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The hottest ticket in town... for a match that's not happening

It's the hottest ticket in town for a match that's not happening.

When Accrington Stanley lost their FA Cup replay against Yeovil last month, it meant they'd miss out on a lucrative clash with Manchester United in round three.

So, to ease their disappointment, they're selling tickets for it anyway.

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Liverpool's owners cheered by improved results

John Henry in stands Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and principal owner John Henry are encouraged by positive signs in the team's performances in the last few weeks and are looking forward to the return of injured striker Daniel Sturridge.

In an end-of-year message to supporters, the pair reflected on an eventful 12 months for the club which saw them narrowly miss out on a long-awaited 19th league championship.

But however much that brought a feelgood factor back to Anfield they are focused on what the future will bring, and the impending comeback of Sturridge in the next couple of weeks is likely to be pivotal to the Reds' season.

Successive wins over Burnley and Swansea have lifted Liverpool to eighth place and ensured the calendar year has ended on a positive note. They face Leicester on New Year's Day.

"There was much to celebrate during our memorable season that ended in May," the American pair wrote on liverpoolfc.com.

"While we did not achieve our ultimate ambition in winning the Premier League our style of play captured the attention of the world as the club played attacking football, scoring 101 goals.

"Luis Suarez was named the best player in English football, winning the PFA Player of the Year award; Brendan Rodgers was awarded the LMA Manager of the Year award; and our captain, Steven Gerrard, continued to demonstrate his talents as one of the greatest football players of our era.

"As you would expect losing a footballer as capable as Luis Suarez and making a number of new signings, our season has gotten off to a slower start than we would have wanted.

"However, in the past few weeks we are pleased to see a number of positive signs as new players start to settle into life at Anfield."

The Americans believe the keenly-awaited comeback of Sturridge, who has been utilising the training facilities at their baseball franchise Boston Red Sox to help his fitness, adds to the optimism.

"As we look at the table this New Year's Eve, we have closed the gap between Liverpool and the top four clubs to five points," they added.

"We look forward to the return of Daniel Sturridge sometime in late January.

"We are very encouraged by his efforts and determination to resolve his injuries.

"Great progress has been made that should help him going forward."

Confusion over Frank Lampard's future at Man City

Frank Lampard at Manchester City Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Manchester City appear to be in a race against time to re-sign Frank Lampard for their New Year's Day clash against Sunderland.

At a confusing press conference, manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed the former England midfielder could play in the clash at the Etihad Stadium but admitted a deal had not yet been completed.

It therefore seems Pellegrini is working on the assumption Lampard will be available for the champions' first Barclays Premier League game of 2015.

Lampard, 36, has effectively been on loan at City for the first part of the season from sister club New York City, but that arrangement is due to end on New Year's Eve.

Pellegrini and the player are keen to extend the deal, and it has long seemed an inevitability, but as yet there has been no confirmation from either club.

Asked about the situation at his pre-match press conference, Pellegrini said: "He is in the squad list for tomorrow. He can play tomorrow."

But when asked whether that meant a new deal had been concluded, Pellegrini suggested nothing had been finalised.

He said: "I said during December we will know what happens with the future of Frank Lampard. It is important for him to stay with us. Today we finish December. I hope today we will have news."

The matter has been further confused by reports that City might not be able to re-register Lampard with the Premier League until the January transfer window opens on Saturday.

That, however, is not an issue for the Sunderland game as the Premier League has confirmed that Lampard's registration for the first part of the season actually runs until the next window opens. The issue therefore is between the two clubs.

Lampard signed for New York City in the summer, but was not actually due to start work with the club until January.

He was then able to join City on a short-term deal until that time, an arrangement that has effectively been a loan.

City now want to loan the player for longer from their American counterparts.

It remains to be seen how long a deal can be reached, but Pellegrini remains keen to keep the player for the rest of season.

He said: "When all the things about Frank are clear we can talk more about that - but of course I want him to stay until the end of the season."

Tales from the WW1 Christmas Day truce

Exhibit at the Football Museum Credit: ITV

The tales of the famous Christmas Day truce during World War 1 have been revealed at the National Football museum on Manchester. Troops were said to have played a match and exchanged gifts in 'no mans' land 1914.

A special exhibition dedicated to the role the game played in the great war is currently on display there. "The Greater Game: Football and the First World War" will run until September. Andy Pearce from the museum told us a little bit more:

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Liverpool FC visit patients Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Liverpool's first-team players and staff took time out from their preparations for the busy festive period to bring some Christmas cheer to Alder Hey children's hospital.

The team arrived at Alder Hey yesterday with goodie bags filled with LFC merchandise to distribute to children and young people on the wards.

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