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By Mike Henson

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  1. 'The Premier League can demand a certain schedule'

    Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

    Graham Potter

    Brighton boss Graham Potter says his side have no choice but to adapt to the gruelling Christmas schedule.

    The Seagulls will follow up their lunchtime Boxing Day defeat to Tottenham with another 12.30 GMT clash on Saturday when they host Bournemouth.

    "The Premier League give the clubs a lot of resources so they can demand a certain type of schedule over the Christmas period, so I can understand it from a commercial point of view," he said.

    "I imagine they get a lot of viewers and they can sell the games.

    "On the one hand I can understand. On the other hand in terms of performances and maintaining a level it makes it difficult. Again we have to adapt to that, that's the challenge."

  2. Ndombele 'not feeling in condition to play'

    Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

    Tanguy Ndombele

    The wrong side of Jose Mourinho is an awkward spot to get out of.

    Tanguy Ndombele seems dangerous close to getting stuck there.

    Tottenham's midfielder, a record £53.8m signing from Lyon in July, missed the win over Brighton yesterday, but not because of any injury.

    "He told me he was not feeling in condition to play," Mourinho said.

    "Feeling not ready to start the game, but I cannot say he is injured, I can say he is not in condition to start the game, which is different.

    "Not based on injuries, based on fears of previous injuries that he has had since the beginning of the season."

  3. The Barca band back together


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    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi have spent the winter break renewing their wedding vows in their native Uruguay.

    The pair invited along Suarez's Barca team-mate Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain's Neymar, who left the Catalan giants for the French capital in a world record move but has been linked with a return.

  4. Everton interested in Nzonzi - report

    Stephen Nzonzi

    Everton are reportedly interested in signing former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who is currently on loan at Galatasaray from Roma. The 31-year-old is also apparently a target for Lyon.

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  5. Mow problems

    Leicester 0-4 Liverpool

    Virgil van Dijk

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk would not let the Leicester groundstaff ruin the Reds celebrations in the wake of their win.

    The central defender directed one Leicester employee, who was attempting to mow the pitch, away from the corner of the ground where the visiting players and fans were exchanging applause.

    Virgil van Dijk
  6. 'A really special moment'

    Everton 1-0 Burnley

    Dominic Calvert Lewin

    At Goodison Park, Carlo Ancelotti's Everton reign got off to a winning start as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of their meeting with Burnley.

    "For me, it was a really special moment. After that, I saw a good performance and a good result," said Ancelotti.

    "We tried to build up with three defenders to put more players between the lines, and some situations were good for us and others have to improve.

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    Video caption: Everton 1-0 Burnley: Carlo Ancelotti pleased with 'special' Everton win
  7. Pogba and United band together

    Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Paul Pogba

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba sported customised black and white band bearing the insignia 'No To Racism. We Are All One' before the win over Newcastle yesterday.

    The band was worn by all United's players during the warm-up.

    The France midfielder intends to maintain the initiative on social and digital media.

    Scott McTominay
    Paul Pogba
  8. Ibrahimovic to return to Milan - reports

    Gazetta front page

    One former Manchester United forward is starting a new stint.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 36, seems set to return to former club AC Milan on a six-month deal.

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  9. United bounce back

    Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle

    Mason Greenwood

    Elsewhere on Saturday, Manchester United recovered from their away defeat by Watford by storming to a 4-1 win over Newcastle.

    Matty Longstaff scored the opener for the Magpies, but two goals from Anthony Martial and strikes from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford turned the game around.

    There was some disappointing injury news however for the hosts. Midfielder Scott McTominay, who was replaced by Paul Pogba at half-time, sustained suspected knee ligament in an early challenge on Longstaff.

    "The boy has got the biggest heart and we've seen him heal quickly before but I am not sure if he is going to be ready for Saturday [against Burnley]," boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

  10. 'A world-class playmaker'

    The Guardian

    Trent Alexander Arnold

    Trent Alexander-Arnold's man-of-the-match performance has been garnering plaudits in the morning's papers.

    This is Barney Ronay in the Guardian:

    "Liverpool do not have a goalscoring centre-forward (he scored twice here)," he wrote.

    "Liverpool did not have their best defensive midfielder (they did not need him). And, of course,Liverpool don’t have a world-class playmaker. Except they do and he’s currently bombing forward from right-back."

  11. Post update

    Leicester 0-4 Liverpool

    Match of the Day 2 Extra

    You can watch highlights of Liverpool's win over Leicester, and the rest of the day's games, live on BBC One and online right now.

  12. Catch them if you can


    Liverpool would need to drop 14 points over the remaining 20 Premier League games to give the chasing pack even a mathmatical chance to overhaul them at the top of the table.

    In their last 45 Premier League games they have dropped just 13.

  13. Get Involved

    Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers

    What could halt Livepool's march towards the title now?

    An injury to Virgil van Dijk?

    A mass brawl and 10-point deduction?

    Plague? Pestilence? War?

    Get involved via #bbcfootball on Twitter

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  14. 'We don't feel it'

    Jurgen Klopp

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The only thing that changes is the numbers are different," he said. "It was 10, 11 and now it is 13 points. We don't feel it, we don't think about it we did not mention it once before the game. it is just not interesting.

    "I can write the stories by myself. Never before in the history of British football has a team had a bigger lead and lost the lead. That sounds negative in my head and we are just focused on the next games.

    "We have Wolves, Sheffield United, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United, that does not sound like anything is decided. We try with everything we have to be ready. The number are not relevant."

  15. Lucky 13?


    Liverpool's Boxing Day advantage at the top is the joint-largest in Premier League history.

    If they are to fail to win the title it would take a repeat of Newcastle's Devon-Lochesque collapse of the mid 90s.

    Imagine if Takumi Minamino turns out to be the ghost of Faustino Asprilla...

  16. Out in front

    Liverpool league

    Over the horizon? Out of sight? Resting players for their European Cup defence come mid March?

    It is certainly Liverpool's title to lose after they moved 13 points clear of second-placed Leicester with an emphatic 4-0 win away over the Foxes yesterday.

    Perhaps more importantly, considering the Reds have a game in hand on Leicester, defending Premier League champions Manchester City are 14 points back.