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Muller set to miss Liverpool clash through suspension

Muller was shown a straight red in Bayern's game with Ajax. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is set to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash against Liverpool through suspension.

Muller has been hit with a two-match ban by UEFA following his red card for an ugly tackle on Nicolas Tagliafico during the recent 3-3 draw with Ajax.

However, Bayern have said they will appeal against the decision.

Muller was shown a straight red card - the first of his career - after catching Tagliafico with a head-high challenge.

Afterwards the 29-year-old said sorry via Twitter, writing: "'I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for yesterday's incident. It was unintentional. Get well soon."

Bayern travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19, with the return in Munich on March 13.


Fernandinho: The pressure is on Liverpool

Fernandinho says the pressure is on Liverpool. Credit: PA

Fernandinho has warned Liverpool the pressure is now on them after Manchester City beat them on Thursday to reignite the title race.

Reigning champions City cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a tense 2-1 victory in a frenetic clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City midfielder Fernandinho said: "Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams. They are still leaders and they have a lot of games to play as well.

"It is not easy to stay there at the top because the pressure is so high. You have to win every game, so we will see what happens in the end."

After losing three of their previous five games, the much-hyped encounter was one City could not afford to lose as they risked falling 10 points behind.

Well-taken goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane saw City strike back after their recent problems but Fernandinho insists the champions were not out to prove a point.

The Brazilian said: "No, not at all - we have a point to prove every game. Last season we were able to make 100 points - 50 points away, 50 points at home - so you have to keep going and play every game and try to win.

"Everyone has this responsibility in mind, to play good football, to try to win every game. You have to prove it in every game, not just on one day."

Bournemouth sign striker Solanke from Liverpool

Solanke had not featured for Liverpool in the Premier League all season. Credit: PA

Bournemouth have signed Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in a £19million deal.

The 21-year-old had attracted interest from Crystal Palace in recent weeks, but after they cooled interest, the Cherries moved swiftly and Press Association Sport understands extra payments have been factored into the transfer on top of an initial fee.

Solanke's arrival, likely to be the first of two moves from Anfield to the Vitality Stadium with defender Nathaniel Clyne set to join on loan until the end of the season, will pave the way for Jermain Defoe to join Rangers on an 18-month loan.

The 36-year-old former England striker has found his first-team chances limited this season.

Solanke, who moved to Anfield in the summer of May 2017 for an undisclosed compensation fee as a former academy player, and made 27 appearances in his first season but has yet to feature in the current campaign.

The 21-year-old is keen to play first-team football, having left Chelsea for exactly that same reason and with little chance of displacing the trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah in the near future has decided to look elsewhere.

Speaking to afcbTV, Solanke said: "I think the club is going somewhere. Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it's a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.

"I spoke with the manager this morning (Friday). He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is. I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he's about.

"My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins. Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can."

Liverpool boss Klopp says Man City remain best team in the world

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted Manchester City remain the best team in the world ahead of their crunch clash at the Etihad on Thursday. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted Manchester City remain the best team in the world ahead of their crunch clash at the Etihad on Thursday.

The Reds go into the meeting with a seven-point lead over their title rivals at the top of the Premier League.

Klopp was keen to push aside the hype, saying he saw it "as a normal game against Manchester City".

He added: "A very difficult one, one of the most difficult games you can play in the modern football world. We felt that plenty of times. It's a really strong football team with an outstanding manager.

"We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be brave, we have to be full of desire, angry, like in all the other games. But with the knowledge the opponent is, for me, still the best team in the world. Only the points changed, not the preparation for the game."

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