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Name: Press Association
Date registered: March 31, 2014
URL: http://www.liverpoolfc.com

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  1. Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year — April 23, 2017
  2. Chelsea and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League team of the year — April 20, 2017
  3. Swansea’s relegation worries deepen after Watford’s Étienne Capoue pounces — April 15, 2017
  4. Police clash with Leicester City supporters before Atlético Madrid match — April 12, 2017
  5. Liverpool’s Sadio Mané promises to return ‘even better than before’ — April 12, 2017

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Apr 23

Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year

• Kanté sees off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard to take award
• Spurs midfielder Dele Alli wins young player prize for second year running

The Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.

He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez.

Related: Antonio Conte’s new guard maintain Chelsea’s fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/pfa-player-of-the-year-ngolo-kante

Apr 20

Chelsea and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League team of the year

• No place for Toby Alderweireld or Marcos Alonso in PFA XI
• Manchester United’s David de Gea selected in goal

Chelsea and Tottenham lead the way in the PFA Premier League team of the year with four players each.

The league leaders’ midfielder N’Golo Kanté and the winger Eden Hazard, both nominated for the PFA player of the year award, are included along with the defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz.

Related: N’Golo Kanté deserves PFA player award but Dele Alli is unlucky to miss cut

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/20/chelsea-tottenham-pfa-premier-league-team-of-the-year

Apr 15

Swansea’s relegation worries deepen after Watford’s Étienne Capoue pounces

Paul Clement believes the visit of Stoke next Saturday is a must-win game for his Swansea side as they remain embroiled in the battle for Premier League survival.

This defeat at Watford in a poor game on Saturday deepened their worries, Étienne Capoue scoring the only goal after dispossessing Alfie Mawson on the edge of the penalty area. Mawson’s dawdling proved costly as Watford saw out the game to all but assure themselves of another season in the top flight.

Related: Christian Benteke goal seals comeback as Crystal Palace draw with Leicester

Related: Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Hull City with touch of brilliance

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/15/watford-swansea-city-premier-league-match-report

Apr 12

Police clash with Leicester City supporters before Atlético Madrid match

• Fans claim rubber bullets and tear gas fired at them
• Blue flare is let off before police move in

Leicester City supporters have claimed tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at them in fresh clashes with Madrid police on Wednesday afternoon.

A group of fans, gathered before Leicester’s Champions League quarter-final first‑leg tie with Atlético Madrid, were involved in an incident with police in the city’s Plaza Mayor but accused the authorities of being overzealous.

Related: Atlético Madrid v Leicester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/leicester-city-supporters-police-madrid-champions-league

Apr 12

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané promises to return ‘even better than before’

• Forward has been ruled out for rest of season with knee injury
• ‘I will give my very best to be back on the pitch as soon as possible’

The Liverpool forward Sadio Mané has pledged to return “better than before” after undergoing knee surgery.

The club’s current leading scorer with 13 goals has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after an operation on Tuesday to repair damaged cartilage.

Related: Sam Allardyce: the formidable firefighter cursed by unrealistic expectations | Paul Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/liverpool-sadio-mane-return-better-injury

Apr 09

José Mourinho says Manchester United will keep fighting for top-four finish

• ‘I’m not happy with just fourth, I want to fight for trophies’
• David Moyes says Sunderland players have not accepted likely relegation

José Mourinho and humility often appear strangers but Manchester United’s manager exuded a definite sense of relief that his team are still in the race to finish in the top four following their 3-0 win at Sunderland on Sunday, with the Portuguese stating that his side will not stop “fighting” to finish as high as possible.

Sunday’s victory left United only four points short of the Champions League places with eight games to go and a game in hand over Manchester City in fourth. “We’re still there, trying to put some pressure on to go into the last month still fighting,” Mourinho said. “We’re still fighting for the top four and we can win the Europa League – although it’s as difficult as finishing fourth. But we have to fight for it. I’m not happy with just fighting for fourth, I want to fight for trophies.”

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic helps Manchester United stroll past poor Sunderland

Related: Manchester United’s Ibra-dependence masks José Mourinho’s safe approach | Michael Cox

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/09/zlatan-ibrahimovic-benjamin-button-manchester-united-sunderland

Apr 08

Jordy Clasie breaks duck as Southampton close gap on West Brom

Fraser Forster’s late heroics sealed a 1-0 win for Southampton after Jordy Clasie bagged his first Premier League goal at West Brom. The pair combined to earn a deserved win for the Saints during a pedestrian game which only briefly came to life.

Saints closed the gap to Albion to four points – and they have two games in hand as the teams battle for eighth spot. But Claude Puel’s side secured back-to-back wins only thanks to goalkeeper Forster, who denied Craig Dawson and Jonny Evans in stoppage time.

Related: Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

Related: Dele Alli’s latest delight sparks Tottenham Hotspur’s rout of Watford

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/08/west-brom-southampton-premier-league-match-report

Apr 07

Sadio Mané ruled out for rest of Liverpool’s season with knee injury

• Mane requires surgery on injury sustained in 3-1 victory over Everton
• Philippe Coutinho a doubt for trip to Stoke City due to illness

Sadio Mané has been ruled out for the remainder of the season as he needs surgery on a knee injury.

Related: Liverpool banned from signing academy players and fined £100,000

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/07/liverpool-forward-sadio-mane-ruled-out-for-rest-of-season-due-to-knee-injury

Apr 04

Sunderland’s David Moyes surprised at level of criticism after ‘slap’ remark

• ‘Football’s a big talking point,’ says under-fire manager
• Club say Moyes proactively brought the matter to their attention

David Moyes, said he has been “surprised” by the level of criticism directed at him after telling a female BBC reporter she “might get a slap” but the Sunderland manager is grateful for his club’s public support.

Moyes apologised on Monday for comments he made two weeks ago to the BBC’s Vicki Sparks, and the following day Sunderland issued a statement saying that, although they considered his comments to have been “wholly unacceptable”, they are happy for Moyes to remain as manager because he had owned up to his error and said sorry.

Related: Leicester’s Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy deepen Sunderland gloom

Related: The joshing, the slap-joke, the fallout: the Great Moyes Debate has begun | Marina Hyde

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/04/sunderland-david-moyes-slap-threat-reporter

Apr 02

West Ham board gives Slaven Bilic vote of confidence after Hull defeat

• Board releases statement saying they have ‘100% faith’ in manager
• West Ham are six points clear of relegation zone after defeat to Hull

West Ham say they have “100% faith” in manager Slaven Bilic and his ability to lead the club.

In the wake of a 2-1 loss to Hull which leaves the Hammers six points off the drop zone with eight games left, the club’s hierarchy moved to back their manager.

Related: Mourinho hits out at journalist after West Brom frustrate Manchester United

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/west-ham-slaven-bilic-vote-of-confidence

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