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Man City vs Chelsea starting line-ups

Here are the teams for the first Premier League clash of the weekend, a heavyweight game between two title contenders.


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Liverpool open to Sakho sale

Mamadou Sakho is not in Liverpool's current first-team plans. Credit: PA

Liverpool may sell Mamadou Sakho in January after Jurgen Klopp revealed the defender is not in his first-team squad.

Asked about his plans for the upcoming transfer window, Klopp insisted he had no intention of selling England striker Daniel Sturridge or any other first-team player - but then implied that does not apply to outcast Sakho.

"There is absolutely no thought or idea to sell any player from the first team squad," Klopp said. "I don't think it would make sense."

Klopp said in several national newspapers that former Paris St Germain captain Sakho, 26, is not in that category.

"Now you know, I said it: he is not in these plans for the first team," Klopp said. "The first-team squad is here [at the training ground]."

Sakho has been training with the club's under-23 squad since September, when he used social media to dispute Klopp's comments about his fitness.

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Half-time: Man City 1-0 Chelsea

Man City defender John Stones tussles with Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Credit: PA

A Gary Cahill own goal just before half-time gave Man City a 1-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium. Cahill turned Jesus Navas' cross into his own net, as City turned the screw on their Premier League rivals.

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Yaya Toure promises to work for Man City future

Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure has vowed to keep working hard following his Manchester City recall.

The midfielder was frozen out of the first-team picture by manager Pep Guardiola in September following comments by his agent, Dimitri Seluk.

But Toure, 33, apologised and was brought back in for the Premier League victory at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

He retained his place for last week's win at Burnley and was among the substitutes for Saturday's big clash with Chelsea.

Speaking in the matchday programme, Toure said: "On a personal level, I have to keep working because Pep is a very, very professional person and he really loves football.

"I think that the most important thing for me is to keep working hard - those who work hardest always have more opportunities to play. I'm delighted to play, I always want to play and help my team-mates."


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