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All the factz you need on Liverpool v Manchester City, including which TV channel its on

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The second game in the Premier League today sees Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield. The match kicks off at 4pm and is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City walloped Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad earlier in the season.
* However, Anfield isn’t a happy hunting ground for City: they haven’t won there since 2003.
* Liverpool are unbeaten in 13 league matches.
* However, City are unbeaten in 22 league matches this season and 30 in all.
* Liverpool have kept 9 clean sheets in their last 13 away matches.

Liverpool target signing Riyad Mahrez and Jack Butland

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With the money from Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million transfer to Barcelona burning a hole in his pocket, Liverpool boss is targeting new signings, including Leicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez and Stoke City stopper Jack Butland.

Algerian international Mahrez has been heavily linked to a move to Anfield, and the midfielder is apparently keen on making the move, according to Bleacher Report. However, despite rumours, no representatives from Liverpool have yet made contact with their counterparts at Leicester.

Mahrez would be a ready-made replacement for Coutinho, knows the division and would be available for about £50 million, which seems a relatively reasonable price in today’s inflated market.

However, if Liverpool want to make a move, they may have to be quick, as Arsenal are also said to be lining up a move for Mahrez. With Arsene Wenger seemingly resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez this month, and also prepared to sell Theo Walcott, replacements are needed and, again, the Algerian would seem to fit the bill.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also being linked to a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
Despite Stoke’s struggles at the wrong end of the Premier League this season, Butland has enhanced his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the country – with the potential to get better, given he is still only 24.

Liverpool have long had problems with finding a number one keeper, with Simon Migniolet and Lorisu Karius currently challenging for the position. However, Butland could be seen as an upgrade on both of those. It is thought likely that Butland would also welcome a move to a club playing in Europe.

Butland is likely to be expensive – more so if Stoke avoid the drop – perhaps north of £30 million, but given Liverpool’s new-found wealth, they can more than afford it.

Liverpool target Thomas Lemar as potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool are targeting Monaco’s attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar as a replacement if Philippe Coutinho leaves for Barcelona this month.

Sources in Spain have said Barca are preparing a new bid for Coutinho, and are hopeful that Liverpool will be willing to do business with them, having rejected 3 bids for the player in the summer.

Should Coutinho leave, then Lemar is seen by Liverpool’s bosses as an ideal replacement, according to The Mirror. The 22-year-old French international has been a star for Monaco in the past couple of seasons, and could cost up to £90 million.

But Lemar is also coveted by other clubs, not least in the Premier League. Arsenal tried to sign him in the summer, and are believed to still be interested in doing a deal, especially if one of Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil were to leave. Manchester United and Chelsea are also believed to be keeping tabs on the player.

If Liverpool were to sign Lemar – who is rated as one of the best young talents in Europe – it would take some of the sting out of losing Coutinho.

Barcelona preparing new bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

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Barcelona are preparing to make a new bid for Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, according to reports in Spain.

In the summer, Barcelona had 3 bids for Coutinho rejected by Liverpool. The last bid was for £118 million, although it is believed that included about £30 million in add-ons, such as the player winning the Balon d’Or.

However, Barca retain their interest in Coutinho, despite the fact that he will be ineligible to play in the Champions League, having already appeared for Liverpool this season. It is thought the player himself is still keen on making a move – he had a transfer request rejected back in the summer too.

It is thought that if Barca are to stand any chance of tempting Liverpool’s bosses into selling this month, they would have to increase their offer from £118 million, and drop the add-on clauses.

Another theory is that Barca may do a deal that would see Coutinho make the move to the Camp Nou in the summer – much like the one Liverpool did with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita last summer.

Liverpool are keeping quiet on the rumours, wary of the story turning into a saga again as it did in the summer. They will also not want rumours to distract either the player or manager Jurgen Klopp.

Adding fuel to the fire though, a Nike advert appeared earlier this week – briefly – for Barcelona shirts, which included Coutinho’s name.

It looks as though Liverpool fans are in for another worrying transfer window…

All the factz on the December 30 Premier League 3pm kick-offs

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There are six Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today, with several teams looking to reverse poor runs of form. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Everton

* Everton beat Bournemouth 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to 2 goals from Oumar Niasse.
* The Cherries are winless in 8 matches in the PL.
* Meanwhile Everton have yet to be beaten under Big Sam: 4 wins and 3 draws.
* Bournemouth have lost half of their 10 home matches this season, winning just 2.
* Everton have conceded just 2 goals in their last 7 matches.

Chelsea v Stoke City

* Stoke were thumped 0-4 at the Bet365 Stadium by Chelsea earlier in the season, largely thanks to an Alvaro Morata hat-trick.
* Chelsea have won 8 of their 9 home PL meetings with Stoke, drawing the other.
* Chelsea have won 7 of their last 10 PL matches, losing just 1.
* Stoke have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Stoke also have the PL’s leakiest defence, with 41 goals conceded so far.

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

* Fans will be hoping for a more entertaining match than the one these two sides served up earlier in the season: a 0-0 draw with just 13 shots attempted.
* But don’t expect a goal-fest: both sides have scored 18 goals this season, only 3 sides have scored fewer (Brighton, West Brom and Swansea).
* Huddersfield are on a decent run – 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 matches.
* Burnley haven’t won in 3 matches, but have only lost one of those.
* Burnley have won 16 points away from home this season – a record only bettered by the top 4.

Liverpool v Leicester City

* Liverpool beat Leicester 2-3 earlier in the season – 4 days after the Foxes had knocked the Reds out of the Carabao Cup.
* The Reds are unbeaten in 11 league matches.
* Leicester have lost 2 of their last 3 matches, having won their previous 4 on the spin.
* Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohammad Salah have scored or assisted 36 of Liverpool’s 46 league goals this season.
* Leicester have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 10 matches.

Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season thanks to a Tomer Hemed goal.
* Newcastle have won just 1 of their last 11 matches.
* Brighton are on a similarly bad run: 1 win in their last 9.
* Newcastle have lost 6 of their 10 home matches this season, including the last 5 on the bounce.
* But Brighton can’t win away from home – 4 consecutive defeats without scoring.

Watford v Swansea City

* Watford beat Swansea 1-2 at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season.
* Watford beat Leicester last time out – their first win in 7 (5 defeats).
* Meanwhile Swansea have won 1 of their last 12 PL matches.
* Watford have had 13 different scorers this season – more than any other club in the league.
* Swansea have lost their last 7 away matches.