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MANCHESTER CITY are weighing up a move for Lionel Messi, but have denied making an official approach for the Barcelona forward.

Meanwhile Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap on Leicester and Manchester United with a draw at Southampton and Liverpool lost to Everton.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S UNDER WAY: FULHAM 0 SHEFF UTD 0

    The Cottagers canclimb to within two points of safety if they beat the bottom-placed Blades.

    Fulham won an early corner after kicking off.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE HELPED GREENWOOD AGED 7

    Mason Greenwood was taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's advice long before his Manchester United debut – even as a seven-year-old.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was doing his coaching badges when he first gave tips to Mason Greenwood, who was with the Man Utd U-8s.

    The Norwegian spoke to Greenwood while the striker was still a young lad in the academy.

    Playing in the youth setup alongside Solskjaer's son, Noah, he was given a few tips while the club legend did his training badges.

    Greenwood, 19, recalled in a chat with Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport: "He spoke to me.

    "He came and did his coaching badges at United.

    "I was only with the Under-8s and Under-9s and I trained with his son.

    "He was telling me about that, I couldn't remember it because I was so young but he told me about it.

    "He always speaks about movements into the box, shooting and stuff, so it was a good benefit to have him there."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ATLETICO LOSE UNBEATEN HOME RECORD

    LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid suffered a shock first home defeat of the season ahead of Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Chelsea – 2-0 agsinst Levante.

    Levante celebrate on the way to a fine win that lifted them to eighth in LaLiga

    Without Kieran Trippier and Stefan Savic, Diego Simeone's side shot themselves in the foot after half an hour at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    Geoffrey Kondogbia lost the ball on the 18-yard line to allow Jose Luis Morales a powerful shot that beat Jan Oblak and went in off a post for his 12th goal of the season.

    Atletico's ex-Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, going into the game with seven goals in his last five, hit the post from a free-kick.

    And Simeone threw on Lyon loanee Moussa Dembele for his debut, as well as Thomas Lemar, both having recovered from coronavirus.

    But Levante held firm and nabbed a second goal late on through Jorge de Frutos.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EVER SO GOOD AGAINST KOP FLOPS

    Liverpool's shock demise is posing big questions about boss Jurgen Klopp – while Carlo Ancelotti's Everton are now level on points with a game in hand following their historic 2-0 win at Anfield tonight.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 2

    TOFFEES END 22-YEAR WAIT FOR ANFIELD PREM WIN

    Richarlison's early strike and Gylfi Sigurdsson's late penalty continued Liverpool's woeful Premier League form as neighbours Everton moved level with Jurgen Klopp's sixth-placed side on points.

    For reaction click on our MATCH BLOG.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 2

    Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked home a penalty on 83 minutes to ease Everton nerves by doubling their lead.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold brought down Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the striker's shot was saved by Alisson = VAR confirming the spot-kick decision.

    Click on our MATCH BLOG for constant coverage of the Merseyside derby.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    The Toffees are clinging on a bit approaching the final ten minutes.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    WENGER'S VIEIRA VS CESC CHOICE

    Arsene Wenger agonised when asked to choose between Arsenal midfield legends Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas.

    The ex-Gunners boss opted for former France star Vieira's more athletic qualties over Spaniard Fabregas' passing qualities, after being posed the question by pundit Andy Gray.

    Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger said: "Well, Andy, they were both of my former players so that is very difficult.

    "I always say, and I said that in my book, the guy that gave me time and credit at Arsenal was Patrick Vieira, because he was the first player I bought.

    "And Fabregas was an exceptional football player. And still is, because he is still playing."

    Wenger was speaking after Vieira went head-to-head with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for the Bournemouth job.

    Although Wenger opted for Vieira, he admitted Fabregas was the type of player he used to go for more during his managerial career.

    Wenger said: "Having smaller players, I went for football that was more based on mobility and less on impact. More on getting out of challenges than going into the challenges."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    The Reds have had nearly 70% of the play as we enter the final 20 minutes -as they press for an equaliser.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    EVERTON AND VILLA TIPPED FOR WILSHERE WAR

    JACK WILSHERE could spark a transfer bidding war between Everton and Aston Villa this summer, according to his pal Benik Afobe.

    The former Arsenal midfielder joined Championship side Bournemouth on a six-month deal in January.

    Ex-Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is regaining his form with Bournemouth

    Wilshere, 29, has shown glimpses of his old self with a goal in the FA Cup against Crawley and has appeared in the five of the Cherries' last six league games.

    Striker Afobe, 28, played with Wilshere in North London and at Bournemouth during his previous loan spell, and believes that he could easily earn a move back to the Premier League with a good run of games.

    Afobe – who is on loan at Turkish side Trabzonspor from Stoke – told The Beautiful Game podcast: "It’s a win, win. It’s six months, so if he doesn’t like it he’s not tied down.

    "If he does like it and they [Bournemouth] go up, he can say look what I’ve done for you guys.

    "It’s just about getting his name out there. And getting games under his belt again.

    "The problem is people think he’s not fit. It’s the stigma.

    "If he plays 20 games, does well, gets a few goals and a few assists like the other day, the Evertons will be calling him, maybe even the Aston Villas, because they like those sorts of players."

  • Ian Tuckey

    S/H: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    Toffees striker Richarlison netted for a second time soon after the break- but on this occasion from an offside position.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    HEAD RULES THE ART

    AN incredible mural of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's bust-up with Romelu Lukaku has been painted outside of the San Siro just days before the Milan derby.

    The AC and Inter Milan strikers will renew their rivalry tomorrow afternoon in the third Derby della Madonnina of the season.

    The mural is ready in time for a potential re-run of fellow Man Utd old boys Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku clashing

    The former Manchester United team-mates, 39 and 27 respectively, were involved a heated bust-up last month in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.

    And local artists have painted a stunning mural, which includes the phrase 'Face to Face, Heart to Heart', of the pair's fiery coming together outside of the Giuseppe Meazza.

    SteReal and KayOne – real names Stefania Marchetto and Marco Mantovani – created the mural, which shows Ibrahimovic sticking his forehead into Lukaku's chin, with the aim of encouraging a less volatile derby.

    And this is what art is imitating as the two strikers flared up in the Coppa Italia

    Marchetto told Reuters: "I'm a Milan fan and he's an Inter fan, so for us it was already a derby doing this mural with four hands belonging to two different teams.

    "Our message is definitely a positive one.

    "We hope that this mural can also encourage these champions towards a peaceful encounter in front of the mural [on Sunday]."

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    Jordan Pickford's two fine saves preserved Everton's early lead, won by Richarlison's clinical finish.

    Liverpool are pressing but still not back to last season's title-dominating form – and Jordan Henderson is off injured.

    Click on our MATCH BLOG for constant coverage of the Merseyside derby.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVERPOOL 'EYE £56m WINGER OCAMPOS'

    Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos this summer.

    But the 26-year-old's £56million release fee could scupper a potential move.

    According to Spanish newspaper La Razon, Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the Argentina international.

    Sevilla are said to be keen on selling Ocampos to balance the books, but they want any prospective buyer to activate his release clause.

    The winger scored 14 goals in LaLiga last season but has managed just three so far this term.

    He joined Sevilla in 2019 having previously played for River Plate, Monaco, Marseille, Genoa and AC Milan.

    Ocampos scored an 88th-minute winner against Wolves in the Europa League quarter-final last season before helping Sevilla beat Inter Milan in the final.

    Liverpool are always on the look out for new forwards with stars Sadio Mane and Mo Salah constantly linked with moves.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    The Reds have been on top since Richarlison's shock Toffees' opener, twice going close.

    Click on our MATCH BLOG for constant coverage of the Merseyside derby.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JACK CAN BE A NOU MAN

    Jack Grealish would 'rip it up' at Barcelona, Arsenal legend Paul Merson has claimed.

    The Aston Villa captain, 25, has been lauded for his stunning displays for his boyhood club this season.

    Aston Villa's England midfielder Jack Grealish is good enough for Barca, says Paul Merson

    His form has drawn transfer interest from Manchester United once again and put him in the reckoning for place in England's Euros squad.

    But Merson thinks Barcelona could be a better fit for Grealish after urging the LaLiga giants to make a move for the playmaker.

    He told Sky Sports: "I think that much of him and I think he is one of the best around.

    "I think if I’m a manager at one of the big boys and no disrespect to Aston Villa here but if you’re looking to go through your career and try and win something I’m looking at £120/130 million for him I would pay.

    "I watched Barcelona the other night get ripped to shreds, if I’m Barcelona I’m buying him tomorrow morning it doesn’t matter how much it is

    "I’m buying Jack Grealish because Jack Grealish at the Nou Camp would absolutely rip it up."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BECKS SHAW'S UP MIAMI DEFENCE

    Ryan Shawcross has joined Phil Neville at David Beckham’s Inter Miami after ending his 14-year stint at Stoke.

    The 33-year-old Potters captain was out of contract but has terminated his deal early to head Stateside.

    Centre-half Shawcross, who arrived at Stoke from Manchester United in 2007, had made just two Championship appearances from the bench this season.

    Now he has secured his exit and will arrive in America ready to begin pre-season training at Inter on February 22, as reported by Sun Sport earlier this month.

    He is the latest signing under owner Becks – who has ploughed another £11.2million of his own cash into the US franchise.

    Shawcross is joining superstars like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi as Neville attempts to improve on last season’s disappointing 10th-placed finish in the Eastern Conference.

    The Florida-based side have also added Rodolfo Pizarro and draft pick Josh Penn this month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 1

    Richarlison's punishing of poor Liverpool defending in just the third minutehas rewarded Everton for their brighter start.

    And the high-tempo Toffees stayed on top for the first quarter of an hour.

    Click on our MATCH BLOG for constant coverage of the Merseyside derby.

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S UNER WAY: LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 0

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  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL GOOD LUC

    Everton are reportedly targeting Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez ahead of his contract expiring.

    The LaLiga giants are set to undergo a huge squad overhaul in the summer but are said to have offered the 29-year-old a new deal.

    Lucas Vazquez has been linked to Everton after Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham were reportedly keen last year

    According to Marca, talks are deadlocked with Madrid not wanting to increase the terms on the table due to the pandemic financial crisis.

    That could open the door to Vazquez leaving despite being one of Zinedine Zidane's most trusted players for years.

    The Spaniard returned from a muscle injury to bag an assist in last week's 2-0 win over Valencia.

    Reports in Spain name the Merseyside club as one of the sides monitoring his situation.

    Valencia are joined by Sevilla, Napoli and Everton in tracking Vazquez, as claimed by Todo Fichajes.

    Last year, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham were all linked with a bid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: BURNLEY 0 WEST BROM 0

    The 10-man Baggies are still 11 points adrift of safety after deserving more than this draw.

    Much of the action was as grim as the scoreline suggests, following  Semi Ajayi's 30th-minute red card for handball.

    But after the Baggies survived convincing penalty appeals against Kyle Bartley for handball on the hour, they actually grew in strength, creating clear chances.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HECTOR FEARS FOOTBALL NOT READY FOR OPENLY-GAY PLAYER

    Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin doesn't believe football is ready for an openly gay player.

    The Spain international is one of the sport's most high-profile advocates for LGBTQ issues.

    Bellerin works closely with Gay Gooners – Arsenal's LGBTQ supporters group – as well as Rainbow Laces and Stonewall, both of which are consciousness-raising movements for acceptance.

    The Rainbow Laces campaign has brought the issue of homophobia in the English game to the fore, although there have still been instances of homophobic abuse coming from the terraces.

    And despite all the strides made by LGBTQ campaigners, Bellerin believes it'll be a while before an openly gay footballer will be accepted.

    During a lengthy interview with The Times, he said: "I don't know if football is ready for that yet.

    "I'm having conversations with Gay Gooners, and sometimes they go to an Arsenal pub and they'll have issues with other Arsenal fans because they're wearing a Gay Gooners scarf or something.

    "Which, to me, is crazy. We're all part of the same family."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: BURNLEY 0 WEST BROM 0

    The 10-man Baggies have gone close twice as this scrappy game enters its final ten minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVERPOOL VS EVERTON – TONIGHT'S TEAMS

    Here's how they line up for today's 5.30pm derby as sixth-placed champions Liverpool host Everton, who are a place and three points below them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THRILLY DJENE KING

    Southampton star Moussa Djenepo made a fool of several Chelsea players during their 1-1 draw.

    The 22-year-old skipped past Marcos Alonso with ease before dancing through a cluster of players in the middle of the park.

    Alonso was first to fall to Djenepo's genius with a cheeky turn on the touchline.

    The Chelsea defender, 30, had no option but to cynically haul him back, earning a yellow card.

    And the Mali international wasn't finished there.

    Later on he picked up the ball in the middle of the park, surrounded by several Chelsea players.

    He turned and twisted to deceive Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante and Alonso again before Jorginho was forced to foul him.

    Remarkably, Jorginho did not get booked for his poor attempt at playing the ball.

     

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