Ben Davies set to return for Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool

Ben Davies is set to return for Tottenham. (Getty Images)Ben Davies is in contention to start Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday after returning to training this week.

The left-back has missed Tottenham’s last two games against Bournemouth and Real Madrid due to illness and was a doubt ahead of the match at Wembley.

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But on Friday, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Davies is back in training and is set to regain his starting place.

Elsewhere, Danny Rose made his return from injury as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday but Pochettino says the left-back is still not fit enough to start after being sidelined since the end of January.

Davies has been sidelined for two games due to illness. (AFP/Getty Images)‘He needs to build up his fitness but we are so happy because he’s doing very well,’ said the Tottenham manager.

‘He had the possibility to be on the bench on Tuesday. It was important for the team and to play a few minutes.

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‘When you start to feel involved again and help the team, it’s so important after 10 months.

‘Now it’s a process to build up [his fitness] and get him better every day and then we’ll see if on Wednesday he has the possibility maybe to be in the starting XI.’

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Relief for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United as Premier League confirms Christmas schedule

The Premier League schedule for the Christmas period has been confirmed (Picture: Getty)The Premier League has confirmed no fixtures will take place on Christmas Eve after a number of matches threatened to be moved for live television coverage.

Arsenal’s home clash against Liverpool was understood to be under consideration to be moved from 23 to 24 December, but it will now take place on Friday, 22 December at 19:45 GMT.

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Three other fixtures have also been moved from 24 December – Chelsea will now face Everton at 12:30 while Tottenham and Manchester United’s trips to Burnley and Leicester will kick-off on the Saturday evening.

Premier League fixture amendments – Christmas schedule

Friday, 22 December: Arsenal v Liverpool (19:45)

Saturday, 23 December: Everton v Chelsea (12:30), Burnley v Tottenham (17:30), Leicester v Manchester United (19:45)

Tuesday, 26 December: Tottenham v Southampton (12:30), Liverpool v Swansea (17:30)

Wednesday, 27 December: Newcastle v Manchester City (19.45)

Thursday, 28 December: Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00)

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: ‘We appreciate this is the peak time for supporters attending and watching the Premier League.

‘With matches scheduled on Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years, the process of selecting games for live broadcast has been a more complex one than usual and I would like to thank our broadcast partners and clubs for their co-operation and flexibility.

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‘When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that we the Premier League and the clubs have sold them, and they should therefore not be criticised for doing so.’

A Premier League fixture has not taken place on Christmas Eve since 1995 – up until 1957, a full programme of Football League fixtures was set for Christmas Day, with the reverse fixture played on Boxing Day.

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Tottenham vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Tottenham have found their form in the Premier League and Europe (Picture: REUTERS)The biggest game of the Premier League weekend sees Tottenham take on Liverpool at Wembley with Spurs having the opportunity to open up a seven-point gap between the sides.

After a slightly slow start to the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have picked up the pace and now sit third in the table having won their last three league games.

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Liverpool are struggling to find similar consistency and only have one win in their last five Premier League outings.

Spurs are favourites, but they have not beaten the Reds in any of their last 10 meetings in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp enjoyed himself against Maribor on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)When is Tottenham vs Liverpool?

The match is on Sunday, October 22 with kick-off at 4pm.

What TV channel is Tottenham vs Liverpool on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 3.30pm.

Harry Kane is one of the deadliest strikers on the planet now (Picture: Reuters)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Tottenham – 23/20

Liverpool – 23/10

Draw – 13/5

Philippe Coutinho has been in great form since returning to the Liverpool side (Picture: REUTERS)Team news

Ben Davies and Moussa Dembele have been struggling with illness and an ankle knock respectively but both are expected to recover in time for Tottenham.

However, Mauricio Pochettino will remain without Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela with long-term injuries.

Liverpool’s injury problems are much the same as last weekend with Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan all ruled out.

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Head-to-head in last five meetings

Feb 11, 2017 Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham – Premier League (Mane x2)

Oct 25, 2016 Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham – League Cup (sturridge x2) (Janssen)

Aug 27, 2016 Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool – Premier League (Rose) (Milner)

Apr 02, 2016 Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham – Premier League (Coutinho) (Kane)

Oct 17, 2015 Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League

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Jurgen Klopp reveals he’s changed decision over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s position

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen to play in a central midfield role. (AMA/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp admits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not get a chance to impress in central midfield for Liverpool in their upcoming matches.

Following the 24-year-old’s £40 million arrival from Arsenal, Klopp claimed that his new signing was capable of playing as a centre midfielder.

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But the Liverpool manager now insists Oxlade-Chamberlain will need much more time before being considered for that position and will instead be given game time on the flank in Sadio Mane’s absence.

‘Obviously it is a different style to Arsenal and a different role to the wing-back role he played in his last games for Arsenal,’ said Klopp.

‘Then he plays for England and they all come back from their national teams not confused, but with different plans. That’s not too simple.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will not play as a No.8, says Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Getty Images)‘I would say there has been no consistency until now. We let him run so far, let him do what he is naturally good at and it will take time but it’s all good. He is obviously powerful and that is what we need.

‘At the moment his best position is more the wing that the No 8. Without training, playing in the middle of the park doesn’t make sense.

‘I was not only happy about his offensive situations [against Manchester United], I also liked the way he reacted after we lost the ball.

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‘At this moment he is training only on the wing so it is clear. It can never be without training as a No.8 first.

‘It wouldn’t be good for him, it wouldn’t be good for us.

‘For now it makes more sense to pick him in the more offensive positions. But it is not fixed for the next five years.’

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Rafa Benitez on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman

Rafa Benitez is on Everton’s radar. (Getty Images)Rafa Benitez is one of the leading names on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman, according to reports.

The Dutchman is under pressure at Goodison Park after guided the club to just two wins in the Premier League so far.

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The Sun claims that Everton’s players are ‘convinced’ that Koeman will be sacked and reports that Benitez is among the managers being considered by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The 57-year-old spent six years as Liverpool boss and led the club to that remarkable victory over AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005.

Ronald Koeman is under pressure at Everton. (Getty Images)The Spaniard, who reportedly still has a house in Merseyside, also won the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time in charge at Anfield.

At Newcastle, Benitez managed to guide the team back into the Premier League last season but was reportedly frustrated with the club’s board over their transfer policy this summer.

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Benitez had targeted moves for Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero, but Newcastle failed to get both deals over the line.

So far this season, Benitez has guided Newcastle to 10th in the Premier League with three wins and a draw from seven games.

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Jose Mourinho admits Liverpool’s midfield was stronger than Manchester United’s

Jose Mourinho admits he was waiting for Jurgen Klopp to open up the game. (Reuters)Jose Mourinho admits Liverpool’s midfield was stronger than Manchester United’s in Saturday’s goalless draw at Anfield.

Liverpool had more possession but failed to take their chances, while United managed just one shot on target all game.

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But despite United’s defensive display, Mourinho insists the onus should have been on Klopp to make more attacking substitutions as the game progressed.

‘He [Klopp] was having control because I only had Herrera and Matic, when I brought Lingard and Rashford I was waiting for him to bring Sturridge or Solanke, but to keep attacking players,’ the United manager explained after the draw.

Mourinho admits Liverpool’s midfield was stronger. (EPA)‘But he decided to change player by player and kept the strong midfield.

‘And that midfield today was stronger than my midfield.

‘I had Herrera and Matic, nobody else, nobody on the bench to make a difference.

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‘I couldn’t bring Herrera to No.10 where he could be more aggressive in the high pressing, so the team was getting below.

‘At times I felt my team were probably waiting for me to do something, so the second half was more difficult for us.’

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Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool’s owners they won’t find a better manager than him

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can’t find a better manager than him. (Reuters).Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Liverpool’s owners would fail to find a better manager than him.

The 50-year-old is under pressure from a section of Liverpool fans after the club’s inconsistent start to the campaign.

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Should Liverpool lose to Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday, Klopp would have registered the same number of points after eight games as Brendan Rodgers managed before he was sacked in 2015.

Klopp has been accused of failing to improve Liverpool’s defence, which has conceded 12 goals in seven league games so far, but the German insists rival managers would be unable to improve the work he has done.

‘It’s a difficult job, yes. Are we where we could be? Not sure. Did we do well last year? Yes. Will it be good or better this year? Yes,’ said Klopp.

Klopp is pleased with his work at Liverpool. (Reuters)‘But we didn’t get the results so far, does that mean I should stop? No.

‘But maybe that says a little bit about if we’ve improved or not. We had to improve to be in the situation we are now.

‘If we didn’t improve we would not be in the situation with what happened last year… fourth position.

‘It’s not the biggest distance to the top teams at the moment, even when it looks from the points a little bit different.

Klopp: ‘I’m not perfect.’  (AFP/Getty Images)‘If I would come in today as a new manager, and this would be the situation, and everyone gave us time and said do the next step, that would be perfect.

‘Unfortunately if they sack me now I don’t think there are a lot of managers who would do the job better than I do.

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‘I don’t think I’m perfect but it’s quite difficult to find better options on this.

‘So I still think as long as 98 per cent of our Liverpool audience think we are on the right lines, we will succeed.’

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Nemanja Matic reveals Jose Mourinho’s plan to stop Liverpool

Nemanja Matic is preparing for Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool. (Getty Images)Nemanja Matic admits Jose Mourinho is preparing his Manchester United players to defend against Liverpool’s fast start at Anfield on Saturday.

United resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to Merseyside in Saturday’s early kick-off and could move 10 points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s side with a win.

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Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Matic insists he is expecting an early onslaught from Klopp’s men.

‘We have prepared very well, the manager got some videos for us to see what [Liverpool] have in their team and how we can stop them, so I’m sure we will be ready for them,’ Matic told MUTV.

‘It’s like every game – we have to be focused for the 90 minutes, we have to take care of the small details, because they can be dangerous.

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‘Every small mistake they can punish you, so our concentration is very important, but, of course, we have to use our quality to score some goals as well.

‘They always want to score goals in the first 10-15 minutes, We have to be ready for that, and we have to be very aggressive in the same way they try to be.

‘It’s a big derby, it’s a special game for our fans and for their fans, so, I’m sure our fans will enjoy it and support us for the whole 90 minutes and we will try to make them happy, of course.’

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‘Jurgen Klopp dreamed of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager’

Jurgen Klopp had his eye on becoming Manchester United boss. (PA Wire)Jurgen Klopp’s dream was to manage Manchester United before he joined Liverpool, according to the German’s coaching mentor Eckhard Krautzun.

Krautzun had managed Klopp in the final stages of his playing career at Mainz and often discussed match strategies and tactics with the Liverpool boss in preparation for life on the touchline.

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Klopp ended up replacing Krautzun as Mainz head coach in 2001 and ended up staying at the German club for seven years before joining Borussia Dortmund.

And Krautzun has revealed that Klopp had his eye on succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Klopp has spent two years as Liverpool manager. (Getty Images)‘It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said,’ Krautzun told The Set Pieces.

Krautzun also admits he personally revealed Klopp’s dream to Ferguson: ‘I said, ‘Jurgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United.’’

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Klopp ended up becoming Liverpool boss in October 2015 and Krautzun believes the offer was too difficult to resist.

‘After three or four months not working [after Dortmund], I knew that he wanted to be in action again,’ he said.

‘When the offer came from Liverpool, I knew he would not hesitate because he wanted to get into a top club in England.’

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When is Liverpool vs Man Utd? TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

The touchline is bound to be entertaining with Jose and Jurgen on show (Picture: Getty Images)The game of the Premier League weekend sees Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield as the Reds look to hand the Red Devils their first defeat of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are searching for consistency at this stage of the season having only won three of their first seven Premier League games.

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United are certainly not struggling on that front as Jose Mourinho has led them to six wins and a draw and second place in the table.

When is Liverpool vs Man Utd?

The match kicks-off on Saturday, October 14 at 12.30pm.

Manchester United have been rampant in front of goal (Picture: Getty Images)What TV channel is Liverpool vs Man Utd on?

The game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage on both starting at 11.30am.

What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 17/10

Man Utd – 17/10

Draw – 23/10

Liverpool will rely on Coutinho and Salah with Mane out injured (Picture: Getty Images)Team news

Liverpool have been severely hampered by the news that Sadio Mane will be out for a while with a hamstring injury and certainly miss this game.

Dejan Lovren is also out with a back issue whilst Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne remain sidelined.

It looks like both Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones are going to recover from injury in time for the clash on Saturday, as will Michael Carrick, although he is unlikely to start.

However, Mourinho will be without Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are all out with long-term problems.

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Head-to-head in last five meetings

15 Jan 2017 – Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool – Premier League (Ibrahimovic) (Milner)

17 Oct 2016 – Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League

17 Mar 2016 – Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool – Europa League (Martial) (Coutinho)

10 Mar 2016 – Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd – Europa League (Sturridge, Firmino)

17 Jan 2016 – Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd – Premier League (Rooney)

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