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Alonso set to stay with Leverkusen

Let’s open with the news that the vast majority of Liverpool fans didn’t want to hear: Xabi Alonso looks set to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.

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Perhaps in an ideal world, we’d have two or three head-to-head showdowns between the title-chasing trio of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal over the last 10 games of the season. Instead we have just one. Still, Man City v Arsenal (4.30pm Sunday) offers a fascinating climax to the weekend as the Premier League kicks back in after that pesky international break.

Talking of which, we’ll also bring you news from all today’s prezzers as top-flight managers try mightily to avoid ranting about players picking up knocks while away with their countries.

And talking of managers, unless this is something very clever from the Michael Edwards playbook, it looks as if Xabi Alonso isn’t heading to Liverpool. In a timely twist, another boss tipped to be Jürgen Klopp’s successor is at Anfield on Sunday to advertise his claims. Yes, Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton are heading north to take on Liverpool and, fun fact, the Italian is unbeaten in four games against the German.

But before all that, we also have hot, massive, full programme action in the EFL. And it starts with a bang as Leicester try to shake of potential Devon Loch claims when they travel to Bristol City for a 12.30pm kick-off. Full updates from there and regular dips into all the other Championship, League One and League Two games. Right, let’s get this thing started.

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