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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    And on that latest piece of contract news we're going to wrap things up for now.

    Thanks for all your comments on unlikely deals, forgotten transfers and deals that never happened.

    For much of the January window, it seemed Christian Eriksen could go into that bracket but transfer talk over the Danish midfielder is now over as Inter Milan have confirmed his signing from Tottenham, while Spurs have made Giovani Lo Celso's loan move from Real Betis permanent.

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on the second leg of Aston Villa's EFL Cup semi-final with Leicester. Until then, here are the top stories from today's news conferences:

  2. Guardiola on Fernandinho...

    Manchester City

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    Video caption: Fernandinho is one of Manchester City's greatest players - Guardiola
  3. If we react how we always do, nothing will change - Klopp


    As for the Liverpool manager himself, this is what Jurgen Klopp said earlier on none of his first-team squad being involved in the Reds' FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury.

    "If we react how we always react and find a way to do it, then nothing will change," said Klopp.

    "I have to make decisions that aren't popular, based on the situation we are in. Because we plan long-term I cannot plan when there is a real decisive period coming up.

    "I decided three weeks ago we would have a mid-season break based on a letter we got in April 2019. The FA tried to move games to midweek to decrease the intense period. Whoever was involved in that - maybe from us - they forgot to say 'no'."

  4. Don't tell managers who to pick - Guardiola

    Man City v Man Utd (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    On Jurgen Klopp saying Liverpool would not use their first-team squad for their FA Cup replay because it falls in the Premier League's new mid-season break, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: "We accept the schedules and the competitions, games every two or three days, but don't tell the managers which players to pick."

  5. 'They can do it, it's Man Utd'

    Man City v Man Utd (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City go into the game with a 3-1 lead from the first leg but boss Pep Guardiola is taking nothing for granted after losing 2-1 at home to their derby rivals in the league in December.

    "It's Manchester United. They can do it, they have done it," he said. "In these kind of games against incredible teams with incredible history, they have pride and I know how difficult it will be to reach the final."

  6. I understand the fans - Guardiola

    Man City v Man Utd (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    A crowd of 39,223 attended Manchester City's FA Cup win over Fulham on Sunday, some way short of the 55,000 capacity.

    In today's news conference the financial constraints placed on football fans was put to manager Pep Guardiola, who said: "I understand the fans. It was never my intention tooffend them. It's so nice to have the fans here. I am always grateful for their support.

    "Since I arrived here until the last day, I want to fight to play as well as possible and see the Etihad full for every game."

  7. Not my intention to offend Man City fans - Guardiola

    Man City v Man Utd (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it was never his intention to offend the club's fans by urging more of them to turn up and support the team.

    He says the reason he does his job is not to win titles but to see the stadium full and people enjoying the games, and accepts it's up to the team to play well to seduce them.

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    SMS Message: For the first 5.5 seasons Eriksen was brilliant, shame that he down tooled for the last 12 months though, however I wish him the best, overall he was great. Lo Celso has looked really good the last couple of games, showing massive potential at only 22 years old. Glad he is now here to stay, hopefully he doesn't do an Adebayor now he is no longer on loan and got a permanent contract. from Matt, Bedford
    Matt, Bedford
  9. Klopp to recall senior players

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who made 11 changes for the draw at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, will recall his senior players for the rearranged Premier League game.

    Forward Sadio Mane is ruled out with a small muscle tear.

    West Ham will monitor Lukasz Fabianski, who is nearing a return from a thigh problem.

    Manager David Moyes says the Hammers will make a late decision on whether the Polish goalkeeper is fit to start against the league leaders.

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    GG: Eriksen has been class for Spurs but should have been sold last summer before the situation unsettled the squad. Lo Celso has a lot to live up to but has the attributes to be just as good. Now to sign a striker...

  11. Deals that never happened

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    SMS Message: Leicester almost signed Johan Cruyff in the early 1980's. We were so sure, it was on the front page of the local paper, in an age when sport never made the front pages. from Rob, Cambridge
    Rob, Cambridge
  12. Klopp wary of counter-attacking threat

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added:"It will just be a tough one, 100%. But we have to do what we have to do. We have to fight as well.

    "We have to keep up, if not set the intensity level and do some smart things with possession as well. That's a big challenge.

    "[They have] counter-attacking threats – [Michail] Antonio, [Manuel] Lanzini, whoever can play, I'm not 100%. It will be tough but that's what the Premier League is about."

  13. Hammers have no points to waste - Klopp

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Now let's hear from the man himself, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, on Wednesday's Premier League game.

    "West Ham fights for staying in the league and that's what it looks like," he said. "It will be a big fight, they will fight with all they have.

    "It will be a rather defensive line-up. If it's four in the back or five in the back, I don't know but both is obviously possible. They did something mixed already when it was four plus [Arthur] Masuaku man-marking [Ricardo] Pereira, I think, against Leicester.

    "So there's different possibilities, but we have to be ready for a big fight. They want to strike back, they have a tough programme coming up, everybody knows that. They have no points to waste, no time to waste."

  14. 'Maybe Klopp thinks he can win the FA Cup with young players'

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham United

    And finally from David Moyes, he spoke about Liverpool saying they won't use their first-team squad for their FA Cup replay during the Premier League's new mid-season break.

    "I think that the winter break in this country should give players a bit of breathing space, but part of our culture in this country is you have a lot of games," said the West Ham boss.

    "I don't think for a moment Jürgen Klopp is not treating the FA Cup seriously, maybe he thinks he can win the FA Cup with the young players he has, so we might be making something big out of something not that big."

  15. 'We've been here before, done it before'

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham United

    David Moyes was also asked about the similarities with his first spell in charge, when he helped the Hammers avoid relegation in 2017-18. They go into Wednesday's game outside the bottom three on goal difference.

    "There are a lot of parallels," he said. "It's something that we've been here before, done it before, but we will need to pick up points as we go along.

    "There's a lot of teams scrapping it out, but I do believe we're capable of doing it, and if we can add to the squad a little bit in January, hopefully that helps as well."

  16. The job is to get back on it - Moyes

    West Ham v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham United

    Back to West Ham now, and boss David Moyes has spoken about his team's morale after their FA Cup exit.

    "I don't think the confidence is that low," he said. "We are disappointed in how we played. If you look at it in a different way, we were very close at Sheffield United. We were hanging in against Leicester until the 80th minute.

    "The job's to try to pick up confidence, make a bit of progress. Obviously losing to West Brom wasn't progress - far from it - so the job is to get back on it.

    "They [his players] are willing to dig each other out," Moyes added. "They are making sure everyone is responsible for their jobs. There will be times players don't play well and make mistakes, but collectively, they've been really honest in their work and they've been trying their best to get us results."

  17. Saints & Palace also interested in Walker-Peters

    However, the Sun claims Southampton are in pole position to sign Kyle Walker-Peters while Crystal Palace are also keen on the Tottenham defender.

    And the Mail says the Saints are set to secure Walker-Peters on loan, with talks continuing over whether the deal will include a £12m option to buy.

  18. Hammers linked with Foyth and Walker-Peters

    The Daily Star

    Who is the other player West Ham have a bid in for?

    The Hammers have been linked with Juan Foyth and the Star has reported they have also made contact over taking Foyth's Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker-Peters on loan.