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  1. The guy selling the hot dogs has to be in top shape'

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "City in the last three years have been the team in the Premier League and it has always been our plan to get closer. In the last three games we have drawn once and lost twice, but the guys are showing improvement.

    "Everyone has to be in top shape in the stadium on Sunday, even the guy selling the hotdog. Everyone has to be there from the warm-up and invest all our emotions."

  2. Impossible to pick a combined front three - Owen

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    It's a discussion you've probably had today as well, and unfortunately Michael Owen also couldn't choose a combined front three on today's Robbie Savage Premier League Breakfast.

    He said: "Everyone says Liverpool has the best front three in the world, and I agree with that. If you say does Sterling get in there, you’ve just got to find room for him because he’s utter class, and the same for Aguero. I don’t know what to say!"

  3. Henderson and van Dijk fit

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, who missed training earlier in the week, are "fine" for Sunday's match.

    Joel Matip, like Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri, is still out.

    And he has been talking about opposite number Pep Guardiola as well...

    "I could not respect him more, for me he is the best manager in the world," he said.

    "Wherever he is he has an impact on his team and when you take him away you can see the football change. Our relationship is good, it is very respectful."

  4. It is an interesting game!

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The best news is that it is as Anfield, under the floodlights. Everying is on a plate nobody hides anything, if you are not brave against Man City you don't have the chance of even a point.

    "You have to create, but your positioning and protection must be perfect. It is a lot. It is an interesting game!"

  5. 'Sterling is outstanding'

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "From a sport's point of view this rivalry is getting bigger and bigger. We live in now and obviously Man Ciy are a pretty good football and thank god there is a rivalry because it means we are a pretty good team as well.

    "Raheem Sterling is always a big threat, and he is always improving. He is a fantastic footballer, I can't say anthging bad about him, outstanding. He is not the only threat unfortunately. That is the problem we have."

  6. Lampard's Chelsea 'mouth-watering' - Ferdinand

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Rio Ferdinand told Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast how impressed he has been by Frank Lampard and Chelsea this season

    He said: "I was at the game the other day, the 4-4, and what he’s creating there at the moment with the young players and even the experienced ones there is mouth-watering, so good luck to him."

    Hudson-Odoi Lampard
    Image caption: Youngsters such as Callum Hudson-Odoi have thrived under Frank Lampard
  7. Lampard named manager of the month

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Frankk Lampard

    Chelsea's Frank Lampard has been named as manager of the month after his side was the only Premier League team to take maximum points from October.

    "Winning an individual award like this, my first one at the club, it is the perfect time to appreciate the close staff who have worked so hard since pre-season and the players, as they are the ones who go out and perform," he said.

    "I am delighted for everybody."

  8. The power couple

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    How close to perfection are Liverpool and Manchester City?

    Well, perfection is hard to quantify, but dominance is slightly easier.

    Opta's number wizard Duncan Alexander has been crunching the data.

    Look at this...

  9. City in a must not lose situation - Own

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Manchester City are under pressure to gain points on Sunday, Michael Owen told Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast this morning.

    He said: "I don’t think it’s a must win for them – I think it’s probably a must not lose for them. We’ve all been in games thinking ‘we can’t lose here’. Yes we want to win, but if you have that seed there you often get a strange game."

  10. Is 3-5-2 the key to unlocking Liverpool?

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Klopp Milner

    Ten wins, one draw and 31 points from a possible 33.

    Liverpool have come out of the traps at warp speed in the Premier League race.

    So how do you foil the rampant Reds? Former Liverpool full-back Stephen Warnock believes that a 3-5-2 fomation, used to good effect by Manchester United, Sheffield United and Genk against the Europen champions could be key...

    Read more of his Match of the Day analysis piece here.

  11. Morata called up by Spain

    Alvaro Morata

    News from the continent that may come as a surprise to some Chelsea fans,

    Spain have recalled Alvaro Morata for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania.

    The 27-year-old spent a year and a half at Chelsea, scoring 24 goals in 72 games, before moving to Atletico Madrid in January.

    The striker has scored five times in his last five games for Atletico Madrid.

    There was a maiden call up for Zagreb forward Dani Olmo, however Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati and Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos missed out.

  12. Grealish omission surprising - Owen

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    We know a large section of Birmingham agree with this one! Michael Owen told Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast this morning that he wondered why Jack Grealish was not included in the latest England squad.

    He said: "It surprised me to be honest. The only thing is i’m such a big fan of Gareth Southgate – he’s done an amazing job – that I’m hesitant to question him. There’s that many good players now and exciting young players that it must be a tough decision. His time will come."

    Grealish villa
    Image caption: Jack Grealish has been a star turn for Aston Villa this season
  13. 'It takes a little bit of time'

    Newcastle v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce has already faced the media this morning. He has challenged his Newcastle side to head into the international break with 15 points in the bank to prepare themselves for a gruelling December.

    The Magpies secured just their third Premier League win of the season at West Ham last weekend with perhaps their most comprehensive display yet under their new head coach.

    "If we can go in with 15 points to this break, then it would be a decent return," he said.

    "We'd all have been delighted with it considering I didn't come in until midway through, towards the end, the new players we've got, a new system, new team - it all takes a little bit of time."

  14. Saturday's fixtures

    Jamie Vardy

    But there is a full programme of Premier League action this weekend to get your teeth into.

    This is Saturday's card, with a doozie of a tea-time fixture.

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sat 12:30 GMT)

    Burnley v West Ham United

    Newcastle United v Bournemouth

    Southampton v Everton

    Tottenham v Sheffield United

    Leicester City v Arsenal (Sat 17:30 GMT)

  15. City's defence at risk from Mane - Ferdinand

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Speaking on Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast this morning, Rio Ferdinand predicted where Sunday's game could be won and lost:

    He said: "I don’t think there’s much between the attacks. It’s the other end of the pitch, the defences, where Liverpool absolutely override Man City. I’d probably not want to play at the moment against the Liverpool front three – I think Mane is an absolute nightmare for any defender."

    Mane world class
    Image caption: Sadio Mane has been on top form this season
  16. Liverpool ready to dominate the league - Ferdinand

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Rio Ferdinand

    Rio Ferdinand told Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast this morning that he thinks Liverpool are the clear front runners in the league.

    He said: "I think Liverpool are stronger in all areas at the moment, and mentally they seem like they’re ready to dominate."

  17. Tough at the top

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    The biggest match of the season so far? I think that is safe to say...

    Liverpool, six points clear at the top of the Premier League, play their nearest challengers and the defending champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

    This is the situation at the pointy end of things.

    Premier League table

    And it is has dominated talk on BBC Radio 5 live and Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast.

  18. The big one

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Red v blue.

    First v second.

    The champions of Europe v the champions of England.