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Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

Emre Can’s sixth Liverpool goal of the season was the Reds’ 100th in 2017-18 Liverpool were a “joy to watch” as they thumped West Ham United 4-1 to move above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League, said manager Jurgen Klopp. Forwards Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored in the second half in a resounding Anfield win for the Reds. Klopp told BBC Sport: “You hope for a game like this, and you want to see it, but it’s really rare that you get it….

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Gossip: Guardiola, Pogba, Seri, Bale, Mourinho, Ghoddos, Pardew, Donnarumma

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed a new contract with the club worth nearly £20m a year until 2021, a £3m increase on his current deal. (Mail) Guardiola is risking a touchline ban if he wears a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia during Manchester City’s game against against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. (Times – subscription required) Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not believe Pep Guardiola has brought a higher level of football to the game in his spells at…

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VAR: Decisions need to be made quicker, says former referee Chris Foy

FA Cup: Mata’s goal ruled out by VAR at Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is suffering from “teething problems” and decisions need to be made quicker, says ex-Premier League referee Chris Foy. The use of an off-field official to help make decisions for the first time has produced mixed feedback so far. Sunday’s Carabao Cup match between Manchester City and Arsenal will be the first major English final to use VAR. “We need to get the basics right with VAR and iron out problems…

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Arsenal v Manchester City – BBC Sport

Wenger and Guardiola preview the Carabao Cup final BBC coverage How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Manchester City’s impressive campaign will count for nothing unless they have trophies to show off at the end of it, says boss Pep Guardiola. City have scored more than 100 goals in all competitions to open up a 16-point lead in the Premier League and reach the Champions League last-16. They will attempt to win the Carabao Cup by beating…

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Kelly Lindsey: Afghanistan women’s coach says it is ‘life or death’ for players

Kelly Lindsay (left of back row) has coached Afghanistan women’s team since 2016 Spat at, stoned in the street, and having to avoid bombings on the way to training. All because you want to play football. That is the reality for some of Afghanistan women’s international team. Their coach – retired former USA international Kelly Lindsey – has never set foot in the country because of security concerns. Some of her players have not even played 11-a-side football before they join up with the national squad, which was formed in…

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Arsenal 1-2 Ostersunds FK (4-2 agg)

Sead Kolasinac’s fourth goal for Arsenal quelled Ostersund’s comeback Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his side were complacent as they survived a huge scare against Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK to claim a place in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Gunners won the first leg 3-0 but one of football’s great shocks looked possible at half-time after the visitors struck two goals in 70 seconds. Graham Potter’s side, who have risen from Sweden’s fourth tier since 2010, were on top in the first half and led 2-0 thanks…

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Ruben Semedo: Villarreal defender charged with attempted murder in Spain

Ruben Semedo (pictured playing against Lionel Messi), was a 14m euros signing from Sporting Lisbon last summer Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo appeared in a Spanish court on Thursday charged with attempted murder. The court in Lliria, near Valencia, also charged the 23-year-old with robbery, assault, “illegal detention” and possession of illegal weapons. Semedo, who was arrested on Tuesday, has been remanded without bail. The former Portugal Under-21 centre-back joined the La Liga club in June for 14m euros from Sporting Lisbon. The court, the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la…

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Gossip: Courtois, Pogba, Maguire, Moro, Ranieri, Benzema

Real Madrid want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, to delay agreeing a new contract until April, when they plan to choose between signing him or Manchester United’s Spain international David de Gea, 27. (Telegraph) Belgium international Courtois has said his agent will listen to any offer from Real Madrid. (Mirror) Paul Pogba’s agent has offered the Manchester United midfielder to some of Europe’s top clubs. The 24-year-old Frenchman was a substitute for United’s Champions League draw with Sevilla on Wednesday. (Sports Illustrated) England central defender Harry Maguire, 24, is ready…

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Ander Herrera: Man Utd midfielder could have bad injury, says Jose Mourinho

Ander Herrera had returned from injury after missing games against Newcastle and Huddersfield Ander Herrera could have a “bad injury”, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the midfielder was substituted in Wednesday’s Champions League goalless draw at Sevilla. The Spaniard picked up a muscle injury 17 minutes into the last-16 first-leg tie and was replaced by Paul Pogba. Herrera had returned from injury after missing games earlier in February against Newcastle and Huddersfield. “It didn’t look like he was fully fit,” said Mourinho. “I think he has a bad…

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Roberto Firmino: Liverpool forward will not face FA action over Mason Holgate clash

MOTD pundits on Holgate’s push on Firmino Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association after his clash with Everton’s Mason Holgate in the FA Cup tie at Anfield in January. Holgate had alleged Firmino used a “discriminatory term”. Following an investigation, the FA concluded the evidence was “not sufficient” to charge the Brazilian. Firmino, 26, admitted he insulted Holgate, 21, in Portuguese, but denied using discriminatory language. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that…

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