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Hello. Welcome to Match of the Day to extra this Sunday lunchtime. With

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me, the former England captain, Alan Shearer. Also Mark Schwarzer and the

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chief football correspondent from the Telegraph, Jason Burt. You can

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send us a text on the following subjects over the next 45 minutes.

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We will ask, what does the future hold for Diego Costa? Harry Kane's

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trick takes Spurs second, seven behind Chelsea for the bid will look

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ahead to the huge game at Old Trafford where Manchester United

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play Liverpool. As for the headlines this morning, Diego Costa dominates.

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You were at the game with Leicester where Chelsea won 3-0. Did they miss

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Diego Costa? Chelsea more than help themselves without him. The way the

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front three played with Pedro, hazard and Willian, they were

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brilliant. The question will be when they come up against better

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opposition. That will be a big challenge when they come up against

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the bigger teams. Will they miss Diego Costa? They will miss him. He

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has scored goals and assists and been integral about everything good

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about Chelsea. It will be a huge, uphill struggle to win the league

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without him. Do they have to miss Diego Costa? Nope. I think they will

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not sell him this winter but they will try to rehabilitate him back

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into the team. That is partly by Antonio Conte spoke the way he did

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yesterday. Perhaps a very different approach from Slaven Bilic with

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Dmitri Payet at. At Chelsea, it is very saddening terms of the offer

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from China. There is some tooling and throwing as to whether or not

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there is an from the table. His head has been turned for. He wants to

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look at that. The money on the table is huge. If you are only looking at

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what has been said, on the record, he has a back strain and he has

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argued with the fitness coach. You will not reveal sources of who said

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what behind-the-scenes. The use sense that the Chinese briefing is

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coming from one side all the other or from both parties? Do you sense?

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The story broke on Friday. The Daily Mail got the story and put it out

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there. Everyone has tried to verify it. The element of the bid from

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China has come out as well. There are various parties involved in

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that. People like Chelsea are well aware of the situation. Diego Costa

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has always been fairly unsettled at the club. I never thought he really

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wanted to move in the first place. He wanted to go back to Real Madrid

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and Chelsea have managed to keep him on board. If this big offer is on

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the table, it will make a big difference to Diego Costa. A

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Brazilian guy who has come from the middle of nowhere. Coming to Chelsea

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is not his dream. He can be quite disruptive character at times. What

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Chelsea are trying to do is close this story down. Yesterday was all

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about closing the story down. Yes, there is a back injury of sorts.

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Interestingly, Dmitri Payet has a back injury and are difficult to

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quantify. They want to get him on board as quickly as possible. They

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wanted out there that, from their point of view, we will publicly say

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there is a back injury for the behind-the-scenes they will try to

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keep him on board. I do not see them selling him this window. Next summer

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it might be different. In the summer we could possibly see him leaving

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the club. The story will not go away until he starts to play again.

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Absolutely. You are right. How bad is the back injury? Eventually

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Chelsea will have to talk more openly about the situation. Would it

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be a problem him being around the club, even playing for the club up

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till the summer, if you knew he was going? That is from a fellow

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player's perspective. He does not think Diego Costa even wanted to

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come to the club in the first place. Last season the whole season did not

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play particularly well. The two seasons in between, he has done

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very, very well. The bottom line is, if he comes back into the side and

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start scoring goals again, people will forget about it. Inevitably, he

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will dictate the situation. He will decide what happens. The players

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have the vast majority of the powerful if he does not want to be

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there, he will leave. Whether in this window or the summer, the same

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will happen with Dmitri Payet. Would you have any problem with that being

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in the squad for the remainder of the season? It depends how bad apple

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he would become. If it affects the dressing room then you will have to

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get rid. I do not know how close he is to the rest of the Chelsea

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players or with Dmitri Payet. As soon as it affects the dressing

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room, you have to get rid. He is a big character and someone a lot of

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players do like. He is always joking and has a great attitude when it

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comes to training. If he does then decide to throw his toys out of the

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pram and wants to leave, knowing what Chelsea is like and how he

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wants the team attitude and work ethic, like they showed yesterday,

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again they will not want to have that type of character around the

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training ground and changing room. I think he is a volatile character.

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Hope is that they will get him back on track quickly. He is back to his

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fitness coach -- Antonio Conte has backed his fitness coach in theirs.

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Hopefully they can move on in all of this. Partly the tactic yesterday

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they tried to close the story down by saying it was a fitness issue.

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Also what massively helped Chelsea yesterday was they won. That helped

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the manager a lot. They will wanted to go away as quickly as possible.

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Knowing a bit about Diego Costa, he wanted to go last summer but they

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managed to keep him. He has not been massively settled that Chelsea

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throughout his career. He has done very well there, 100%. I do not

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think he will be at Chelsea for the long haul. You have been at the

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Chelsea dressing room with him. You had the same first season. As I

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understand it, the private Diego Costa is different to the public one

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we see on the field. Definitely. On the pitch he is a fighter. He wants

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to scrap for everything. Off the pitch he is a joker. He loves that

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position in the squad. For me, in the end, who knows? They may

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surprise us. It may be completely blown out of all proportion. That

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must be their priority, sitting down with him and speaking to him. It has

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not been blown out of proportion. The story is true. He wants to go.

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The extent of the back injury I do not know about and I do not think

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that Chelsea know about it, Forshaw. This is a huge story. The team at

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the top of the league possibly wanting to go to China. I'm not

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talking about players on the bench and over the hill. I am talking

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about a player at the prime of his career wanting to leave Chelsea and

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go to China. It a huge story. If you live by inflated wages, you die by

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it. Chelsea need a fit and focused Diego Costa. If I was content I

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would say no player is bigger than the club, go and rot in the

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reserves. -- Antonio content. In an ideal world, that is what you would

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do. We will sit to you in the reserves. Is that hard to enforce?

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It is virtually impossible. He has to walk into the dressing room with

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the rest of the players. He is still one of your players foot if you

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tried to enforce all of these rules, you have the PFA coming to scream at

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you. -- if you try. That is the way it works. Jermaine Jenas said they

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had to get into the new Spurs training ground with fingerprint

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access. One summer, his stopped working for the back is how he got

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the message he was not there. If they got, if the 8 million offer is

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on the table, is it unrealistic to say they would sell him and bring

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summary in to do a job for them before the end of the transfer

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window? I do not think it was unrealistic. These clubs have an

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enormous scouting network. I think they will always have a Plan B and a

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plan C. If the scenario does happen, they will get as much money as they

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can and bring in someone replace him. I am not sure that Roman

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Abramowitz will want to be pushed around by the Chinese market. He is

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a Russian billionaire and has spent a lot of money. He will not want his

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players to dictate to him the way that Diego Costa is trying to do. At

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times like that, they will put their foot down and you cannot force the

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situation. Roman Abramowitz will not be pushed around. If he is going to

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go, it will more likely be the summer. Getting a replacement in

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this window will be nigh on impossible to get in the right

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player. Simon said, I would let him rot in the reserves and train on his

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own. He is not talking about Diego Costa but Dmitri Payet. Ryan says,

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caching and by players who want to contribute. What is the point of

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keeping Payet and ruined team spirit. West Ham got a good season

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out of him, let him go for the what would you do with him? If it is

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quite clear he has said what we think he has said to Slaven Bilic,

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that he is refusing to play, it is the same thing. You must sell him.

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Get as much as you can. Take the hit. If it starts to affect the

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dressing room but that is more important to the team than one

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player. I agree. He is a commodity but if a player does not want to be

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there, is refusing to play, is a bad apple. Players yesterday, you could

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see West Ham players coming out and saying, we have a great, close-knit

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unit here. We don't want any disruption with players being a bad

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apple. We want to concentrate on playing football. They can win games

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without him. Get as much money as you can and bring in players who

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want to play for the club. I think he is more likely to go in the

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January window than Diego Costa. If the right offer comes in, they will

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let him go. He is saying he wants to go back to Marseille for personal

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reasons. Just under ?20 million. The think his circumstances are

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different? He has a French wife and three kids. If he wants to go back

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to a specific club, let's see. He will not play for West Ham again and

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he wants to go back for personal reasons. Presumably he had a French

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wife and kids before he came to West Ham! Presumably so. It will be a

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long day. In his career, he did move around clubs a lot. He moved around

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France a lot. West Ham brought him over. He has done very well for

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them. He has been unsettled for a long time for the he came back from

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the Euros, expecting to leave. -- a long time. West Ham did not have a

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single offer. Nobody has made an offer. You cannot go. Three months

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after his loan, he has done this to him. Slaven Bilic has worked

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extremely hard to make Dmitri Payet happy. He was the player he really

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wanted. He has worked with him a lot in terms of developing the player.

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For Slaven Bilic to come out and say what he did... That was the last

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straw. I have nowhere else to go I have to tell this story from when he

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was on the bench in the FA Cup, and put him on at 4-0 down, that said

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the story. He is trying to prove a point by putting on a forward when

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you are 4-0 down at home. He is saying, I am the boss. For most of

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the season, Dmitri Payet has been unhappy. They have tried everything

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to get him back on board. Slaven Bilic probably felt, with the full

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authority of the club, that was the final straw. Oliver Holt has written

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in the mail today, anyone who thinks there's loyalty left in football is

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an idiot. We mentioned the loyalty bonus that Dmitri Payet got. Would

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you go on about loyalty in football? There are swings both ways. There is

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a case to say that is almost correct. Players have shown there is

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loyalty and John Terry is a great example.

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Skew and far between. It's funny, I always get undersized for staying at

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Newcastle, people say, you should have gone to Manchester United! --

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get criticised. Loyalty is a two-way thing. One club decided they no

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longer want a player, then the club sells. The truck try and get a

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player out. So loyalty is a two-way thing. Maybe it's different here

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because you didn't play that many clubs but if you were ever going to

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move to another club, would you have taken into account who you had paid

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for before, before deciding if you would move to another club? For

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example, your very good friend Steve Harper made that decision last

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season, to go and sit on the Sunderland bench, which given his

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record at Newcastle may seemed slightly odd. You've got to look at

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the options what options have you got as a player when a club say, we

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no longer want you, your contract is up or we have had a good offer, you

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say, OK, I will look at my options. I haven't got a problem with players

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wanting to leave a football club, it happens every month. You allowed to

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leave the club and the club was allowed to sell you but there is a

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way and means of doing it. Refusing to play or saying you will fake an

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injury, is not the correct way. It's not as if West Ham have said he has

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to stay, he signed a five-year contract, Dmitri Payet, doubled his

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money, they said you can go in the summer, he will be giving them 17,

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18 more games, that's all they are asking for. Does it make that much

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difference? It does to their season. It was a massive victory yesterday,

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but it has not been an easy campaign for them. He hasn't accepted and

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brilliant this season. But he's still there best player. If he was

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sold to Marseille in this transfer window, what would it mean for the

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fans? When you went to Chelsea, did you consider your from history? Of

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course, but I was also realistic. I had a fantastic time at Fulham, I

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gave them five years and at 40 years old I had an opportunity to be part

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of a club like Chelsea, as much as Fulham fans may not want to hear it,

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you can't compare the two. I'd never played Champions League football and

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I had an opportunity to try and fulfil that and Chelsea gave me

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that. It's like Alan says, about your career path, what option you

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have and what career path you want to take. Because it is a career for

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you, for us fans, it is irrational love but for you guys it's a career?

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Look at the options, with the club wants you, with you want to be

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there, I go back to my point, there is a correct way of doing it. Do you

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want to give a struct's opinion of appreciation for Andy Carroll

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yesterday? Outstanding, to get it on target, the technique, just sublime.

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It was a brilliant goal. Which is more likely to win goal of the

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month, that or Giroud? That is a horrible question. I don't really

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care, I love goals! That is such a rubbish answer! We have messages

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saying, sell Payet, move on, others are saying, he has got a bit big for

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his boots, when decent season, Andy is sick of overpaid players who

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don't get stuck in. Let's go to Goodison Park, the first of two

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games this afternoon, Everton against Manchester City. Hello,

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welcome to listen, if you are on the blue side of things, this is the

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only game that matters. Leon Osman scored one of the best goals of his

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career four years ago, Everton haven't beaten them since. It's

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going to be difficult, they scored five at West Ham last week and kept

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a clean sheet, they seem to be coming into a bit of form but

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Everton are on the back of a new study, the crowd should be fantastic

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today, they had a chance. What about that signing, Schneiderlin, what

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will he bring to the team? The manager knows him well, he knows

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what he's capable of, he knows exactly what to do to get the best

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out of him and Schneiderlin knows what the manager wants from his

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players so it should be a quick introduction, seamless introduction,

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he's a terrific player, a French international, think he will do well

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here. The manager was saying that everyone needs to open their eyes

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last week, was he right to say that? If it got him what he wanted, he was

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right, if he was after more signings, a manager needs to do what

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he can to get the players, that's the first signing, the second

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signing is hopefully coming afterwards, I don't think he's

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finished. What is the latest review, you itching to back into playing? I

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am enjoying not playing. It's different, your weekends are

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different, I am not running around on this pitch but I'm enjoying

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myself. Highlights will be on tonight. Let's get a good the team

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news. Morgan Schneiderlin is only on the bench and so is the other new

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signing, who cost ?11 million from Charlton. Everton make only one

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change from the cup defeat against Leicester which so angered Ronald

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Koeman am a the youngsters Holgate and Davis both stay in the team. Man

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City were more like themselves against West Ham in the cup, they

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have won four out of the last five in the Premier League and quite

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yellow goes with just a single change, in goal, Claudio Bravo

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returns in goal, Kevin de Bruyne is fit and John Stones is back at

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Goodison. What is important for John Stones this opportunity goes back to

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is old club, how does he deal with it? Not to get carried away with the

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emotion, not to do things that he wouldn't normally try. He hasn't had

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the best of seasons as yet. Still finding his way, I think, that club.

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I think he still learning what the manager wants from him. Not to get

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carried away, not to do anything stupid and put in a good

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performance, it'll be a tough afternoon for him. You think Ronald

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Koeman turning things round will be a slow process, he has kept a couple

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of kids in, Kabul and his new signings? He said himself it'll take

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some time to change the squad. He wants to bring in some new players,

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what they are able to accomplish with that type of squad is not at

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that level yet. Morgan Schneiderlin is the first of potentially many

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signings. Whether it is in January or in the summer, one or two more

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signings and then he will look to the summer to strengthen more. I

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think he wants to have his team in place by the end of the summer

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window. On Friday he said by the end of the summer window, the fans will

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have the team but I want. So he set a deadline to the club to get

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players in. He is an interesting character, he called out Steve Morse

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last week, which is a big thing to do, to mention your own recruitment

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guy, and there has been a reaction. It is possibly hurried to the

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Schneiderlin deal along. He has been looking to do this deal since he

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realised that Schneiderlin wasn't going to get a place in the Man

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United team. That is when he was getting frustrated about. I think

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the way they have to play today is direct, I saw them against Arsenal

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and they went direct, get the ball up, make it an ugly game, as hard as

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it will be because City were very impressive in the FA Cup against

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West Ham when they put five past them. But it'll be a tough afternoon

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if the crowd gets behind Everton. A quick cricket score, England made

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three June 50-7. India are 40-1. If you want to listen to that, it's on

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five live sports extra. At Old Trafford, you can hear this as well.

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Mark, Alan, we will have those thoughts shortly but first, we will

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hear from Paul Pogba. Do you feel more comfortable integrating into

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this new team with the new manager? The adaptation may be took a bit for

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the team, when you change players as well, you need some time. Now the

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team is going better and better, we all feel better than the start of

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the season. What is Jose Mourinho like the plague for? It is

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adaptation to him as well, and you club, now we know him better, how he

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plays and we understand him more. What is your relationship like with

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Zlatan? He's always a joker, on the pitch, he is a winner. He has big

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experience, a big character and he pushes you to your best always,

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gives you advice. Almost a father figure in a way? He wrote like it,

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but he's the oldest! -- won't like it. He's maybe the one with the most

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experience. When I say Manchester United against Liverpool at Old

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Trafford, does it send a shiver down your spine? The history, a big

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derby, more than Man City, I think, because of the way you feel, the

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atmosphere, you have no taste when you win three points against

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Liverpool. He wrote to be on Zlatan's Christmas card list! Lots

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of talk today about how Mourinho is trying to use Pogba in a Lampard

:26:51.:26:56.

style position. A bit further forward on the left of midfield. Did

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you see that and are you surprised it took him so long to work that

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out? I don't think it did, I just think he was trying to accommodate

:27:07.:27:11.

so many people, people were talking about Wayne Rooney come he's had a

:27:12.:27:15.

legend at the club, he tried to play with all of them at the start of the

:27:16.:27:26.

season and I don't think it worked particularly well. Now he has made

:27:27.:27:27.

the change he has been able to have Pogba in midfield in more of a role

:27:28.:27:32.

where he did so well at Juventus. Mourinho has got his swagger back,

:27:33.:27:37.

even on the touchline to me has the arrogance back about him, the

:27:38.:27:39.

winning mentality that was missing at the start of the season. It was

:27:40.:27:46.

figuring out the best way to play all those players. He has found that

:27:47.:27:52.

weight now, I thought they were static early on in the season, not

:27:53.:27:56.

so many runners going past Ibrahimovic, where he struggled to

:27:57.:28:03.

begin with, everyone is pulling in the same direction, he seems

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comfortable and happy and it seems a happier place now. For those

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listening, you had a little laugh. It was a great loaded question! I

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totally agree with you. What you are driving at is he should have played

:28:18.:28:23.

Pogba at this position at the start of the season. I was surprised how

:28:24.:28:27.

they lined up at the start of the season, I thought Carrick should

:28:28.:28:32.

have been in the team, the vegetarian thing is interesting, it

:28:33.:28:37.

has taken him a while to get into it, Mourinho will get credit now,

:28:38.:28:39.

maybe should have been in the team earlier. It has taken a while to

:28:40.:28:45.

come together. It could be a number of reasons why, the club had become

:28:46.:28:54.

moribund under van Gaal, I think Mourinho said it which was

:28:55.:28:57.

interesting was changing the mentality and some people were

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sceptical but I can understand what he meant, they were playing in such

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a way that it was affecting them so much, the pressure was too great on

:29:05.:29:09.

them, he needed to release them more and that has happened now with the

:29:10.:29:14.

players, the formation. The influence of Ibrahimovic can't be

:29:15.:29:17.

underestimated, this guy is not fazed by anything. He is not fazed

:29:18.:29:24.

by playing for Manchester United. He was out of contract after he left

:29:25.:29:26.

Paris St Germain, they thought physically, that was the end, his

:29:27.:29:30.

movement wasn't the greatest, he's come in and reenergised himself and

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he has reacted to being in the Premier League and thought, I am

:29:37.:29:40.

going to do this. I have been incredibly impressed by the way he

:29:41.:29:44.

has responded. Initial reaction, Scruton God, then he has struggled,

:29:45.:29:52.

and now he has gone again, use a player who has reacted briefly to

:29:53.:29:56.

being in the Premier League. Not only is his movement better, it is

:29:57.:30:00.

players going beyond him now which for a centre forward when you are

:30:01.:30:05.

there on your own, you need that is otherwise you're constantly fighting

:30:06.:30:08.

with two or three defenders all the time and if you have guys prepared

:30:09.:30:12.

to go beyond you, with his ability, he can handle his own against one.

:30:13.:30:22.

When you watch him at the moment, you could sort of see it with Pogba

:30:23.:30:29.

were joking about him and laughing about him but having huge respect

:30:30.:30:35.

for him as well. He may not have the arm on but he appears the talismanic

:30:36.:30:39.

leader of this United side at the moment. Very much so. He is leading

:30:40.:30:45.

from the front and has got better as the season has gone on. He has a

:30:46.:30:53.

swagger and presence. Wherever he is. He has stood up to criticism and

:30:54.:30:59.

reacted, like Jason was saying. He is getting better and better and

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becoming a main player for them. One final thing, Jose Mourinho's and is

:31:07.:31:09.

about getting the players to change them and talented. -- comments. When

:31:10.:31:18.

you had a change of manager, did it take time to stop doing certain

:31:19.:31:24.

things? Sometimes. A manager can come in and asked something

:31:25.:31:28.

different view. Sometimes you do not understand what the manager wants

:31:29.:31:31.

and is looking to you to do something different. It depends who

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it is and what is in this situation. Quite clearly, Mouinho did not know

:31:37.:31:41.

what his best options were. It has taken longer than we'd thought --

:31:42.:31:47.

Jose Mourinho. They are a team without doubt on the up. If they

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were to win today, two points behind Liverpool. That is a statement in

:31:54.:31:57.

itself will stop let's concentrate on Liverpool. Here is Jurgen Klopp.

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Give me 11 players and we will be competitive. That is the plan. They

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are not some players, they are my players. They already know a lot

:32:13.:32:16.

about each other. I know how they react. It makes us not weaker. It

:32:17.:32:23.

should make us stronger. Being ready for this. It is not about being

:32:24.:32:29.

confident before the game it is about getting confidence in the game

:32:30.:32:33.

with the right movements, the right kind of defending, the right kind of

:32:34.:32:37.

causing them problems. That is what we think about. For the last game it

:32:38.:32:42.

is not important. If it gives you a last percentage of greed, if you

:32:43.:32:49.

want, to fix something, welcome. Use it. He talks about being given 11

:32:50.:32:56.

players and he will get them to play football. Is the problem may be that

:32:57.:33:02.

he could do with having 20, 22 players? That Liverpool squad still

:33:03.:33:06.

might need strengthening, if you look how they suffer when they do

:33:07.:33:10.

not have Coutinho, Henderson or Mane. Liverpool need to bring in

:33:11.:33:18.

more quality. They have a good base of quality players. They just need

:33:19.:33:21.

to bring in more bodies of top quality. That has always been the

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big problem. What is interesting with Liverpool in particular, I have

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always doubted whether they could maintain that level of intensity for

:33:31.:33:33.

the course of the season in the Premier League. He did it in Germany

:33:34.:33:37.

because they have a winter break. That had a massive influence on

:33:38.:33:41.

being able to rest players. People reach highs, go away for ten days,

:33:42.:33:46.

do a mini pre-season and off they go again for the here they are

:33:47.:33:51.

overloaded through Christmas. It is almost impossible to play that

:33:52.:33:55.

intensity. He tried to give them a break in the New Year in the FA Cup.

:33:56.:33:59.

He brought in a lot of the youngsters and change around a lot

:34:00.:34:02.

of things for the game in the hope that going to Southampton, who would

:34:03.:34:07.

have a fresher team, but they looked so flat. They did not have any

:34:08.:34:11.

energy whatsoever. In the end they were lucky to get away with what

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they did. They will train at that intensity and training. The guys not

:34:17.:34:23.

playing every week will be doing the same sessions. At times you will be

:34:24.:34:27.

doing more because you are not playing at weekends. It does affect

:34:28.:34:30.

the whole team, especially when you're not playing week in and week

:34:31.:34:36.

out together as a unit. Over the FA Cup weekend, teams have made

:34:37.:34:40.

wholesale changes and struggle. They are missing key players. Matip at

:34:41.:34:44.

the back did not play. Henderson, we are definitely seeing the best of

:34:45.:34:55.

Henderson. I think Mane gives them whips. They do not have the width

:34:56.:34:59.

without him for that I think they are a bit too narrow. Daniel

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Sturridge was a disappointment. He did not look at it against them for

:35:06.:35:09.

the batter is a problem. Coutinho is coming back. That will make a

:35:10.:35:15.

difference. -- he did not look at it against them. I think he genuinely

:35:16.:35:21.

wants to work with younger players and bring them through. As fans, you

:35:22.:35:29.

want to see it. He sees the pressure to recruit and buy. He is also

:35:30.:35:33.

saying I want to develop players and bring them through. I applaud him

:35:34.:35:39.

for that. There are parallels with Pochettino at Tottenham with the way

:35:40.:35:43.

they play. He also wants to bring players through. He wants to get the

:35:44.:35:49.

balance right, also being competitive and ambitious and

:35:50.:35:53.

develop a team. That is one of the big things with his teens. The

:35:54.:35:56.

energy they have shown and the appetite and the way they go after

:35:57.:36:04.

teams. -- teams. He will be looking for a reaction today particularly

:36:05.:36:12.

after they were so poor in midweek. I think it will depend on whether

:36:13.:36:21.

Coutinho plays, if he does play. Will he not miss a stride because he

:36:22.:36:25.

has been out? If they do not play, missing Mane as well, Liverpool

:36:26.:36:32.

lacked a bit in the quality they do against Manchester United who are

:36:33.:36:36.

preparing for ten consecutive wins in all competitions. That will be

:36:37.:36:41.

the big question today. I think it will be a high-scoring draw. Don't

:36:42.:36:49.

curse it already. See you on Match of the Day later for a 0-0 draw.

:36:50.:36:55.

There are goals in both teams. Both defences do not give me great

:36:56.:37:00.

confidence. I'm hoping for goals. As long as it is better than the game

:37:01.:37:06.

at Anfield. Manchester United went there with a certain game plan. I do

:37:07.:37:11.

not think Liverpool will arrive with a game plan against Manchester

:37:12.:37:16.

United. Liverpool against Manchester City were slightly different. They

:37:17.:37:18.

were more controlled in the way they played for them if they can get back

:37:19.:37:22.

to that type of performance they could do well today.

:37:23.:37:35.

I imagine as never Tony and playing at home for Manchester United, it

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would be great to break the goal-scoring record. -- and

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Evertonians. It is a matter of time before Wayne Rooney gets this

:37:54.:37:59.

record. He has been one hell of a player, Wayne Rooney. For him, it

:38:00.:38:02.

would be fitting if he were to get it today against their biggest

:38:03.:38:09.

rivals. Let's move on. We will talk Spurs and another striker. Harry

:38:10.:38:12.

Kane hit a hat-trick for Tottenham as they beat West Brom 4-0. The

:38:13.:38:18.

little girl has been great. Not too bad. Quite a few misses, getting up

:38:19.:38:24.

at night, not letting me sleep. It has been a busy week, one I have

:38:25.:38:31.

enjoyed. I enjoyed today as well. You were buzzing from the start. It

:38:32.:38:34.

was important to get that early goal. We said that was at the last

:38:35.:38:39.

few times we played them, they scored first. They always hang in

:38:40.:38:44.

there and managed to make a draw. Going in there, flying, trying to

:38:45.:38:48.

finish the game. We did that with probably the best performance of the

:38:49.:38:55.

season. A great day. A good week for Harry Kane. What to do mumble to me

:38:56.:39:01.

during that? I said he is the real deal. -- what did you mumble to me?

:39:02.:39:08.

I me huge admirer of the way he does most things very well. The way he

:39:09.:39:13.

loves scoring goals. He will be around for a long time. There is a

:39:14.:39:21.

quote from Pochettino saying that Spurs can win the title. Why not?

:39:22.:39:28.

Last season was a massive blow for them. There was a lot of regret.

:39:29.:39:32.

Last weekend they played Chelsea. There was a sense of a bit of

:39:33.:39:37.

revenge in that result. I spoke to Dele Alli after result and he said

:39:38.:39:40.

it was kind of like getting one back on Chelsea, not just the rival

:39:41.:39:48.

Republicans Chelsea have a chance to win the title. -- the rivalry. They

:39:49.:39:53.

look more comfortable now. They are a bit under the radar. People have

:39:54.:39:59.

not really mentioned him a lot. It has been about the Manchester clubs,

:40:00.:40:03.

about Chelsea. It suited Tottenham really well. If they get their first

:40:04.:40:09.

11 out, and they can keep them fit... The 11 is the best 11 in the

:40:10.:40:15.

league. It is the best 11 and the Premier League. Vertonghen is out

:40:16.:40:19.

injured. That could potentially be a big blow for them. When out on the

:40:20.:40:23.

pitch, the 11 they played against Chelsea is the best 11. You

:40:24.:40:31.

mentioned Vertonghen. I spoke about it yesterday on the radio. When

:40:32.:40:40.

Alderweireld was out, they suffered earlier in the season. It was

:40:41.:40:43.

interesting yesterday they brought in Ben Davies to play in the three.

:40:44.:40:49.

That would be perfect. I think he would be ideal on the left side. And

:40:50.:40:54.

then it keeps the left foot on the left side. This is key to their

:40:55.:41:01.

success. Equally, the defensive side of things can he is as important to

:41:02.:41:08.

anyone in any team. I do not think Spurs have the depth. Janssen has

:41:09.:41:17.

struggled. They made a couple of substitutions. The relationship

:41:18.:41:25.

between Dele Alli and son change the game. It is a blow with the injury

:41:26.:41:32.

but I think Tottenham world challenge. Still time to send us a

:41:33.:41:39.

text. How has Harry Kane developed in the last to years? You can see he

:41:40.:41:49.

has an edge about him. He has a great relationship with Dele Alli.

:41:50.:41:53.

He knows what he will do. When I played with England, with Teddy

:41:54.:41:57.

Sheringham. We used to turn up every six, seven weeks. We hardly train

:41:58.:42:03.

together. I understood his game. We knew what each other would do. I see

:42:04.:42:08.

a similar relationship between Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The flick over

:42:09.:42:13.

for the setup yesterday, for one of his goals, was superb. The way he

:42:14.:42:17.

did it. The running and the timing. Everything. Did you used to watch

:42:18.:42:23.

what Sheringham was doing in his club games before you met up for

:42:24.:42:30.

international duty? I knew his game. That our partnerships and

:42:31.:42:33.

relationships where it just works. It just happens. With others, you

:42:34.:42:37.

have to train together and work together and do a lot of

:42:38.:42:42.

understanding of his game. With myself and Teddy, it clicked. From

:42:43.:42:46.

the day we met, I knew he could work for me and I could work for him.

:42:47.:42:55.

When he went sure I took -- short, taking a defender with him. Harry

:42:56.:43:01.

Kane is getting stronger and stronger. Absolutely. He has grown

:43:02.:43:09.

in confidence. He is the real deal. He is backing it up year after year.

:43:10.:43:14.

People think he will struggle. I think he was slow at the start of

:43:15.:43:23.

the season. That was at the back of the Euros. Now he is back to his

:43:24.:43:30.

best. I would not underestimate the influence of Pochettino. He has

:43:31.:43:37.

responded to everything they have asked him to do. I know you referred

:43:38.:43:43.

to Olivier Giroud and Andy Carroll's is as potential goals of the month.

:43:44.:43:52.

They were both against Crystal Palace and I am a Crystal Palace

:43:53.:43:57.

fan. We will see you for Match of the Day two later. We will show

:43:58.:44:01.

highlights of the high-scoring draw

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A look back at Saturday's Premier League matches, with analysis of the major talking points along with a preview of Sunday's big clashes. On Sunday, Everton host a Manchester City team still striving for the title in Pep Guardiola's debut season. In the late kick-off, championship-chasing Liverpool travel to Manchester United.


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