Liverpool responded to an early setback against Bournemouth to create top-flight history and vice-captain James Milner believes other teams would have crumbled when falling behind.

The Reds, who followed up their first Premier League loss of the season at Watford last weekend with FA Cup elimination against Chelsea in midweek, triumphed 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday to secure a record 22nd successive home win, surpassing the benchmark set by Bill Shankly's Liverpool side in 1972.

They had to come from behind to break the record, though, with referee Paul Tierney and VAR seeing nothing amiss with Callum Wilson's possible push on Joe Gomez before the Cherries striker tapped home the opener in the ninth minute.

Liverpool reacted positively and Mohamed Salah restored parity on his 100th Premier League outing for the club before Sadio Mane put them in front after 33 minutes.

Bournemouth never looked like getting back into the game, with Jurgen Klopp's men securing a win that leaves them potentially three wins away from a first title in 30 years.

"I don't think any Premier League game is not hard to win, it's a boring thing to say but it's true," Milner told BT Sport.

"Especially when you've had a couple of performances which weren't at our level. Again today we weren't at our best but many teams would've crumbled, a couple of poor results, plenty of things going on outside the ground, people saying this and that.

"Many teams might have crumbled at one down, but we didn't. We kept going, stayed calm and when you've got the boys up front, with how clinical they are you've always got a chance.

"It's special but we just want to keep producing performances and winning trophies and creating history for this club.

"The unbelievable teams that have been here since the start, to be up there with those and have a good run is special, but we want to just keep producing performances, hopefully winning trophies and creating history for this club."

In his sixth Premier League game against Bournemouth, Salah took his tally versus the Cherries to eight.

The Egypt international has 70 goals in the top flight for Liverpool and became their first player to score at least 20 in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen, who did so from 2000-01 until 2002-03.

Asked about his record against Bournemouth, Salah said: "That's something good, I always love to score and help the team to get points.

"We showed our personality after 1-0 down, we had to react for that and I think we did well.

"We need to keep going for the next three games and the rest of the season."

Just three more wins to go.

It was not a famous performance, but it was a record-breaking result, one that should end any of that title-collapse talk before it got out of hand - and one that reminded everyone how wonderfully ruthless Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah can be.

Liverpool were certainly not brilliant against Bournemouth, the standard of their display mostly in keeping with a recent run in which they had lost three of their past five games and scored only four times, but they are back to winning ways and have surpassed their own record for consecutive top-flight home victories in England thanks to this, their 22nd in succession.

Ultimately, talk of them throwing away the most one-sided title race the Premier League has ever seen was always nonsense. But losing to Atletico Madrid, seeing their quest for an invincible league season ended at Watford and exiting the FA Cup at Chelsea in the past few weeks had certainly shaken some of the confidence out of Jurgen Klopp's previously unstoppable force.

It showed again at Anfield on Saturday. Somehow, Bournemouth went ahead - a Bournemouth side with two league wins in 12 games and on a run of five consecutive losses to Liverpool by an aggregate score of 17-0. It looked like Callum Wilson could scarcely believe it when he tapped in Jefferson Lerma's cross, although he was perhaps expecting a VAR intervention for a shove on Joe Gomez.

When Nathan Ake's header was flapped onto the crossbar by Adrian, fans in the Kop were growing restless. They needed something to calm the nerves, someone to bring precision to a disjointed Reds display. They needed Salah and Mane.

In truth, neither forward exactly had a glowing first half. Salah was as guilty as anyone when it came to Liverpool's imprecision on the ball: he completed only half of his 18 attempted passes in the Bournemouth half and gave the ball away with more than a third of his overall efforts in the first 45 minutes. Mane, too, was labouring at the same 59 per cent success rate for first-half passes, as Klopp's side seemed short on ideas against a defence that has kept one clean sheet since November 2.

And yet, when the chances came, there was never any doubt.

Jack Simpson's loose touch was all it took. Mane pounced, found Salah, and the Egyptian spun and shot through the legs of Lerma, leaving Aaron Ramsdale grasping at air. One shot, one goal.

Next, Bournemouth made a mess of things in midfield, Virgil van Dijk played Mane through, and he curled a finish beyond the Cherries goalkeeper. One shot, one goal.

It was the 16th time Liverpool have come from behind to lead at half-time of a Premier League game at Anfield. It wasn't pretty, but it was enough. It usually is when Salah and Mane are involved.

Salah has scored 70 times in 100 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, at least seven more than any other Reds player has managed in their first century of matches. Mane has scored and assisted in the same league game for Liverpool on nine occasions. Each of them has scored 27 home goals in the league since the start of last season, which is more than anyone else.

Atletico are highly unlikely to commit the same errors when they visit on Wednesday, and a 2-1 win would not be enough to keep Liverpool's Champions League defence alive. But Salah and Mane, at Anfield, are usually enough to see off anything.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored as Liverpool set a new top-flight record by coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the Premier League at Anfield.

Liverpool made history by winning a 22nd home league game in succession, despite Callum Wilson netting a controversial opener after a push on Joe Gomez in the build-up went unpunished by referee Paul Tierney and a VAR check.

Jurgen Klopp's side started sluggishly but reacted to that setback brilliantly, with Mane teeing up Salah to mark his 100th Premier League appearance for the club with a goal in the 25th minute.

Mane capitalised on further shoddy Bournemouth defending to ensure Liverpool bounced back following up their first league loss of the season to Watford last weekend, as well as an FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek.

Bournemouth took a surprise lead inside nine minutes, Gomez nudged off the ball by Wilson before the striker rounded off a neat move involving Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma with a tap-in at the back post.

It was almost two five minutes later when Nathan Ake's powerful header was unconvincingly palmed onto the crossbar by Adrian, who started in place of the injured Alisson.

However, Liverpool were back on level terms when Jack Simpson, sent on for the injured Steve Cook, was caught on the ball by Mane and his pass to Salah was fired through the legs of Lerma and into the bottom-right corner.

Virgil van Dijk intercepted a pass from Lewis Cook and quickly fed Mane, who was played onside by Ake and slid a cool finish beyond Aaron Ramsdale in the 33rd minute.

The tempo noticeably dipped after half-time and only a brilliant goal-line clearance from James Milner, who started at left-back with Andy Robertson rested as a precaution, stopped Ryan Fraser from restoring parity after the hour mark.

Mane rattled the upright with a beautiful, curling effort from 25 yards and Roberto Firmino blazed a glorious chance over in added time, but two goals were enough for Liverpool to secure a landmark result.

 

What does it mean? Liverpool back on track

After seeing their chances of replicating Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League campaign and Manchester United's famous treble from 1998-99 evaporate in the space of four days, the Reds avoided suffering successive top-flight defeats for the first time under Klopp.

They move 25 points clear of Manchester City, who have played two games fewer, and means they can still clinch the title at the home of the defending champions on April 5.

Salah the centurion

In his milestone appearance, Salah scored his 70th Premier League goal for Liverpool. It was a pinpoint finish despite a shoddy pass from Mane and made him the first Reds player to manage at least 20 times in all competitions in three straight seasons since Michael Owen, who achieved the feat between 2000-01 and 2002-03.

Bournemouth fall apart

Despite going ahead early, the Cherries folded following the loss of Steve Cook. Errors from Simpson and Ake enabled Liverpool to turn the game around and stopped Eddie Howe's team from moving out of the relegation zone.

What's next?

Liverpool will aim to keep their Champions League defence alive by overturning a 1-0 aggregate deficit against Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday, with a Merseyside derby against Everton the following Monday. Bournemouth are next in action at home to Crystal Palace in a week.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was left out of the Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday but will be fit to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

The left-back, whose driving forward runs have been a major factor in the Reds' charge towards the domestic league title, was ruled out of the game at Anfield with a minor injury.

Klopp, though, was convinced the Scotland international will be part of his plans for Wednesday's second leg of the European last-16 tie against Atletico, who lead 1-0 from the first match in Spain.

Klopp told BT Sport: "He would have started today but then he felt [something] slightly. But it's all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today.

"So we didn't want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, 'Maybe we can bring you [on]'. It wouldn't make sense today. That's the reason and he will be fine."

The versatile James Milner stepped in at left-back for Robertson against Bournemouth.

Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool will be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for the Atletico match due to a hip injury.

A fax machine prevented Real Madrid from signing David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015.

Madrid have continued to be linked with a move for the Spain international, despite bringing in Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in 2018,

And the LaLiga giants could revisit the idea of signing De Gea at the end of the season amid doubts over the United goalkeeper's future in Manchester.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID TO RELAUNCH DE GEA BID

Real Madrid are planning a fresh bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, according to The Sun.

De Gea, who almost joined Madrid in 2015 but a fax problem scuppered the deal, is under pressure at United and is facing an uncertain future.

With Dean Henderson – on loan at Sheffield United – looming as a serious threat to De Gea's position, Madrid are reportedly ready to prise the Spain international to the Santiago Bernabeu, despite Thibaut Courtois' presence.

 

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- The Daily Mail says Juventus are willing to splash the cash to lure Zinedine Zidane back to Turin as head coach. Zidane – who won two Serie A titles among other honours during his five years at Juve – is in charge of Madrid but has been linked with Bianconeri in the past.

Madrid are lining up an €80m bid for Napoli and Spain star Fabian Ruiz, reports Mundo Deportivo. LaLiga rivals Barcelona are also reportedly interested.

Arsenal are resigned to losing star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, claims the Daily Mail.

- FCInterNews.it says Inter could move for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik at the end of the season. Milik, who will become a free agent in June, has been negotiating a new deal with Napoli.

Borussia Dortmund are interested in Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier, according to Les Sports. It comes with Achraf Hakimi set to return to parent club Madrid following a two-year loan spell.

- L'Equipe revealed Mauro Icardi is unhappy at PSG. The Argentina striker is on loan from Inter, while Juve are reportedly eyeing a move for him at season's end.

United are open to Paul Pogba leaving the club as PSG and former club Juve plot moves, reports The Sun.

Pep Guardiola insisted Bruno Fernandes was not a target for Manchester City before the Portuguese midfielder joined Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Fernandes swapped Sporting CP for United in a £47million deal during the January transfer window and he has transformed the Red Devils.

The 25-year-old Portugal international has already scored three goals across all competitions – two of those in the Premier League while supplying as many assists.

Amid Fernandes' stunning start to life in Manchester, City manager Guardiola said his team were never interested in the former Sporting captain.

"I said many times it looks like we are linked with a thousand million players every month," Guardiola told reports ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford. "I don't know if the agents want to create something to do that.

"But I think the club was not in talks with his agent about this player, but they link this guy and a thousand million more."

Guardiola added: "I don't know what it means 'my type of player'. I like defenders too and good headers.

"I don't believe too much that these players are perfect for this team and manager. But I think he is an exceptional player and that is why Man United bought him."

City travel to Old Trafford in second position, 15 points clear of fifth-placed United – who are in the midst of a nine-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Jose Mourinho wants a "more balanced" squad next season as the Tottenham boss eyes changes following an injury-ravaged campaign.

Mourinho was appointed Tottenham head coach in November but the former Manchester United manager has seen stars Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko go down with injuries.

Injuries have derailed Spurs, who have lost four consecutive games following Wednesday's FA Cup fifth-round penalty shoot-out loss to Norwich City, as they sit seventh and five points adrift of the Champions League places in the Premier League.

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Burnley before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie away at RB Leipzig on Tuesday, Mourinho discussed his transfer plans.

"I know the priority," Mourinho told reporters when asked about prioritising the Premier League or Champions League this season. "I discuss with the chairman, I am not saying every day, because some days he has other things to do with the club and stays in the stadium offices, but even in these days we are on the phone.

"I do not need a specific day to have a specific discussion with the boss and with Steve [Hitchen, Spurs' chief scout]. We are together every day. I don't need to have a discussion, we just need to share normally our ideas and we feel the same.

"We know that the players are tired, that the players injured, we know that we have to build a squad more balanced for next season because we don’t believe that the same situation is going to happen. But in football anything is possible and you have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things.

"We know that we have to build a squad more balanced for next season because we don't believe that the same situation is going to happen but in football anything is possible and you have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things. So we know everything.

"We need to give a different shape to the squad to be ready for these unexpected things that happen to us but we all know that we have to try to win tomorrow and we have to try to win on Tuesday.

"If we don't then we leave, like we did in the last match against Norwich, we leave, we sleep, in peace, sad, but we sleep in peace and then the next day, [smacks his hands] here we go again."

Mikel Arteta has lamented the injury woe of his old Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere, saying the midfielder "could have been phenomenal".

Wilshere is battling to overcome his latest issue and looks sure to miss out on an Arsenal reunion on Saturday, when West Ham tackle Arteta's Gunners at Emirates Stadium.

Since leaving Arsenal for West Ham in July 2018, Wilshere has started just six Premier League games, coming off the bench on eight further occasions.

The 28-year-old has yet to score for the Hammers in the top flight, and Opta statistics show he has taken just six touches in the opposition penalty area during those few games.

As he nears the end of a second season at the London Stadium, former England player Wilshere is again enduring the deep frustration of being unable to make an impact on the pitch.

Wilshere was dogged by a host of injuries during his 10-year senior Arsenal career, all too often being unable to string together the runs of games he needed to develop his obviously prodigious playmaking talent.

"It's very sad with Jack," said Arsenal head coach Arteta, who spent five years as a midfield colleague of Wilshere.

"When I joined here and watched him play every day in training and everything he had, you could say he could be one of the best midfielders, but he always had something.

"He has started to build again a career and then again another injury, another setback, and it was disappointment.

"I was very impressed with Jack, how strong he is mentally to deal with the situation, because as well he had a lot of pressure from the media because expectations for him were big, but it is what it is.

"He could have been phenomenal."

Arteta, who was appointed as Unai Emery's successor in December, is assessing the quality within Arsenal's playing staff, and that forensic examination includes looking at stars sent out on loan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has caught the eye at times with Roma in Serie A this season, and Arteta is keeping tabs on a 31-year-old player whose Arsenal future looked to be bleak, with a view to possibly including him in plans for the 2020-21 campaign.

"'Mik' has been doing really well in recent games," said Arteta.

"We know the player he has been in the past and we need to have all the information to make the right decisions in the future.

"I always liked him. He's the type of player that can fit into any team when he's at his best. He needs to do it consistently.

"Here he had moments, and that's what we have to assess. It's a possibility that we have and we'll consider."

Manchester United's on-loan goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara has been banned for six matches following an alleged biting incident during Burton Albion's draw with Peterborough United. 

The 23-year-old, who is on a season-long loan with League One side Burton, clashed with Peterborough forward Sammie Szmodics at a corner, with an image appearing to show O'Hara biting his opponent's arm. 

O'Hara was charged by the Football Association (FA) and despite denying his behaviour amounted to violent and/or improper conduct, a commission found him guilty of the charge and handed him the suspension along with a £2,500 fine. 

A statement from the FA read: "An independent regulatory commission has suspended Kieran O'Hara for six matches with immediate effect and fined him £2,500 for a breach of FA Rule E3. 

"The Burton Albion FC goalkeeper denied that his behaviour during the 44th minute of an EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United FC on Saturday 29 February 2020 amounted to violent and/or improper conduct but the charge was subsequently found proven. 

"The independent regulatory commission's written reasons will be published in due course." 

O'Hara is yet to feature for United's first team but has played twice for the Republic of Ireland at international level. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has targeted trophies and European football with Everton after the goal-hungry striker signed a new five-year contract.

The 22-year-old said he was "very proud" to commit his long-term future to the club and vowed to keep up his recent rapid progress, having scored 15 goals in all competitions this season.

The Premier League club announced Calvert-Lewin's new deal on Friday, with the former Sheffield United forward now tied to the Goodison Park outfit until June 2025.

Calvert-Lewin has especially thrived since Carlo Ancelotti came in as manager in December, netting eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances.

He has made a strong case to be included in England's Euro 2020 plans, particularly in light of injuries to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

"This is a very proud day," Calvert-Lewin told EvertonTV. "The turnaround we have had since December is fantastic and the belief in ourselves we are back up there and can compete with the best is well and truly there.

"And with a man like Carlo leading the ship it makes it easier for us to believe in the process.

"We want to be in Europe and competing in the top competitions. It would mean that bit more to win trophies here because of the journey I have been on with Everton and Evertonians."

He detailed an ambition to take his game "to that next level" and, although the Toffees have slipped slightly to 11th in the table, they would close the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just five points if they win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

With Ancelotti facing his former club, Calvert-Lewin will be out to enhance his growing reputation.

"I like to think I have shown I am ready to live up to the expectations of being Everton's number nine," he said.

"But I am well aware of how much I need to improve and how much better I can do."

David Moyes has proposed the introduction of a "British Cup" in response to UEFA's suggestion that the EFL Cup should be scrapped.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said this week that concerns over player workloads should bring an end to England's second domestic cup competition.

The latest edition of the EFL Cup concluded on Sunday when Manchester City beat Aston Villa in an entertaining final.

West Ham boss Moyes believes revamping the competition to a British Cup, which would involve the likes of Celtic and Rangers mixing it up with some Premier League sides, would be a preferable alternative to ending it entirely. 

"My opinion on it is I have always thought we should have included Scotland," said Moyes, whose team are away to Arsenal on Saturday.

"It is in need of some way of being revamped. Maybe there is a way that a certain amount of Premier League teams wouldn't enter.

"Call it the British Cup. A couple of teams from Northern Ireland, maybe two of the Welsh League clubs. That could give us something different."

While he has a different take to Ceferin on how to deal with the EFL Cup, former Manchester United manager Moyes agrees player workloads are problematic in the modern game.

He added: "I understand the fixture pile-up and there are an awful lot of games for the top players. 

"A lot who will be playing in the Euros just off the back of playing long seasons, Saturday-Wednesday, are then expected to start again in the Premier League with only two or three weeks' break.

"So I don't think that's correct. The players are going to have no time off at all."

Jose Mourinho believes the atmosphere during Tottenham's FA Cup defeat to Norwich City was "fantastic" and "an example of what football should be" despite the match being marred by an incident involving Eric Dier and a fan.

Spurs lost 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time on Wednesday, with Dier one of the two who successfully converted his spot-kick.

But after the match, photos and videos began circulating on social media showing Dier marching into the stands at full-time to confront a supporter, with Mourinho later confirming the midfielder had gone into the crowd to deal with an incident involving his brother.

One of the videos showed the England international being restrained by a group of people made up of fans and stewards, with the situation appearing to be diffused before an altercation occurred.

And Mourinho ignored the incident when asked about the crowd atmosphere on Wednesday, insisting he "didn't see any negativity".

"I think the atmosphere on Wednesday was fantastic," Mourinho told reporters on Friday. "It was an example of what football has to be and should be – 9,000 away fans [from Norwich]. Fantastic.

"I think, independent of their happiness at the result, they [Norwich fans] came to enjoy and it was great. Great respect from the Tottenham fans to them. I don't know one single incident that happened.

"Tottenham fans were supporting the team from minute one until the last penalty we missed. Fantastic support from our fans. I didn't see any negativity.

"If somebody had a little incident in the end, I prefer to focus on the beautiful things in the game and to praise fans from both clubs for such a fantastic support.

"Wednesday night, cold rainy night, but a huge, completely full stadium, great atmosphere, big fight but no incidents between players.

"Two or three yellow cards by normal actions. Great relations between the two benches. We have a fantastic relationship between the staffs. Good referees and the only thing apart from that incident I didn't like was that in the penalty shoot-out, the assistant on the line and the VAR they were sleeping.

"They were sleeping because if they were not then every penalty that [Tim] Krul saved should be repeated. So, they were a bit tired, it was too late and they were sleeping."

Mourinho also confirmed on Friday he sees no reason not to play Dier in Saturday's Premier League meeting with Burnley.

Jose Mourinho admits he was a lazy and annoying player of the type he would immediately get rid of on a free transfer now that he is a successful manager.

The Tottenham boss, an undistinguished midfielder in his playing days, was asked about comments made by Baltemar Brito, his team-mate at Rio Ave between 1980 and 1982.

Brito, who was also part of Mourinho's coaching teams at Uniao de Leiria, Porto and Chelsea, suggested in an interview that his colleague was annoying, moaned a lot and was lazy in his playing days.

But rather than contest the assessment, the Portuguese, who has gone on to achieve considerably more success as a manager, completely agreed when Brito's views were put to him at Spurs' news conference before facing Burnley on Saturday.

"Me as a player? Correct - absolutely correct," he said of Brito's comments.

Asked what Mourinho the manager would do with Mourinho the player, the 57-year-old gave an honest response.

He said: "I wouldn't play him. I wouldn't play him. That's so easy. Offered [to other clubs], take him! Take him for free!"

Brito had explained that Mourinho, contrary to popular belief, was not lacking in ability.

But he felt Mourinho's mindset held him back, telling Bleacher Report: "He was an attacking midfielder, usually playing behind the target man. 

"He had great ability, but what may have held him back is that he already had his life sorted in a way at the time - his mother was a teacher, his father, a coach.

"Our impression was that football was like a hobby for him.

"Although he enjoyed playing it, he was a bit lazy, he didn't work as hard as he should have done physically. He did what he had to do and that was it. He didn't go the extra mile.

"He wanted the easy life, to have the ball at his feet; he was not willing to go to war for that. Perhaps, this is what stopped him from being a better footballer.

"I don't think he came to Vila do Conde to play, but rather to spend some time at a Portuguese league club, have this experience and also kill some time while his university plans were on hold.

"He wasn't there to fight for a place in the team - he didn't have that ambition.

"Mourinho bagged a lot of goals for the reserves. He was always asking for the ball. When we didn't pass it to him, he moaned a lot - he was a bit annoying on the field."

Kevin De Bruyne's shoulder injury is still "not perfect" and he remains a doubt for the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The Belgian missed the FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek having banged his shoulder in the closing stages of City's EFL Cup final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

Manager Pep Guardiola revealed after the fifth-round success at Hillsborough that he was unsure if De Bruyne would be available to face United on Sunday and, two days out from that derby, he was still none the wiser.

"He's getting better," Guardiola said.

"Today we didn't train, tomorrow he will improve. I spoke this morning with the physio and he said it feels better. Not perfect, but feels better. We will see."

One player who definitely will not feature at Old Trafford is winger Leroy Sane.

The Germany international has been sidelined since August when he damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, though he has been back in training for almost a month and featured for City's development squad against Arsenal last week.

However, the possibility of Sane making his first-team comeback for City's senior side this weekend was dismissed by Guardiola.

"No. Like I said in the previous press conference, he's making a big, big process," Guardiola added.

"But still he's not 100 per cent fit and he has to be ready and fit to play official games right now.

"I think weeks and games [with the development squad] of course will be good.

"He will feel first himself the way he moves in the training session because every week he is getting better and after I will try to give him minutes to get back as soon as possible. But for this game he is not ready."

Given City are 22 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool but are still virtually assured of a top-four finish, there is arguably more riding on the game for United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, yet Guardiola urged his players not to take the fixture lightly.

"When we believe that it's more important for them than us, we are going to lose the game," he said.

"You have to find some way to believe it's important.

"What I saw in videos, in the games, the players follow [Solskjaer], absolutely, the commitment they have and it's getting better.

"Right now maybe is their best moment in the season."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho feels Eric Dier "has to play" against Burnley on Saturday, insisting the incident which saw him run into the stands was "almost nothing".

Dier is under scrutiny from a Football Association investigation after he entered the crowd to confront a supporter following Tottenham's FA Cup fifth-round loss to Norwich City on Wednesday.

The England international climbed over rows of seats to approach a fan who was involved in an incident with his brother at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Spurs' penalty shoot-out defeat. 

Mourinho does not feel the incident has impacted his player's frame of mind ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

"What happened was clear, almost nothing happened," Mourinho said to Sky Sports. 

"He is ready and I think he has to play." 

Mourinho added at his pre-match news conference: "It was exactly my feeling and my reaction.

"I'm much older than Eric and have more years in football and I was born a footballer's son and grew up as a footballer's manager. If I saw something happening with my son I'd do the same. I wouldn't think two seconds about doing the same.

"As professionals, sometimes we have to go through difficult situations. And we have to try to cope with it, be a little bit lucky that it will not happen the same way as it happened with Eric. 

"But I think everybody understands what happened. Everybody has an opinion. I'm happy that the football family understands what happened. Let's move on.

"About Eric being in the right frame of mind to play, of course. The only thing that matters is: first of all, that nothing really big happened. And secondly he played so, so well in the last two matches that of course he is going to play.

"He played two fantastic matches [at centre-back], showed me things that I couldn’t imagine. I know what he can do in this position."

Hugo Lloris is back in training after a groin injury and Mourinho hopes he will be able to bring his captain back into the line-up.

He added: "Decision to be made after training. If you ask whether I am expecting him to play I say yes but I cannot confirm."

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