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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us this morning - thanks for joining our coverage.

    We'll be back later with live text updates from this evening's Champions League action!

    Until then...

  2. The trials of a caretaker boss?

    Now that Sheffield United have installed former Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom as Chris Wilder's replacement until the end of the season, he might be hopeful of once again turning his temporary position into a long-term gig.

    It worked for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was named full-time Manchester United boss after impressing as caretaker between December and March of 2018-19.

    And Roberto di Matteo managed to guide Chelsea to a Champions League triumph while in temporary charge in 2012.

    Most do not find the role to be such a golden opportunity, though. Often tasked at short notice with coaxing rapid improvements from failing sides, the position of caretaker manager can be more burden than big break.

    Read more here.

    Paul Heckingbottom
  3. Chelsea and Spurs target Dybala - gossip

    We might be in the middle of March, but there are still plenty of transfer rumours doing the rounds. Here is some of the latest gossip:

    • Tottenham and Chelsea are potential contenders to sign Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 27, from Juventus. (France Football, via Sport Witness)
    • Paris St-Germain's Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes has confirmed he was told by club bosses "not to talk about Lionel Messi" amid transfer speculation linking the Barcelona's 33-year-old forward with a move to the French capital. (Le Journal du Dimanche - in French)
    • Chelsea are considering including 25-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner in a part-exchange deal with Borussia Dortmund to bring Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, to Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Football Insider)
  4. Messi equals Xavi's record

    Barcelona 4-1 Huesca

    Elsewhere on Monday night, Lionel Messi scored twice and made another on the day he equalled Xavi's record for most Barcelona appearances.

    Messi was playing for Barca for the 767th time and his curled double, along with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza, helped his side to a comfortable win over struggling Huesca.

    Rafa Mir scored a controversial penalty for Huesca at the end of the first half, but Barca cruised to the victory.

    They move second in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

    Read more here.

  5. Get Involved


    Azrael: Fingers crossed Patricio's injury is not too serious. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

  6. 'Something more than extraordinary'

    Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (20:00 GMT, agg 2-0)

    Borussia Monchengladbach would need something "more than extraordinary" to beat Manchester City in the Champions League last 16, boss Marco Rose said.

    Gladbach have lost their last six games, including a 2-0 defeat in the first leg against Pep Guardiola's City.

    Both legs are at the Puskas Arena in Budapest because of Covid restrictions.

    "It would be more than extraordinary, it would be a sensation," said Rose, who is taking over at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

  7. 'Hungry eyes'

    Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (20:00 GMT, agg 2-0)

    Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko says he can see "hungry eyes" in the Blues' dressing room as they close in on an unprecedented quadruple - but he missed the irritated looks of his manager Pep Guardiola, who rebuked him for talking about it.

    City became the first team to win all three domestic trophies in 2019.

    This term they are in a position to go one better. They are 14 points clear in the Premier League and play Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on 25 April.

    On Saturday, they aim to beat Everton to reach the FA Cup semi-final but before that face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League last 16, having already established a two-goal cushion from the 'away' leg.

    Read more here.

  8. Pep managing expectations?

    Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (20:00 GMT, agg 2-0)

    Onto this evening now, and Manchester City are strong favourites to qualify for the Champions League quarter-final from their tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.

    City lead 2-0 from the first leg but manager Pep Guardiola is doing his best to manage the expectations surrounding the club...

  9. Crooks' Team of the Week

    Garth Crooks

    Former Tottenham Hotspur striker

    After another round of top-flight matches, Manchester City continued their march towards the Premier League title with a 3-0 win at Fulham as Manchester United strengthened their top-four hopes with a 1-0 victory against West Ham.

    Check out my team of the week and then make your own selections here.

  10. Get Involved


    Samantha: My thoughts go out to everyone at Wolves & Rui Patricio's family.

  11. 'He made a difference'

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool


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    Video caption: Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Liverpool made a 'big step' to get back on track - Klopp
  12. How does it look at the top?

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

    So that victory for Liverpool moves the champions into sixth place, five points outside the top four.

    However, neighbours Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa can all overtake the Reds if they win their respective games in hand.

    We'll be hearing from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shortly...

    Prem table
  13. Jota haunts his old club

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

    As for the football, Diogo Jota rekindled Liverpool's Premier League top-four hopes with the winning goal on his return to Molineux.

    Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolves in September, drilled a low first-time shot under Patricio to settle a tight contest.

    It was a fine way for the Portugal forward to mark his first appearance back at his former employers and it sees the Reds climb to sixth, two points behind West Ham in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.

    Read our full report here.

  14. 'The assessment is positive'

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool


    Let's hear more about that incident from Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo now...

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    Video caption: Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Nuno confirms Patricio 'is ok' and assessment is positive
  15. Get Involved


    Kyle: When you get an injury that bad. There should be a rule where the referee can blow for full time and postpone the game. Some things are more important and health being the major one.

  16. What happened?

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah had an effort ruled out for offside towards the end of the Premier League match and, as Patricio tried to prevent the Egyptian from scoring, his head collided with Coady's knee.

    The flag was not raised until after Salah had scored from an offside position, but it is unclear whether an earlier decision would have prevented the collision.

    John Ruddy was brought on as a concussion substitute after Portugal keeper Patricio, 33, was treated on the pitch.

  17. Patricio conscious after injury - Nuno

    Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

    So let's start with the big overnight story then...

    Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio is "conscious" and "going to be OK" after his head injury against Liverpool, says boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

    Patricio was taken off on a stretcher after a 15-minute delay following a collision with his captain Conor Coady near the end of Wolves' 1-0 defeat.

    Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, in the stands at Molineux on Monday, fractured his skull against Arsenal in November.

    "Rui Patricio is OK," Nuno told BBC Sport.

    Read more here.

  18. 'Wolves suffer another serious head injury'

    Tuesday's back pages

    The Times

  19. 'Jota strikes'

    Tuesday's back pages

    The Guardian

  20. 'Sickening'

    Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Mirror