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Real Madrid reignite interest in Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are set to launch a renewed bid to sign Liverpool star Sadio Mane this summer following Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment as manager, according to reports. 

Zidane is a big fan of the 26-year-Old forward and was interested in signing him last year – with some reports in France saying that a deal in principle had been agreed – before the Frenchman quit the Madrid hotseat and the deal was scrapped.

But France Football has reported that Zidane wants to try again to sign Mane this summer.

Mane has been in sparkling form in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in his last 11 games and is a crucial part of Liverpool’s games and feared front three. He is also only one goal behind the Premier League’s top scorer Sergio Aguero.

However, Liverpool will be unwilling to lose one of their top stars and will likely put up a strong fight to keep hold of him.

Mane only signed a new deal in November 2018, which ties him to the Anfield club until 2023.

All this, and that at 26 Mane is moving into the peak years of his career, means that it will likely take a bid of more than £100 million to even tempt the Reds into selling.

Mane is just the latest Premier League star to be linked with Real in recent weeks. With a major revamp of the squad expected in the summer, names such as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen have already been mentioned as possible targets for Zidane.

All the factz on Fulham v Liverpool, including which TV channel its on

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It is second bottom versus second in the first match in the Premier League today as Fulham take on Liverpool at Craven Cottage. 

Both sides are desperate to win. Fulham need points to try and stave off relegation, while Liverpool want to reclaim top spot.

The match kicks off at 2.15pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Liverpool beat Fulham at Anfield earlier in the season.
* Fulham have lost their last 6 PL matches and 9 of their last 10.
* Liverpool have stuttered away from home in 2019, with just 1 win from 5 away matches so far.
* Defence is Fulham’s problem: they have conceded 68 – 9 more than Burnley, who have the second worst record.
* Sadio Mane is the Reds’ man in form with 8 goals in his last 8 appearances in all competitions.

Liverpool and Manchester United eye summer deal for Real Madrid star Isco

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Liverpool and Manchester United are both considering making a bid for Real Madrid’s out-of-favour forward Isco this summer, according to reports.

Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu this season. He has made just 5 starts in La Liga and scored only one goal.

With Madrid planning a major shake-up of playing staff this summer, Isco could be one of the names sold by manager Santiago Solari to bring in cash to fund the anticipated spending spree.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport has claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in taking the 26-year-old to England. The paper also said that Juventus are also interested in a potential deal.

Isco has won 4 Champions League titles with Madrid since he joined from Malaga in 2013.

At 26, he should be in the peak years of his career, and with a contract that runs until 2022, Madrid could command a hefty fee for him. When previous rumours of potential deals for Isco have emerged, fees of up to £100 million have been mentioned. But, considering his fall down Los Blancos’ pecking order and their plans for a squad revamp, then a lower off could secure his signature.

All the factz on Everton v Liverpool, including which TV channel its on

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The final match up in the Premier League today is the 200th league meeting between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. 

The Reds know that a win will take them back to the top of the table, while the Blue half of Liverpool will be desperate to stop them doing that.

The match kicks off at 4.15pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The first Merseyside Derby of the season was decided by Liverpool’s late late winner from a mistake by Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford.
* It is now 18 games in all competitions since Everton last beat Liverpool. The run dates back to 2010, but the Reds have only won half of those matches.
* Everton won last time out against Cardiff, but that have been in poor league form generally with 4 wins in their last 12 matches, including 8 defeats.
* Liverpool have won 2 of their last 5, drawing the remainder.
* If Mo Salah scores it will be his 50th PL goals for Liverpool, in just his 65th appearance.
* Everton haven’t won consecutive league matches since October.

All the factz on the February 27 fixtures in the Premier League

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Completing this midweek round of Premier League fixtures there are important matches at the top and bottom of the table. All of the top 6 are in action and the race for the title and Champions League places has got increasingly tight in the past couple of weeks.

Meanwhile two of the current bottom three face off in an old-fashioned 6-pointer.

The matches kick off at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated. Here are the factz you need to know:

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner in a 1-2 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
  • Arsenal have won their last 7 PL matches at The Emirates.
  • Meanwhile Bournemouth have lost their last 8PL matches away from home – conceding at least 2 goals in each match.
  • The Gunners are looking to keep consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September.
  • Joshua King is the Cherries’ form man with 4 goals in his last 5 appearances.

Southampton v Fulham

  • Fulham beat Saints 3-2 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
  • Saints have lost their last 2 PL matches and are without a win in 4.
  • Fulham have lost 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
  • Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 matches – against Chelsea in January.
  • Fulham have the leakiest defence in the Premier League, with 61 goals conceded so far.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United (8pm)

  • Palace have never beaten United in 19 attempts in the Premier League era, losing 15 of those matches.
  • However, the Eagles are in good form; they are unbeaten in 6 matches in all competitions with 4 wins in that run.
  • United are also in good form – they have won 8 and drawn 2 in the PL since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.
  • Palace are strong in defence, with 9 clean sheets this season – only the top 4 have had more shut-outs.
  • United have won their last 7 away matches in all competitions – they haven’t done that since 2002.

Liverpool v Watford (8pm)

  • Liverpool beat Watford 0-3 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, with goals from Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in 34 league matches at Anfield – a run stretching back to April 2017.
  • Watford are in decent form, with just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and 6 wins in that run.
  • Mo Salah is just one goal shy of a half-century of PL strikes for Liverpool.
  • In 23 previous league meetings there has never been a 0-0 draw between the sides. There have been two scoreless meetings between the sides in the FA Cup, however.

Manchester City v West Ham United (8pm)

  • Manchester City thumped West Ham 1-4 at the London Stadium earlier in the season.
  • City are imperious at home – they have won 13 of their 14 PL matches there this season.
  • Meanwhile the Hammers have lost 4 of their last 5 away matches in all competitions.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored a hat-trick on each of his last 2 appearances at the Etihad, versus Arsenal and Chelsea. No Premier League player has scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks at home.
  • West Ham are consistently inconsistent – they have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 9 PL matches.