Football news LIVE: Spurs and Liverpool qualify in Champions League as Aston Villa target Eden Hazard – updates | The Sun

Football news LIVE: Spurs and Liverpool qualify in Champions League as Aston Villa target Eden Hazard – updates | The Sun

11/02/2022

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Wins against Napoli and Marseille have seen the English sides join Chelsea and Manchester City in the latter stages of the tournament.

Elsewhere, former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is being linked with a sensational return to the Premier League.

Unai Emery's Aston Villa are believed to be plotting a move for the Belgian, who could put an end to a horror spell at Real Madrid.

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  • Kiro Evans

    Chief Kief

    Only one player outranks Erling Haaland's shot conversion in the Premier League this season – Bournemouth's Kieffer Moore.

    Moore, who was playing in non-league football less than a decade ago, leads the Norwegian striker with Jadon Sancho a surprise 3rd.

    Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo meanwhile is all the way down in 53rd.

    There's a surprise name at the top of the list of PL forwards with the best shot conversion
  • Kiro Evans

    Yes Cun Do

    Arsenal are set for imminent talks with the agent of Facundo Torres as they look to intensify their interest in the winger, according to reports.

    Torres, 22, has been linked with a move to the Emirates as Arsenal look to build more squad depth.

    ESPN report that Torres’ agent Edgardo Lasalvia has confirmed talks are set to be held with the London club.

    The Uruguayan has enjoyed an outstanding season in the MLS with Orlando City and Arsenal have taken notice.

  • Kiro Evans

    'Only 90 minutes away from crisis'

    Graham Potter has revealed he understands how quickly a big club like Chelsea can lurch into crisis.

    Saturday's humiliating defeat at old club Brighton – his first as Blues boss – has ended his honeymoon spell at Stamford Bridge.

    He needs his club to get back on track for tonight's dead rubber against Dinamo Zagreb before Sunday's huge clash at Arsenal.

    Potter said: "In my job, or where I'm sitting, you've got to be careful what you listen to because people can talk and say whatever. It's part of life.

    "You understand when you're at a club like this you are only ever 90 minutes away from a crisis and you have to put things into perspective. "

  • Kiro Evans

    400 Not Out

    Jurgen Klopp celebrated his 400th game in charge of Liverpool last night as they finished off their Champions League group stage campaign with victory.

    Napoli, who had been on a 13-win streak, lost after late goals from Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez.

    It made it five wins in a row for the Reds in Europe which is in sharp contrast to their wobbly domestic form.

    Liverpool could face any of Bayern Munich, Porto, Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, PSG or Benfica in the last 16 subject to tonight's results.

  • Dylan Terry

    Good morning football fans

    Liverpool and Tottenham finished their Champions League group campaigns with a flourish last night.

    Spurs qualified top of Group of Group D thanks to a 95th minute winner from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, having been on their way out of the competition at one point when Chancel Mbemba headed Marseille ahead.

    The Reds meanwhile bounced back from the weekend's defeat against Leeds to beat Napoli 2-0 at Anfield, ending the Italian side's 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

    Manchester City and Chelsea are in action this evening. 

    Both sides are already through, but Erling Haaland is set to miss the home clash against Sevilla, while Chelsea host Dinamo Zagreb.

    Elsewhere, new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery reportedly wants to sign Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard.

    The ex-Chelsea ace has struggled since his mega move to the Bernabeu in 2018.

    Spanish outlet Defensa Central claim Emery wants to build his side around the 31-year-old, who has less than two years remaining on his Real Madrid deal.

    Manchester United are planning on offering Marcus Rashford a new deal before the end of the year, reports suggest.

    Boss Erik ten Hag sees the forward as "central to his plans" after a stunning start to the season, according to The Mail.

    And finally, Wilfried Zaha is happy to wait until the end of the season to decide whether or not to sign a new Crystal Palace deal.

    The 29-year-old wants to wait and see where the Eagles finish before committing to fresh terms.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Reece against time

    Reece James has jetted to Dubai in a bid to speed up his recovery from a knee injury.

    The right-back is in a race against time to be fit in time for the World Cup.

    Chelsea ace James is a major doubt for the tournament after picking up ligament damage in last month's 2-0 win at AC Milan.

    He is joined in Dubai by Wesley Fofana, who is also currently sidelined with a knee injury.

    A club statement said: "Reece James and Wesley Fofana will continue their rehabilitation programmes this week in Dubai.

    "A member of the Chelsea medical department will accompany them.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Spurs leave it late

    Tottenham join Liverpool in the Champions League knockouts, but Antonio Conte's side are going through top of their group.

    With the game 1-1 going into added time, Spurs looked as though they were going through in second place behind Eintracht Frankfurt.

    But a 95th minute stunner from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw the visitors into the hat for the knockouts as group winners.

    Antonio Conte's side were going out of the competition at one point in the night after Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring for the hosts.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Full-time at Anfield

    After defeat to Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, Liverpool have responded by coming out on top against Europe’s form side.

    The Reds beat Napoli 2-0 thanks to a late goals from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez.

    It's Napoli's first defeat in 21 games.

    Both sides finish the group stage on 15 points and safely through to the knockout stages after winning five out of their six games.

    But it’s Napoli who go through in top spot thanks to their 4-1 win over Liverpool in the reverse fixture.

    Two more goals for the Reds would have seen them go through top.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Watching from the stands

    Antonio Conte is serving a touchline ban this evening in Marseille.

    The Tottenham boss is watching from the stands after being sent off in last week's controversial draw with Sporting Lisbon.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Spurs are level in Marseille

    Tottenham's Champions League dream is back on.

    Clement Lenglet has equalised for Spurs in Marseille.

    So now as it stands they ARE qualifying for the knockout stages, but not as group winners.

    There's plenty of time still to play though.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Spurs behind in Marseille

    To make matters worse for Spurs, they are now behind in Marseille.

    And to make it even worse, it's Chancel Mbemba who scored the goal.

    So as it stands, Antonio Conte's side will be crashing out of the Champions League this evening.

    Any comeback will have to be without the injured Son Heung-min.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    How Son's injury happened

    Here's a look at the sickening collision between Son Heung-min and Chancel Mbemba that saw the Spurs man subbed off in a daze.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Dazed Son subbed off

    Tottenham have been dealt a first half blow in Marseille.

    Star forward Son Heung-min has been subbed off after suffering a worrying looking injury.

    The South Korean international was helped off the pitch after a nasty clash of heads with Chancel Mbemba.

    He headed straight for the tunnel after picking up the injury.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Champions League games underway

    Both Liverpool and Tottenham are currently in Champions League action.

    The Reds host Napoli with a place in the knockouts already safely secured.

    A win by more than four clear goals will see them top the group.

    Spurs meanwhile can top their group with a win, qualify with a draw, or crash out of the competition altogether with a defeat in Marseille.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Not gone to Pott just yet

    Chelsea boss Graham Potter knocked back suggestions he is under pressure following the 4-1 drubbing at the hands of old side Brighton.

    The Blues are currently on a three game winless run in the league.

    But Potter said: "Pressure? From one game, you mean? In my job, or where I'm sat, you've got to be careful what you listen to.

    "People can talk and say whatever. It's just part of life.

    "You understand at a club like this that you're only 90 minutes away from a crisis, and you have to put things into perspective."

    He added: "Whatever people say from the outside – there's always opinions, there's always people that don't like you, there's always people that will have a different view of how the situation is.

    "You can't control that. All I can do is focus on how I think, what I think and how I act and let the noise carry on."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    More from Marseille

    Here's a few more shots of the madness in Marseille…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Fan frenzy in France

    Here's a look at the current scenes outside Marseille's Stade Velodrome ahead of tonight's clash against Tottenham…

    The Marseille fans have clearly saved some of the fireworks they set off in the middle of last night outside Spurs' team hotel for this evening.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Pott him in from the start

    Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed Denis Zakaria is "in the frame" to start against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

    The 25-year-old joined the Blues on loan from Juventus in the summer, but is yet to make his debut for the club.

    Potter's side have won their group regardless of the result, meaning tomorrow's clash against the Croatians could be a good opportunity for Zakaria to get some game time.

    The boss said today on Zakaria: "I think I’ve mentioned him before and he’s been really good, he’s trained well supporting his teammates.

    "He’s in the frame for tomorrow, he’s available for selection, so we’ll wait and see."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Klopp going nowhere soon

    Jurgen Klopp has NO intention of leaving Liverpool, his agent has confirmed.

    The German gaffer has endured a miserable start to the campaign, with his side winning just four out of 12 Prem games.

    But the 55-year-old is not planning on going anywhere just yet.

    His advisor, Marc Kosicke, told Sky Germany that Liverpool chiefs were expecting a hangover this season after coming two wins away from an unprecedented quadruple last term.

    Kosicke said: "I can assure you that Jürgen Klopp is not thinking of retiring from Liverpool.

    "The fact that problems could arise this season due to the past intense season was also taken into account by the club's owners before the start of the season."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Trossard should be a target for Big Six

    Former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Leandro Trossard would be a smart addition for three of the Prem's top clubs.

    The Brighton ace has sparked rumours of a move to a Big Six club after his stunning start to the season.

    Belgian international Trossard has netted seven goals in just 12 Prem games this campaign.

    And Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: "He’s improved so much. Adding goals as well, he’s a threat.

    "He’s going to attract a lot of clubs over Europe – Premier League clubs will look at him as well. He could do a job at Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs."

    Agbonlahor added: "So I think now he’s playing like he is, maybe January, if Brighton can get a bit of money for him, they might look to sell him in January."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Barca looking to Pav the way

    Barcelona are reportedly considering a swoop for Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard.

    Boss Xavi has prioritised signing a new full-back, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

    That's despite the recent arrival of Hector Bellerin from Arsenal.

    Bellerin has played just four times since joining the club, with Jules Kounde filling in on the right side of defence.

    And French international Pavard is rumoured to be a target, with the 26-year-old into the final two years of his Bayern contract.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Jor not going to believe it

    Jorginho has claimed he is "very happy" at Chelsea – despite reports linking him with a move away.

    The Italian midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

    He has been linked with a return to Serie A, with Barcelona also rumoured to be interested in his signature.

    But Jorginho has told Chelsea's The 5th Stand app: "I'm very happy at the moment we’re all very focused on what we need to do. I’m enjoying life here.

    "I’m enjoying working with everyone and I think everybody says the same thing. It’s enjoyable to be at Chelsea."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Wilf waiting before signing new deal

    Wilfried Zaha wants to see where Crystal Palace finish this season before committing to a new deal, writes SunSport's Jack Rosser.

    The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.

    SunSport revealed in September that Palace have offered their talisman a new deal, but he is in no rush to commit.

    Zaha in fact is happy to wait until the end of the campaign before sealing any new deal.

    The news comes as a boost to Arsenal and Chelsea, who have both been linked with Zaha in the past.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Tonight's Champions League fixtures

    Both Liverpool and Tottenham are in Champions League action this evening.

    The out of form Reds host high-flying Napoli at Anfield… but luckily for Jurgen Klopp his side have already progressed to the knockout stages.

    On the other hand Spurs' situation is more precarious.

    Antonio Conte and Co must avoid defeat to be playing Champions League football after Christmas.

    Conte though will be watching from the stands after he was sent off in last week's controversial draw with Sporting Lisbon.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Spurs seeking Ukrainian star

    Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi is a January transfer target for Tottenham, reports suggest.

    Italian newspaper Il Giorno claim Spurs have contacted Atalanta's head of recruitment, Lee Congerton, over a potential deal.

    The 29-year-old has started just four Serie A games this season and is on the lookout for more regular opportunities.

    It's said the Italians want around £13million to part ways with the Ukrainian international.

    But Spurs are rumoured to be facing competition for his signature in the form of West Ham and Nottingham.

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