Man City coach will use different travel route to get to Anfield on Sunday

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Violent scenes: Man City arrive at Anfield last term.

Manchester City will use a different route when they travel to Anfield on Sunday following the violent scenes which greeted their team coach last season.

Merseyside Police have said they are determined to prevent a repeat of the trouble that occurred before the Champions League match between the two sides on April 4.

At least one window was smashed on the journey through streets that were filled with thousands of fans, a number throwing flares and smoke bombs, and a replacement vehicle had to be found for the trip home.

Press Association Sport understands City will approach Liverpool‘s ground from a different direction on Sunday in order to avoid passing the Arkles pub, a popular pre-match meeting point for Liverpool fans.

City have held talks with Merseyside Police about the measures which will be in place this weekend.

The 4.30pm kick-off is eagerly anticipated with City top of the Premier League and Liverpool second, with both teams unbeaten.

Extra police will be on duty at the match, it was announced on Wednesday.

Superintendent Dave Charnock said: “As with any match, we have prepared a comprehensive and appropriate policing operation ahead of Sunday’s game and have liaised with both clubs and their supporter groups.

“This will ensure this game can be enjoyed safely by all as well as minimising any disruption to local residents and the roads, and everyone involved is working hard to ensure there is no repeat of the events that occurred
outside Anfield before the Champions League fixture between the clubs in April.

“There will be additional officers on duty at the ground, both uniformed and plain clothed, and we will have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day.”

The match coincides with the fourth and final day of the city’s Liverpool’s Dream event, which involves a parade of giant puppets, and the centre of Liverpool is expected to be busier than usual.

Superintendent Charnock added: “We have worked with the Giants event organisers and are deploying extra resources to ensure both match-goers and visitors to the city are kept safe and to smoothly facilitate the movements of
those travelling to and from the game, as well as visitors attending the Giants event.”

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Tottenham set sights on free-scoring PSV Eindhoven and Mexico winger Hirving Lozano

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A new star is born: Hirving Lozano arrived at the World Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur scouts are running the rule over prolific PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano, according to reports.

Lozano, 23, has struck 26 times in 44 matches for the Eredivisie champions since he joined from Mexico’s Pachuca in June 2017.

The Mirror has stated that such form has alerted the Londoners. Special attention will be paid to him, during and after, their Champions League clashes in Group B.

Lozano is valued at £25 million. He was linked extensively to La Liga holders Barcelona – who are also in the same pool – during the summer.

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Ross Barkley confident he can fit bill as England search for new Paul Gascoigne

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Ross Barkley is optimistic his performances for Chelsea will earn an England recall on Thursday.

The 24-year-old has thrived under new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri and hopes to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s matches with World Cup finalists Croatia and Spain.

Barkley could then feature for Chelsea in Thursday night’s Europa League Group L tie with Hungarian champions Vidi at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m playing a big role in the side at the minute and I believe my performances show I’m capable of being in the England squad, hopefully,” said Barkley, who missed out on England’s World Cup squad.

Mateo Kovacic has been preferred to Barkley of late in the Premier League, but the England midfielder started the Europa League win at PAOK and the Carabao Cup success at Liverpool.

“The amount of games I’ve played, I’m ready to be called up,” Barkley added.

“I’ve just got to do what I can for Chelsea and hopefully that will take care of itself with the national team.”

Southgate last month outlined his desire for a creative midfielder in the mould of Paul Gascoigne, something which might have attracted Barkley’s attention given prior comparisons made between the two players.

After a series of seasons interrupted by injury, including last term on joining Chelsea from Everton in January, Barkley believes he is improving under Sarri.

“His style of play really suits mine,” Barkley added.

“As the season goes on I’ll show a lot more what I’m capable of, I’ll start to score a lot more and assist a lot more.”

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Barkley says he is benefiting from Sarri’s attention to detail, the 59-year-old former banker meticulous in his approach and preparation.

Barkley said: “Over the years I haven’t really been coached much. Right now I’m ready to understand every aspect of the game.

“You only need to be around him for half-an-hour to understand how intelligent he is.

“He prepares for each game and each opponent really well. You can understand how much he loves the game.”

Barkley suggested young players breaking into Premier League first teams are not coached as much as perhaps they should be.

“Game to game managers are focusing on weekly results, not player development,” he added.

Barkley left boyhood club Everton in January, with his contract winding down.

He added: “It was a really difficult choice for me to make, but I felt it was the right time to take the step.

“I believed we were going in the right direction at Everton, to be a massive club and compete for titles, but it didn’t go that way and I needed to take this chance.”

Sarri suggested Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who did play for England at the World Cup, could be selected on Thursday after recovering from a shin injury.
Pedro has overcome a shoulder issue and could also feature, while Sarri would not be drawn on whether Eden Hazard would play, with changes planned.

Sarri has never won a trophy, but hopes to end that wait this season and secure Champions League qualification for the Blues.

Sarri said: “I think at the moment for my club it’s more important to be in Champions League. To play in the Champions League is more important at the moment. I want to arrive in the end in the Europa League.

“I am here to win, I want to win, I want to win something. I hope to be able to do it.”

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