Mertesacker to make most of unexpected Cup final chance

Chelsea have cancelled this weekend's planned victory parade, created to celebrate their Premier League title success, after taking security advice in the wake of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

Arsenal notified season-ticket holders on Monday that they would be given a discount to reflect the team playing in the Europa League.

Although they face a play-off round in August in order to enter the Champions League proper, Klopp is keen to change a trend which has seen them qualify just twice in the last eight years.

"He is not at fault if we did not reach the Champions League tonight".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the club have decisions to make and negotiations to be carried out ahead of a pivotal summer for the Reds.

However, most fans on social media seemed pleased with the club's initiative.

Chelsea, who have a chance of achieving a domestic double when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday, will also donate money to a fund for the victims and their families.

On the potential start, the German stoically claimed: "I used to do this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes".

The Wembley showdown will be the Frenchman's last match of a 21-year reign as Arsenal manager should he choose not to renew a contract which expires in June.

There has been a lot of speculation linking Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho with a move to FC Barcelona in recent months - here is what the Liverpool playmaker recently had to say about his immediate future.

We knew that at least two teams would be disappointed, and that it was possible that all six could play well, and still two could miss out on the top four.

"I'm experienced enough to deal with it but it was a big handicap for the team because they played in a very hostile environment". We will be really strong and really fight for it and we want to be there. "As professionals we want to win the trophy and bring it home". "There's nothing better, maybe, in the world".

"Personally the biggest thing for us at City was winning the FA Cup: getting that first trophy under our belt, winning something, giving you that belief", Milner said.

  • Julie Sanders