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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us today.

    Your tales from the football pitches up and down the land have been very enjoyable to read!

    We've heard from three Premier League managers - Burnley's Vincent Kompany, Everton's Sean Dyche and Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom.

    That's just a teaser ahead of a busy day of news conferences tomorrow. Make sure you come back to join us!

    For now, check out some of today's big football stories.

    • Football-related arrests in England and Wales reach nine-year high - Home Office
    • FSG agree to sell minority stake in Liverpool to Dynasty Equity
    • Spanish police raid referee Barcelona's offices as part of corruption investigation
    • Scotland and Real Madrid star Caroline Weir suffers ACL injury
  2. Scotland and Real Madrid star Weir suffers ACL injury

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    Scotland's Caroline Weir is facing a lengthy lay-off after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament.

    The 28-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, capped 102 times, was injured in the first half of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Belgium at Hampden.

    Her club say she will undergo surgery in the next few days.

    Scotland lost Manchester United midfielder Emma Watson to the same injury in a training session late last week.

    The influential duo will miss the remainder of Scotland's Nations League campaign, with a double-header against the Netherlands next month and games against Belgium and England in December.

    Read more here.

  3. 2023-24 WSL predictions

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    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport

    The Women's Super League is back this weekend and Chelsea are aiming to win a fifth title in a row - but can anyone stop them?

    Emma Sanders has attempted to predict where each team will finish this season based on what we saw in 2022-23, each clubs' business in the transfer window and how they have all performed in pre-season.

    Four months have passed since they clinched the crown in May and their traditional top-four rivals - Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City - will be hoping to break their stranglehold on the league title.

    Will this season see anyone else break into that top four? And can newly-promoted Bristol City, the only non-Premier League owned club in the league, be able to compete at the top level?

    Read Emma's predictions here.

  4. 'The owner was on the phone straight away'

    West Ham v Sheff Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom on the importance of the club sticking together:

    "[Owner] Prince Abdullah was on the phone straight after the game, we speak regularly.

    "That [what happens at board level] is not my concern, my concern is this building and the unity.

    "We understand we need to be better. We've seen teams suffer these defeats before and come back."

  5. 'Margins are so fine'

    West Ham v Sheff Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom on bouncing back from the 8-0 loss against Newcastle:

    "We want it to be a one off and we need to take things from it.

    "There are things in there that can be big reminders. At times we were good and even in the first 20 or 25 minutes we had spells as the better team.

    "We know the margins are so fine and we know how well we have to play to get the wins, so we must be critical. Some things happened in the second half that we can't allow to happen again."

  6. Get Involved - your sweetest strikes

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    SMS Message: I was lucky enough to play at a 'football aid' game at Anfield. We ran onto the pitch to warm up and the first ball I hit went into the top corner of the goal at the Kop end. My friends and family missed it as they were taking their seats and then we went and lost 6-1 which they did not miss. from Dan, London

    I was lucky enough to play at a 'football aid' game at Anfield. We ran onto the pitch to warm up and the first ball I hit went into the top corner of the goal at the Kop end. My friends and family missed it as they were taking their seats and then we went and lost 6-1 which they did not miss.

  7. How do Blades bounce back from Newcastle mauling?

    West Ham v Sheff Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Sheffield United

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    Sheffield United have been really good out of possession this season and been so organised. It has been difficult for teams like Manchester City and Tottenham to score against them.

    That was why it was such a shock to the system against Newcastle.

    Maybe they just thought with it being at home they could have a go but they underestimated their task and got picked off in a big way. They tried to go toe to toe with them and left big holes. They got it drastically wrong.

    You can’t dwell on the result either although you have to understand why it happened.

    It's about realising the detail of what you’re up against and the concentration levels and details of how you train and apply it. They have been in games and had actually started the season quite well, only to not get results. This has really put them back.

    At times, you will lose to top sides, predominantly Sheffield United will. So, it’s about how to get the results and get some wins. It is possible to lose to Newcastle and still find out where the good was.

    From that game though, they could take nothing other than real disappointment.

    BBC Sport has a dedicated Sheffield United page packed with news, analysis and fan views - get it here

  8. Post update

    West Ham v Sheff Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has also arrived for his press conference.

    We'll bring you his thoughts shortly.

  9. 'We want the fans to see a team that gives everything'

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    Everton manager Sean Dyche on why the club's recent victories have come away from Goodison Park:

    "Scoring a goal, as simple as that. They are the fine lines of football. You have to score goals and we are beginning to see the team is capable - and that is a good sign.

    "Goodison has been great, the fans have been great. The cutting edge is beginning to come and long may that continue.

    "It's about continuing to build [a bond with the fans]. We want the fans to see a team that gives everything. Once you reinforce that with winning everyone believes more and that bond grows tighter."

  10. Post update

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    Everton manager Sean Dyche on team news:

    "Nothing too major. Myko [Vitaliy Mykolenko] came off and we have to be careful with him.

    "There were a few knocks, but nothing too major."

  11. Get Involved - your sweetest strikes

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    SMS Message: School match and losing 7-0 I was totally fed up with my team, so got the ball on halfway line and just kept beating the opposing players one after the other, finished popping the ball through the keepers legs. from Lee

    School match and losing 7-0 I was totally fed up with my team, so got the ball on halfway line and just kept beating the opposing players one after the other, finished popping the ball through the keepers legs.

    SMS Message: My sweetest strikes - 2 come to memory.Ones got to be in a park game I had my Stevie G top on and just at a point when my cousin took his phone out to record I hit the most Gerrard-esque strike from my own half which nestled neatly into the top corner.The second one was in a high school match when I lobbed the keeper from halfway- sweetest feeling seeing the looping ball evade his flailing hands to land sweetly into the net as I wheeled away in celebration. from Abubakr

    My sweetest strikes - 2 come to memory.Ones got to be in a park game I had my Stevie G top on and just at a point when my cousin took his phone out to record I hit the most Gerrard-esque strike from my own half which nestled neatly into the top corner.The second one was in a high school match when I lobbed the keeper from halfway- sweetest feeling seeing the looping ball evade his flailing hands to land sweetly into the net as I wheeled away in celebration.

  12. 'We are the only ones who can change our story'

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    Sean Dyche on whether this is the closest he has been to having an Everton team in his image:

    "We knew we would have to get a more balanced squad and I think we have done that well.

    "Generally the performances have been good and the last two games we have got our reward from that.

    "I have been pleased with the relentless attitude to keep working and I commend the players on that.

    "It's not easy when there's so much noise around the club. I have said to the players that we are the only ones who can change the story.

    "We have some very good players. At Everton you have to win, whatever tactics you play. We can all debate tactics. You can lose a game but the tactics were right - it's the delivery of it."

  13. 'Honoured to partner with FSG'

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    Liverpool

    Fenway Sports Group have outlined several areas where they will use the finances to help stabilise Liverpool for the future.

    • Pay down bank debt incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Capital expenses made to enhance Anfield
    • Build the AXA Training Centre
    • Repurchase Melwood training ground
    • Acquisitions during the summer transfer window

    “We are honoured to partner with FSG and support the remarkable legacy of Liverpool in a strategic partnership that builds upon mutual respect and deep relationships among our respective teams,” said Dynasty executive chairman Jonathan M. Nelson.

    Dynasty’s chief executive officer, K. Don Cornwell, added: “Liverpool is one of the most iconic football clubs in the world with a passionate fanbase and significant global reach. Dynasty is privileged to support the club and work alongside FSG to execute on the tremendous growth opportunities ahead.”

  14. 'No easy games'

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    Everton manager Sean Dyche on Luton Town: "They are working very hard in games, they are structured and trying to ask questions of the opposition.

    "We certainly have to deliver a performance and we don't take anyone lightly, that's for sure.

    "It is difficult. I've been down that road. It feels different, the beginning is exciting for everyone but if you're not getting those wins it feels difficult.

    "There are no easy games. You have to be ruthless. When the whistle blows we have to be ruthless, deliver a performance. That's the reality of the Premier League."

  15. Dynasty Equity buy minority stake in Liverpool

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    Liverpool

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    Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have confirmed that global sports investment firm Dynasty Equity "has completed a strategic common equity minority investment in Liverpool FC."

    The investment is worth between $100-$200million (£82m - £164m).

    “Our long-term commitment to Liverpool remains as strong as ever,” said FSG president Mike Gordon. “We have always said that if there is an investment partner that is right for Liverpool then we would pursue the opportunity to help ensure the club’s long-term financial resiliency and future growth.

    “We look forward to building upon the long-standing relationship with Dynasty to further strengthen the club’s financial position and sustain our ambitions for continued success on and off the pitch.”

  16. 'Calvert-Lewin looking sharp'

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

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    Everton manager Sean Dyche on Dominic Calvert-Lewin: "I'm pleased for him. He has dug in. He has looked sharper, we knew we were building him back into it.

    "For someone who has had hardly any football, playing games at this level, he has looked really sharp and done really well."

    "Strikers are there to score goals. They love it, we love it, the fans love it. but it's a team mentality and we have been reinforcing that message to the group."

  17. 'Pleased with the attitude'

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    Everton manager Sean Dyche on achieving two wins in a week: "I'm pleased with the attitude of the players to keep performing. I don't think there were any grimaces.

    "We try to work in a way that bring consistency to what we do. It's small steps towards a bigger picture.

    "The number of changes to the game last night, and the open-mindedness of the group towards it, is a good sign."

  18. Post update

    Everton v Luton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Everton

    It's been a positive week for Everton, who followed up a first Premier League victory with Carabao Cup progress last night.

    Next up for Sean Dyche's men is a key game against winless Luton Town as they aim to move away from the relegation spots.

    Dyche is about to speak to the media.

  19. Blades considering Wilder reunion?

    Today's gossip

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    Sheffield United have reportedly spoken to former manager Chris Wilder over the possibility of replacing Paul Heckingbottom. (Football Insider)

    Heckingbottom led the Blades to promotion from the Championship last term but has struggled to get results in the Premier League, picking up just one point from six outings, while they were beaten 8-0 against Newcastle on Sunday.

    Wilder's previous stint in charge of Sheffield United came between 2016 and 2021 - finishing ninth in the Premier League in 2019-20.

    That and more can be found in Thursday's gossip column.

  20. Heckingbottom hoping to ease pressure

    West Ham v Sheffield Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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    Sheffield United

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    Sunday's 8-0 defeat at home to Newcastle has left Sheffield United rock-bottom of the Premier League standings.

    Paul Heckingbottom's men have claimed just one point, courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Everton, and the manager is already under serious pressure.

    They will be eager to show a positive response when they travel to West Ham, who have lost their last two games, albeit those fixtures were against Manchester City and Liverpool.

    Sheffield United's last win at the London Stadium came in 2005 when they two clubs met in the Championship.

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