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ARSENAL host Leeds today while Manchester United travel to West Brom.

On the transfer front, Bayern Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed Dayot Upamecano will be joining the Bundesliga champions.

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  • James Orr

    TODAY'S FIXTURES

    Arsenal host Leeds this afternoon while Man Utd travel to West Brom.

    Premier League

    • Southampton vs Wolves (12pm)
    • West Brom vs Man Utd (2pm)
    • Arsenal vs Leeds (4.30pm)
    • Everton vs Fulham (7pm)

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Man City moved seven points clear at the top of the table after a 3-0 win over Spurs.

    Two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and a penalty by Rodri gave Pep Guardiola victory against old foe Jose Mourinho at the Etihad.

    And there was more good news for City in their title hunt as champions Liverpool crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Leicester.

    The Reds were leading through Mo Salah before the Foxes struck three times in seven minutes, with another Alisson clanger occurring too.

    Liverpool now face dropping out of the top four with some teams right behind them having one or more games in hand.

    Meanwhile, SunSport can exclusively reveal Frank Lampard would need to be offered a job too good to turn down to tempt him back into management and give up the £1.8million in wages due from Chelsea.

    When Lampard was sacked by Chelsea last month, the club did not pay up the remainder of his contract..

    Instead they have kept his £75,000-a-week salary on the wage bill – with an agreement that will continue to be paid until July unless he takes a job elsewhere.

    And that leaves Lampard in a position where any offer of employment that comes in would potentially cost him a fortune.

    Finally, Man United face a fight to sign Jules Kounde – with Barcelona and Real Madrid joining the hunt for the Sevilla star.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign an elite centre-back to partner £85million man Harry Maguire next season.

    Kounde, 22, has emerged as a United target in recent weeks and could fill the void at the top of their wishlist.

    But United again face competition from some of Europe's biggest clubs, this time from LaLiga giants Barca and Real.

    And Sevilla also value their young defender at around £60million.

    OUTFOXED

    Jurgen Klopp is odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Liverpool's loss at Leicester.

    Here are the odds according to Betfair:

    • Jurgen Klopp 4/7
    • Roy Hodgson 4/1
    • Jose Mourinho 5/1
    • Steve Bruce 8/1
    • Scott Parker 10/1
    • Sam Allardyce 12/1

    • Anthony Chapman

      HELPING HEND

      Rival keepers Dean Henderson and David de Gea must show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer why he should pick them.

      The Man Utd boss said: “It’s not about who has the most trophies.

      “It’s about what you give to the team, here and now — we’re at Man United and we’re here to win.

      “Everyone knows they have to perform to be in the team.

      “We have at least two players in every position who’d feel, ‘I am a first choice’ and the keeper position is no different.

      “It’s about your performances, so I’m now in a very fortunate position to have the goalkeeper department that I do.

      “It was a conscious decision to bring Dean back to have real competition and he has made it harder and harder for me to leave him out.

      “Whenever he plays, he does really well.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      MIKE DROP

      Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan has hit out at owner Mike Ashley — claiming ‘anybody’ could run the club better than him.

      Keegan said: “It won’t go on for ever. Someone, somewhere, will see the benefits of that great football club.

      “The problem with Mike Ashley is that he didn’t really know what he was buying. He doesn’t get it. The best day they’ll have is when he sells the club because anybody — and I mean anybody — can run it better.

      “Just anybody. It cannot be run worse than it is.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY ROSS HEPPENSTALL

      Leeds legend Lee Chapman has urged Patrick Bamford to ‘lose his temper’ and ‘hurt a few people’ if he is to win a senior England cap.

      Chapman said: “Bamford is very level-headed and nothing fazes him — but I’d like to see him lose his temper a few times!

      “I want to see him get stuck in, hurt a few people, and be a bit more aggressive.

      “Sometimes you can be too nice and if Bamford misses chances, he doesn’t seem too upset, so I think he needs to push himself a little bit harder.

      “But he’s improving every year and I think he could be a useful back-up to Harry Kane.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY NEIL SILVER

      Millwall blasted Reading for disrespecting them by providing a ‘broom cupboard’ to get ready in.

      Gary Rowett’s Lions had the last laugh with a 2-1 win at the Madejski.

      But they were angry over the facilities provided.

      A Millwall source told SunSport: “We feel we got a broom cupboard.

      “We had three small rooms, one for the first team, one for the subs, and the coaching staff were in a separate room.

      “It wasn’t heated properly so we had to run cables to our coach to power small heaters.

      “The Madejski is an impressive stadium with conference facilities and a hotel on-site.

      “We were in the concourse and it feels a bit like gamesmanship from Reading.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY ANDREW JEHRING AND NICK PISA

      Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was left shaken after masked raiders stole a safe from his £2million home.

      The Italian’s stepdaughter Chloe disturbed the two men on Friday evening.

      Ancelotti, 61, raced back from training and has boosted security at the five-bed home he shares with second wife Mariann Barrena McClay.

      The burglars fled after they were spotted by actress Chloe, 25, at around 6.30pm.

      Other family were said to be there.

      Police dismissed reports some were threatened at knifepoint in Crosby, Merseyside.

      A source said: “The family are in shock. Thankfully, the men dashed away when they were disturbed and nobody was hurt.”

      A pal in Italy added: “Carlo and Chloe were both shaken but they will not be put off by what happened and will get on with their lives.’’

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    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY ALAN NIXON

      Marco Silva is the shock name on the list of targets to be Bournemouth’s new boss.

      The Portuguese coach is open to a return to English football after the Cherries made contact with his camp to find out about his availability.

      Silva, 43, will be in the frame if caretaker-boss Jonathan Woodgate does not claim the post — and he could be turned to in coming weeks.

      The former Watford, Hull and Everton manager was up for the Sao Paulo job in Brazil as he looks for a fresh challenge.

      That role passed him by but Silva would relish the chance to return to England.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      WON’T BE KNEELING

      Brentford’s players have announced they will no longer take the knee before matches – starting with Sunday's meeting with Barnsley.

      A players’ statement read: “We have been taking a knee before games since June but, like many of our fellow players at other clubs, no longer believe that this is having an impact.

      “We believe we can use our time and energies to promote racial equality in other ways.

      “As a group we are fully behind and proud of Brentford’s desire to become the most inclusive club in the country and the drive towards equality under the #BeeTogether banner.

      “We have experienced racist abuse first hand and have also seen some appalling comments made to other players past and present.

      “There is a clear need to continue to push for an end to all discrimination and, as players, we will be part of that at Brentford FC, in football in general and in the wider community.

      “Racism is the opposite of what we stand for. As players we will show our commitment to togetherness and racial equality on and off the pitch between now and the end of the season, and beyond.

      “We will also support our colleagues at other clubs that still want to take a knee before games.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      GAME OVER

      It's full time at the Amex and the game has ended 0-0 between Brighton and Aston Villa.

      The hosts dominated the game, seeing more of the ball and having a whopping 26 shots to Villa's four.

      But Dean Smith's men were resilient in defence, with Emi Martinez particularly impressing.

      And Villa return to the Midlands with a valuable point as they eye a European spot.

    • Anthony Chapman

      HOT ROD

      Rodri will NOT continue as Manchester City's penalty taker despite converting against Tottenham, according to Pep Guardiola.

      The boss said: “Is Rodri the taker now? No.

      "I would say I admire the courage to take the penalty but it was not a good penalty.

      "I am not laughing, I am concerned about this.

      "We will have a real specialist to take them with quality. We have to practice.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      ALISSON PAINS

      Liverpool stars including goalkeeper Alisson are 'lacking confidence', according to Rio Ferdinand.

      He told BT Sport: "(It's a) calamity. Confidence has been taken out of this team.

      "They go one goal up and last season you'd say game over. If you go away from the TV, you'll probably come back and it's three.

      "But now you're questioning it. You're not confident in them now. There isn't that authority anymore.

      "Last season people were saying 'this is one of the greatest teams to play in the Premier League'.

      "The fact they concede and the team capitulates, that for me is a big concern.

      "When that goal went in they became a soft touch. These are little details that cost you points. They've got big long-term injuries. They don't look as potent as a group.

      "I think they will struggle to finish (in the) top four."

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    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

      Frank Lampard would need to be offered a job too good to turn down to tempt him back into management and give up the £1.8million in wages due from Chelsea.

      When Lampard was sacked by Chelsea last month, the club did not pay-up the remainder of his contract after a change of policy in the wake of coughing up huge sums to get rid of Jose Mourinho.

      Instead they have kept his £75,000-a-week salary on the wage bill – with an agreement that will continue to be paid until July unless he takes a job elsewhere.

      And that leaves Lampard in a position where any offer of employment that comes in would potentially cost him a fortune.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

      Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has fumed at the VAR decision to allow Leicester's equaliser to stand.

      He told talkSPORT: "We conceded a really strange goal – I’ve said this plenty of times but it’s VAR. VAR should be completely objective, but it’s not.

      "Because somebody has to make a decision whether it’s offside or not and which moment is the moment when we judge the offside.

      "I’ve seen [the replay] back plenty of times now and how I saw it is that Maddison didn’t even touch the ball when he judged the situation.

      "That’s obviously a situation where Stuart Attwell has to show responsibility for why he chose that situation."

      And when asked to clarify whether Attwell had paused the clip at the wrong time, he added: "Yes, of course. His foot [Maddison] is behind the ball, so how can somebody know he already touched ball?

      "A millisecond later and three Leicester players are closer to the goal. That’s it."

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    • Anthony Chapman

      CAUGHT KNAPPING

      Harry Redknapp was not impressed with Michy Batshuayi during Crystal Palace's 3-0 home defeat to Burnley.

      And the former West Ham and Tottenham boss joked that Roy Hodgson told the striker: "Get warmed up, you're coming off."

      Sky Sports host Jeff Stelling asked pundit Redknapp for an update on Palace and he said: "They've been poor. Both teams have made substitutions.

      "Andros Townsend has come on for Batshuayi who I didn't even know was on.

      "I think Roy Hodgson shouted out to him 'get warmed off you're coming off'. It was one of them."

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    • Anthony Chapman

      MAGNIFICENT KEVEN

      Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has made £6.75million-rated Freiburg defender Keven Schlotterbeck a surprise summer transfer target, according to reports.

      The Toffees already have Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane on the books.

      But Ancelotti appears keen to bolster his defensive ranks with a move for 23-year-old Schlotterbeck.

      BILD's head of football, Christian Falk, confirmed the news on Twitter.

      Falk wrote: "TRUE. @Everton is interested in Keven Schlotterbeck (23), centre back @scfreiburg".

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    • Anthony Chapman

      I WANT HU

      Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly ready to raid old club Tottenham for captain Hugo Lloris.

      According to Football Insider, Poch is in 'regular contact' with Lloris and is desperate to sign the goalkeeper.

      The pair enjoyed a very close relationship during their five years together in North London.

      It is thought the manager and his captain would regularly have lunch together at the training ground.

      The Frenchman's relationship with Pochettino's Tottenham replacement Jose Mourinho is not as strong.

      And Poch will be hopeful of taking advantage of that in the summer by offering Lloris a reunion.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      CROWN JULES

      Man United face a fight to sign Jules Kounde – with Barcelona and Real Madrid joining the hunt for the Sevilla star.

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign an elite centre-back to partner £85million man Harry Maguire next season, with question marks lingering over Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

      Kounde, 22, has emerged as a United target in recent weeks and could fill the void at the top of their wishlist after the Red Devils seemingly missed out on Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich.

      But United again face competition from some of Europe's biggest clubs, this time from LaLiga giants Barca and Real.

      And Sevilla also value their young defender at around £60million after a superb start to life in Spain.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      TEAM NEWS

      One match left tonight and it's Brighton vs Aston Villa.

      The hosts have recalled Steven Alzate and Leandro Trossard into their starting XI at the Amex, with Graham Potter hoping to keep his good run going.

      Meanwhile, Douglas Luiz is back for Villa as Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins lead the line for Dean Smith's Europe-chasing side.

      Kick-off is underway now!

    • Anthony Chapman

      MIND GAMES

      Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool have lost the determined mentality that saw them storm to the title last season.

      A disastrous five minutes against Leicester saw Liverpool go from leading 1-0 to losing 3-1, which remained the final scoreline.

      Ferdinand told BT Sport: "I would be worried that they concede a goal and the team capitulates, that is a big concern in this team. 

      “This team was talked about as having leaders, mental strength, resilience, robust, they are everything but that at the moment. When that goal went in they became a soft touch.”

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    • Anthony Chapman

      CITY SLICKERS

      Man City have moved seven points clear at the top of the table after a 3-0 win against Spurs.

      Rodri sent Pep Guardiola's side on their way to victory with a first-half penalty.

      And two goals from Ilkay Gundogan in the second 45 sealed the win for City, who still have a game in hand on the likes of Leicester and Liverpool.

    • Anthony Chapman

      GET HIM RON BOARD

      Cristiano Ronaldo has again urged Juventus to sign his former Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo, according to reports.

      And with Real reportedly keen to sell him this summer the chances of the pair being reunited are higher than ever before.

      Ronnie had similar conversations with Juve chiefs in the spring of 2020.

      Back then, officials from the Old Lady were said to have planned a trip to Madrid to thrash out a deal with the player's representatives, only for the coronavirus pandemic to hit.

      Now, ForzaItalianFootball say Ronaldo has been knocking on the door again.

      Marcelo's Madrid contract does not expire until June 2022 but Los Blancos are looking to offload him at the end of this season to ensure they receive a fee for the 32-year-old.

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    • Anthony Chapman

      ERL’S COURT

      Erling Haaland should snub the two Manchester clubs and join Chelsea instead, according to Paul Merson.

      He told the Star: "Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most.

      "They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.

      "And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age.

      "I’m not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play as much.

      "But for whoever gets him, it will be worth it. He puts up numbers and he keeps on doing it. Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league."

      "Manchester United should also be in for Haaland. Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United. If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level.

      "But do they go for Harry Kane instead? Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance. But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland."

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    • Anthony Chapman

      WILF HUNTER

      Roy Hodgson admits Crystal Palace are in big trouble if they can’t beat teams without Wilfried Zaha.

      Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley, he said: “It shouldn't be of any major consequence to the players, it's up to them to give the performance that they know they can give and bring out the best of their play.

      “But if that is the case and the players are seriously believing that the only way we can win is with Wilf, the club's in big trouble because he's 28, 29 years of age and he can't play until he’s 40.

      "I was hoping we would see one or two outstanding individual performances like we have seen from Wilfried Zaha so often over the years.

      “Here is the chance to put the criticism to bed that we need Wilfried Zaha in our attack and once again we failed."

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