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Summary

  1. Eight Premier League news conferences -
  2. Antonio Conte bemoans Chelsea's injury issues
  3. Sergio Aguero ready to return for Man City v Burnley
  4. Baines, Rooney and Jagielka will feature for Everton against Arsenal
  5. 'Harry Kane one of the best in the world' - Jurgen Klopp
  6. GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Emma Sanders and Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

That's all the Premier League news conferences done for today.

Don't forget, you can follow all the weekend's fixtures across BBC Radio 5 live, Final Score and the BBC Sport website.

We'll leave you with a heart-warming tale of one man's mission to find the club he took to heady heights on Championship Manager 01/02.

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No transfer clues

Huddersfield v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho is giving little away about his January transfer plans despite being heavily linked with a move for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in the next window.

Mourinho missed out on a fourth signing - Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic - in the summer and the Croat has since signed a new contract with the Italian giants.

He clearly was not in the mood to discuss any other options.

He said: "We are in October, we have November, December and half of October to play, so why should I speak about the market?"

Pep challenges his side to improve

Manchester City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won't allow his side to rest on their laurels, despite their free-scoring form taking them top of the Premier League.

The Blues boss says if the players "believe it is done there is no point to keep going" and instead is challenging them to keep improving.

He also has a lot of respect for Burnley's improved away form this campaign, and expects them be a difficult opponent as "what they do, they do really well".

He does have Sergio Aguero back fit just three weeks after he injured his ribs in a car accident in Amsterdam. The Argentinian has been an unused substitute for City's last two wins, but is available if needed to break the deadlock tomorrow.

Pep Guardiola
BBC

Happy New Year for Zlatan

Huddersfield v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho was not at his most expansive at Carrington this afternoon but he did confirm he expects to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in action before the end of the year.

Ibrahimovic suffered a cruciate ligament injury in April but Manchester United were so confident of his recovery that they have already given the veteran Swede a one-year contract.

Ibra has been working hard at United's training complex but he is yet to join the main training group.

Still, if he is back for the congested Christmas programme, it will be a major boost for Mourinho.

'Big club' heading to Huddersfield

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho on facing Huddersfield: "We are silly if we don't know what is expected for us, unless it's a new player in the Premier League which we have only Victor Lindelof. Apart from that everybody knows the Premier League and knows what it means to play against newly promoted teams.

"Every team is good and thinks well, that they can win every match against every opponent. The players will be buzzing and the supporters will be happy to have a big club playing in their stadium."

Jose Mourinho
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Team news

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

Newcastle United

Massadio Haidara has been training, Rafa Benitez has confirmed.

He added: "Still, we have Paul Dummett out. Dwight Gayle has had a little problem with his calf and is not ready for this game.”

Where are Pogba and Zlatan?

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho discusses the fitness of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Paul is not here, I don't know when he comes back, when he's available, I've no idea," he said of the Frenchman.

"Zlatan is here, he's working here, under our control. He's working so, so, so, so hard but he's not going to be back in the next week or couple of weeks. We'll let him take his time and be back when everyone feels is the right moment.

"Do I think he will be back in 2017? Yes I do. But that is just a feeling."

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Rafa only 'talks about football'

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on a potential takeover of the club: “My opinion is we have to play against Crystal Palace. I have to concentrate on that.

"We talk about football. I know the history and opinions. Let’s be sure we prepare set pieces, tactics, what we can do in the game.”

"My position is simple. I am the manager and I concentrate on football. I have to be sure my players think about three points.”

Rafa Benitez
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Team news

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is speaking in his news conference at Carrington, before his Manchester United team make the short trip to Huddersfield.

The Portuguese confirms Marcus Rashford is fit to play after suffering a knee injury against Benfica on Wednesday.

"Nobody else. We have the same players as we had for the Benfica match," he adds.

Jose Mourinho
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Newcastle has 'massive' potential'

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

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “We have a good team with young players and they are improving. I am positive in terms of what we can achieve.

"The fans, the club, the potential, is massive. If we do well on the pitch, everything is easier.

“Crystal Palace have played some good football. They did really well (against Chelsea) so they will have confidence, but no game is easy.”

Zaha to the rescue

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

Newcastle, who currently sit in ninth place in the league table, take on bottom side Crystal Palace at St James Park.

Rafa Benitez' side have picked up two wins in their last five games but also held onto a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the beginning of the month.

Crystal Palace were without a goal or a point before they produced a shock result against Chelsea last weekend.

Wilfried Zaha's return inspired a stunning 2-1 victory over reigning champions Chelsea as they picked up their first league win and second victory in all competitions under Roy Hodgson.

Can they come up with the goods this weekend against the Championship title holders?

Wilfried Zaha scoring against Chelsea
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Conte 'not happy' with results

Chelsea v Watford (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, on why his team have suffered a dip in form: "I think we are working 70% less this season. We are having trouble, tactical and physical aspects because we play every two or three days.

"It is impossible to work on physical and tactical aspects, to pay less attention in every detail. At the moment, after two defeats and a draw, I am happy for the commitment and efforts of the players but if you ask me about the last results, I am not happy.

"I don't think any coach can be happy after these results."

Antonio Conte
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'Respect' for Burnley

Manchester City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola on Burnley: "We have a lot of respect for what they have done. With the same people and same manager they had problems winning away last season. But they've taken points at Anfield, Tottenham and Everton. What they do they do really well.

"We have to try and be dynamic and quick."

Pep Guardiola
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'I think this is a stupid subject'

Chelsea v Watford (12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, asked if he regrets responding to comments from Jose Mourinho about injuries: "Regret? Why every coach has to talk about his job and himself and his team and players, not the other. My answer is always the same. Every coach must focus on work. It is the best way.

Sky's reporter pressed him on whether Jose Mourinho annoys him. Conte responded: "I think this is a stupid subject. It is funny to see your interest in this."

Antonio Conte
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More to come from City?

Manchester City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is asked what more he can get from his Manchester City side: "I've said many times we have played well but we can improve. The reason why we are here is because we have the belief. Hopefully we can maintain that level."

Injuries woes for Conte

Chelsea v Watford (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on injuries: "I hope in these 24 hours to recover some players."

When asked if Cesc Fabregas may be his only fit central midfielder, the Italian answered: "Yes. Tomorrow will be very tough. Watford is a good team and in a good position in the table. They have enthusiasm.

"We play at home and after two defeats in the league we want to come back to win."

Pochettino and chill

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Rob Nothman

BBC Sport

Pochettino is currently a man at ease with life.

He said he was very proud of the flexibility of his players - and the way they’ve accepted different styles of play.

The only clouds on the horizon are injuries to Wanyama and Dembele. Wanyama will have a scan next week - Dembele suffered a hip problem earlier this week and can’t cope with the intensity of training at the moment.

Pochettino
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Team news

Manchester City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero's fitness: "For the game against Stoke he had just one training session. He was fit before Napoli and is ready for tomorrow.

"Normally when we play international games, I make decisions the night before or the same day to see how the players feel."

Guardiola added that captain Vincent Kompany still isn't ready to return.

Sergio Aguero
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Team news

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Mousa Dembele sustained a hip injury during training in Madrid and is currently undergoing assessment and treatment

Erik Lamela is training with the team as he continues his recovery but is unlikely to feature against Liverpool.

Victor Wanyama is continuing his rehabilitation following a knee injury and will see a specialist during the next week to assess his progress.

Wembley win or Wembley curse?

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Tottenham have won their last three Premier League matches and recorded a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Harry Kane has scored six goals already this season and has bagged twice in five appearances against Liverpool. Will he get his name on the score sheet again this weekend?

It was 1-1 when the two teams met in this fixture last season but Liverpool got the upper hand in the corresponding fixture at Anfield in February.

Tottenham have only picked up three victories in all competitions at Wembley this season so will they be able to hold off Liverpool's attacking threat?

Harry Kane in action against Liverpool in 2016
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Team news

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

David Wagner confirms that Steve Mounie will be back in the squad on Saturday after returning to training this week but there is bad news for Philip Billing.

He said: “Philip has a serious injury; we aren’t 100% sure if he needs surgery or not. The final investigations will be on Monday.

“Collin Quaner won’t be available this weekend but he should be back for Liverpool away.

"Kasey Palmer will be with us over the international break in full training and after that he will be ready for the squad.”

Peps-eye view

Manchester City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Ever wondered what the world (or the media conference anyway) looks like through the eyes of Pep Guardiola?

The Manchester City boss will be taking this seat shortly to speak ahead of tomorrow’s game with Burnley.

Manchester City
BBC Sport

Wagner on progression

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: “We have our clear vision and no limits but we don’t have expectation that aren’t realistic.

"We have to be totally clear what made us strong and we can’t remember who we are and where we’ve come from. We are humble. We will always stay very humble and that has helped us to be successful.

"We have to accept that our players are on a learning curve. This is the difference between the top class players & other players.”

'Henderson is our skipper'

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "We play now without a lot of players and the best thing is we still have more players than we can use from the first whistle.

"I don't speak about the line-up but Jordan Henderson is our skipper and he has played pretty much all the games so far.

"He had both international games with England, 90 minutes, I wasn't happy about this, and then he played an intense game against Man United so it made sense to make one change in this game."

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC

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Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

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Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool

Sadio Mane remains absent for several weeks after picking up a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "Sadio is still in rehab, indoors. If he's fit earlier, I would be really happy but no-one knows in this moment.

"We cannot change the situation. I don't know when he will be fit.

"We had a few issues after the game (against Maribor on Tuesday) that some players could not train so it made sense to have a day off."

Sadio Mane
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Team news

Everton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

Ronald Koeman confirms Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka will all be involved in Sunday's match.

'Support us and lift us'

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield manager David Wagner has been urging fans for support as they host Man United in this weekend's fixture.

He said: “We are against one of the biggest clubs in the world and we will create one of the best football atmospheres.

“We want to show that we have learned from the Tottenham game and have made some further steps.

“If we want to be a competitor then we need a great backing from the stands. All four stands really support us and lift the game.”

Everton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

One journalist asks Ronald Koeman why he uses social media. His response: "It's always good to know what is happening around the club. I make that decision to be part of it. I make that choice. I don't talk about my private life and it's not about reacting from the press or the fans about my job."

Ronald Koeman
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'Kane one of the best in the world'

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool

Klopp describes Tottenham as "a fantastic football team" and is full of praise for Harry Kane.

He said: "We don't hesitate. Both teams always went to do best. I am sure they can play better than they have so far.

"There has been fantastic development since I have been in England. Apart from Kyle Walker this year, nobody left the club.

"Harry is not only one of the best strikers in Europe but one of the best in the world, definitely. They are in a good moment as a club."

Harry Kane
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Jose's not crying

Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho's post-match claim that he 'doesn't cry' about injuries was believed to be a thinly veiled attack on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who has bemoaned his side's long injury list recently.

It will be interesting to see if Mourinho is asked about that when he speaks to the media at 13:30 BST.

His Manchester United side head to Huddersfield tomorrow for the first time since 1971.

Huddersfield have changed grounds since then, Britain has had nine Prime Ministers. United's 3-0 win was 10 days before Terriers boss David Wagner was born.

'Arsenal aren't unbeatable'

Everton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman on support from the board: "The support from the owner hasn't changed. We have daily, weekly contact. Everyone is a bit worried about the situation but that's normal."

On Arsenal: "If you look back to last season, we had good games at home against big teams in the Premier League. Arsenal aren't unbeatable and haven't been that strong away from home. We need to improve and play better. If we bring fight and aggression in a good way we have a good chance."

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Huddersfield v Manchester United (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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More surprises from Spurs?

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Rob Nothman

BBC Sport

Mauricio Pochettino is due shortly at the top table, still glowing no doubt from Spurs’ draw at the Bernabeu.

His decision to include Llorente alongside Kane took many by surprise and illustrated the variety of options at his disposal. Has he any surprises for Liverpool on Sunday?

Tottenham
BBC Sport

Koeman on form

Everton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Everton

Ronald Koeman is speaking to the media at Everton's training ground.

Discussing their form, he said: "It's not time to talk about reasons. We need to sort the situation now. We need to prepare for Sunday.

"Of course we have discussions inside and speak about fixtures and stuff but the position of the table is not the position Everton need to stay in. We need to change that.

"I still believe in the players and signings in the summer. Maybe everybody can have doubts at the moment but the future will tell that they are good signings."

'We know we have to improve'

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "We don't feel bad when we see Wembley, it is a wonderful stadium and we have never played Tottenham there.

"We concede one goal and it is always one player who is not good enough. This does not make sense for me.

"You talk about the last line but it makes no sense at all. We know we have to improve. It will be a different game against Tottenham so we don't have to talk so much about this."

Here are Jurgen Klopp's thoughts...

Reds' record-breaking week

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool haven’t lost to Tottenham in five games but haven’t won at Wembley in a competitive game for five years. They go there on Sunday resurgent after their record-breaking win at Maribor in midweek - their best ever away win in European competition.

I’m sure that will feature in today’s news conference as well as conversation about Tottenham, rotation, Mo Salah and an early Christmas present at Arsenal on Friday 22 December, instead of Christmas Eve.

Liverpool
BBC Sport

Liverpool on a high

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool were in top form on Tuesday against Maribor as they recorded the biggest away win by an English team in the history of the European Cup.

The Reds went top of Champions League Group E as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up his first goal since signing from Arsenal in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp's side have only picked up one win in their last five Premier League matches though and need to improve if they hope to move up the table.

Jurgen Klopp
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Can Everton replicate last season's win?

Everton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton's record against the Gunners isn’t good – just two wins in the last 20 league meetings - but this is the kind of game that could just get them off and running if they can find some goals. They’ve scored just five in the last eight games.

It’s at Goodison Park, and although they’ve come unstuck against the top sides this season, they can remind themselves of last season’s result – Everton 2-1 Arsenal.

A result like that on Sunday wouldn’t solve everything, but it might breathe life back into Everton’s season.