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Summary

  1. Ten Premier League news conferences
  2. Jurgen Klopp discusses Merseyside derby, Coutinho's future and Sam Allardyce
  3. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola preview Manchester derby from 13:30 GMT

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman and Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

That's all from the Premier League news conferences today.

Don't forget you can follow all the action from this weekend's games across the BBC. You'll find all the details here.

Ings to West Ham?

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Are West Ham interested in signing Danny Ings from Liverpool?

David Moyes discusses.

"There seems to be a lot of names being banded about at the moment, but I've not had any involvement in it at the moment but I will do over the coming weeks," said the Hammers boss.

"Maybe Tony Henry and the chairman are talking to some people, but I have no idea about that at the moment."

Danny Ings
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Affairs of the Hart

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

David Moyes was super late to his news conference as he was still out on the training pitch with his West Ham players.

But he's rocked up to give his views on the visit of Chelsea.

"It's looking much better," Moyes said of his team's fitness issues.

"We've got a whole host of players back training and it's good to get them back. Chicharito is one of those who is back training."

What about his goalkeeping conundrum - will he play Joe Hart or Adrian?

"I wouldn't give the team out as I don't want to help Chelsea," said the Scotsman.

"I have got the decision in my mind but I'll keep it to myself. "I'd always try to speak to the players. There are some occasions when I do and others when I don't need to."

David Moyes
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Champions talk

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho thinks both Manchester clubs have upped the ante since last season.

"We are a better team than last year. No doubt about that. So are they," he said.

Asked if one of the clubs will be title winners, he replied: "We can. Other teams can be champions too."

'Derbies are a beautiful thing'

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho was asked about the fact that Sunday's game is the first Premier League meeting between the two Manchester clubs since the terror attack in the city, which killed 22 people.

"The clubs were ready to work together for the city," he said. "It would be really sad if that was not the case.

"This is an important football match. If taken in the right way, the derbies are beautiful thing. Different colours, even under the same roof.

"I hope before the game you have a city full of colour. Red and blue. After the game the same.

"During the match it is a football match."

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

'Matic is injured - but he plays'

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has given us a team news update for the Manchester derby on Sunday.

He said Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available for the hosts, as is Phil Jones.

The Red Devils will wait until Saturday to decide on Marouane Fellaini, while Michael Carrick, and Eric Bailly will not feature.

As for Nemanja Matic: "He is injured but he plays," said Mourinho.

Nemanja Matic
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Austin powers

Southampton v Arsenal (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that Cedric Soares will be his side's only absentee for their game against Arsenal.

The Saints have had mixed results over the last few weeks, leaving them mid-table. They have four points from their last three games, having suffered back-to-back defeats before that.

Striker Charlie Austin is in decent form at the moment - he's nabbed three in three games - and it's not gone unnoticed.

"I hope Charlie can continue in the same way, he is in great scoring form and his confidence is high," added Pellegrino.

Charlie Austin
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Not a title decider

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho was not entirely expansive in his media briefing today.

He spoke at length about how the city came together after the Manchester attack in May, but also admitted he doesn't know the place that well because he only goes to the training ground and Old Trafford when he leaves his hotel.

Any insight, such as it was, was restricted to the title race and whether he thinks the winner will be one of the teams playing at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"Other teams can win it," he said, without elaborating on who he meant.

Allardyce on tactics

Liverpool v Everton (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

Everton

Allardyce is not beating around the bush as he tries to explain his tactical views more clearly for Everton fans.

Asked how you stop Liverpool, he said: "We've just been installing some of the basics we believe in; team play and how we effect each other's game and live or die by our team work.

"What sort of areas do we want to try and expose?

"When we keep the ball, why are we keeping it? It's one thing at a time.

"We can't let the occasion over-awe us. We have to deliver a performance that is tactically right and block off the areas Liverpool try and work in; then it's how good we are when we get possession.

"We know we probably won't get as much possession as them so how will we utilize it? If and when we get a chance we need to score."

Wayne Rooney talks to Sam Allardyce
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United for Newcastle

Newcastle v Leicester (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Team news incoming from Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

"Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu are available. Paul Dummett will play for the under-23's tonight," said the Spaniard.

The Magpies are without a win since October, and have picked up one point from their last six outings.

"We have to improve as a team to make sure we can compete," added Benitez.

"We have to maximise what we have. We have to be really, really united if we want to stay in the Premier League."

Rafa Benitez
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Long-term injury updates

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

Everton

Allardyce also provided updates on long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy, although neither will be ready to face Liverpool.

"Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy have trained," he said. "Bolasie will have a couple of games in the under-23's and if there is no reaction to the knee we could see him on the bench to begin with.

"James seems to have had a lot of occurrence of similar injury so I'm more wary of that.

"Hopefully by the end of January I have a massive headache in selection problems and new signings coming in."

Allardyce on team news

Liverpool v Everton (14:15 GMT)

Everton

Everton captain Phil Jagielka scores a last-gasp screamer against Liverpool at Anfield in September 2014
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Everton hope to have captain Phil Jagielka availbale for Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Manager Sam Allardyce said he will make a decision on his squad over the next 24 hours.

"I've got 31 pros and they're nearly all fit now so I need to assess them," he said. "We've got Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane back which is good but we're missing some big players.

"As soon as we get them back it gives me a great headache with team selection. Liverpool is the big test.

"The big derby against players in outstanding form up front and that's the challenge we need to face.

"The squad will be assessed from last night's game."

'Going to Old Trafford is a pleasure'

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Let's reminisce about Manchester derby days gone by with Pep Guardiola.

"When I grew up watching English football in the 1980's, they were the best one," said the Man City manager.

"Many years after that it was under Sir Alex, with young players for United.

"I was lucky to play two finals of the Champions League against them, and learn how important the club is.

"Going to Old Trafford is a pleasure. I am a manager to play these kind of games, to play Champions League and derbies is fascinating for us. I will enjoy it, definitely."

Pep Guardiola
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Allardyce talks... Bitcoin

Liverpool v Everton (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

Everton

Everton were linked with an ambitious £60m move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today.

Sam Allardyce was coy with his answer but good value.

"It's the hardest thing to recruit today - a centre forward who scores goals," he said.

"It's the most expensive area of the pitch. We have a number of players here with decent goal scoring records; Niasse, Sandro. There are people who have scored goals.

"But it's my opinion that my first signing has to be right for Everton and my future. You make bad signings you get the sack, good signings it helps your prospects."

Then a journalist's phone rang and interrupted him, so after a gap for chortles he offered up: "Bitcoin- I wish I'd invested in that. Started at 1000 it's 14,000 now."

Make of that what you will.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund runs with the ball
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Early team news from Manchester City

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Pep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will be fit.

"He's going to play," said the Man City boss. "After West Ham there was a bit of doubt, but today he arrived and says he’s really good."

The latest news on Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph as follows:

"Vincent before Shakhtar felt something was not comfortable and that’s why he could not play," added Guardiola.

"Delph was sick, he was vomiting and had a fever, and that’s why he didn’t play.

"Tomorrow we’ll check their conditions."

'Liverpool can be stopped'

Liverpool v Everton (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

Everton

Sam Allardyce has just been speaking to the media at Everton's Finch Farm training ground.

The Blues boss was asked the rather pertinent question of how he intends to try and stop a Liverpool side with an insatiable thirst for goals right now.

"The confidence they seem to have with one or two touch football is huge," he said.

"It's very very good but it can be stopped. What we don't want to do is play into Liverpool's hands. If they do a high press then why are we going to try and play out from the back. Is that a good idea or not?

"Playing into the right areas for us is what we must try and do.

"I won there with Palace (last season) because we played our game which on the day was better than theirs. Our tactics paid dividends on the day. Their flair and natural talent is a concern.

"The last thing we want to do is go 1-0 down on Sunday."

Sam Allardyce
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Conte on Azpilicueta

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is asked if he'll give Cesar Azpilicueta a chance to try and break his 74-game Premier League streak, or keep rotating.

He says it is difficult for a player to maintain his form if he plays two games, week after week without much training, and the "risk of injury is high".

Jose will be ready for Pep

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho is yet to beat Pep Guardiola as Manchester United boss.

For 40 minutes of their first clash at Old Trafford last season, United suffered the kind of chastening experience City have given most teams this campaign.

But Mourinho has built his reputation on setting sides up to win the biggest games.

They hammered Arsenal last week, have beaten Tottenham this season and drawn at Liverpool.

He will have a plan for Sunday's game. I think we can be fairly sure he won't be revealing it when he speaks to the media soon.

Catch them if you can

Tottenham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

There's a hefty gap between leaders Manchester City and last year's runners-up Tottenham.

A whole 18 points to be precise.

So can Spurs catch Pep's boys?

"Today the gap is massive, but in football if you believe always you can achieve what you want," said manager Mauricio Pochettino, while previewing Saturday's game with Stoke.

"Everything is possible."

Mauricio Pochettino
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False positions

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Speaking about Saturday's opponents, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits he's surprised by their league position.

The Hammers go into the game in 19th place, three points from safety.

He adds: "Chelsea must try to win on Saturday as we know there is the Manchester derby on Sunday, but beating West Ham will not be easy."

Antonio Conte
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Early team news from Chelsea

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Antonio Conte has arrived to speak to the media and confirms that Chelsea will be without David Luiz through injury, while Danny Drinkwater is ill and won't be fit to face West Ham.

Can they catch Spurs?

Burnley v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

These two clubs met for the first time in the Premier League last season and both won their respective home matches.

Burnley have won seven of their 15 Premier League matches this season and are sitting pretty in seventh. A win would take them level on points with Arsenal in fifth.

Watford are three points behind in eighth, picking up two wins, a defeat and a draw from their last four matches.

We'll call this one the Sean Dyche derby.

Sean Dyche
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The global (almost) game

Manchester United v Manchester City (16:30 GMT)

Manchester United

You can watch the Mersey and Manchester derbies in most countries across the planet these days.

But here's where you can't apparently: North Korea, Moldova, St Kitts.

Just a little heads up really should you be planning any last-minute holidays...

Tiraspol, Modlova.
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Lights, (no) camera, action

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 16:30GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United are not allowing City to bring their own cameras into the visiting dressing room to film for their documentary at Old Trafford on Sunday, but there will be plenty of other cameras.

Twenty-four international rights holders will be at the game, bringing with them 172 assorted staff.

There are Checkatrade Trophy games that nearly don't get that many in the stands...

Clement out, Pulis in?

Swansea v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea City sources have played down reports that they are considering replacing head coach Paul Clement with out-of-work Welshman Tony Pulis.

Speculation over Clement's future has increased since they dropped to the bottom of the Premier League after losing at Stoke last weekend.

Pulis was recently sacked by West Brom, who travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Clement said he is "absolutely" sure of his board's and squad's backing.

Paul Clement and Tony Pulis
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Peru captain given drugs ban

Some international football news...

Peru captain and record scorer Paolo Guerrero has tested positive for cocaine and will serve a 12-month ban, which will see him miss the World Cup.

The striker tested positive for the stimulant after Peru's qualifier against Argentina on 5 October.

The ban will be dated from 3 November, when he was provisionally suspended.

Paolo Guerrero
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Moyes coming up

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

George Cummins

BBC Radio 5 live

Here we are in Rush Green, Romford awaiting the arrival of David Moyes.

His West Ham side take on Chelsea tomorrow in the 12:30 kick-off - a game you can hear live on BBC Radio 5 live.

Stories in the press this week suggested Joe Hart could be dropped and replaced by Adrian following his performance at the on Sunday. You can expect an answer on that.

And is the West Ham manager interested in signing Danny Ings from Liverpool?

West Ham
BBC Sport

Conte's back again

West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

John Southall

BBC Radio 5 live football reporter

All fairly low key here at Cobham. I’m sure Antonio Conte will be delighted to see us, this is his third press conference this week.

It’s West Ham away tomorrow for Chelsea. Will David Luiz be fit?

The next seven games for the champions are against sides 10th or below, while Manchester City play Manchester United and Tottenham in the next eight days. A chance to close the gap?

The manager will be with us shortly.

Antonio Conte
BBC Sport

Coming up in the next hour...

We're expecting early team news from Spurs for their game against Stoke.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce and West Ham manager David Moyes are due to speak to the media at 13:00 GMT.

Antonio Conte will follow at Chelsea at 13:15 GMT.

Then it's Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The battle of the newbies

Huddersfield v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

This weekend sees the first top flight match between Huddersfield and Brighton.

Both clubs were promoted from the Championship last season - Huddersfield via the play-offs and Brighton automatically after finishing second.

Both league fixtures between these clubs last season were won by the home team - 1-0 at Brighton in September 2016 and 3-1 at Huddersfield back in February.

The Seagulls are fairing best so far in the top-flight. They sit 12th with four wins and five draws from 17 matches.

Huddersfield are on 15 points and have lost their last four league games.

David Wagner and Chris Hughton
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Listen live

5 Live

BBC Radio 5 live is packed full of footballing goodness this weekend.

From 19:00 GMT, you can listen to the Friday Football Social, with Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas.

On Saturday, Colin Murray host Fighting Talk from 11:00 GMT, with guests Reshmin Chowdhury, Felix White and Richard Osman.

Following on at 12:00 GMT, there's build-up and live commentary of West Ham v Chelsea, followed by Tottenham v Stoke and Newcastle v Leicester. That means 606 starts at 19:30 GMT.

And if that's not enough, on Sunday from 12:00 GMT you'll get build-up to the Merseyside and Manchester derbies, coverage of Match of the Day 2 extra, plus live commentary from Old Trafford.

Jam. Packed.

'He brings a bit of sparkle'

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

While we're waiting to hear from Everton boss Sam Allardyce, here's midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson talking about his new gaffer, who appears to have brought some "sparkle" to Goodison Park.

You can watch the full interview on Football Focus on Saturday, 12:00 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website & app.

Everton: Allardyce 'brings a bit of sparkle' - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Lawro's predictions

Look who it is! It's that tall man off of Pointless, Richard Osman. He's up against our Lawro for this weekend's predictions.

Premier League predictions: Richard Osman predicts big wins for Man City & Liverpool

Get in Festive Spirit

Try our Christmas Pun Quiz

Everyone loves a good Christmas pun, right?

Everyone loves a quick quiz too?

Well - our BBC Match of the Day Kickabout team have only gone and combined them haven't they?

Have a go here.

BBC Match of the Day kickabout quix
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How will you do?

Football Focus, Saturday 12:00 GMT

Football Focus

Don't miss Football Focus on Saturday.

Dan Walker is joined by Jermaine Jenas and Martin Keown.

'Don't call them Fab Four'

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

Liverpool

Sadio Mane, Phillippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino celebrate a goal against Spartak Moscow
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Klopp isn't thrilled by the press' nickname for his formidable front line.

There are four of them and they play for Liverpool, so it didn't take a staggering work of headline writing genius to christen Firmino, Salah, Mane and Coutinho the Fab Four.

But Beatles puns aside, for Jurgen, it's a bit unfair.

"I have no problem with nicknames and you call them Fab Four but that is disrespectful to the other players," he said.

Just let it be, yeah?

'Mersey derby bigger than Bundesliga'

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

Liverpool

Everton and Liverpool fans together
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A German journalist asked Klopp how different the Merseyside derby is from one he is familiar with, Borussia Dortmund v Schalke (less of a derby, more of a clash of two fairly close Bundesliga sides).

"Here we all live together in own town," he said. "The respect is higher than it is between Dortmund and Schalke.

"As long as we battle on the pitch I love it but the battles around it I don't like. Life is too short."

Hi Les!

'Allardyce teams are hard to face'

Liverpool V Everton (Sunday 14:15 GMT)

Liverpool

You can sense Klopp's excitement for the conclusion of a big week for Liverpool.

And it doesn't come much bigger than the Merseyside derby - with Everton crossing Stanley Park under a new manager.

"It's very special," he said. "What a week for us - an away game at Brighton, this all or nothing game against Moscow and then a derby against a team with a new manager.

"Sam Allardyce is one of the most experienced managers in the League. I've only been here two years and have played him in three different clubs.

"You know what you will get but it doesn't make it easier. All Allardyce teams are difficult to play but we were in a good moment and have to learn from our mistakes.

"I expect good organisation. A clear structure. Some high-level set-pieces. Sigurdsson is born to deliver them. A lot of fight for second balls.

"It's much more important for what we do. Don't expect us to play football like in the last 20 mins against Moscow.

"We have to start from the ground and be perfectly organised and protect what we do; be ready for hard challenges. Then we can win the game."

Jugen Klopp and Sam Allardyce
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Klopp on Everton and Wayne Rooney

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

Liverpool

Klopp was magnanimous in his verdict on derby rivals Everton so far this season.

The Toffees have had a difficult season but he suspects they will come good.

"No doubt about their quality," he said.

"If Everton are not top six it is usually a top seven team. It's a fantastic club. They have gained confidence and scored the goal of the season with Wayne.

"Nice one."

Wayne Rooney shoots
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