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Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

Mourinho cries foul over fixture pile-up — again

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho complained about the lack of help being afforded his team by the football authorities as he attempts to win silverware on four fronts over the final four months of the season.

The irascible Portuguese coach has described a mounting schedule as a 'nonsense' and 'a laugh' in an extraordinary outburst that followed his side's comfortable passage into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 home win over Championship side Wigan.

Wolves stun Liverpool in FA Cup

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Liverpool (AFP) Second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers ensured Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they knocked the seven-times winners out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.

Defeat meant Liverpool, 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, had been knocked out of two cup competitions in a matter of four days following their 2-0 aggregate loss to Southampton in the semi-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.

Wolves stun Liverpool in FA Cup

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Liverpool (AFP) Second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers ensured Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they knocked the seven-times winners out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.

Defeat meant Liverpool, 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, had been knocked out of two cup competitions in a matter of four days following their 2-0 aggregate loss to Southampton in the semi-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.

Arsenal’s Wenger wants revenge over buoyant Saints

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsene Wenger says Arsenal travel to a confident Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday determined to avenge their League Cup exit.

Claude Puel's underdogs won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November in the League Cup and on Wednesday clinched their place in that competition's final by beating Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Wenger wants revenge over buoyant Saints

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsene Wenger says Arsenal travel to a confident Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday determined to avenge their League Cup exit.

Claude Puel's underdogs won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November in the League Cup and on Wednesday clinched their place in that competition's final by beating Liverpool.

Klopp hopes FA Cup revives spluttering Reds

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Liverpool (AFP) Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will recover from a nightmare run at the start of 2017 when they face Championship club Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield on Saturday.

A gruelling schedule of 10 fixtures, starting with the New Year's Eve victory over Manchester City, has seen Liverpool collect only one other win, in the third round FA Cup replay at League Two Plymouth Argyle.

Klopp hopes FA Cup revives spluttering Reds

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Liverpool (AFP) Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will recover from a nightmare run at the start of 2017 when they face Championship club Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield on Saturday.

A gruelling schedule of 10 fixtures, starting with the New Year's Eve victory over Manchester City, has seen Liverpool collect only one other win, in the third round FA Cup replay at League Two Plymouth Argyle.

Chinese group in talks over Southampton investment: owner

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London (AFP) Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr has confirmed the Premier League club are interested in potential investment from a Chinese group.

Lander Holding announced its intention to buy a stake in League Cup finalists Southampton to the Shenzhen stock exchange on Thursday.

The news came less than 24 hours after Claude Puel's team reached the League Cup final by beating Liverpool in the semi-final second leg at Anfield.

Southampton beat Liverpool to reach League Cup final

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London (AFP) Southampton reached the League Cup final for the first time since 1979 after a 1-0 victory against Liverpool in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

Claude Puel's team secured a 2-0 aggregate triumph thanks to a clinical finish from Shane Long in second-half stoppage-time at Anfield.

Southampton beat Liverpool to reach League Cup final

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London (AFP) Southampton reached the League Cup final for the first time since 1979 after a 1-0 victory against Liverpool in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

Claude Puel's team secured a 2-0 aggregate triumph thanks to a clinical finish from Shane Long in second-half stoppage-time at Anfield.

Carrick says Manchester United will go for it at Hull

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London (AFP) Michael Carrick has pledged that Manchester United will not rest on their laurels when they travel to Hull City looking to close out victory in their League Cup semi-final.

United won 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford courtesy of second-half strikes from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini, putting them within reach of a final showdown with either Liverpool or Southampton.

Carrick says Manchester United will go for it at Hull

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London (AFP) Michael Carrick has pledged that Manchester United will not rest on their laurels when they travel to Hull City looking to close out victory in their League Cup semi-final.

United won 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford courtesy of second-half strikes from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini, putting them within reach of a final showdown with either Liverpool or Southampton.

Liverpool seek League Cup home comfort in Saints semi-final

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Liverpool (AFP) Liverpool's formidable home record was meant to provide the platform for a tilt at three trophies this season -– but Saturday's surprise 3-2 Premier League defeat by Swansea spoiled that idea.

If Jurgen Klopp's team are to overcome Southampton at Anfield in the second leg of a League Cup semi-final on Wednesday and reach Wembley, their defending will have to improve significantly.

Liverpool seek League Cup home comfort in Saints semi-final

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Liverpool (AFP) Liverpool's formidable home record was meant to provide the platform for a tilt at three trophies this season -– but Saturday's surprise 3-2 Premier League defeat by Swansea spoiled that idea.

If Jurgen Klopp's team are to overcome Southampton at Anfield in the second leg of a League Cup semi-final on Wednesday and reach Wembley, their defending will have to improve significantly.

Redmond puts Saints within touching distance of Wembley

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Southampton edged one step closer to the League Cup final as Nathan Redmond's cool finish secured a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

Claude Puel's side went in front through Redmond's first half strike at St Mary's and only a strong display from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius prevented Southampton from winning by more.

Redmond puts Saints within touching distance of Wembley

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Southampton edged one step closer to the League Cup final as Nathan Redmond's cool finish secured a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

Claude Puel's side went in front through Redmond's first half strike at St Mary's and only a strong display from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius prevented Southampton from winning by more.

Wenger expects Arsenal to regain momentum after Cup blow

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will get back on track after their surprise League Cup exit when they face London rivals West Ham on Saturday.

Wenger's side were beaten 2-0 at home by Southampton in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, while West Ham also crashed out of the competition with a 4-1 thrashing at Manchester United.

Wenger expects Arsenal to regain momentum after Cup blow

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will get back on track after their surprise League Cup exit when they face London rivals West Ham on Saturday.

Wenger's side were beaten 2-0 at home by Southampton in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, while West Ham also crashed out of the competition with a 4-1 thrashing at Manchester United.

Southampton stun Arsenal in League Cup

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London (AFP) Southampton dealt Arsenal a shock defeat in the English League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand earned Claude Puel's side a 2-0 win.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been hoping to win the competition for the first time, but instead his decision to make 10 changes backfired as Southampton ended his side's 19-game unbeaten run.

Southampton stun Arsenal in League Cup

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London (AFP) Southampton dealt Arsenal a shock defeat in the English League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand earned Claude Puel's side a 2-0 win.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been hoping to win the competition for the first time, but instead his decision to make 10 changes backfired as Southampton ended his side's 19-game unbeaten run.

Mourinho banned from touchline for quarter-final

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London (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was hit with a touchline ban for the second time this season and will have to watch Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final with West Ham from the stands.

The 53-year-old Portuguese, who served a one-match touchline ban earlier this season after an altercation with referee Mark Clattenburg, has also been fined £16,000 ($20,000, 19,000 euros) after accepting an improper conduct charge from the Football Association (FA).

Liverpool

Home fans will help us beat Arsenal says Saints star

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Arsenal will have to keep a wary eye on Southampton's Shane Long this afternoon. Not only did he score the late winner against Liverpool in this week's League Cup semi-final, but he also scored a very late winner against Norwich in the last round of the FA Cup, to set up today's clash with the [...]

Reds Miss Out On Wembley

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A performance lacking any real dynamic or end product left Liverpool with no route to Wembley on Wednesday night as Southampton once again proved they deserved their place in the final.
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A late winner from substitute Shane Long didn't tell the complete story of the match but Southampton undoubtably should get full credit for pushing Jurgen Klopp's team to one side.

EFL Cup: Southampton Stun Liverpool At Anfield To Secure Wembley (Photos & Video)

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Southampton will appear in their first major final since 2003 after the Saints shocked Liverpool at Anfield in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg.

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Saints were 1-0 up from the first leg, courtesy of Nathan Redmond's goal at St. Mary's and at Anfield on Wednesday night, the visitors repeated the scoreline.

Where to find Liverpool vs. Southampton (League Cup semifinal, 2nd leg) on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Southampton, you've come to the right place.

In the first leg, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton after Nathan Redmond scored the only goal in the game. However, the Saints now face a Reds team at Anfield who will be looking to bounce back after a shock 2-3 defeat against Swansea on Saturday.

Where to find Liverpool vs. Southampton (League Cup semifinal, 2nd leg) on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Southampton, you've come to the right place.

In the first leg, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton after Nathan Redmond scored the only goal in the game. However, the Saints now face a Reds team at Anfield who will be looking to bounce back after a shock 2-3 defeat against Swansea on Saturday.

Liverpool v Southampton 01.25.17

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Southampton lead 1-0 after the first leg.

3pm ET, live in the US on BeIN Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 Southampton (a; League Cup) 01.11.17
0-0 (a) 11.19.16
2-3 Southampton (a) 03.20.16
6-1 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 12.02.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-3 Swansea (h); 1-0 Plymouth (a); 1-1 United (a)
Southampton: 3-0 Leicester (h); 1-0 Norwich (h); 0-1 Burnley (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 0-1 Southampton (a); 2-0 Leeds (h); 2-1 Tottenham (h); 3-0 Derby (a); 5-0 Burton Albion (a)
Southampton: 1-0 Liverpool (h); 2-0 Arsenal (a); 1-0 Sunderland (h); 2-0 Palace (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Mané 9; Firmino, Lallana, Origi 7; Coutinho, Sturridge 6; Milner 5; Can 3; Lovren, Wijnaldum 2; Henderson, Klavan, Matip, Woodburn 1
Southampton: Austin 9; Rodriguez 5; Redmond 4; van Dijk 3; Bertrand, Boufal, Long, Tadic, Ward-Prowse 2; Clasie, Hesketh 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Sturridge Firmino Coutinho

If there's going to be a reaction to the failings of the last month, now's absolutely the time for it.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Southampton

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The Reds welcome Southampton to Anfield on Wednesday evening as they look to break a poor run of form and turn their 1-0 deficit around. Liverpool's recent loss to Swansea created major damage to their already dwindling title hopes. With the Saints semi-final followed by an FA Cup tie with Wolves then Chelsea in the league.

First Leg Loss

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It was a dire performance from the Reds at St Mary's on Wednesday evening as they failed to find the back of the net against an inspired Southampton side.

A strong team put out by Klopp was unable to produce any real efforts leaving the Saints keeper with nothing to do all game. In contrast, Liverpool's man between the sticks Loris Karius was arguably the only player worthy of praise on the night.

Liverpool: James Milner Did The Most ‘James Milner’ Bit Of Ball Control Ever Against Southampton (Video)

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InJurgen Klopp's own estimation, Liverpool were lucky not to lose 3-0 against Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, such was the levelof their performance.

However, there was at least one bright spark on the night for the away side, with James Milner reaching the peak of his evolutionary curve thanks to a mesmeric piece of ball control.

EFL Cup: Nathan Redmond On Target As Southampton Edge Liverpool 1-0 In First Leg Semi-Final Clash (Video)

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Southampton will take a narrow 1-0 lead with them when they travel to Anfield in two weeks, courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 first-leg EFL Cup win at St. Mary's on Wednesday night.

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Nathan Redmond scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes, with the attacker firing a low shot pastLoris Karius.

Liverpool at Southampton 01.11.17

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on BeIN Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (a) 11.19.16
2-3 Southampton (a) 03.20.16
6-1 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 12.02.15
1-1 (h) 10.25.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-0 Plymouth (h); 2-2 Sunderland (a); 1-0 Manchester City (h)
Southampton: 2-2 Norwich (a); 0-3 Everton (a); 1-2 West Brom (h)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 2-0 Leeds (h); 2-1 Tottenham (h); 3-0 Derby (a); 5-0 Burton Albion (a)
Southampton: 2-0 Arsenal (a); 1-0 Sunderland (h); 2-0 Palace (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Mané 9; Firmino, Lallana, Origi 7; Coutinho, Sturridge 6; Milner 5; Can 3; Lovren, Wijnaldum 2; Henderson, Klavan, Matip, Woodburn 1
Southampton: Austin 9; Rodriguez 4; Redmond, van Dijk 3; Bertrand, Boufal 2; Clasie, Hesketh, Long, Tadic, Ward-Prowse 1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Clyne Lovren Klavan Milner
Lallana Can Wijnaldum
Firmino
Sturridge Origi

It's the League Cup semifinal –which Liverpool are in for the third-straight season, I'll add.

Plymouth And Beyond

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I haven't posted since the massively frustrating draw with Sunderland so I thought I'd take this opprtunity to do a sort of catch up post while looking forward to Liverpool's next three fixtures in the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League.

I never saw the Sunderland match so it's not my place to offer an opinion really, what I will say is that I knew we'd slip up against them, it's just bloody typical Liverpool isn't it?

Manchester United

Where to find Hull vs. Man United (League Cup semifinal, 2nd leg) on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Hull vs. Man United, you've come to the right place.

In the first leg, Manchester United defeated Hull City 2-0, so the Red Devils are certainly in pole position to advance to the next round to face Southampton in the 2016/17 EFL Cup final. But Hull City will certainly have something to say about it despite having sold star player Robert Snodgrass this week.

Where to find Hull vs. Man United (League Cup semifinal, 2nd leg) on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Hull vs. Man United, you've come to the right place.

In the first leg, Manchester United defeated Hull City 2-0, so the Red Devils are certainly in pole position to advance to the next round to face Southampton in the 2016/17 EFL Cup final. But Hull City will certainly have something to say about it despite having sold star player Robert Snodgrass this week.

Mourinho: Everyone knows United is the biggest club

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Ahead of Sunday's game between Manchester United and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho claims he doesn't know whether this game is the biggest in English football, but he does know that United are the biggest club in England.

I don't know. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in this country.

EFL Cup: Juan Mata And Marouane Fellaini On Target As Man Utd Beat Hull 2-0 At Old Trafford (Video)

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Jose Mourinho moved a step closer to securing his first major trophy with Manchester United after his side overcame a stubborn Hull City side in the EFL Cup semi-final first-leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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Marco Silva's side were well organised throughout the game and limited the hosts to just two shots on target in the first-half.

The Rest

ZOLA: When I came here I found a high level of football but, above all else, enjoyment.

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Chelsea Legend Gianfranco Zola has been speaking to the Media this week about his time in England and has described how he rediscovered his love for Football in England.

At the end of the 2002-2003 season, Gianfranco Zola left Chelsea after seven amazing years having been voted Chelsea's greatest ever player.