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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard expects Liverpool to name a strong side for the teams’ FA Cup fifth-round tie at Stamford Bridge and believes the Reds’ shock 3-0 defeat to Watford could make the match even harder.
Liverpool played their under-23 team in the fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town and left out all of their star names in the third-round win over Everton, as well as making huge changes throughout their EFL Cup campaign.
But with the FA Cup now at the last-16 stage, Chelsea are planning for a Liverpool starting XI that resembles their Premier League selections as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to bounce back from their first top-flight defeat this season.
“We would expect Liverpool to put out a strong team, I presume they will play their strongest team, there or thereabouts,” Lampard said at his pre-match news conference.
“We know whatever team they put out they will give us a very strong match. We have to play with a big spirit and we will have to be at our best.
“Their defeat against Watford won’t make it any easier for us. With the type of manager and players that they have it can be a wake-up call in a good way as well. It depends how you take it.
“When you look at them they look like a team of fantastic professionals with a manager who is very driven. So things like that can make this game even harder for us.
“They became relatively human for one game, that can happen in this Premier League which is incredibly competitive. It shows how well they have done in the last year or so, especially this season.”
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Lampard is still without injured quartet Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham, with Andreas Christensen also a major doubt after sustaining a minor issue and Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead playing for the under-23s on Monday.
He was giving little away about his own team selection, although he confirmed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was in contention for a return.
“We will field a team that gives everything to get into the next round against a very strong Liverpool team,” said Lampard.
“The team I put out should give everything to compete with Liverpool, as we have done twice this season. We’ve competed very well against them and were probably unfortunate to lose on both occasions.
Lampard says he doesn’t mind this midweek round of FA Cup games: ‘The FA Cup is a huge competition, evening games bring a different atmosphere and playing Liverpool is always big for us.’#CHELIV
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“So we have to approach it with the same spirit. We want to win it
but winning something is usually a phrase that has gone out of the Premier League unless you are Manchester City or Liverpool, pretty much, in the last couple of years.
“They have made so many strides and gone out on their own slightly so we have to understand that the landscape has changed and try to bridge the gap.
“Yes, Kepa [is in contention]. He has been professional as expected, trained well and kept his head down, supporting the team and the group. He has been good, but I say the same every week as I get asked this every week.”
PDP Reacts To Dethronement of Sanusi As Emir of Kano
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the Kano state government a huge political blunder.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the timing of the action is worrisome.
The statement read: “The PDP however calls for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in our nation.”
Recall that the State Government dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II over what it described as disrespect of lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.
Just few hours after he was removed, a new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, was immediately appointed by the state government as the 15th Emir of Kano to replace Sanusi.
The Peoples Democratic Party further noted the deposition of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government at a time that the nation is battling worsening insecurity challenges shows the insensitivity and poor appraisal of core national stability issues by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
The PDP, however called for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in the nation
Women Exchange Blows Over Toilet Roll As Coronavirus Causes Shortage
A video has surfaced online showing the moment three women physically assaulted each other over a pack of toilet rolls as Coronavirus causes shortage.
The incident, according to reports, happened in Australia as citizens of the country are stocking up on supplies just in case the worst happens and it is leading to altercations.
The video shows one of the women with a trolley stacked with packs of toilet rolls in a shopping centre and the other woman wanted only one pack but she wouldn’t agree.
As she also desperately needed some of the scarce product, she insisted to get one at all cost, resulting in an altercation and physical attacks.
The Australian police have charged the women over the fight.
More than 102 000 people have been infected and the death toll keeps increasing by the day.
Former President Obasanjo Speaks On Removal Of Sanusi As Emir of Kano
A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence following the dethronement of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Recall that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led governement on Monday dethroned Sanusi as Emir of Kano for being disrespectful to lawful authorities.
Reacting, Obasanjo in a statement he personally signed on Monday, said Sanusi’s dethronment was good and bad. According to him, the dethronment is good because Sanusi has paid the price.
The statement, which was shared by Senator Dino Melaye on Twitter reads, “I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise and meeting with my staff, I heard the sad and good news of your removal by the Executive Counicl of the Kano State Government.
“It is sad because it is underserved, it is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and the courage to continue in the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity.
“Please accept, Your Royal Highness the assurance of my highest consideration.”
Meanwhile, one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero was immediatemy named as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.