Harry to the rescue for Spurs

With Tottenham missing one Harry it was another who scored the late winner away to strugglers Fulham to keep them in the title race. 

Fulham led at half-time through a Fernando Llorente own goal, Dele Alli equalised for Spurs but they struggled in pursuit of a winner and looked to have missed out only for Harry Winks to score with almost the last kick of the game at Craven Cottage.

With Harry Kane missing Mauricio Pochettino had to make changes to his side and Llorente was given a rare start in attack while Danny Rose came in at left-back.

Fulham made a promising start and went close on 10 minutes, Aleksandar Mitrovic doing well to set up Ryan Babel, on his debut, who forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save

However they did not have long to wait to open the scoring and it came via an own goal. Having scored two themselves to hand Burnley victory last weekend, they were beneficiaries this time as Llorente diverted a Jean Michael Sari corner into his own net.

He nearly made amends at the other end shortly afterwards but failed to get on the end of an Erik Lamela cross.

Most of the first half action though came in the Spurs goalmouth and Fulham thought they had doubled their lead before half-time but Mitrovic was flagged offside when heading past Lloris.

Fulham's advantage didn't last long into the second half however, the visitors getting back on level terms on 51 minutes with Dele Alli scoring, heading past Sergio Rico after a good ball from Christian Eriksen.

Spurs were looking the more likely side to get the winner and they hit the woodwork with half an hour remaining, Rose getting into the Fulham area and hitting the bar.

It looked as if Spurs were destined to lose ground on the top two in the Premier League but deep into added time they broke Fulham hearts with a winner, Winks heading home after a cross from Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

Spurs stay third in the Premier League table with a seven-point gap over Arsenal in fifth but Fulham's defeat leaves them second bottom of the table, seven points from safety.

Spurs are in action in midweek with the semi-final second leg of the EFL Cup, Pochettino's side having a 1-0 first leg victory over Chelsea. They are 17/4 to win on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are 4/7 while the draw is 16/5.

Spurs are 3/1 to win the trophy while Manchester City are 1/2.

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Robertson inks new deal

Scotland international Andy Robertson has said that it was a no-brainer to sign a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The 24-year-old, who moved to Anfield in the summer of 2017 from Hull City, has made 56 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring one goal.

He has started 20 of Liverpool's 22 Premier League games so far this season and follows the examples of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez who have all penned new contracts with the club in the last 12 months.

"As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me. I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that," Robertson said.

"It was a pretty easy contract for me and I'm sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that's why it's been done so quickly.

"Getting to know the lads and working with all the staff at Melwood has been a pleasure. The best thing about work is when you love coming in every day – and that's what I do here. I'm glad I have extended my stay and hopefully we will have a lot of good days ahead."

Liverpool, 8/11 to win the Premier League title this season, can be backed at 1/5 to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and at 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against Roy Hodgson's team.

Reds duo return to training

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson could feature for Liverpool on Saturday in their Premier League match at Brighton.

Both players have returned to training this week – Matip has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a fractured collarbone while Henderson has recovered from the knock he picked up during the recent defeat at Manchester City.

However, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are all set to miss the trip to face Chris Hughton's side.

Klopp said: "Joel trained yesterday [Thursday] for the first time with the team, which is already really good but we have to see.

"We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure. He feels good and that's good for us, of course.

"Hendo will train today [Friday] for the first time, we see what that then means exactly. Adam [is] out, Dejan [is] out and Joe, of course, [is] out."

Lovren picked up a hamstring injury in the early stages of Monday's FA Cup loss at Wolves but Klopp has hinted that the problem is not serious so the Croatian could return to action later this month.

However, the Reds boss has suggested the central defender may sit out the home game against Crystal Palace on 19th January.

Liverpool, 5/6 to win the Premier League title this season, are 3/10 to beat the Seagulls and 4/5 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Guardiola insists Foden will stay

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that Phil Foden will not leave the club on loan but will be part of his squad for many years.

The England youngster was on the scoresheet for City as they put seven past Championship side Rotherham in the third round of the FA Cup.

City progressed very comfortably through to the fourth round, Raheem Sterling giving them the lead on 12 minutes. Foden added a second and a third came just before half-time through an own goal.

Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added gloss to the scoreline with second half goals.

Foden has mainly been used off the bench this season and there has been speculation he may leave City on loan to get some first-team action.

However, Guardiola insisted that would not happen. He told reporters after the win over Rotherham: "No way, impossible, he is going to stay with us many, many years.

"Phil Foden's movement was incredible – 90 mins for his experience and self confidence, but of course he must improve. He will learn in future and play better."

City beat Liverpool to move to within four points of the Premier League leaders in midweek. They are 5/4 to win the title again this season with Jurgen Klopp's side 5/6.

There was no real prospect of an FA Cup shock at the Etihad Stadium but there were elsewhere.

Fulham are struggling in the Premier League and they were dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two Oldham.

Claudio Ranieri's team opened the scoring through Denis Odoi at Craven Cottage but second half goals from a Sam Surridge penalty and Callum Lang gave the Latics a memorable win.

Meanwhile Barnet are the only non-league team, left in the competition, guaranteeing a place in the fourth round with a 1-0 win at Championship side Sheffield United.

Shaquile Coulthirst scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman fouled Ephron Mason-Clark in the area.

Manchester City are back in cup action in midweek, taking on League One Burton in the semi-final of the EFL Cup. They are 1/10 to win on Wednesday night with Burton 20/1. City are 4/7 to win the EFL Cup.

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Trent seeks cup glory

Trent Alexander-Arnold denies the FA Cup is an unwanted distraction this season, insisting it is a trophy Liverpool want to win.

The Reds begin this season's competition away to Wolves in the third round on Monday night.

The game comes just days after Liverpool suffered a blow in their title hopes, losing their unbeaten record this season at current champions Manchester City.

That leaves them four points ahead of City as they seek a first title in almost 30 years.

However, Alexander-Arnold says the players' focus is now on the cup and disagrees with those who say it is a distraction in a season where Liverpool have other priorities.

He told the Mirror ahead of the Wolves game: "We're going there to win. It's not a free hit against Wolves. It's a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.

"We're not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.

"We haven't won a trophy for a few years. It's been too long, really, for a club like this."

The England international added that the defeat at rivals Manchester City had hurt, but it was now important that the team bounced back as quickly as possible.

"It's an important game anyway, but even more so after we've tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time," he added.

Liverpool are 19/20 to win at Molineux with Wolves 3/1. Liverpool are 13/2 to win the game 1-0.

Liverpool, 5/6 to win the Premier League title at the end of the season, get back to league action next Saturday away to Brighton and have home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester before the end of January.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has already indicated his intention to give some squad members the chance of a rare game at Wolves with Simon Mignolet recalled in goal while Alberto Moreno is also set to feature.

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Guardiola: Victory was a must

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola admitted that defeat to Liverpool on Thursday evening would have all but ended their hopes of Premier League glory.

Instead, the Citizens are right back in the hunt after goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane secured a 2-1 victory over the Reds at the Etihad Stadium and moved City to within four points of the league-leading Merseysiders.

And Guardiola accepted that victory had become something of a necessity following recent defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

He told BBC Sport: "We lost two games in four days, but you can't forget what they have done for 16 months. We knew that it was a final, if we lose it is almost over.

"All credit to these incredible players. We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier League, if we lose it is over.

"They are leaders – it is four points but we have reduced the gap. I don't remember a league so tough, there are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. Every game is a final.

"I respect what Tottenham are doing, in the last games Manchester United are coming back, and of course Chelsea and Arsenal with new managers.

"Jurgen Klopp will not agree, but for the Premier League it is a good result."

City take a break from league action this weekend as they play host to Rotherham United in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

The two sides last met in the 2001/02 season in the Championship, when the game in Manchester ended 2-1 to the hosts.

The Citizens are 1/12 to win in 90 minutes on Sunday, are 6/1 to claim a 3-0 victory and are 8/13 to keep a clean sheet.

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Guardiola sees “big opportunity”

Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side have a big opportunity to close the gap at the top of the Premier League with victory over Liverpool on Thursday.

The teams meet at the Etihad Stadium with Jurgen Klopp's side having a seven-point lead over last season's champions.

December defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester dealt a blow to Guardiola's side but victory at Southampton at the weekend returned them to winning ways and the City boss knows a victory on Thursday night puts his side right back in the title race.

At a press conference ahead of the game he said: "I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same.

"Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.

"At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It's a good challenge for us."

Guardiola also revealed that he's hoping Kevin De Bruyne will be fit to feature against Liverpool.

The influential midfielder missed the match at Southampton with a muscle injury but he has been back in training and will be assessed further before the game.

City are 21/20 to win Thursday's game with Liverpool 5/2 and the draw 29/10. City are 10/1 to win the game 1-0.

City beat Liverpool 5-0 at home in the league last season but then suffered three defeats to the Reds, away at Anfield in the league and then home and away in the Champions League as Klopp's side reached the final. The teams drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier this season.

City are 7/4 to win the Premier League title this season with Liverpool 8/15.

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Klopp says City the best

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Manchester City are the best team in the world ahead of the teams meeting in the Premier League on Thursday.

Just two days after his opposite number Pep Guardiola said that Liverpool may be the best in world football at the moment, Klopp has responded by saying that title should be City's.

The teams meet at the Etihad Stadium with Klopp's side seven points ahead, City falling to third in the table after Tottenham's win over Cardiff on New Year's Day.

City will go back second with a draw or victory on Thursday night and Klopp claimed they were his team's main challengers in the race for the title.

He said in a press conference ahead of the game: "It is a normal game against Manchester City but a very difficult one, one of the most difficult you can play in modern football.

"They are a really strong football team with an outstanding manager. Before you play them, you never know.

"We have to be prepared as good as possible, be brave, full of desire and angry again like in all the other games. The opponent is, for me, still the best in the world."

City are 21/20 to win Thursday's game with Liverpool 5/2 and the draw 29/10. City are 10/1 to win the game 1-0.

Guardiola says Thursday's game is a must-win for his side but Klopp disagrees saying, though it's a crucial game, City have the quality to close the gap at the top whatever happens at the Etihad.

Klopp also revealed that James Milner may be fit enough to play against his old side. He missed the recent wins over Newcastle and Arsenal due to a hamstring problem but has resumed training and may come back into the squad.

City are 7/4 to win the Premier League title this season with Liverpool 8/15.

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Aguero aims to keep run going

Sergio Aguero hopes he can continue his excellent goalscoring record against Liverpool when Manchester City entertain the Premier League leaders.

The Argentina international, who has scored in all six of his home Premier League appearances against the Reds, including one in last season's 5-0 victory against Jurgen Klopp's team, is 5/6 to score at any time in Thursday's crunch clash.

Aguero, who has never scored at Anfield, found the net in Sunday's 3-1 victory at Southampton, a result that left City seven points behind the unbeaten Reds.

He has now scored 249 goals in his career, but said: "I'm not the type of guy who keeps a tally of that kind of thing.

"Of course, I want to score as much as I can to help the team win, and if that's the way it panned out against Liverpool so far, then I hope I can keep the streak going at the Etihad in this meeting – and dispel it when we next face them at Anfield.

"Football always gives a chance to even the score. Our focus should be on our own game. We are confident in our playing style and we believe it's the most effective way to lead us to victory.

"December didn't pan out the way we wanted it to and now we've got more ground to make up so, yes, that makes the game even more important."

City are 21/20 to win Thursday's match and 7/4 to lift the Premier League title for the second campaign in a row.

Pochettino hails magnificent Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham lack the consistency to be genuine Premier League title challengers at the moment.

Spurs moved up to second in the table after easing to a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on Tuesday and also thrashed Everton and Bournemouth during the festive period.

However, they suffered a damaging 3-1 loss to Wolves at Wembley on Saturday which has left them at 20/1 to win the Premier League title this season.

"Us and Everton, we were both teams that suffer a little bit more without much rest between the games, and I think the players' effort was magnificent," said Pochettino.

"I congratulate them because in 10 days to play four games is so tough and the performance was fantastic.

"The Premier League is so tough, if you want to be in a good position you must be consistent for the whole season and you can't afford to lose the three points like we did against Wolves."

Spurs could slip back to third on Thursday when Manchester City host unbeaten leaders Liverpool.

"It will be an unbelievable game, and of course I am going to enjoy football too," Pochettino added.

"Both teams I think are the best in England. But the day after we are going to play (in the) FA Cup, and we need to be ready again, because we have a very busy schedule."

Spurs play Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup at Prenton Park on Friday and are 2/11 to beat the League Two outfit and 11/2 to win the tie 2-0.