Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has confessed that he never expected to go head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp on the touchline, as he prepares his team for their trip to take on Liverpool.
Huddersfield travel to Anfield seeking another fairytale moment, a week on from beating Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium in their biggest scalp yet since earning promotion to the big time.
This weekend’s clash will have particular importance for Wagner, who was best man at Liverpool boss Klopp’s wedding and still has a close bond with his compatriot following their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, he said: “Even when I joined Huddersfield and he was already the manager of Liverpool, I never thought we would meet ever in the Premier League. It was never in my head. It is, for sure, something extraordinary. It’s a great relationship.
“It’s more than friendship. Maybe he’s more a family member than a friend. That is the truth. He is the manager of Liverpool, I am the manager of Huddersfield Town and now we play Premier League. Great story. For sure I am looking forward to it because he’s the manager, but I would be looking forward to the game… I looked forward when I met Jose Mourinho.
“It is extraordinary, yes it is, because he’s my best friend and he’s the manager of Liverpool, but I think the really important thing and extraordinary story is if Huddersfield Town beat Liverpool in the Premier League in a competitive game. I don’t know how many years since this football club was able to play at Anfield in a competitive game – this is the real big story for us.”
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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has urged his teammates to go on and win the EFL Cup following their 2-1 victory over managerless Everton in round four.
Antonio Rudiger who scored his first goal for the club in the win against the Toffees, said that he is keen to go the distance in the competition because it is the fastest route to silverware this season.
“You can win a trophy, so you have to be motivated. It was a big chance as well for young players like Ampadu, Musonda and Kenedy,” the official Chelsea website quotes Rudiger as saying.
“Everyone has to be motivated and for our club this is the fastest way to win something, so we have to go for it.”
Nice striker Mario Balotelli has taken what appears to be a veiled swipe at fans of his former clubs Liverpool and Manchester City.
Nice have been struggling in Ligue 1 this term, sitting in 14th place after a poor run of form, and Mario Balotelli has insinuated that Reds and City supporters would abandon their team in the same situation.
“At my former clubs, a situation like ours would never have gone down so well,” Balotelli told French paper Nice Matin.
“There, against Strasbourg, we played very badly and lost a match that we never should have lost, the supporters were always behind us, singing, applauding. To have support like that, it’s magnificent.”
Chelsea are lining up a move to bring Carlo Ancelotti back to Stamford Bridge as they plan for Antonio Conte’s exit.
Arsenal will demand at least £30m from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez in January – as Arsene Wenger refuses to budge on his price demands.
Manchester City have joined neighbours Manchester United in the race for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Fernando Llorente is set to play a key role for Tottenham in their pursuit of glory in the Premier League, with Harry Kane a major doubt for Saturday lunchtime’s visit to Manchester United because of a hamstring injury.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche denies he is in a comfort zone at Turf Moor and claims he is “ambitious”.
Roy Hodgson has made a passionate pledge to Crystal Palace fans that his side will never let them down again.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he could walk away from Arsenal halfway through his contract.
Andre Ayew says West Ham’s stunning Carabao Cup comeback proves the players are fully behind under-pressure boss Slaven Bilic.
Shay Given has warned Newcastle United will soon be as big as Manchester City, predicting a major shake-up in English football’s established order if Amanda Staveley completes a deal to buy the club from Mike Ashley.
Claude Puel will take charge of his first training session as Leicester City manager on Friday with a glowing endorsement from Arsene Wenger after his surprise appointment.
Jose Mourinho challenged his Manchester United players to beat Tottenham on Saturday after tearing into them for the second time in 48 hours following the shock defeat to Huddersfield.
Mauricio Pochettino will make a late call on Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s showdown against Manchester United as the striker recovers from a hamstring problem.
Liverpool will offer England U17 international Rhian Brewster a lucrative contract when he turns 18 next year.
Rangers are ready to go back to basics and will keep the search for a new manager among British candidates.