MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a winter splurge as they aim to keep pace with Liverpool. The Citizens are nine points behind their title rivals following their 3-1 defeat at the weekend and questions have been asked of their squad depth. David Si

Man City ‘set for £100m January transfer spree’ to replace Aguero and David Silva as they look to keep up with Liverpool

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MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a winter splurge as they aim to keep pace with Liverpool.

The Citizens are nine points behind their title rivals following their 3-1 defeat at the weekend and questions have been asked of their squad depth.

 Sergio Aguero is the wrong side of 30 although he is still banging in the goals
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David Silva, 33, is set to leave at the end of the season, while a long-term replacement for 31-year-old Sergio Aguero is also needed.

The Daily Mail reports that Etihad chiefs will fork out at least £100million to land two new players to take over from Silva and Aguero.

As well as signing attacking reinforcements, Pep Guardiola knows his side are seriously hampered by the injury to Aymeric Laporte in September.

The Frenchman still faces at least another three months on the sidelines and his absence has exposed the weaknesses of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi at the back.

Vincent Kompany is yet to be replaced after leaving in the summer and City's defence was ruthlessly taken apart on Sunday.

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Midfielder Fernandinho has been drafted in as an emergency defender, while Rodri failed to offer the same protection the Brazilian usually affords in front of the back four.

Guardiola is ready to address the issue by spending big once again on another central defender, with Benfica's Ruben Dias an option.

City will hope to bounce back from their weekend defeat when they face in-form Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday 23.

 David Silva is set to leave Man City at the end of the season
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Watch Liverpool boss Klopp jokingly run away from Man City chief Guardiola when they meet at Uefa elite managers bash

JURGEN KLOPP left reporters in stitches after he ran away from Pep Guardiola at a Uefa coaches summit in Switzerland.

The pair both attended the Elite Club Coaches Forum the day after Klopp's Liverpool beat Guardiola's Manchester City 3-1 in a game full of major talking points.

 Liverpool boss hilariously ran away from Pep Guardiola at the Uefa Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon
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Guardiola was fuming with referee Michael Oliver after the match where he could be seen sarcastically shouting "Thank you so much, thank you so much" to him.

Speaking after the game, he said: "Ask the referees, don't ask me. Ask Mike Riley and the guys in VAR.

"I would like to talk about our performance, it was so good. It was one of the best performances we have played."

But Klopp stated that the duo have no problem with each other in a hilarious interview that saw him legging it away from the ex-Barcelona gaffer.

The German was asked by a reporter, "Did you speak with Pep?", but didn't understand his question after the journalist mispronounced the Spaniard's first name.

JU MUST BE JOKING

Klopp replied by saying: "Pepe? Who is Pepe?"

After the confusion was cleared, he laughed and said: "Of course we spoke, why shouldn't we speak?"

At that precise moment he spotted the 48-year-old coming round the corner and whispered: "Pep Guardiola is coming!"

He then jokingly ran off camera much to the amusement of the reporters around him.

Both Klopp and Guardiola were in agreement at the summit in Nyon where they stated that VAR is not working.

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Klopp said: "With VAR, handball, offside, it is clear there is a process where we have to keep on improving. There were good ideas from Uefa how we can sort things from the referees, so everybody is in on it.

“There is still space for mistakes. These things are done by human beings and none of us is perfect. But it is about improving it. Nobody is asking for perfection, you just want to have the right decisions.”

When Guardiola was asked whether VAR could be made right, he simply commented: "I don't know."

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Patrick Vieira insists Emery can get club through Arsenal crisis and says changing manager ‘will not fix problems’

PATRICK VIEIRA has told Arsenal fans to lay off Unai Emery and give him the chance to turn the club's fortunes around.

Emery has been given until the new year to make changes after growing under increasing pressure at the Emirates after a run of form which has seen them win just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.

 Patrick Vieira says Unai Emery must be given more time by Arsenal and their fans

Arsenal are without a victory in the Premier League since the first week in October and have now slipped down to sixth in the table.

They are now behind Sheffield United on goal difference and eight points off Manchester City who occupy fourth spot.

With their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season by finishing in the top four decreasing by the week, the Gunners fans have started to call for Emery to be sacked.

But club legend Vieira says now is not the time to make a rash decision, and urged the supporters to give the 48-year-old more time to deliver.


Vieira said:"It's true Arsenal are going through a tough spell.

"But I haven't watched all their matches, so I can't talk about their game

"They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it's important to be united.

"I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell.

"We have to get behind him and give him time to change things.

"I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems."

Arsenal have an ideal opportunity to reverse their fortunes and string together a good run of results with their next three games against Southampton, Norwich and Brighton.

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