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Breaking: Brighton humble Liverpool 3-0

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Brighton produced a blistering second-half performance to secure a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at the Amex and move above the visitors into seventh place in the Premier League.

Roberto De Zerbi’s impressive side were wasteful in the first half but found their range after half-time as Solly March’s double in the 46th and 53rd minutes and Danny Welbeck’s volley in the 81st minute secured the points on a memorable afternoon for Brighton.

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Joel Matip carelessly surrendered possession to Alexis Mac Allister and he found Kaoru Mitoma, whose cross was perfectly weighted for the unmarked March to tap in.

Liverpool were in disarray and six minutes later, March crashed a fine finish into the far corner from just inside the area.

Welbeck, however, wrapped up the victory, flicking March’s pass over Joe Gomez and volleying home.

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Beaten at Brentford in their previous league game, Liverpool are languishing in eighth place, seven points adrift of the top four, and look a shadow of the team that nearly won the quadruple last term.

Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton are in even more dire straits after Southampton’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

Everton’s board of directors did not attend the game because of a “real and credible threat to their safety”.

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Everton chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, was reportedly manhandled by a fan and had her car attacked after last week’s 4-1 home defeat by Brighton.

Everton have won only one of their last 13 matches in all competitions and banners and flags calling for the board to leave were unfurled before kick-off.

Brighton’s next game is away to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, while Liverpool’s next outing is an FA Cup third-round replay at Wolves on Tuesday.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side then host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

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U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles change travel plans for Morocco tour

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will now travel to Morocco via Accra, Ghana for their training tour on Wednesday.

Ladan Bosso’s side was initially expected to travel to Morocco via the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

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According to sources, the team will now fly from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Accra from where they will connect to Morocco for the training tour.

The stint in Morocco is to help the team acclimatize to the weather condition in Egypt, the host of the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

The seven-time African champions are expected to engage in friendly matches while in Morocco.

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The Flying Eagles are drawn in Group A with Egypt, Mozambique and Senegal.

The competition will start on February 19 and run through March 11.

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Just in: Chelsea hires new coach

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West London giants, Chelsea have hired another coach to handle the mental aspect of the game.

The Blues have brought in a veteran mental skills coach, Gilbert Enoka to create a winning mentality in their players.

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Enoka became popular working with the All Blacks and now has the burden of creating a winning mentality at Stamford Bridge.

According to Chelsea news Enoka, who is having his first job in football after years in rugby, netball and cricket, was signed on a short-term consultancy role.

Enoka’s role will include helping to bed all Chelsea’s signings in and create some unity in the squad.

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The Chelsea hierarchy will be hoping their new coach has a very swift impact on the players as they are really struggling despite spending over 600 million pound on players, recording just one win in their last seven games and just three goals scored in that time.

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How Premier League table will look if Man City are docked same points as Juventus

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Manchester City face a massive fight to get into the Champions League if they’re docked the same amount of points as Juventus following revelations about their FFP breaches.

Shocking news emerged on Monday morning that City, the reigning Premier League champions, have been accused of breaching the league’s financial rules between the 2009-10 and 2017-18 seasons.

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Although City could reportedly face expulsion from the league altogether, it appears far more likely that they will receive a significant points deduction if the charges levelled against them are proven.

And if Pep Guardiola’s side receive the same 15-point deduction as Juventus in Serie A following their own financial misdemeanours, it would have a serious effect on the Premier League table.

The Cityzens are currently second in the top-flight on 45 points, five points adrift of runaway leaders Arsenal. But a 15-point deduction would drop them to just 30 points, putting them ninth, just ahead of Chelsea.

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Not only would it be a huge moral blow to the current champions, it would also leave them scrambling to qualify for the Champions League and the riches that come with it.

Not only would it be a huge moral blow to the current champions, it would also leave them scrambling to qualify for the Champions League and the riches that come with it.

Other beneficiaries would include Brighton, Brentford and Fulham, all three of whom would move up one place in the Premier League.

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In a statement released on Monday morning, the Premier League said City breached rules requiring them to provide “accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position”.

This included the club’s revenue, plus sponsorship revenue and operating costs. Additional breaches related to rules requiring full info concerning “manager remuneration”.

These charges relate to the period between 2009-10 to 2012-13 seasons, when Roberto Mancini was in charge.

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