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Done deal! Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves on a five-year deal. The newly-promoted club will pay an initial fee of £25m, plus up to £17m in potential add-ons.

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The Liverpool manager had the press pack up bright and early for his weekend briefing ahead of his team’s Monday night match at Old Trafford. He confirmed that Roberto Firmino has returned to fitness and is available for selection. Klopp also addressed the sending-off of Darwin Nunez on his Anfield debut for an impetuous butt to the head of Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen on Monday night.

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“Of course we spoke to Darwin and he was very disappointed with himself,” he said. “The things that the centre-half did, he’s not the only player in the world doing these kinds of things. We’ve never had a situation like this before while I’ve been here as far as I know, so I’m not an expert in these talks but it was obvious that he knew. He apologised. We all make mistakes.”

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As you might expect, Klopp also dismissed the notion that his players might have it easy against a Manchester United side lining up on the back of a total humiliation at the hands of Brentford last weekend.

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“United away will never be easy so we try to do our absolute best," he said. “Of course. I would prefer to play them after they won 5-0, definitely, but that’s how it is. We drew two games, so is it better to play us in a situation like this? I don’t know. We have to deal with all the situations in the game and at this moment nobody knows what will happen. The whole world will watch it, it’s on Monday so let’s see how these heavyweights deal with the situation.”

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And ends on, er … Monday night, what with the relegation six-pointer between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford being the pick of the Premier League fixtures. With nine top flight matches scheduled to take place before then, we’ll have no end of team news, managerial chat and transfer tittle-tattle to bring you between now and stumps this evening, so don’t touch that dial.

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AstonVilla: Steven Gerrard has had a treat before heading to Greater London, where his side are due to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon. Villa beat Everton last weekend but lost centre-back Diego Carlos to a long-lasting Achilles injury.

“It’s certainly a blow to lose a player of his importance,” he said. “He had successful surgery yesterday so it’s important that we look ahead and try to be positive. We’ll give him all the support he needs, he still has a role to play. I want that he is involved in the locker room and shows his leadership qualities.

Gerrard hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing a substitute centre-back to replace the sidelined Brazilian. “It’s something we’re analyzing,” he said. “We still have three fully fit centre-backs and Kortney Hause is back in full training. We have time to decide if we need more support in that area. Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers are all available for the selection at the heart of the VIlla defense at Selhurst Park tomorrow.

Diego Carlos, pictured here being comforted by Tyrone Mings, is expected to be out for at least six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Photography: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Bournemouth: Scott Parker’s side host Arsenal tomorrow and the young manager has the unenviable task of figuring out how to undo the threat from Gabriel Jesus, who netted twice against Leciester City last weekend.

“Gabriel Jesus is a brilliant signing, an amazing signing really,” he said. “Mikel had the player at Manchester City and he is a top striker, an incredible centre-forward. He probably has every facet of his game as a number nine: can get in, can tie the game, is also a threat on your baseline too, endless work rate in terms of pressing and driving the line from this direction. It’s a real challenge for us this weekend to try to silence him, he’s a great player for them.

Parker also praised his counterpart at Arsenal. “What Mikel has done in such a short time is fantastic,” he said. “The progression they’ve made in terms of signings has made them even better. I seriously see them as a team that’s going to be up there this year. They’re a technical team with huge quality all over the pitch.

“We are going to accept this, we are ready for this and we will do the work that we can to try to undo this and try to make it as uncomfortable as possible, while understanding the challenges that we will face. face and the problems they will cause. We have a big challenge ahead of us. »

Newcastle United: Much to anyone’s surprise, Eddie Howe has dismissed the idea that midfielder Bruno Guimãraes could be out next summer. Reports from Spain in the past 24 hours suggest that Guimãraes, who has enjoyed huge success since signing from Newcastle in January, has caught the eye of Real Madrid.

“No, absolutely not,” said Howe, when asked if the Brazilian was for sale. ” Absolutely not. “We are trying to build a team here that we believe can lead the club to success over the next few years, and we want to build this team and improve the squad, not take away our best players.”

Bruno Guimaraes
Bruno Guimãraes has established himself as a fan favorite at St James’ Park since moving to Newcastle United from Lyon in January. Photography: Jane Stokes/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock

Gibbs-White completes Forest move

Deal done! Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves on a five-year contract. The newly promoted club will pay an initial fee of £25m, plus up to £17m in potential add-ons.

Newcastle United: Despite all his excellent managerial qualities, Eddie Howe has an absolutely dismal record against Manchester City. During his time at Bournemouth and Newcastle, Howe sent teams to face City on 12 occasions and all returned to the locker room beaten… by an aggregate score of 39-5. His Newcastle side will face the Premier League champions at St James’ Park on Sunday and Howe spoke to the media ahead of the game.

“The results were tough for us but I thought they were closer than they look on paper,” he said of Newcastle’s 4-0, 5-0 defeats at the hands of City last season. “The home game there were parts of our performance that were very good but you need a bit of luck and to be clinical and we probably weren’t.

“We would like a very good performance. This is the ultimate test. These games against City and Liverpool are the real barometer of our quality. We want to close that gap between us and the top teams in the division.

In nine games under Howe against the traditional Big Six in the second half of last season, Newcastle won one, drew one and lost seven. If they are to enter the cabal, as some suggest with their Saudi support, they will have to do much better in this campaign.

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Kieran Trippier in Newcastle training yesterday. Photo: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty Images

Nottingham Forest: Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper insists an ‘exciting challenge’ awaits after his newly-promoted club’s well-documented summer scorecard. Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is set to become their 16th summer signing after the clubs agreed a £25m deal which could rise to over £40m.

“Well we appreciate it for sure and we’re dealing with it because it’s a reality,” Cooper said, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Everton tomorrow. “We don’t see it as a negative and don’t see it as a downside, because if you see it like that, you’re already down. So we take advantage of it. »

Gibbs-White, 22, will reunite with Cooper after spending the first half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Swansea. Forest completed their 15th summer signing last weekend after the arrivals of Emmanuel Dennis, Cheikhou Kouyate and Remo Freuler, who could all be in contention for the starting places tomorrow. Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Taiwo Awoniyi had been among the club’s newcomers earlier this summer.

“People rightly ask me every week how many players are coming in and I fully understand that. That’s the right question to ask,” Cooper said. “But we had no alternative. was inevitable. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time and we’re still in this process. All we can do is keep trying to build layers day in and day out, in the way we work and behave.

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Steve Cooper and Cafu celebrate Nottingham Forest’s victory over West Ham at the City Ground last Sunday. Photography: Lee Parker/Action Plus/REX/Shutterstock

Jurgen Klopp spoke…

The Liverpool manager had the press kit clear and early for his weekend briefing ahead of his side’s game on Monday night at Old Trafford. He confirmed that Roberto Firmino has regained his fitness and is available for selection. Klopp also addressed the sending off of Darwin Nunez on his Anfield debut for a brash header to the head of Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen on Monday night.

“Of course we spoke to Darwin and he was very disappointed in himself,” he said. “The things that the centre-half has done, he’s not the only player in the world to do that kind of stuff. As far as I know, we’ve never had a situation like this before while I I’m here, so I’m not an expert in these discussions, but it was obvious he knew about it. He apologized. We all make mistakes.”

As you’d expect, Klopp also dismissed the idea that his players could have it easy against a Manchester United side lined up on the back of utter humiliation at the hands of Brentford last weekend.

“United away will never be easy, so we try to do our best,” he said. “Of course. I would prefer to play them after their 5-0 win, sure, but that’s how it is. So is it better to play us in a situation like this? I don’t know. We have to deal with all the situations in the game and right now no one knows what is going to happen the whole world will be watching it it’s monday so let’s see how these heavyweights are handling the situation.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen knows it. Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

This weekend’s best stealing matches

  • Tottenham v Wolves (Saturday 12.30pm)

  • Everton v Nottingham Forest (3 p.m.)

  • Leicester City v Southampton (3 p.m.)

  • Fulham v Brentford (3 p.m.)

  • Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (3 p.m.)

  • Bournemouth v Arsenal (5.30pm)

  • West Ham v Brighton (Sunday 2pm)

  • Leeds United v Chelsea (2 p.m.)

  • Newcastle United v Manchester City (4:30 p.m.)

  • Manchester United v Liverpool (Monday 8pm)

The weekend starts here…

And ends, uh… Monday night, with the six-point relegation match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford being the pick of the Premier League fixtures. With nine top-flight games scheduled between now and then, we’ll have no end of team news, managerial talk and transfer chatter to get you through tonight, so don’t touch that dial. .

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