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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's it from me for today. Thanks for joining us for reaction to Thursday night's Europa League games and the latest from Friday's Premier League news conferences, which included Manchester City's Pep Guardiola denying he has a release clause and Jurgen Klopp signing a contract extension with Liverpool.

    We'll be back on Saturday for live text commentary on all the day's Premier League fixtures, beginning with Liverpool's top versus bottom clash at home to Watford (12:30 GMT).

    Until then, I'll leave you with our top stories right now:

  2. Walcott & Schneiderlin ruled out

    Man Utd v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)


    Everton's interim boss Duncan Ferguson has said that Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin have been ruled out for three and two weeks respectively (both calf).

    Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman have done light training for the last few days while Lucas Digne trained on Thursday morning.

  3. 'This should be spiky'

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    This should be pretty spiky, and it is also very hard to call.

    I am going to go with Crystal Palace to take the derby honours, though, and Roy Hodgson deserves a lot of credit for the job he has done.

    Hodgson is a vastly experienced manager and it shows. Palace might sometimes have a rough patch because of a lack of goals but they are never going to be struggling near the bottom of the table - he has got them nice and safe.

    Lawro's prediction: 2-1. David Baddiel's prediction: 1-0.

  4. Seagulls injury update

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton boss Graham Potter also gave an injury update, saying "we've no new problems. Aaron Connolly is someone we'll be waiting on and we'll make a decision with him nearer the game. Solly March will be more like the end of December or January."

  5. 'I've been told what this means to the fans'

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton don't play until Monday...and it's a grudge match with bitter rivals Crystal Palace.

    Seagulls boss Graham Potter said: "I've been told how big this game is for the fans - pretty much every day. I'm sure it will be a lively game under the lights, and on television. It's an atmosphere we'll relish and the players know what it means to the supporters.

    "Crystal Palace are well-organised, Roy Hodgson is an experienced coach who talks a lot of sense. They have a good points tally and a good clarity of what they're trying to do."

  6. Maddison v Justin in The Famous James Quiz

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    Video caption: Leicester City: James Maddison & James Justin take famous James quiz
  7. 'Maddison's done fantastically well'

    Leicester City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Saturday's game will see Norwich renew acquaintances with new England midfielder James Maddison, who the Canaries sold to Leicester for about £20m in June 2018.

    Canaries boss Daniel Farke said: "We worked a lot on him when he was here. He was always greedy to improve each day. We were sad when he left us but sometimes you have to accept it. He's done fantastically well so far."

  8. Hanley back in training

    Leicester City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke has no new injury concerns for Saturday's game with in-form Leicester.

    He said: "There is nothing too special to report. Everyone is available who was available for the last game."

    Grant Hanley has been missing for three months with a groin problem and Farke had some good news about the Scottish defender, who suffered some setbacks in his recovery from surgery.

    "He was back in team training on Wednesday," he said. "The game this weekend comes a bit too early but it’s good have him back. It's good to know he’ll be available for the festive period.

    "He is a strong lad and a brilliant character. He’s a proud player and greedy to help the team as quick as possible. It’s not easy to deal with setbacks. He wanted to return much earlier.

    "But he’s experienced and strong in his head. He wasn’t too down when he was out. He was trying to support the lads as much as he could."

  9. I'll play anywhere for Derby - Rooney

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Pride Park

    Wayne Rooney added that he isn't bothered where he plays for Derby and won't be demanding to play in a certain position.

    He said: "I have done that once where I was fed up playing out of position and felt I deserved the chance to play as a number nine. I will play where the manager wants me to play."

  10. Rooney has 'no concerns' about wearing number 32

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Pride Park

    A gambling industry expert told BBC Sport in August that he feels a "loophole" in the regulations protecting children from being targeted by betting firms was being exploited by Wayne Rooney wearing the number 32 for Derby County.

    The same number is in the name of the betting company which is the club's main shirt sponsor. But Rooney said: "I've no concerns at all. It is a squad number, it could be any number. I could have worn 8, 9, 10, but they weren't available."

  11. Rooney admits management goal

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Pride Park

    Wayne Rooney has confirmed it is still his ambition to be a manager one day.

    I wonder if that will happen at Derby given former England team-mate Frank Lampard did so well there last season.

  12. I could play tomorrow - Rooney

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Pride Park

    Wayne Rooney has arrived for his first news conference as a player-coach at Championship side Derby and is frustrated at not being able to play at the moment. The former England captain, 34, is training with the Rams but is not eligible to play until January.

    "It doesn’t feel strange at all," he said. "I have been getting to know the players and staff. I feel good physically but it is frustrating not to play. I could play tomorrow if I could."

  13. 'I don't see Bournemouth keeping Chelsea out'

    Chelsea v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    It is five defeats in a row now for Bournemouth, and it is hard to see that run ending here. The Cherries have got a long list of injuries to contend with, especially at the back, and I just do not see them keeping Chelsea out.

    There will be a spring in everyone's step in the Blues squad after they secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League this week, and Lampard has got good competition for places in his squad.

    Scoring goals does not seem to be a problem for them either and although they have had the occasional blip - like last week's defeat at Everton - I think Chelsea are in decent shape right now.

    Lawro's prediction: 2-0. David Baddiel's prediction: We had a bit of a hiccup against Everton which was a bit unexpected, and we clearly still have a bit of work to do, especially at the back. We are better at home, however, and I think we will come back from that defeat and win. 3-0.

  14. Tomori still out for the Blues

    Chelsea v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard added that he expects to rotate his midfield in the weeks ahead but said that defender Fikayo Tomori remains out of Saturday's game having missed the last three.

  15. 'Left-back isn't a problem position'

    Chelsea v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on his left-backs: "When you look at the quality of the players we have there, it's not a problem position. I want my full-backs to get forward a lot.

    "Emerson did really well on Tuesday, and Marcos Alonso was there when we were winning a lot of games."

    On fellow full-back Reece James: "He's developed plenty this season and has really benefited from training and playing alongside the experienced Cesar Azpilicueta."

  16. Lampard on Tomori extension - It's all his own doing

    Chelsea v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on defender Fikayo Tomori signing a new contract: "He has come a long way and it's all his own doing - he has shown a work ethic and a desire to improve. I have full trust in him and I am delighted for him, and now he must not take anything for granted."

  17. 'Pearson will get Watford playing'

    Liverpool v Watford (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Before they fly off to Qatar for the World Club Cup, the most important thing for Liverpool is that they sign off with a victory on Saturday. I know they are facing Watford in Nigel Pearson's first official game in charge of the Hornets, but I can only see a Reds win here.

    I do find it interesting that after all the different foreign coaches that Watford have had, they have turned to Pearson in their time of need. It does seem to be a growing trend for Premier League clubs to go for home managers - including interim Everton boss Duncan Ferguson, currently 11 out of the 20 are from Great Britain or Northern Ireland.

    I think that is a positive move. They are generally doing well, and Pearson is another good manager who is a good choice for a team who are in a relegation scrap - Watford have got some good players, and he will get them playing.

    If he can keep the Hornets up, it is not going to rely on what happens here - it will come down to their results when they play the teams around them.

    Lawro's prediction: 3-0. David Baddiel's prediction: This is quite an easy one to start with - top versus bottom, and Liverpool are playing brilliantly while Watford are not. 4-1.

  18. Lovren out for the Reds

    Liverpool v Watford (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp has also spoken to the media now and confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren is unavailable having sustained a muscle injury against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night.

    The centre-back was forced off after 53 minutes having been taken off 40 minutes into last Saturday's 3-0 win at Bournemouth with cramp.

    Klopp said: “He is out. It's muscle this time – more serious than last time. We don’t have a timeframe.”

    With Joel Matip (knee) sidelined Klopp has just Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk as senior options at centre-half.

    “It’s a concern, how you can imagine,” added the Liverpool boss. “It’s not the first time we are in a situation like this. Last year, one game Fabinho played at centre-half. Unfortunately he is out as well. It’s not too cool.

    “In the moment we have two – we should take care of them, pack them in cotton wool and ask them what they want to do in training. Apart from that, we have to be creative; we have the kids, of course, with Ki-Jana [Hoever] and Sepp [van den Berg].

    “We have defensive-minded midfielders, there are different systems where you can use different kind of defenders as well. That’s how it is. In the moment, I have a lot of ideas but I hope for most of them I never have to use them, to be honest.”

  19. 'I expect a City response to derby defeat'

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

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Other than their defence, I don't think Arsenal need an awful lot of work in order to become a top-four side, which is why their vacant manager's job might appeal to Carlo Ancelotti now he has left Napoli.

    I don't see interim boss Ljungberg being offered the post on a permanent basis, and I don't see that changing even if his side win this game - but he could hold the fort until the summer if needed. Will Arsenal win? No.

    City won comfortably in Europe on Wednesday night after making a few changes and I am expecting to see a response to their derby defeat when their regulars return to action for this one.

    Lawro's prediction: 0-2. David Baddiel's prediction: Arsenal are trying to turn it around at the moment, after having quite a hard time. But I think stopping City is probably a step too far for them right now, even though City are not doing quite as well as they have been. 2-3.

  20. David Silva doubtful for Gunners clash

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

    Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola ruled out making a signing in January despite Manchester City being down to one fit senior striker and short of centre-halves.

    Sergio Aguero and John Stones are unlikely to return from injury this Sunday while midfielder David Silva is doubtful.

    "[Stones] has a muscular injury, I don't know how long," said Guardiola. "[Aguero] still hasn't trained with the team. [Silva] couldn't train yesterday or today but tomorrow we will see. It was a kick in the leg that was painful."