Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

Mohamed Salah is considered the Premier League’s best after his impressive season. (Getty Images)

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‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United stars to forget about Liverpool victory and focus on Sevilla and Brighton clashes

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to forget about the Liverpool win (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United stars to move on from their victory over Liverpool and focus on a ‘live or die’ week for the club.

Marcus Rashford’s first-half brace helped the Red Devils secure a 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The three points saw United move back into second place, but Mourinho labelled upcoming matches against Sevilla and Brighton as more important.

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United can progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday when Sevilla travel to Manchester. The first leg, in Spain last month, finished goalless.

Mourinho’s side then face Premier League rivals Brighton at the weekend for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

‘Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,’ Mourinho said.

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‘Liverpool was Liverpool, it was a big match, a match against a direct competitor for the top four, but nothing is decided yet. We have eight more games and 24 points to play for.

‘But Seville and Brighton are “die or live” games, so the next two are much more important than the Liverpool one.’

Mourinho has inspired victories over Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool this season but said wins against rivals ‘mean nothing’.

Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures

Sevilla – Champions League (H) – Tue Mar 13Brighton – FA Cup (H) – Sat Mar 17Swansea (H) – Sat Mar 31Manchester City (A) – Sat April 7West Brom (H) – Sat April 14AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat April 21Arsenal (H) – Sat April 28

‘It says nothing, in modern football, you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match,’ the former Real Madrid boss said.

‘I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks. That’s modern football – you have to live in the moment and cope with it.

‘So, yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – only Manchester City we’ve not beaten in the current top six – but that means nothing because in football these days you have to prove it every day.’

United face Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Picture: EPA)

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Club-record signing Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s clash against Liverpool through injury and could also be ruled out of Tuesday’s fixture against Sevilla.

Mourinho said: ‘He was injured in the last minute of the last training session before the game. Incredible!

‘If I finished the training session one minute before he would have been OK. I don’t know how long he is out for.’

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Jurgen Klopp admits West Brom deserved to dump Liverpool out of the FA Cup

Jurgen Klopp was bitterly disappointed with his players (Picture: Getty)A gutted Jurgen Klopp has laid into his Liverpool players after the Reds were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom.

The Baggies battled back from 1-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield and dump the seven-time winners out of the competition in the fourth round.

It was a Liverpool performance strewn with errors at the back, while Roberto Firmino missed a penalty with the game at 2-1.

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It is the second loss in a row for Klopp’s side and the Liverpool manager was visibly down in his post-match interview.

He said: ‘It’s obvious what we did wrong in these situations. The second goal was just, wow, really bad defending from the whole group. That’s not how defending should be.

‘We didn’t use the chance on the penalty and then their third goal must be off-side. What can you do?

Joel Matip’s own goal gave West Brom a 3-1 lead in the first half (Picture: Reuters)

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

The effort seemed to be going wide (Picture: REUTERS)‘We had to show character in the second-half. We chased the game and maybe scored the second goal too late. When you start how we did you cannot play your best football game.

‘They tried to save some time – which was normal – and in the end, West Brom deserve it because they scored three goals and we only scored two.

‘They did well and fought with passion. But we have only ourselves to blame.’

Liverpool followed up a defeat to Swansea with another loss (Picture: Getty)

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(Picture: PA)Firmino put the home side in front after just five minutes thanks to a mistake from Jonny Evans, but two quick West Brom goals turned the game on it’s head.

VAR played a massive part in the enthralling game, but Liverpool failed to grow into the game and could not build on Mohamed Salah’s strike that cut the deficit to one goal in the 78th minute.

The loss at Anfield was also the first time Liverpool have been beaten at home since April.

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Liverpool vs West Brom FA Cup TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Liverpool will be looking to get back to winning ways again (Picture: AFP/Getty ImagesLiverpool and West Brom will do battle in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend in an all-Premier League tie.

This will be a tasty encounter between the two sides looking to advance into the fifth round stage, both with ambitions of doing well in the Cup.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men had their spirits dented after a superb victory against Manchester City by succumbing to a 1-0 away defeat against Premier League strugglers, Swansea.

As for the Baggies, the outlook has been far more positive in recent weeks after a run of poor results with Alan Pardew’s men now unbeaten in three games.

When is Liverpool vs West Brom and what time is kick-off?

The game will be contested at Anfield on Saturday 27 January at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is Liverpool vs West Brom on?

The game is available to watch live on BT Sport 2 and can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app.

Team news

There are slight doubts over the availability of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and defender Alberto Moreno, while Nathaniel Clyne is definitely out.

Klopp is likely to use the game as an opportunity to rest some of his key players, so the likes of Daniel Sturridge or Danny Ings could come into the frame in attack.

West Brom will be without the services of Nacer Chadli and James Morrison, who are both carrying injuries.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans’ availability is in doubt as clubs circle for his signature

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What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 3/10

Draw – 9/2

West Brom – 10/1

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Liverpool will be hosting West Brom for the fourth occasion in the FA Cup, with the Reds yet to defeat their Midlands opponents (D2 L1), most recently a 1-1 draw in a sixth round replay in April 1968.
Since a run of five successive FA Cup wins at Anfield between January 2012 and January 2014, Liverpool have won just two of their last seven (D4 L1), winning in the third round this season against Everton.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in 19 successive games at Anfield in all competitions (W12 D7 L0).
West Brom have picked up two wins and a draw in their last three competitive matches – this follows a 21-game winless run in all competitions (W0 D10 L11).

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What did Firmino say to Holgate? Lip-reader suggests what was said in Liverpool’s win over Everton

Roberto Firmino and Mason Holgate squared up during Liverpool’s win over Everton. (PA Wire)Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of calling him a ‘n****r’ during Liverpool‘s clash with Everton in the FA Cup on Friday, according to a report.

The Football Association is investigating the incident which occurred in the first half of Liverpool’s 2-1 win a Anfield after revealing that referee Bobby Madley was ‘made aware of an allegation’ during the game.

Holgate sparked the row after pushing Firmino into the crowd. The Brazilian reacted angrily and ran towards the defender before he was stopped by Madley.

But Holgate became irate after Firmino had spoken and was retrained by his Everton teammates.

Firmino insulted Holgate in Portuguese. (Reuters)According to the Daily Mirror, who used lip-reader Tim Reedy to review the television footage, Firmino insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but there was no evidence of racial abuse by the Brazilian.

‘Holgate does not compute because Firmino is speaking in Portugese,’ said Reedy.

‘My findings are that Firmino did not use racist language.

‘Instead, he says the words, ‘Es maluco, filho da puta?’, which translates as ‘Are you crazy, you son of a b***h?’.

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Holgate suddenly because irate at Firmino and was restrained by his teammates. (EPA)‘Then Holgate, upon speaking to the referee, thinks that racist language was used and tells the referee, ‘He called me a n****r.’

‘It also appears the referee has no idea what Firmino said. When pushed away by a team-mate, Holgate reiterates that he was called a n****r.’

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