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Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    Peep peep peeeeep! All over.

    Thanks for joining us over the past few hours - make sure you come back tomorrow for this lot:

    See you then!

  2. Rafa coy on January plans

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    We're heading into injury-time of this live text commentary now... I know, I know. Sigh.

    Before we go let's just zip back to Rafael Benitez, who was asked about January's transfer window.

    "I came to the press conference not to talk about the transfer window. I talk with Lee Charnley every day," says the Spaniard, rather coyly.

    What about keeper Karl Darlow to Leeds? "I know some of the players' agents are telling us that clubs are interested. But we are not ready to sell anyone."

  3. 'Intelligent' Hojbjerg back for Saints

    Southampton v Man City (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Southampton

    Southampton will be boosted by the return of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for the visit of Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

    The midfielder has served a one-match suspension.

    "Pierre is a very intelligent player, and he is very important for me. He reads the game very well and we need that," says Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    The Austrian expects to still be without young striker Michael Obafemi.

    "Obafemi's injury was picked up in training and is a real pity, because I need him. His speed can always make a difference," he said.

  4. 'We're not going to Wembley with a smile'

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino have been exchanging compliments before tomorrow's meeting at Wembley.

    Pochettino said he is a fan of Wolves' style, prompting Santo to respond by saying he enjoys watching second-placed Spurs play.

    Although he wants to see them play badly tomorrow of course...

    "I am very thankful for the compliment and it shows the world what we have been trying to do in creating an identity but it doesn't mean we will go to Wembley with a smile," says the Portuguese boss.

    "We will go there to compete. They are in a very good moment, 11 goals in two matches in a very busy moment of the season."

  5. Our targets remain the same - Gracia

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Watford

    Gracia insists he will not allow his squad to take their eye off the ball in the second half of the season.

    And the Hornets manager says his priorities will stay the same...

    "My target is always the same - try to win the next game because this way you don't make mistakes and i think it is the best mentally," he says.

    "At the end of the league we will see what we are able to achieve. In this moment we need the three points against Newcastle."

  6. 'All of our performances have been good'

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Watford

    Watford manager Javi Gracia says his team will not rest on their laurels after an impressive first half of the season.

    The Spaniard has guided the Hornets to eight league wins, putting them in the pack chasing seventh place.

    "When you think about the past you always think you can do something better - that's our mentality, to always improve," he said.

    "But it is important to know all of the performances have been good and we have competed in all the games.

    "We are going the right way, it is only halfway and we have 19 games left. But we are enjoying the games and competing."

  7. Ox's return the best news - Klopp

    Liverpool v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool fans were pleased to see pictures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain going through his paces at Melwood this week.

    The England midfielder has not played since damaging knee ligaments in the Champions League semi-final win against Roma in April.

    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says his return was the "best news" and expects to resume full training in February.

    "He started going on the pitch and looked normal. We had to wait for the reaction and there was none," says the German.

    "There is no pressure for him so late February/March for him to come back to training."

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  8. Moreno can always talk to me - Klopp

    Liverpool v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    Speaking of Alberto Moreno.... he has apparently said he is not happy with how he has been treated by Klopp in recent months after falling out of favour.

    The Reds boss has responded....

    "My door is always open if someone wants to talk about something. Alberto is not being happy at not having many minutes is obvious but he never shows that in training."

  9. Milner still out for Liverpool

    Liverpool v Arsenal (Sat. 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    No new injury worries for Jurgen Klopp - but he is still without James Milner. The former England international missed the Boxing Day win over Newcastle with a muscular injury.

    Dominic Solanke is also out with a similar injury, although Spain left-back Alberto Moreno is available after a back injury.

  10. 'Too early to think about lead'

    Liverpool v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    Reds manager Jurgen Klopp says he has not given much thought to the six-point lead which his team have built up at the top of the Premier League.

    "It's too early to think about it. If we're six points ahead with one game to go then it will be a big moment."

  11. Emery not playing mind games - Klopp

    Liverpool v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery's claim that the Reds can finish the Premier League season unbeaten is not "mind games".

    Asked if they could have been calculated comments to put pressure on Klopp's side before Saturday's match at Anfield, the German says: "No, that's not the Unai Emery I know.

    "We all focus on ourselves and try to make the best our situation."

  12. Post update

    Let's go from one Liverpool hero to another... here's current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp....

  13. We need to be stronger mentally - Benitez

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle were thumped by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day, leading to Rafa Benitez telling his players they need to be sharper and more switched on.

    "I was convinced we could get something with the way we prepared, but these kind of mistakes make it difficult to manage against any team, especially a team like Liverpool," says the Spaniard.

    "We have to be stronger mentally and show more character to stay in the game."

  14. Clark still out - Benitez

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    First up is team news.

    "Ciaran Clark and Karl Darlow are still not available. The rest are available, including Jonjo Shelvey," Benitez tells us.

  15. Post update

    Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Here's Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. Expect more questions about Mike Ashley's transfer kitty and Jonjo Shelvey's future...

  16. Hasenhuttl urges Saints patience

    Southampton v Man City (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Southampton

    Wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield have given Southampton fans hope their team can comfortably survive under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    But the Austrian is keen to take a reality check...

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  17. Rice's form doesn't surprise me - Pellegrini

    Burnley v West Ham (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    West Ham United

    One player who West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini really does not want to lose at the moment is Declan Rice.

    The teenage midfielder was instrumental in Thursday's 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton, a victory which pushed the Hammers up to ninth place in the table.

    "I see Declan work every day and so it is difficult for me to be surprised by him now," said Pellegrini.

    "He always wants to learn more, he hasn't had any problems, he has just been focusing on playing.

    "He is always, always working hard and he is just 19 years old.

    "He's a player who always wants to learn more, and he has got such a bright future ahead of him."

  18. Zabaleta out for West Ham

    Burnley v West Ham (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham hope Pablo Zabaleta can recover from illness in time for Sunday's Premier League trip to Burnley.

    The injury-hit Hammers could only fill six of the seven substitute berths in Thursday's 2-1 win at Southampton, leaving boss Manuel Pellegrini hoping that Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic might shake off hamstring issues to face the Clarets.

    Winston Reid (knee) is out until late January, with no timescale for returns on Jack Wilshere (ankle), Ryan Fredericks (ankle), Fabio Balbuena (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (knee), and Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) both out until April.

    Provisional squad: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson, Antonio, Carroll, Adrian, Cresswell, Obiang, Diangana, Coventry, Silva, Powell, Hernandez, Arnautovic.

  19. 'I'll be back stronger next season'

    Sounds like Ramadan Sobhi is happy to be heading home to Cairo - but is expecting to be return to West Yorkshire in the summer.

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  20. Ramadan returns home

    Huddersfield's former Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi is leaving England - at least on a temporary basis.

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