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  1. 'I saw their desire'

    Bournemouth 2-3 Tottenham

    Tottenham will travel to Marseille for their crucial Champions League group game on the back of an impressive second-half comeback in their 3-2 win against Bournemouth.

    Spurs boss Antonio Conte said the fightback from 2-0 down, sealed by Rodrigo Bentancur in stoppage time, was "vital" for his side before their midweek trip

    "It was great to see the desire of my players and the reaction they had," said Conte.

    "Also, the nastiness they put into the pitch because I have seen in the eyes of my players the desire to win this game.

    "It was important to win this game. I think we showed good character."

    Tottenham celebrate against Bournemouth

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  2. Four places up for grabs

    We know 12 of this season's Champions League last 16 line-up.

    Two more will come from Tottenham's group, in which nothing has yet been decided.

    Meanwhile, AC Milan or Salzburg will follow Chelsea out of Group E, and either Leipzig or Shakhtar Donetsk will finish runner-up to Real Madrid in Group F.

    Who are you fancying this year?

  3. What's coming up this week?

    Of course, it's not only Liverpool who have an important midweek fixture coming up in Europe.

    The Reds have already qualified but they need to beat Napoli by four goals if they are to top Champions League Group A.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have already confirmed their places in the last 16 as group winners ahead of their respective final fixtures against Sevilla and Dinamo Zagreb.

    But Tottenham need a point against Marseille to progress from a wide open Group D.

    Over in the Europa League, Arsenal need to beat Zurich to finish top of their group, while Manchester United face a decider with Real Sociedad in Spain which they must win by two goals.

    In the Europa Conference League, West Ham have already wrapped up their group.

    Antonio Conte

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  4. Post update


    A reminder that we should hear from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at around 13:00 GMT today ahead of their final Champions League group stage match against Napoli at Anfield tomorrow.

  5. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    Defeat by Leeds was Liverpool's first home defeat in the Premier League since March 2021, ending a 29-game unbeaten run at Anfield.

    It meant Virgil van Dijk was on the losing side in a Premier League home game for the first time in his Liverpool career, having been unbeaten in his first 70 at Anfield for the Reds.

    With four wins from 12 games, Jurgen Klopp's side find themselves eight points behind fourth-placed Newcastle - and five above the relegation places.

    They are 15 adrift of leaders Arsenal, who have almost twice as many points.

    Liverpool are ninth in the Premier League

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  7. 'A reward for weeks of hard work'

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

  8. A needed win for Marsch

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    But what a huge result it was for Leeds United and manager Jesse Marsch.

    Crysencio Summerville's dramatic late winner moved Leeds out of the relegation zone and up to 15th, four points behind ninth-placed Liverpool.

    It was their first win since August, and third in 12 league matches this term.

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    Video caption: Liverpool 1-2 Leeds United: Jesse Marsch says victory was 'needed'
  9. 'Serious problems for Liverpool'

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    Jurgen Klopp

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    Speaking on Sky Sports, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said Klopp's side have "massive problems" to address as they prepare to host Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    "This isn't a blip for Liverpool; this is a serious problem," said Carragher.

    "Klopp must be thinking, what else can I try now? Different permutations, formations, personnel."

    Former player and manager Graeme Souness added: "Liverpool basically bullied teams before, their midfield bullied teams.

    "Now they're being bullied. That's making them vulnerable at the back, and they're not creating the same chances up front. "Liverpool are a shadow [of the team they used to be]."

  10. 'Where do Liverpool go next?'

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    Gary Rose

    BBC Sport at Anfield

    Where do Liverpool go from here? Reds fans will have been hoping to see a reaction to the loss at bottom-of-the-table Nottingham Forest last week, but instead this was another disappointing display.

    An early goal against - a far too regular occurrence this season - and Liverpool were once again chasing the game, rather than dictating things.

    This defeat leaves them 13 points adrift of the top of the table and eight off the top four. They are closer to the bottom of the table than the Champions League places.

    In his post-match news conference, boss Jurgen Klopp certainly looked deflated. He said that without consistency then finishing in the top four will be tough.

    They need to find that consistency quickly to avoid this season petering out in disappointment."

  11. Klopp says players have to fight through slump

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side have to "fight and move on" after another disappointing display saw them slump to defeat by Leeds at Anfield.

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    Video caption: Liverpool 1-2 Leeds United: We have to fight through this and move on - Klopp
  12. 'Something is not going right'

    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds

    Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says "something's not going right" with Liverpool after they fell to a second successive Premier League defeat.

    Their 2-1 loss at home to Leeds on Saturday evening came a week after a shock 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest, and while Alexander-Arnold feels the Reds still have self-belief, he said the setbacks "make you second-guess yourself and question things".

    "Clearly as a team something's not going right," he told the club's website. "It's not going as well as we want it to go.

    "That's something for everyone to think about, for everyone to address and make sure we put it right, especially next week against Spurs, top-four rivals.

    "We need to go there and get some points if we've got any chance of reaching our aims and aspirations for the season."

    Trent Alexander-Arnold

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  14. 'City's brilliance stretches beyond Haaland'

    Leicester 0-1 Man City

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Kevin de Bruyne

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    Manchester City demonstrated – as they have done by winning four of the last five Premier League titles – that they possess brilliance that stretches well beyond Erling Haaland.

    The lethal striker has made a stunning impact with 17 goals in only 11 league games but City had to do without him at Leicester City and still prevailed with a 1-0 win courtesy of a moment of magic from Kevin De Bruyne.

    This was not City at their most fluent but once again they had the world-class star, in this case De Bruyne, who made the difference and enabled them to grind out the sort of gritty victory that is the trademark of champions.

    Haaland is now their main attacking weapon with his physical presence and air of menace allied to his avalanche of goals, but Manchester City possess so much more quality that makes them title favourites once more.

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    Leicester 0-1 Man City

  16. 'De Bruyne is back'

    Leicester 0-1 Man City

    Kevin de Bruyne and Pep Guardiola

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    No Erling Haaland, but no problem for Manchester City.

    In the absence of their top scorer, Kevin de Bruyne shone for the reigning champions as Pep Guardiola's side recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

    The Belgian produced the match-winning moment, curling in a magnificent 25-yard free-kick, to put his side temporarily back on top of the table before Arsenal's win yesterday.

    "Kevin de Bruyne is back," Guardiola told BT Sport.

    "He was not playing good the last few games but today he was amazing. He knows it. There was no space today, we had to be patient."

  17. Man Utd top WSL as Arsenal set record

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    Video caption: Highlights: Manchester United defeat Everton 3-0 to go 3 points clear at the top

    Nikita Parris scored against her former club Everton to help send Manchester United to the top of the Women's Super League in a 3-0 win on Sunday.

    United are the first team since Manchester City in 2016 to win their first five WSL games without conceding a goal.

    And that solid defence has helped them lead Arsenal on goal difference, despite the Gunners setting a new Women's Super League record of 13 successive wins.

    Midfielder Jordan Nobbs scored within two minutes of coming off the bench as Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1 to keep pace at the summit.

  18. James and Fofana to continue recovery in Dubai

    England's Reece James looks set to miss the World Cup with a knee injury he sustained earlier this month, and Chelsea say he and £70m signing Wesley Fofana will both continue their rehabilitation in Dubai this week.


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  20. David Moyes' unhappy record

    Man Utd 1-0 West Ham

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    It was another frustrating afternoon at Old Trafford for West Ham manager David Moyes.

    The Scot has now played Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal away from home 70 times in the Premier League and not won a single game.

    The Hammers have already been unlucky to lose at Stamford Bridge and Anfield this season and would have come away from Old Trafford with a point had it not been for a series of brilliant saves from David de Gea.

    Moyes was asked if he could have been a bit more adventurous in the first-half yesterday. He was understandably a bit curt with his response.

    "It is strange that people are asking if we should have beaten these teams," he said.

    "People are now expecting us to come and win at Old Trafford, when not long ago, we were relegation fodder. I’m taking that as a compliment."

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