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Summary

  1. Ten Premier League managers to face the media
  2. The English top-flight returns after the international break
  3. Afternoon news conferences: Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool
  4. Plus: Everton, Brighton, Palace, Newcastle, Southampton

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

That's all from us today. Sorry.

But don't leave the website just yet... Head over to our football page for all the latest team news and match previews ahead of the Premier League weekend.

And then make sure you return from about 10:00 BST tomorrow when we will be starting our online coverage of the big one: Liverpool v Manchester United.

Cheerio!

Liverpool v Manchester United
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King Kenny honoured

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Liverpool

Something else important is happening in Liverpool's world today: the official renaming of their main stand.

Kenny Dalglish, one of the most influential figures in the club's history as a player in 515 games and a manager across two different spells, is being honoured.

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Guard in 60 seconds

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Missed any of Pep Guardiola's presser? BBC Radio Manchester's Mike Minay has been nifty with his smart phone to produce a 60-second round-up of the best bits...

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Lukaku fine, Carrick out

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Bit of team news from Jose Mourinho ahead of tomorrow's trip to Anfield: "Michael Carrick can't play. Romelu Lukaku looks fine."

Long in contention for Saints

Southampton v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Southampton

Mauricio Pellegrino has another striking option at his disposal for Sunday's home game against Newcastle. The Southampton manager says Shane Long should be fit.

'We want the big atmosphere'

Liverpool v Manchester United (12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on the atmosphere at Anfield: "When people speak about big atmosphere it looks like we don't like it. It is what we want. I am surprised you speak about that in a negative way. I am even more surprised when ex players speak about the atmosphere as if it was something sinister or to worry about. If we could have the same atmosphere in every match we would.

"When Barca played Las Palmas empty stadium, we they happy with that? Wouldn't Las Palmas want to play at the Nou Camp when it was fill? When we play at home, we complain when no big enthusiasm. We know fans have huge animosity. It is what we want. Happy to have one more opportunity to play in these conditions. Beautiful to play at Anfield."

'We have more points and are more confident'

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on his side's unbeaten start: "We have more points. Last season we lost a few points before Liverpool. We lost points at home v West Ham, in these matches you say you win before you play.

"Now we have more points. Better position in the table. More confident. You get better results when you are more confident.

"It is a match where you don't look to Liverpool as a team in middle of table. At the end of the season they won't be there. Not with the potential and quality of their players. It is a very difficult match for us. I think they think it is also difficult for them."

'I've seen worse'

Southampton v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Newcastle United

There were reports recently of a training-ground bust-up at Newcastle between defender Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Mo Diame.

United boss Rafa Benitez has had this to say on the issue: “I’ve seen worse. It was normal, it sometimes happens. Now they will buy lunch for everyone.”

He has also discussed Sunday's encounter with Southampton, now managed by a man he managed at Valencia and Liverpool, Mauricio Pellegrino...

“Mauricio Pellegrino was my player and was my assistant in Italy. He is already a good manager but he will be even better,” said Rafa. "He knows everything about me so he has an advantage. But then he was my player, so maybe I know all about him."

Tactical change for Jose?

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

It is fair to say Jose Mourinho does not like to be told his tactics were negative in Manchester United's visit to Liverpool last season.

United offered little in attack during the 0-0 draw and the expectation is Mourinho will be slightly more expansive when his team goes to Anfield tomorrow lunchtime.

But probably not quite as expansive as the United boss made out in a somewhat ironic answer in his press conference at a rainy Carrington this afternoon.

He said: "New system. Nine strikers, don't worry about it."

Man Utd's first real test?

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Is it disrespectful to you and opponents to say this is your first proper test?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: "For us, I am not bothered but it is disrespectful to opponents. Not nice. Everybody knows, don't need to hide, there are some better teams than others. That is logical.

"For these teams that are not going to be top three top four, to so say playing against them it is easy matches, it is a bit aggressive to them. We drop points last season in many matches that you consider to be won before we start to play. We lost a lot of these points."

'Just one more match'

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, on playing Liverpool: "Just one more match. Could be 1st, 8th or last. Maybe if it was the last then it would be more important but it is October, so for me is just another match.

"I understand the tradition and emotions around supporters. We have to look at it in professional way. Every match is important. No match is easy. If I try this mentality I am not going to say this game is more important than others."

Mourinho news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Manchester United

Right then, who's ready to hear what Jose Mourinho has got to say? The chat from the Manchester United manager is incoming...

Pellegrino grateful to Rafa

Southampton v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Southampton

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino used to play under Sunday's opposite number, Rafa Benitez, when the Newcastle manager was in charge at Valencia and Liverpool.

Pellegrino has just told reporters: "I will always be grateful to Rafa Benitez for what he has done for me, both professionally and personally."

It won't stop him aiming to take three points off his old gaffer, though. "Perhaps we didn’t deserve to lose our last two games," added Pellgrino. "It’s very important that we get a result against Newcastle."

Fighting talk from Hodgson...

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes his squad is working as hard as they can as they aim to get off the mark in the Premier League.

The Eagles are grounded at the bottom of the table with no points - and no goals - in their seven matches so far.

"From day one the players have been up for the fight," says the former England manager. "We need to operate better as a unit - training ground work helps that."

Zaha back in Palace contention

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have received a timely boost as they look to kickstart their season... Wilf Zaha is back in contention after injury.

"He has trained for two weeks and there is no reason why he shouldn't be in contention to play," Palace boss Roy Hodgson says.

"We need to give him time. He's been out for six weeks and was initially predicted to be out longer. Tough ask to find his form."

'Aguero not 100% fit'

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Manchester City

For those still thinking of pitching Sergio Aguero back into their fantasy football teams, here's some more from Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's talisman...

"He’s not 100%, he explained what would happen, what would have happened, now we are happy he is back to training," said the Blues boss.

Reading between the lines, I think he means that Aguero has explained how he feels fortunate that he wasn't injured more seriously in that Amsterdam car crash.

The Argentina striker opened up about the incident during the recent international break.

Positive news for the Seagulls

Brighton v Everton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Good news for Brighton. Boss Chris Hughton has just confirmed that midfielder Davy Propper and striker Glenn Murray will be fit to face Everton this Sunday.

We still have to improve - Guardiola

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Manchester City are top of the Premier League pile going into the weekend, leaving Pep Guardiola pretty content. But, ever the perfectionist, he wants more...

"I am so happy with what we have done of course but still we have a good gap to improve but I am really impressed," says the former Spain international.

"Stoke will be a tough tough game, they are so defensive, the back five is well organised and they have a good goalkeeper."

'This season is an opportunity for young players'

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "We are trying to do this last season (play young players). A lot of young players played different games.

"This season we started to give the opportunity in the Carabao Cup. This season could be a good opportunity for the young players to play with Chelsea.

"Charly Musonda is a player who has an opportunity to play. We have three number 10s. Usually two play. He is a talented player and I am sure about his career if his attention is on the pitch, not social media (he recently posted on Instagram about a lack of game time)."

Who would have thought a year ago that Oumar Niasse would possibly become the man to solve Everton's problems...

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Shands: Manchester United to draw with Liverpool. Manchester City to thump Stoke. City 2 points clear at the top. Palace to lose again.

Steven: Koeman needs to play Sigurdsson where he plays for Iceland and start Niasse or he'll be down the road on universal credit.

Kompany still injured - Guardiola

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Manchester City

However, Pep does not have as positive news about his seemingly perennially-injured skipper Vincent Kompany.

"He is still injured, he's much much better but he is still injured. He will let us know when he's ready," the Blues boss tells us.

Michy in contention

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "Batshuayi started to play against Burnley in the first game and in the Champions League and Carabao Cup. He is in contention for the game tomorrow."

Aguero could play - Guardiola

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero, you will remember, was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, suffering a rib injury in the process.

But he could still play against Stoke tomorrow.

"He has had his first training session and he did quite well. Maybe he could be back for tomorrow," says Guardiola.

Doesn't sound like Fantasy Football managers should be rushing to bring him back, mind.

'It is important to write the truth'

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "I did an interview two weeks ago and the translation was wrong. All I said was that one day in the future I would like to go back to Italy. But you know my position. I have two years contract with Chelsea and am happy to work for this club and with my players. I like to have this great feeling with our fans.

"My family stay here with me, not in Italy. My daughter goes to school here. It is important to write the truth.

"Every coach, when they start, they work with the club and hope they will stay for a long time and build something important. At the same time, I always say our job is difficult and is strange."

Guardiola news conference

Man City v Stoke (15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is in the house.

And he starts off with some BIG injury news...

Looking ahead to Liverpool

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho will be along shortly to look ahead to Manchester United's visit to Liverpool.

Fans of both clubs still regard this as the biggest fixture of the season and some have suggested it represents United's first real test after winning six and drawing one of their opening seven Premier League games.

Midfielder Juan Mata disagreed with that point when I put it to him at his Common Goal launch in Manchester last night.

The midfielder said: "I wouldn't disrespect anyone we have played before. Some of the big teams will lose points against them."

'Kante is a big loss'

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "As you know very well we have three injured players. Alvaro Morata, I hope to have him back very soon. For the next game.

"Danny Drinkwater is progressing well but not ready yet. We must have patience with him.

"N'Golo Kante, we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation and if he is improving. It is a hamstring problem. A big loss for us. You know the importance of him in our team. We don't have a similar player with the same characteristics. Now we have Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas. We have to find different solutions."

EuropaLeague hurting us - Koeman

Brighton v Everton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

Ronald Koeman says Everton’s early start in the Europa League and their subsequent packed schedule is "hurting them".

"We have no time to train normally," adds the Dutchman.

Pep's one-man team comments 'sad' - Poch

Tottenham v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola may have been trying to stir up a bit of trouble in the Spurs camp when he suggested they were a "one-man team" with Harry Kane.

The comment has certainly got under Mauricio Pochettino's skin. The Spurs boss says the words of his Manchester City counterpart were "disrespectful" and "sad".

"When he was at Barca I never said the Messi team," he added. Fair point...

Koeman responds to Keane accusations

Brighton v Everton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

Ronald Koeman's ongoing row with Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Everton boss and the Republic of Ireland's management team have long not seen eye to eye over their handling of injury-hit midfielder James McCarthy.

Koeman says McCarthy is still unavailable for this weekend's trip to Brighton. And the Dutchman adds he is not interested in Keane’s comments that Everton need to take responsibility for McCarthy's injury problems, adding he is happy the player didn’t play for his country.

"That’s the first good thing they did," Koeman says. Ouch.

Conte news conference

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

Chelsea

They are coming thick and fast....

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'One of the world's most special games'

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live at Melwood

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp on the importance of Liverpool against Manchester United: “It's one of the most special games in world football. We respect this and we want to get a result."

'We have to cope without Mane'

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp launches straight into the team news ahead of tomorrow's big Anfield clash against old foes Manchester United.

On being without Sadio Mane: "We can play without him even if we would love to have him in the line-up. That's how it is."

On the fitness of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho after their trips away with Brazil: “Both had a long flight although I imagine it was pretty comfortable when I saw the price!”

Klopp news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Liverpool

And a few miles further north of Everton's training ground, Jurgen Klopp is taken his seat. As punctual as ever.

Liverpool
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Koeman news conference

Brighton v Everton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

The Everton-covering reporters have pitched up at Finch Farm ready to hear what Ronald Koeman has got to say for himself...

Ronald Koeman set to face the media shortly ahead of Everton's trip to Brighton. #EFC

Ronald Koeman set to face the media shortly ahead of Everton's trip to Brighton. #EFC

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Why Rose isn't on Spurs' 2018 calendar...

Tottenham v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Pochettino addresses the big question on the minds of Spurs fans... if Danny Rose is not leaving then why isn't he on the club's official 2018 calendar? 🤔

The Spurs boss reckons even Rose wanted to know why he wasn't on it...

"He came to see me and said 'Gaffer, why aren't I on the calendar?' I said you were in Central Park. It's not a big issue," says the Argentine.

There you go then.

Rose is happy - Pochettino

Tottenham v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on Friday's newspapers linking England left-back Danny Rose to Manchester United: "It is important now for us and for him to try and get fit for the team. This morning we had a conversation. He is happy.

"It is always important for us to talk. He is an important part of the team. We are happy with the situation.

"You are talking about rumours. No one is for sale."

Pochettino news conference

Tottenham v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Right then... Poch has arrived and is sat down in front of the microphones/mobile phones.

First question? Danny Rose....

The weekend fixtures

MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER

  • Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion (20:00)