Real’s second consecutive triumph and third in the last four years – equalled the trophy tally of La Liga rivals Barcelona in the FIFA competition. While the Spanish giants have dominated in recent seasons, Brazilian sides also have a superb record in the competition. Despite Gremio meekly stepping aside in this year’s final, Corinthians have triumphed twice while Sao Paulo and Internacional have also…

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Sunderland news: Jurgen Klopp vetoes Ben Woodburn move

Chris Coleman wanted to bring the 18-year-old forward to Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season in a bid to aid their Championship relegation battle.  The Black Cats gaffer made a request to Liverpool but, according to The Sun on Sunday, Klopp insisted he is staying put.  Coleman knows Woodburn well, having worked with him at international level.  The Liverpool ace became Wales’ second-youngest ever goalscorer when he netted on his debut against Austria in September.  Woodburn enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season, making nine appearances for the…

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Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho facing uncertainty over future at Old Trafford

Mourinho goes to The Hawthorns amid simmering unrest at the club following last week’s defeat by Manchester City – and the unsavoury bust-ups that followed it. And with the £30million Armenian midfielder Henrika Mkhitaryan the latest star to clash with the volatile Mourinho, critics in Old Trafford’s corridors of power are understood to be seriously considering whether there should be a change at the top. Some behind the scenes were privately critical of his appointment in the first place and now fear that the controversies that blighted his reign at…

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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp refuses to take credit for Mohamed Salah signing

Most managers would be rushing to claim credit for signing the top scorer in the country. Especially when that buy is not even a specialist centre-forward but a winger. But not Klopp. The Liverpool boss was quick to deflect praise towards the scouting team. They wanted Mohamed Salah. They kept telling Klopp that. He listened. He acted. He spent £37 million. He is grateful for their good advice. “The scouting department did a fantastic job about him,” Klopp said.  “They didn’t get out of our ears. It was 100 percent,…

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Aston Villa register interest in signing Liverpool midfielder next month

The 21-year-old is behind the likes of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in the Anfield pecking order and has been limited to just one start for the Reds this term.  Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is toying with the idea of sanctioning a loan move next month.  Premier League side Brighton have also contacted the Reds about Grujic, according to the Liverpool Echo.  Turkish giants Galatasaray fancy a loan deal but Liverpool do not want him going abroad.  Grujic cost Liverpool £5.1million from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016…

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Man City news: Pep Guardiola’s side will break huge Manchester United record – Paul Merson

That is the view of Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson. Manchester City are currently 11 points clear of rivals Manchester United and are unbeaten after 17 games. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 52 times, averaging over three goals a game, with the 7-2 win over Stoke their biggest. But Merson thinks they can score more than that in a single match and break United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995. “We do get funny results at the end of the season,” Merson said when discussing if…

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