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05.20 EDT

Newcastle United: Eddie Howe has just told reporters he had no problem with Anthony Gordon’s angry reaction to being substituted at Brentford last weekend as Newcastle tried to close out their 2-1 win. Brought on as a substitute at half-time, the 22-year-old reacted petulantly as he was replaced with one minute of normal time remaining.

“We’ve had a conversation,” said Howe. “His enthusiasm, aggression, motivation levels are really, really high and he’s fiercely determined to do well and achieve, and it is one of his hallmarks, it’s one of his strengths. We want to embrace that, we love that about him. But in certain moments he needs a cool head as well, so it’s about trying to explain the situation, talk through it. I’ve got no issue with him at all. He’s trained really well this week.”

Newcastle assistant manager Jason Tindall (left) has a word in Anthony Gordon’s ear following Newcastle’s win over Brentford last weekend. Photograph: Jane Stokes/ProSports/Shutterstock

Updated at 05.21 EDT

05.14 EDT

Martínez blow for Manchester United

Lisandro Martinez injury update: The Manchester United centre-back suffered what looked on first glance like a nasty Achilles injury during Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Sevilla last night but Erik Ten Hag says the injury is not as bad as first feared. “No it’s not that area,” he said after the game. “I can’t tell, but it’s not the area of Achilles. I have spoken with him, he is okay, he is calm. I think (it is) an injury (that means) he will not play on Sunday. I cannot say what the diagnosis (is). I prefer to wait and to know what it is.”

While Martínez can expect a spell on the sidelines, his defensive partner Raphael Varane may be fit for Sunday despite being substituted at half-time due to suffering from the effects of an unspecified knock. “That injury, he complained (about it) over the last couple of weeks and we have to see how it is now,” said Ten Hag.

Lisandro Martínez is carried from the field by his Argentina teammates Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna during the Europa League quarter-final first leg. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Updated at 05.23 EDT

05.03 EDT

Klopp on Jude Bellingham: “I have nothing to say on that,” he said, when quizzed about Liverpool’s very public withdrawal from the stampede to secure the England midfielder’s services from Borussia Dortmund. “It is not about Jude Bellingham, but I never understand why we talk about things we cannot have, theoretically. We cannot have six players in a summer, everyone for £100m. That is clear.

“You have to realise what you can do and then work with it. That is your job. We are not children; when you ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they say, I don’t know, ‘a Ferrari’, you would say that is too expensive and you cannot drive it, If this kid then was really unhappy because he didn’t get his Ferrari, it would be a really sad life. You look what you can do, and you work with that.”

England midfielder and footballing Ferrari Jude Bellingham will not be parked up in Liverpool’s training ground next season. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Updated at 05.03 EDT

04.58 EDT

The assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis will face no further action from the Football Association following an apparent elbow on Liverpool defender Andy Robertson as the players of Liverpool and Arsenal left the field at half-time during last Sunday’s Premier League draw at Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp is currently talking to the pressd ahead of his side’s match against Leeds United on Monday night and says he is satisfied with the decision. “I think it has been dealt with really well,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of it during the game; I spoke to Robbo and the other guys, not the assistant, but now we can carry on.”

Hatzidakis was stood down from duties this weekend while the investigation took place but will be free to resume them next week. The official is reported to have spoken to Robertson directly and apologised for his actions.

Updated at 05.23 EDT

04.53 EDT

Something for the weekend …

Another Friday, another day of managerial press conferences ahead of the weekend’s action. It may be mid-April, with the daffodils in full bloom, but every team in the Premier League still has something to play for, whether it’s the title, a place in next season’s Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League, or top flight survival itself. In this the calm before another weekend storm, we’ll bring you news from all the pressers as well as any other major talking points that present themselves, so stay tuned.

Updated at 05.02 EDT

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