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Michael Owen Is Backing Liverpool FC To Keep Their Title Bid On Track With A 3-1 Away Victory Against Tottenham Hotspur On Sunday

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The Reds have been in excellent form in recent weeks and they have won their last five games on the spin in the Premier League to leave them just a single point behind leaders Manchester City heading into this weekend’s round of games.

Liverpool FC are preparing to take on a Tottenham side who have been hit hard by the recent surge in coronavirus cases in England, with Spurs having had their last three games in all competitions postponed or cancelled.

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Tottenham’s most recent game was back on 5 December, when they claimed a 3-0 victory over Norwich City at their home ground in the Premier League.

Former Liverpool FC and England star Owen is fully expecting to see the Reds claim a strong away victory in north London on Sunday to keep their title bid on track.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Spurs have now not played a game in almost two weeks. There are positives and negatives to that.

“It’s given Antonio Conte more time on the training ground which is a good thing. The worry would be if they have now lost some of their match sharpness and could come into this one rusty.

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“Liverpool continue to win and score at will. It wasn’t an unbelievable performance against Newcastle but they still cruised to the win in the end. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal was superb as well. For a right back to have that much quality and technique is rare and he’s a special player.

“I fancy Liverpool in every game at the minute. They’re playing with so much confidence and are looking like the side of a couple of seasons ago. I can see Spurs scoring but Liverpool winning in the end. 3-1 to the Reds.”

Speaking in the lead-up to this weekend’s trip to the capital, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is not sure about the coronavirus situation at Spurs as he prepared his team for the game.

“We have now in the moment games to play and Thursday-Sunday is a tough rhythm,” said Klopp, whose side beat Newcastle United 3-1 in midweek.

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“We have no information about Tottenham, I don’t know anything about [it]. I have no idea if they train since today, from tomorrow or since a week. I have really no idea. It’s difficult to get any kind of information which is part of a preparation for a game.”

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Ralf Rangnick Has No Concerns About Selecting Paul Pogba During The Final Months Of His Manchester United Contract

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Pogba has entered the final six month of his current Old Trafford terms, with little progress made in discussions over a renewal and a departure on a free transfer in the summer considered likely.

The 28-year-old is yet to make an appearance under interim manager Rangnick after suffering a thigh injury while on international duty in November, though returned to full training on Monday.

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Rangnick expects Pogba to be available for selection ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie with Middlesbrough after the January international break, and is ready to call on United’s record signing.

The United interim manager said that Pogba wants to show the fans, board and “the whole world” what kind of player he can be, but added that he will be “highly motivated” even if he is only playing to put himself in the shop window.

When asked if there is much point playing Pogba given the likelihood of him leaving, Rangnick said: “Yes, of course.

“By the way, my contract as a manager is also expiring in the summer. For us we have the same goal. We have the same ambition to be as successful as we can possibly be in the next three or four months.

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“For me, it’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract. The question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group? How much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board?

“As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba [play] now after two and half months of injury, fully fit again now?

“And he also wants to show up, he wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be. And even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?

“As I said, there is a difference in how players deal with their current situation. How do they handle that? If they handle that in a professional way, an ambitious way, of course I will play players although they have a contract expiring in the summer.”

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Pogba will be one of the most sought-after free agents in world football if his contract expires before reaching a new agreement with United, as appears likely.

Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are among the possible destinations for a player who broke the world transfer record when joining United in a €105m (£89m) fee in 2016. Pogba has not signed another

Rangnick also revealed that he was impressed with what he saw from Pogba in his first training session back since his recovery.

“Paul Pogba had his first day of training with the whole group and he showed what an extraordinary player he could be,” Rangnick said. “He won’t be available for the two games this week but after the international break against Middlesbrough and Burnley he could be.”

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Juventus Cruise To A 4-1 Win Over Sampdoria In The Coppa Italia On Tuesday Night

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The home side were rather comfortable throughout the 90 minutes, with their opponents Samp looking completely out of their depth at the Allianz Stadium.

As you’d expect, it was all Juventus from the first whistle to the last, as the home side dominated possession while Sampdoria could barely string two passes together. Juan Cuadrado caused the visitors particular problems with his movement in and around the penalty area – forcing Wladimiro Falcone into a smart save at his near post in the 15th minute.

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Cuadrado got his just rewards for a great first-half performance ten minutes later, as the Colombian drilled a free-kick from just outside the box under the Samp wall, and through the fairly hapless Falcone (it was pretty bad goalkeeping to be honest).

Seconds later, Cuadrado proved to be the catalyst for what Juve thought was their second goal of the evening. The winger squared the ball to Alvaro Morata, who duly converted from inside the penalty with a sweeping shot. However, the goal was disallowed due to a foul from Adrien Rabiot in the build-up.

Falcone went some way to making amends for his earlier mistake by denying Rugani and Morata. The Samp goalkeeper reacted quickly to save an effort on goal from just inside the six-yard box from Rugani, before denying Morata with similar heroics on the stroke of half-time.

The second half was much the same as the first, with Sampdoria being absolutely terrible and Juventus being fairly competent.

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Juve deservedly bagged the second goal of the evening on the 50th minute mark, with Rugani rising highest from an Arthur cross to score his first ever Coppa Italia goal.

Despite the home side dominating proceedings, out of absolutely nowhere, Samp pulled a goal back on the hour. The goal came from former Milan man Andrea Conti, who drilled a great volley from the edge of the penalty area past Mattia Perin.

The momentary panic caused by Conti’s goal was arrested pretty much immediately by subsitute Paulo Dybala. After Manuel Locatelli stole possession on the edge of Samp’s box, the Juve number ten confidently curled the ball into the bottom right corner.

It was 4-1 in the 75th minute, when Dybala converted a penalty kick won by debutant Marley Ake.

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