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Klopp insists Liverpool are revved up to catch old foes

DOMINIC KING: A sense of dread has started to surface on Merseyside once more, a nagging fear about those most bitter foes. Following a turbulent spell after the Sir Alex Ferguson wonder years, the signs in recent months are that Manchester United's juggernaut is cranking back into gear and Jose Mourinho has it moving relentlessly towards the Premier League's summit. Mourinho is on a crusade to bring a 21st domestic title to Old Trafford and there are no limits to the finances being provided for him to realise his ambition. Since being appointed, he has spent more than £300million to get United rolling. The money is not going to dry up any time soon. Mourinho arrived in Liverpool on Friday night alongside his players Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. (L-R)

Pochettino wrong over 'Harry Kane team' anger: Guardiola

Pep Guardiola branded Mauricio Pochettino’s withering attack a mistake and claimed he has never disrespected Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino launched an astonishing tirade towards the Manchester City manager on Friday, infuriated by Guardiola labelling Spurs ‘the Harry Kane team’ after victory against Chelsea.

Plans are in place to improve the midfielder’s existing deal, which is worth around £50,000 per week, over the coming months, but those discussions will test Tottenham’s pay structure.

There are a few reasons why Grzegorz Krychowiak took what appeared an unusual decision to switch Paris Saint-Germain for West Brom this summer. At the heart of it is an accusation of duplicity.

Moshiri, Everton's major shareholder, was joined by chairman Bill Kenwright at the club's training facility to primarily discuss plans for the proposed new riverfront stadium.

SPORTS AGENDA: The glamorous seven-figure deal is understood to have been arranged by a sports agencies taking part in a beauty parade before the Hickford family in Milton Keynes.

‘People go quickly to conclusions,’ said Wenger. ‘We live in the world where people have opinions and sometimes they are right and sometimes they are not always proven right on the longer period.

Keown's combined XI: Two Liverpool players make the cut

My combined team may be Manchester United heavy, but I cannot pick a single member of Liverpool's back five. Only West Ham and Crystal Palace have conceded more times in the Premier League than Liverpool this season. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip looked pedestrian in their last match when Newcastle played a ball over the top.

THE OFFICIAL LINE: Martin Atkinson has been tasked with controlling one of the fiercest rivalries in the Premier League. He doesn't just have 22 players to worry about.

Manager Jose Mourinho was criticised for his negative tactics when Manchester United stifled Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in a drab goalless draw on Merseyside a year ago.

Having finished fourth last term, the Reds currently lie seventh in the Premier League table with 12 points from their seven games, some nine behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

Liverpool unveil new Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield

Forty years ago, Dalglish arrived at Liverpool for a then record British transfer £440,000 from Celtic and went on to become one of the club's greatest ever players. And the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, have decided to give him the ultimate recognition and the Kenny Dalglish Stand will be a permanent monument to his influence. The Scot's unparalleled services to Liverpool have earned him the nickname of 'The King' on Merseyside and the new stand is testament to all he has done not only for the club but the city. Liverpool-born comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, former manager Gerard Houllier and former players Ian St John, Robbie Fowler, Alan Hansen, Phil Thompson and Steven Gerrard were all invited to attend the ceremony.

Liverpool and  United fans by tradition hate each other

IAN HERBERT: Bryan Robson still recalls the afternoon he ushered teenage Liverpool fans towards the visitors' dressing-room sink at Anfield, to wash ammonia out of their eyes. It had been aimed at him and his Manchester United team-mates as they descended the team bus that day.

INTERVIEW BY ADAM CRAFTON: From the training pitches to the canteen, Juan Mata has noted a surge in electricity at Manchester United's Carrington training base this week.

Jose Mourinho poured scorn on the ex-United players who have spoken about the hostile reception awaiting his players at the home of their bitter rivals. Mikael Silvestre, for one, described it as ‘hell’.

Saturday's Premier League battle between the country's two most decorated clubs promises to be a fascinating duel as Jose Mourinho's men look to continue their fine start to the campaign.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes few managers could make the impact at Anfield that he has made in two years - but still reckons more could have been achieved since taking over.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions it was his dream to take charge of Manchester United. he two arch-rivals go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday

Chelsea players get set for Crystal Palace clash

Chelsea's players have been finalising their plans for the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Premier League resumes again after the international break. The current champions make the short journey to Selhurst Park looking to inflict further misery upon Roy Hodgson's side, currently on a miserable run of seven straight defeats without scoring. But Chelsea have some troubles of their own to combat if they are to take all three points.

Mauricio Pochettino has branded Pep Guardiola 'disrespectful' and 'sad' for referring to Tottenham as 'the Harry Kane team'. Guardiola made the remark after Manchester City won at Chelsea.

No sooner has Conte found a solution to his loneliness at home than a mini crisis has developed at work, with Chelsea’s manager revealing that Kante will be out for up to seven games.

LAURIE WHITWELL AT ST ANDREW'S: Birmingham City picked up three points as they beat the league leaders in their first game since the Harry Redknapp era.

David Moyes, who left Sunderland back in May, is among the front-runners to lead Scotland, who parted ways with Strachan after he failed to guide them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Middleweight champion Michael Bisping was in brilliant form and had UFC president Dana White in stitches with his string of profanity-riddled proclamations.

ADAM SHERGOLD AT ASHTON GATE: Lee Johnson was September’s manager of the month in the Championship and though his City side extended their impressive unbeaten run to 12 games.

Carl Frampton admits: 'This year has been a disaster'

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Carl Frampton is sitting on the edge of his bed, going over his ‘s***e year’ and his hopes for the next one when there’s a knock on his hotel room door. It’s a man with a fridge. He walks in, sets it down and quickly leaves to go about his business. Frampton largely lives out of a suitcase in Manchester these days and needed it to store his training meals, but the visit triggered a thought in his head. ‘That man just saw me lying on the bed with two guys in the room, and one’s holding a camera,’ he says. ‘Wonder what he’s thinking right now.’ The fighter laughs. It wouldn’t be the first time he has caused a raised eyebrow in recent months, this former two-weight world champion who, until the past six weeks, was finding little to chuckle about in 2017.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino visits new stadium site

If everything goes well as far as Tottenham Hotspur are concerned, by this time next year they will have moved into their new 61,559-seater home.  For now, however, it is still a building site, stretching up into the North London sky from the ground.

CHRIS FOY AT KINGSPAN STADIUM: Wasps led 9-3 with just over 25 minutes left but tries from Jacob Stockdale and Stuart McCloskey helped swing the game in Ulster's favour.

Antoine Griezmann hinted at a big money switch to Old Trafford on more than one occasion last summer, but he remained at Atletico Madrid and signed a deal worth £235,000-a-week.

For those armchair managers out there, it also means the return of the MailOnline's brilliant Fantasy Football game - and an important bit of decision making for anyone involved.

Fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield as the Premier League returns with a bang. Here's the best bets for the big one and the rest of the tips across the top flight and beyond.

Ahead of this weekend's matches in the Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

Harry Gregg opens up on life after Munich air disaster

INTERVIEW BY IAN LADYMAN: On a wall of Harry Gregg's imposing house an hour or so outside Belfast is a photograph of a Manchester United team. From left to right the names read: Edwards, Coleman, Jones, Morgans, Charlton, Viollet, Taylor, Foulkes, Gregg, Scanlon, Byrne. Standing on the field in Belgrade in February 1958, it is the United side that was to be ripped apart on Munich's snow-covered runways the very next day. Elsewhere in the same room are photographs of the crash and images of the day — 25 years on — when Gregg was reunited with the Yugoslav mother and daughter he pulled from the wreckage.

George Groves demanded Chris Eubank Jnr semi-final clash

JEFF POWELL: This may come as a surprise to all those bowled over by Chris Eubank Jnr's latest performance – flattened Turkish tough guy Avni Yildirim among them - but George Groves insisted on being placed in the same half of the draw as Junior in the World Boxing Super Series.

Groves, the No 1 seed for the tournament and the heavy favourite for Saturday's bout, tipped the scales at  167.1lbs, while the naturally-smaller Cox came in a little heavier at 167.77lbs.

PETE JENSON IN MADRID: Most people never thought Zinedine Zidane would make it to 100 matches as Real Madrid coach, much less win seven trophies along the way.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday that he does not know when Gareth Bale will return from his latest calf problem as he faced repeated questions about the Wales star's future.

Alexis Sanchez trains alongside Arsenal team-mates

Arsenal geared up for their first match back after the international break with a full-blooded training session as Alexis Sanchez put the disappointment of missing out on World Cup qualification behind him alongside his club team-mates. Sanchez was joined by key players Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal's squad were put through their paces at London Colney on Friday.

Lionel Messi is 'permanently competitive' - Barcelona boss

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde paid tribute on Friday to Lionel Messi's 'permanent competitiveness', after the five-times world player of the year dragged Argentina into next year's World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador last Tuesday. Messi has been in free-scoring form for his club this season, hitting 11 goals in seven Liga games and 14 in all competitions. On Saturday he faces one of his favourite opponents in Atletico Madrid.

Diafra Sakho's contract with West Ham includes a two-year option that the club can trigger to keep the supposedly unhappy striker at the London Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp criticised England's handling of Jordan Henderson, saying his inclusion in Lithuania 'made no sense'. He played 180 minutes of World Cup games against Slovenia and Lithuania.

The Manchester City striker broke a rib after a horror car crash in Amsterdam just a fortnight ago but is already back in training. The Argentine hopes to figure against Stoke on Saturday.

Conte is committed to Chelsea until 2019 but fueled talk of an earlier exit with a recent interview in Italy in which he was quoted as saying: 'Not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long.'

Ryan Lamb claims England are like 'robots'

CHRIS FOY EXCLUSIVE: They call him ‘Harry’ at La Rochelle and Ryan Lamb has JK Rowling to thank for that, but it’s an improvement on the nicknames he acquired at five English clubs. The 31-year-old has been rejuvenated by his cross-Channel move in the summer, having felt he had ‘stagnated’ in the Premiership. Speaking to Sportsmail at the town’s old port, he explained how he has been welcomed at the ambitious club on France’s Atlantic coast.

Lyon 3-2 Monaco: Nabil Fekir scores late winner

Nabil Fekir scored a late winner for Lyon as Monaco wasted a chance to close the gap on Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Fekir's goal came after Adama Traore had levelled the game at 2-2 in the first half. Traore scored 11 minutes after Fekir had taken the lead for Lyon in the 23rd minute.  Rony Lopes had also brought Monaco level earlier in the game after Mariano Diaz had put the hosts ahead.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has ruled himself out of contention to take over as Holland national team boss. The Dutch failed to reach their second successive major tournament.

A 2-1 defeat at the hands of minnows Trinidad & Tobago, coupled with Panama's victory over Costa Rica, eliminated the States from qualifying earlier this week, leading to Arena's resignation.

Lascelles and Diame have offered to take the rest of the squad for lunch as a way of apologising for their training-ground scrap - which left Jonjo Shelvey with a broken hand.

Pep Guardiola poses with Manchester City coaches

Pep Guardiola emphasised the importance of teamwork as he celebrated picking up the Premier League's manager of the month award for September with several members of his coaching team. The Manchester City boss was rewarded for another stellar four weeks in charge at the Etihad with the monthly gong, and posed for a picture with his trophy alongside six of his backroom staff. Xabi Mancisidor, Rodolfo Borrell, Domenec Torrent, Brian Kidd, Mikel Arteta and Carles Planchart have each played their own part in guiding City to the top of the Premier League table with six wins from their seven matches to date.

Marouane Fellaini starts the healing process in Antwerp

Marouane Fellaini has sought outside help in his recovery from a knee injury. The Belgian midfielder sustained the problem - a medial ligament strain - while on international duty and has been ruled out of action for around two weeks. He has turned to an Antwerp rehabilitation centre in an effort to speed up the process as much as possible.

Delph was close to joining Stoke this summer but instead stayed to fight for his place at Manchester City and has seized his opportunity in an unfamiliar role after Benjamin Mendy’s injury.

Barcelona visit Atletico's new Wanda Metropolitano home for the first time on Saturday night with a five-point lead over second-placed Sevilla. They have opened their campaign with seven straight wins.

Rafa Benitez recommended that the Magpies acted swiftly to tie down the 21-year-old, who has been his side’s best performer so far this season.

The forward's absence, since a knee injury suffered in the 3-0 home defeat by Huddersfield in their first fixture, has contributed to the fact Palace have lost all of their seven league games.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique spotted alongside Shakira

Gerard Pique was pictured with his partner Shakira on Friday as the couple laid to rest rumours suggesting they are about to break up. The pair were spotted driving in Pique's Audi near Shakira's home amid speculation their relationship is on the rocks, with members of the singer's family also present.

St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers: Carlos Pena nets double

After the war of words, a battle of attrition, and a victory won in large part by the efforts of a player who has received more than his share of flak during his brief time as a Rangers employee.

The Spaniard competed in the Indianapolis 500 this year, missing the Monaco GP, but has ruled out an immediate return. Indianapolis, Le Mans and Monaco make up the 'Triple Crown'.

Former Arsenal man Andrey Arshavin, who now plays his football for FC Kairat in Kazakhstan, got married to his wife Alisa back in September 2016.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will be handed his Formula One debut at next week's United States Grand Prix following a late call-up by Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso.

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Man United star Antonio Valencia wins goal of the month

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial were also on the scoresheet, while Romelu Lukaku returned to haunt his former club — but it was Valencia's strike which stole the show in the 4-0 drubbing at Old Trafford. Nemanja Matic swept the ball across the face of Everton's 18-yard line as it bounce on the edge of the box en route to the United defender. The ball stood up nicely for Valencia, who lashed his right foot at it and sent it flying beyond the helpless Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal.

Spurs ace Harry Kane is Premier League player of the month

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has now won the award five times, following former successes in January 2015, February 2015, March 2016 and February 2017. Only Steven Gerrard, with six, has won the accolade on more occasions.

It's Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail's IAN LADYMAN reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's been leaving him cold this week.

Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he will always be grateful to Rafa Benitez, but has vowed to get one over his former manager on Sunday. Pellegrino worked with Benitez at Valencia and Liverpool.

Liverpool must put in a solid all-round performance to beat Manchester United at Anfield, Emre Can has admitted ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash.

The Lanarkshire club were first to reveal they had been unwitting victims of the scam which Sportsmail understands saw close to £1million vanish from their bank accounts.

The Dutchman - who won four Premier League titles and two League Cups, plus the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with United - had the chance to join rivals Liverpool in 1999.

Jupp Heynckes wants to tighten up Bayern Munich's backline as he prepares for his first game back in charge of the Bundesliga champions. Bayern take on Freiburg. 

Everton and Wayne Rooney train ahead of trip to Brighton

Wayne Rooney and his Everton team-mates were put through their paces on Friday as they look to arrest their dramatic slump in form with victory at Brighton. The Toffees head to the south coast sitting 16th in the table after a miserable run which has seen them win just two of their last 10 games in all competitions. But despite their struggles at the wrong end of the table, Rooney and the rest of Ronald Koeman's men appeared in good spirits at Finch Farm.

Man Utd's Victor Lindelof enjoys shopping with fiancee

Victor Lindelof, who is set to miss out against Liverpool on Saturday, was pictured walking around Hale Barns with his partner Maja Nilsson after a successful trip to the upmarket Booths. Lindelof and Nilsson were clearly prepared for the gloomy and cold conditions on Friday as they were seen walking around the village in winter clothes and beanie hats.

As the chief executive begins the search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is topping a list of targets.

The scouts will assert with reason that Jai Quitongo is heading for the top, fans at Morton hang on his every shimmy and watchers on YouTube have been amazed by his recent spectacular goal.

The spot-kick against Southampton was seen as a way of breaking that duck, but Hughes does not think Berahino will be granted another chance from 12 yards any time soon.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton fears Everton's poor start to the season will make them even more dangerous opponents. Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is already under pressure.

The Scottish Premiership outfit released a statement on Friday in which they revealed the scope of the damage caused, without explaining exactly how they had been defrauded.

Ronny Deila is now in charge of Valerenga in his native Norway but with the team lingering just above the relegation zone, they faced a vital showdown with rivals Brann last month.

Wilder showcases his swimming pool workout as he prepares for heavyweight clash with Stiverne next month

Deontay Wilder revealed his unorthodox workout methods as the American gears up for his fight with Bermane Stiverne next month. Wilder released a video of himself working out in a swimming pool, performing a few rounds of shadow boxing with the added resistance of being underwater.

Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov in Shanghai Masters

Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal. Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai. Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia stands between Nadal and a second consecutive tournament final.

The quest for the biggest prize in European club rugby kicks off this weekend as 20 teams begin their campaigns in the highly anticipated Champions Cup.

CHRIS FOY: The quest for the biggest prize in European club rugby kicks off this weekend as 20 teams begin their campaigns in the Champions Cup.

ANDY NICOL: European club rugby is back. After a successful Champions Cup final in Murrayfield in May, all roads this year lead to Bilbao in Spain for what will be a memorable weekend.

With the Devonians having lost three of their four round-one matches in the European Cup, it seems that stage-fright is an issue ahead of their match with Glasgow Warriors.

Laurens clung on by a fast-diminishing nose to land the Group One Bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket to cap huge seasons for trainer Karl Burke and jockey PJ McDonald.

India's home Twenty20 series against Australia has finished in a 1-1 draw after the third match was abandoned on Friday. India won the first T20 and Australia the second.

The move is designed to provide international Test cricket with greater context as it combats the effects of a growing number of Twenty20 tournaments.

England's Matt Wallace and Australia's Marcus Fraser are joint leaders on 13 under going into the weekend of the Italian Open.

The 38-year-old former England fast bowler, who helped his country lift the urn in 2005 and 2009, had been in charge of the Northern League side since February 2015 but has ended his reign.

Sir Michael Stoute has labelled EXPERT EYE (Newmarket, 3.00) as the best two-year-old he has worked with in ages and can end a top-level juvenile drought for the Newmarket trainer.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Saturday's meetings at Newmarket, York, Kempton, Hexham and Chepstow.

Burnley's James Tarkowski is no prima donna

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY MIKE KEEGAN: Not many players will spend their summer interrailing around Europe, staying in down-at-heel hotels and operating on a budget. But then again, not many footballers are like James Tarkowski. 'We stayed in some rascal hotels,' recalls the Burnley defender. 'A dorm at a hostel in Paris was bad. Random people asleep in there. Some £2-a-night places.' Slumming it is something the 24-year-old, one of the stars of the Lancashire side's stunning start to the season, is used to.

MERSEY BEAT - DOMINIC KING: This game, English football's Clasico, has a power like no other; a goal or a stellar performance in it and suddenly a player is on another level.

Between March 1, 1970, and November 10, 1994, Oldham Athletic had two managers. From that day to the present, they have had 24, including caretakers.

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