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Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 12:14 Sun Nov 1
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Inter Milan are willing to sell Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, with AC Milan, Roma and Lazio interested in signing the 28-year-old former Spurs player for a fee of around £18m. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Brazil international Neymar has told Paris St-Germain he wants to stay at the club and talks have started about a new deal for the 28-year-old, whose current contract runs out in 2022. (Foot Mercato, via Sunday Mirror)

Defender Phil Jones, 28, fears a potential loan move from Manchester United to Burnley in January is under threat because the Clarets are facing a possible takeover. (Daily Star Sunday)

Real Madrid's Spanish forward Isco, 28, is keen to link up with ex-boss Carlo Ancelotti and former team-mate James Rodriguez at Everton. (Sunday Mirror)

Malmo's 21-year-old Bosnian centre-back Anel Ahmedhodzic is interesting Chelsea, with the Blues planning an £8m bid. (Expressen - in Swedish)

Former France and Arsenal star Robert Pires believes Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, would benefit from a move to Real Madrid. (Goal)

Liverpool are monitoring Ajax defender Perr Schuurs, 20, after the Dutchman's recent performance against them in the Champions League. (Sunday Mirror)

Manager Gennaro Gattuso is edging closer to signing a new contract at Napoli, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season (Sky Italia - in Italian)

Atletico Madrid have agreed to sign Central African Republic midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27, from Valencia after La Liga gave them permission to sign a replacement for 27-year-old Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, who moved to Arsenal. (Cadena Sar, via Metro)

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata is a target for Atletico Madrid, with manager Diego Simeone looking to partner the 29-year-old with Luis Suarez. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 23, says he and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho have put their "more difficult moments" from last season behind them. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Argentina forward Diego Maradona has said he would have "loved to play" alongside Liverpool legend Ian Rush. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, 34, who is a free agent, is said to have turned down a move to Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

EFL chairman Rick Parry has accused the Professional Footballers' Association of jeopardising their members' jobs by failing to back salary cap proposals. (Sunday Telegraph - subscription required)


Liverpool go top and equal home record as super sub Diogo Jota sinks West Ham

Andy Hunter at Anfield

Who needs five substitutes when two will do? Jürgen Klopp may be championing the return of the five substitutes’ rule but all Liverpool required was the potent introduction of Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri to complete another comeback victory, move three points clear at the top of the Premier League and equal a club record of 63 league games unbeaten at Anfield.

West Ham had good reason to rue the quality on the champions’ bench. David Moyes’s side defended tenaciously, attacked dangerously – whenever they were able to gain possession from Liverpool, that is – and delivered a performance that underlined the progress they are making this season. Yet they still ended up suffering the same fate as 28 of the previous 29 Premier League visitors to Anfield. Defeat.

For the third league game in succession Liverpool conceded first but laughed last. For the third game in succession, and second consecutive league game at home, Jota showed his value even in a team stacked with world-class striking talent by getting on the scoresheet. His winner arrived five minutes from time, a clinical finish after being released inside the penalty area by a sublime pass from Shaqiri. It would have been his second of the night but VAR and the referee, Kevin Friend, disallowed another predatory finish from the Portugal international minutes earlier.

“That shows the quality they can bring on and probably why other clubs didn’t want so many substitutes this season,” admitted the West Ham manager. “You have to say it gives the bigger clubs a better chance if they have five subs to bring on but player welfare is more important and I wouldn’t be against it if the decision was overturned.”

Klopp gave Nathaniel Phillips a Premier League debut in the heart of the Liverpool defence with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip on the injury list. The 23-year-old enjoyed a fine game, commanding the area and reading his challenges well, and was named man of the match by Jamie Carragher, who knows a thing or two about the role.

Joe Gomez, the more experienced of Liverpool’s two central defenders, was less convincing and culpable for Pablo Fornals’ early breakthrough. Angelo Ogbonna instigated the opener with an intelligent pass out of central defence to Jarrod Bowen, who had time and space to release Aaron Cresswell on the left. Arthur Masuaku took over and crossed into the area where Gomez headed what should have been a routine clearance straight to the unmarked Fornals. The Spanish midfielder punished the lapse with a low shot that beat Alisson via the foot of his right-hand post.

With Declan Rice alert and assured in central midfield, and the visitors switching to 5-4-1 out of possession, Moyes’s side defended their lead comfortably for much of the first half. They had a few let-offs, not least when Mo Salah sent Sadio Mané racing through on goal with a deft touch. Cresswell cut across the striker inside the area but Friend waved play on and, after West Ham were unable to scramble clear, Jordan Henderson side-footed inches wide. Trent Alexander-Arnold, making his 100th Premier League appearance for his boyhood club at 22, swept another decent chance from a free-kick into the wall.

Liverpool were starting to toil against the well-drilled banks of West Ham’s midfield and defence when they were awarded a soft penalty shortly before the interval. Curtis Jones crossed to Salah on the right of the box and he was caught on the calf by Masuaku as he brought the ball under control. There was contact, and Salah made the most of it. Tellingly, there were no protestations from the West Ham wing-back when Friend pointed to the spot and Salah drilled the spot-kick down the middle of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.

Moyes said: “I don’t think it was a penalty kick. He threw himself to the ground. Arthur thought the referee was going to do something about Salah throwing himself to the ground but it went the other way.”

Fornals needed to be more clinical when passing up two opportunities to restore West Ham’s lead early in the second half. Both went begging, and West Ham were ultimately forced deeper by Liverpool’s dominance in possession and the fresh legs of Jota and Shaqiri.

Fabianski produced a smart save to deny Mané after the Senegal international was set up by Jota. The ball squirmed back to the substitute when the goalkeeper, Mané and Ogbonna all descended on the rebound and the Portugal international converted with ease. VAR, however, reviewed a possible foul by Mané as he challenged for the loose ball with Ogbonna and Fabianski. Friend consulted his monitor and agreed. No goal.

But Liverpool, thanks to their substitutes, would not be denied a 52nd victory in their record-equalling unbeaten home run. “Diogo is in a good moment and is a good player,” said Klopp. “I’m really happy that we could make that signing. It is a proper win-win situation: we can help him and he can help us.”


Liverpool were saved by Pablo Fornals selfishness for West Ham

This weekend we saw Liverpool once again edge a victory in the Premier League. Last season the Reds won 14 games by just one goal on their way to the Premier League title. It may not be pretty but it’s effective. This weekend Liverpool were saved by the selfishness of Pablo Fornals for West Ham.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes, as per the rules of Anfield these days – it’s that hard to come here that we let our opposition go ahead early on.

Pablo Fornals tucked away from just outside the box when Joe Gomez graciously set him up with a soft header.

The Reds restored parity shortly before halftime when Mo Salah won and converted a penalty.

Thereafter it was yet another episode of the Liverpool Dominate Possession Without Threatening show. Eventually a couple of guest stars in Xherdan Shaqiri and Diogo Jota entered stage right to win the game with their flair and determination.
Pablo Fornals selfishness

Liverpool got extremely lucky that Pablo Fornals was found on a few occasions to be quite selfish.

Twice in the second half the goal scorer snatched at an opportunity when his teammate was better placed to score.

We saw a cross flash across the box and Fornals stretch out his leg only to see the ball bobble towards Alisson – had he left it his teammate could’ve swept the ball past the goalkeeper.

Later on, the Reds defence at sixes and sevens, Fornals bore down on goal and fired into the back of Andy Robertson when a square ball to Jarrod Bowen would’ve seen a guaranteed tap in for the winger.

Had Fornals had a bit more vision and a little less single mindedness we may well have seen the Reds’ unbeaten record broken.

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Mex Martillo 7:47 Mon Nov 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 1:33 Sun Nov 1

ted fenton 12:47 Sun Nov 1

Sven Roeder 1:33 Sun Nov 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Bit harsh to criticise Fornals for sticking out a leg instinctively for the first chance with Bowen right behind him
But the second was a lack of composure. Just needed to roll it 2 yds for a Bowen tap in
On the positive side this is part of our improvement ... both in the box in scoring positions. Last year we lacked pace and movement like these two are adding.

Texas Iron 1:15 Sun Nov 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 12:47 Sun Nov 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:14 Sun Nov 1

Thanks Alan 12:14 Sun Nov 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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