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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Chelsea players have been catching some winter sun...

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Has Frank Lampard noticed any difference in his players after the winter break? "A bit of a tan!" he said.

    "I haven’t seen a really visible difference, but it was a good thing. They have come back looking fresh.

    "I want to be as successful as I can at this club. I love what I am doing. I enjoyed having a bit of time away, a bit of a small reboot.”

  2. Lampard yet to decide on starting keeper

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Kepa Arrizabalaga lost his place to Willy Caballero for Chelsea's last Premier League game against Leicester City and Frank Lampard has been pleased with his goalkeeper's response.

    "The reaction has been good, as I would expect," he said. "I haven’t had lots of conversations with him. It’s a decision I will have to make.

    "I don’t take into account the fee (that Chelsea paid for Kepa). It’s the training that counts."

    Lampard added: "It wasn’t about giving him a jolt. It was just a selection on that day. I want everyone’s reaction spot on. I know how it will feel for him. I had it in my career, it is part and parcel. I am pleased with the reaction.

    "I deal with the players as it feels right. I am open and straight with them.”

    Frank Lampard
  3. Lampard on what Ziyech will bring to the Blues

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Now onto Chelsea, and having reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech in the summer, Frank Lampard has explained what the 26-year-old winger will bring to the club.

    "The ability to make assists and score goals," he said. "We have had a lot of the ball but not the final ball, hopefully he can bring that next season. He will have to fit in the way we want to play here, but the quality will hopefully be there to see."

    The Chelsea boss added: ”I had been watching him a lot. I was impressed by him at Tottenham last season. We want to bring in good people and he ticks a lot of boxes. I'm delighted.

    "I have spoken to him. I know the story, his upbringing and home life. I would say from the outside when you see someone come through tough times, he has shown his quality on the pitch and attitude and that is good. I am excited to work with him.”

  4. We want to create something special - Farke

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    And finally from Daniel Farke, even if Norwich are relegated, he believes that "the future is quite bright."

    "Many people appreciate that we don't lose our nerves and risk the future of the club," he said. "When you can spend £20m on defenders and strikers it gives you a bigger chance of surviving, but we want to create something special with our opportunities.

    "Everyone writes us off but the biggest motivation for us to stay in the Premier League is our amazing fans."

  5. 'Everyone has to be at the top level - even the stadium announcer!'

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich manager Daniel Farke added: "Teams often choose to sit deep against Liverpool, but they're too strong against that in counter-attacks.

    "If not, they'll score from a set piece with Virgil van Dijk. We have to have periods on the front foot, dominating possession and be fully aware there will be periods we have to be solid defending.

    "And everyone has to be at the top level. Even the stadium's public announcer to get the crowd going!"

    Daniel Farke
  6. It's like a free shot - Farke

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich go into Saturday's game against the runaway leaders seven points from safety at the bottom of the league. Their 1-0 win over Bournemouth last month was their first win in 10 Premier League games and they have 13 left to maintain their top-flight status.

    "There's no replacement for wins for the mood, confidence and table," said manager Daniel Farke. "We had an unbelievable injury curse at the beginning of the season but you have to back the lads who are available. Now we are in a better position.

    "I can't guarantee it (having three centre-backs available) is enough to beat Liverpool, but we will definitely try to do that. It's like a free shot tomorrow because we have to deliver in the following games.

    "It would be great to get one or three points tomorrow but we also want to enjoy it."

  7. Farke delighted with Tettey extension

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich midfielder Alexander Tettey signed a one-year contract extension to 2021 earlier this week.

    "We have so many inexperienced lads so it's important to have players like Alex Tettey, who lead them," said boss Daniel Farke. "He is a role model and has worn the captain's armband several times.

    "He thinks more about the group than individual awards. In the dressing room and on the training pitch, Alex is very important so we're delighted he decided to sign for another year."

  8. Godfrey's back from suspension

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke has a rare luxury in terms of his defence this weekend.

    "There's no bad news," he said. "Everyone is fit apart from Timm Klose, with his long-term injury.

    "It's just the second time we have had three fit centre-backs available. That says a lot about the problems we've had this season. We're delighted for Ben Godfrey to be back from suspension.

    "The first time we had three centre-backs available we had a clean sheet and a win against Bournemouth. That's no coincidence."

  9. Portugal confirmed for Doha tournament

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Cristiano Ronaldo could score his 100th international goal in Qatar after Portugal were confirmed as one of the four countries who will contest a new tournament in Doha next month.

    World Cup finalists Croatia, plus Belgium and Switzerland, will also be involved in the tournament, being sponsored by Qatar Airways and to be played just over two years before the World Cup is held in Qatar.

    Ronaldo, 35, scored his 99th international goal in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Luxembourg in November.

  10. 'One of the best teams in European history'

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke is now speaking to the media before Saturday's top versus bottom clash.

    "No-one in the league has beaten them," he said. "They are one of the best teams in European history.

    "It's a huge task and we know that. We have our strengths and if we bring our best football on the pitch, we can get something.

    "We are not naive. The Manchester City game (3-2 win in September) showed when you're good in your topics, you can win. Liverpool are the best team in the world and we need to be there with an outstanding performance."

  11. Happy Valentine's Day

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Jose Mourinho is feeling the love, but how about you? We want to hear your best Valentine's Day puns. Go on, can any of you top this?

    Gumbo: On our first date my now wife arrived in a green shirt, green shorts and big gloves. I knew straightaway she was a keeper!

  12. Mourinho shows love for Lo Celso on Valentine's Day

    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Giovani Lo Celso has impressed Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho over the last few weeks and the Argentine midfielder is back in the Spurs squad after missing their FA Cup replay win over Southampton.

    Mourinho said: "He can play everywhere - number 10, number eight, double midfield player with (Harry) Winks. He can play on the right or left. I’m so, so happy with him. I like him very, very much."

  13. Mourinho accepts Alli apology

    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted Dele Alli's apology after the midfielder appeared to joke about the coronavirus on social media.

    Alli posted a Snapchat video on Saturday in which he joked about the virus outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man. The Football Association has written to Alli to seek his observations about the post, for which the 23-year-old has apologised.

    Mourinho said: "I spoke with Dele, but for me it was a quite easy conversation because he was very sorry about the mistake. It was never his intention to hurt or offend. He immediately regretted it and recognised it was a young generation mistake.

    "I can say that he regrets it and that for me is the best feeling he can show. To apologise is remarkable because sometimes these people don't realise they make mistakes."

    Mourinho added: "I have a son at the same age as Dele and many of the players. I know social media is for these generations but when you are a public person, like football players are, you have to be very, very careful.

    "Dele is a great guy. The last thing he is is anything connected with racism."

  14. 'Liverpool need more Olympics information'

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    We heard earlier from Jurgen Klopp, who said that Liverpool need more information before they decide whether forward Mohamed Salah can represent Egypt at the Olympics.

    The tournament is for under-23 teams but three over-age players are allowed.

    Salah, 27, is on Egypt's provisional 50-man list for the event, which has its final on 8 August - the first day of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

    "Do I want to lose a player in pre-season? Of course not. That's clear," said Klopp. "But we have to consider different things. I will speak with Mo and all that stuff."

  15. Lo Celso in squad, Lamela being assessed

    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Giovani Lo Celso (groin) has returned to training while fellow midfielder Erik Lamela (thigh) is being assessed before Sunday's game at Villa Park.

    Harry Kane (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (knee) and Juan Foyth (groin) continue to undergo rehabilitation.

  16. Welcome back

    Thanks for rejoining us for the rest of Friday's Premier League news conferences, beginning with Jose Mourinho and a fitness update from Tottenham...

  17. Bye for now

    Right then folks, that's where we're going to leave it for now.

    We'll be back at around 13:00 GMT as we're due to hear from the likes of Jose Mourinho, Mikel Arteta, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    We hope you'll join us later, but until then, I'll leave you with some of today's top stories:

  18. Transfer Window: Who signed who?

    Japanese forward Takumi Minamino was Liverpool's solitary signing in January - not that they needed any significant reinforcements.

    The transfer window is now shut but can you remember which club signed which player?

    Click here to test your memory

  19. 'It was never a standpoint against the FA Cup'

    Norwich v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool

    And finally from Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool boss discussed Manchester City's game with West Ham being rescheduled in both clubs' winter break, just as Liverpool's FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury was.

    He said: "It just shows the problem with the schedule. It's the weather, nobody can change it. For us, it was never a standpoint against the FA Cup.

    "It had nothing to do with that. It was just to make sure that we decided [on] a winter break so there must be a winter break. I can imagine it was really difficult organisation-wise."