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David Platt says Scott Sinclair can leave Manchester City if he wants

Platt offers Sinclair City exit route but says midfielder understands his bit-part role

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 28 November 2012

No-one is about to evict him from The Etihad Stadium, but Scott Sinclair was left in little doubt that he can leave Manchester City, if ever he grows tired of his bit-part role under Roberto Mancini.

On the day his reality TV girlfriend Helen Flanagan was given her marching orders from I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here, the City winger was left reflecting ruefully on his uncertain future with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Signed from Swansea for 8million three months ago, the winger has made only two starts and two substitute appearances, spanning a total of 161 minutes.

Bench warmer: Scott Sinclair has played infrequently this season

Bench warmer: Scott Sinclair has played infrequently this season

If he feels aggrieved at such a lack of involvement, though, there was little sympathy from City assistant manager David Platt, ahead of tonight’s game at Wigan.

‘When we took Scott, we sold Adam and were probably having similar discussions about him, as he was fit and not featuring as much as he’d like,’ he said.

Jungle star: Sinclair's girlfriend Helen Flanagan was voted off 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' this week

Jungle star: Sinclair's girlfriend Helen Flanagan was voted off 'I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!' this week

‘Every player wants to feature more, but when a player comes to this club, they are going to have to accept they’re not going to play week in and week out.

‘Some will play more than others, but when we spoke to Scott, he knew what he was coming into. He knew it was a big, big squad. The manager’s door is always open to any player, if they feel they want to go and play, like Adam did. To be fair, though, he seems happy and hasn’t made any noises about that.

‘He has done well when he has come on, and when he has started games as well, but we have a big squad and everyone is aware of that. We felt when Adam was leaving, we needed the characteristics within the squad that Scott provides. Any player would want to figure more than he has done, but we think he is a valued member of the squad and that he is going to help us.’

I"m a Celebrity: Eric Bristow"s arrows at Helen Flanagan put darts legend in line for the chop – Edge of the Box

Bristow's arrows at Helen and co put darts legend in line for the chop

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16:35 GMT, 23 November 2012

Is it me, or has it all got just a little bit genteel in the jungle since it hasn’t been 'The Helen Show' Suddenly, I find myself hankering for the drama and the histrionics surrounding her and the bushtucker trials.

Instead, we have the plucky and straightforward Pussy Cat Doll Ashley nailing her task and winning the camp a Thanksgiving feast, no fuss, no bother.

Mind you, even though she wasn’t the main attraction, Helen still managed to get herself involved and generate a thin lather of soap opera by nicking Ashley’s clean towel when the poor girl returned to the camp coated in goo.

Game for a laugh: Eric Bristow shares a joke with former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts in the jungle

Game for a laugh: Eric Bristow shares a joke with former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts in the jungle

So as she nipped off for a well earned shower, Helen was left to complete a task she’d never done before, which was to clean a towel – a task she told the gathered throng, she normally outsources. Which caused David Haye to cry in consternation ‘who sends a towel to the dry cleaners!’.

Of course the whole point of the jungle is to bring together a whole bunch of opposites and see what fits, and what rubs up against each other.

If you want that kind of contrast, look no further than Eric and Hugo walking off into the trees together to listen to records. With treats at stake, the pair had to find numbers hidden in songs they played on a wind up gramophone.

Eye-opener: David Haye was flabbergasted by some of Helen Flanagan's behaviour

Eye-opener: David Haye was flabbergasted by some of Helen Flanagan's behaviour

The music selection totally dumbfounded the young Old Harrovian, but Eric new them all! ‘This was No 1’, he told his posh (Mister Bristow’s word) partner as he sang along to ‘Shaddup You Face’. ‘It was late eighties…loads of c**p records were No 1 then’, before going on to explain the subtle intricacies of ‘The Birdie Song’ .

If Danny Baker ever needs a break from his forthcoming BBC 4 music programme, we’ve got his replacement right here.

Eric was actually in a chirpier mood than he had appeared to be in the last couple of days. He’d recently had a pop at Helen, and last night it was Rosemary’s turn. Yet he remains defiant. ‘I keep taking the mickey’, he told us from the diary room, ‘but if you’re easily upset, you shouldn’t be here’.

Face it Helen, it's not going to get any easier: Bristow has vowed to keep taking the mickey out of Flanagan

Face it Helen, it's not going to get any easier: Bristow has vowed to keep taking the mickey out of Flanagan

Of our trio of sports-connected celebs, I think that ‘take no prisoners’ approach could see Eric the first to take the long walk off a short rope bridge.

But for now, he’s still very much there as it was Limahl – who only turned up, like, two days ago! – proving that, in fact, not all stories are never-ending.

Which means at least Ant, Dec or me don’t get to pun on either of his two hits anymore.

David Haye in I"m a Celebrity while Wladimir Klitschko fights

I had nothing better to do, admits jungle king Haye (what about a rematch with Wladimir, who eased to another victory on Saturday)

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11:39 GMT, 12 November 2012

David Haye has admitted he had nothing better to do this month – so agreed to appear on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

The former heavyweight champion of the world is in the jungle in Australia along with the likes of former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan and darts star Eric Bristow.

But while Haye is tackling Bushtucker trials, his old foe Wladimir Klitschko was defending his titles against Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

'I’ve been asked to do reality television shows many times in the past, but have always turned them down without a second thought,' said the 32-year-old. 'This time round it was different, though. I had nothing planned for November and it all seemed to make sense.

'When I asked friends and family they all thought it would be interesting to see me taken out of my comfort zone and to see me squirm in the jungle for a few weeks. They didn’t think I would be able to hack life without the luxuries my sport has afforded me over the years

'This presented a challenge, and it was one I decided to accept. I’ve always been somebody eager to test myself and prove people wrong, and I figure that if I stick it out in the jungle for the duration, many people will be surprised.'

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Haye, who was last in action when he knocked out Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July, is also keen to open himself up to the British public.

'I’ve always been a very private person over the years and have never had any intention of letting my guard down, so this is the public’s first real opportunity to see the real me,' he admitted. 'I can’t be certain how people will take to me, but this is the chance to find out. And, in that sense, it’s a really interesting experiment.

'I’ve spent most of my life competing in an individual sport, so, admittedly, have never been much of a team player. The whole idea of mucking in and working as a team is something new to me and it is something I will have to get to grips with.

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

'But rather than scare me, the idea excites me. I’m a very competitive person and I don’t like to lose, no matter what’s at stake.

'I can’t control whether people on the outside like me or not, or whether they choose to vote for me, but I can control how well I do in the challenges, and that is something I plan on doing.

'I’ve tested myself for years in the ring, often against boxers bigger than myself, so very few tasks tend to scare me. I definitely won’t be side-stepping any Bushtucker Trials in the jungle, or fainting if chosen to do one. I’ll take each trial in my stride and do my very best.'

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool were "terrific" in Anzhi Mackhachkala defeat

'Terrific' Liverpool display deserved more than defeat, moans Rodgers after Anzhi loss leaves Reds in Europa League scrap

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20:52 GMT, 8 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers hailed a 'terrific' team performance even as his Liverpool team came away from their Russian adventure 1-0 losers to Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.

A terrific goal from Lacina Traore on the stroke of half-time was a rare moment of quality in the match, and proved decisive as Liverpool failed to really test the home goalkeeper despite carving out a number of chances.

'I feel for the players tonight, I thought they were outstanding,' Rodgers told ITV4. 'The first half we were tactically terrific for 44 minutes and 50 seconds but then switched off and made a mistake right at the end.

Heads down: Liverpool walk off after defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala at Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow

Heads down: Liverpool walk off after defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala at Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow

Matchwinner: Lacina Traore (second right) celebrates scoring with his Anzhi team-mates

Matchwinner: Lacina Traore (second right) celebrates scoring with his Anzhi team-mates

'The second half was more of the same. The game opened up a wee bit, they had chances as we went for it. But we had chances throughout the game.'

Rodgers named a young team, including the likes of Conor Coady, Adam Morgan and Jon Flanagan while Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and others remained on Merseyside, and Rodgers was impressed by his young charges.

'Coady came in and was outstanding in his first start, playing against top players, and for Flanagan it was his first game in a long time,' he said.

Close quarters: Rasim Tagirbekov (right) attempts to stop a cross from Jon Flanagan (left)

Close quarters: Rasim Tagirbekov (right) attempts to stop a cross from Jon Flanagan (left)

Midfield battle: Jonjo Shelvey (centre) fights for the ball against Anzhi's Odil Ahmedov (right)

Midfield battle: Jonjo Shelvey (centre) fights for the ball against Anzhi's Odil Ahmedov (right)

'It was a terrific team performance against players of top quality on a difficult pitch, but at this level you get punished when you make mistakes.

'It was a much-changed team but we still deserved something out of the game. We just need to be more clinical.'

Opposite number Guus Hiddink was impressed with the Liverpool performance and happy to take three points that keep them in charge of their own destiny at the top of Group A.

Calm down: Referee David Fernandez Borbalan tells Shelvey to cool it on a frustrating night

Calm down: Referee David Fernandez Borbalan tells Shelvey to cool it on a frustrating night

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

'They had a young side but that does not mean they were not experienced as some of those players play frequently in the Premier League.

'They were good players, skilful players who were tactically good. They tested us but we also have some young players so it's a good result for us.

'We didn't finish it off in the second half, we had two big opportunities, but it was an interesting game on a very bad pitch. They tested us so we have to be happy with this result.'

I"m A Celebrity 2012: David Haye to jet to Australia

Haye puts Klitschko on the backburner as boxer jets to Australia for I'm A Celebrity

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 5 November 2012

David Haye is more accustomed to fighting off heavyweight boxers than creepy crawlies but the former world champion will be doing just that when he takes part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 32-year-old, who remains in training in the hope of fighting Vitali Klitschko next year, will join the likes of former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, whose boyfriend is Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, and Doctor Who actor Colin Baker in the jungle.

And Haye made sure he made the most of his last night in London by partying into the early hours of Monday morning.

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Night on the town: David Haye was at Whisky Mist nightclub in London before leaving for Australia

Once in Australia, Haye and his fellow celebrities will be offered the chance to stay in an eight-bedroom hotel which will have rats, scorpions, spiders and snakes lurking behind the doors.

Producers are said to have lined up
their most gruesome Bushtucker trials to date, with stars set to dine on
kangaroo testicles and raw shark brains.

The show begins on Sunday November 11.

In tow: Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair

 Helen Flanagan

In tow: Helen Flanagan (left with Scott Sinclair) will be joining Haye in the jungle

Meanwhile, Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali will materialise.

Bernd
Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother
Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to
retire.

The 41-year-old's
UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of
the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition
coalition begins.

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Fabio Borini cuts short holiday to join Liverpool

Borini pushes Carroll closer to Liverpool exit as Italian cuts short holiday to join Reds on pre-season tour

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07:30 GMT, 17 July 2012

Fabio Borini is so desperate to make an impact at Liverpool he is cutting short his summer break to join his new team-mates.

Striker Borini was not due to report for duty until August 1 after reaching the final of Euro 2012 with Italy.

But the 10million signing from Roma will link up with Liverpool on their US tour next week when Andy Carroll and the rest of the Anfield England internationals return.

On tour: Brendan Rodgers speaks to reporters after touching down in Boston

On tour: Brendan Rodgers speaks to reporters after touching down in Boston

Carroll's days on Merseyside appear to be numbered after he accepted he will not be guaranteed regular football under Brendan Rodgers.

The new Liverpool manager arrived in Boston on Monday for the pre-season tour and is looking forward to Borini's arrival early next week.

He said: 'Fabio will come out next week with the England players, and that's a great demonstration of his commitment to Liverpool.

'He was involved with Italy right the way through to the (Euro 2012) final and I'd given him the time off, like the others – four weeks.

'He was due to come back on August 1 but he made it very clear when he came that he wanted to get back and train with the group.

Good news: Rodgers is relishing the early arrival of new striker Fabio Borini

Good news: Rodgers is relishing the early arrival of new striker Fabio Borini

'We've agreed that he'll come out next week and we're looking forward to seeing him.

'He is very determined and committed to doing well and I'm sure he'll play some part in some of the games once he's over here.'

Toronto FC, Roma and Tottenham provide the opposition in America and Rodgers has youngsters Raheem Sterling, Jack Robinson and Jon Flanagan at his disposal while academy players Danny Ward, Nathan Eccleston, Stephen Sama, Brad Smith, Ryan McLaughlin, Andre Wisdom, Jordan Ibe, Adam Morgan, Krisztian Adorjan and Suso are set to get a run.

Done deal: Borini can't wait to get started after arriving from Roma in a 10m transfer

Done deal: Borini can't wait to get started after arriving from Roma in a 10m transfer

Rodgers added on Liverpool's website: 'They are getting an opportunity. It's important for a young player, all you ask for is an opportunity. Even in pre-season games, they can plant a seed in the manager's mind and in supporters' minds of their qualities.

'It's a great opportunity for me to look at them close hand, and so far they've done very well and adapted very well to the training and the work.

Here we go: Liverpool trained at Melwood before flying across the Atlantic

Here we go: Liverpool trained at Melwood before flying across the Atlantic

'Alongside talent, the biggest thing for me in young players is personality. It's having the personality to play, and having that courage. Not all young players are ready to play for such a prestigious club as Liverpool. It takes time.

'For me, the age isn't a barrier. If they're good enough, if they have the personality and the talent, then I'm always willing to put them in.'

Taking a break: Andy Carroll and his England team-mates are still on holiday after Euro 2012

Taking a break: Andy Carroll and his England team-mates are still on holiday after Euro 2012

Kenny Dalglish won"t criticise Stoke"s style of play

Stoke are tough to beat but play within the rules, says Dalglish

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15:51 GMT, 16 March 2012

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is well aware of the strengths of Stoke as he prepares for a fourth meeting against them this season but he is not among their critics.

The Potters' style has failed to impress the likes of Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, among others.

However, Dalglish has no problem with the way Tony Pulis sets up his side and believes it is all part of the challenge of a top-flight manager.

Going through the paces: Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Jon Flanagan prepare for the Stoke gameGoing through the paces: Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Jon Flanagan prepare for the Stoke game

Going through the paces: Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Jon Flanagan prepare for the Stoke game

Dalglish has tried a number of variations in order to combat Stoke, switching tactics completely for a single game and bringing in a third central defender, as he did for the goalless draw at Anfield in January.

This season Liverpool have lost at the Britannia Stadium in the Barclays Premier League but also knocked Stoke out of the Carling Cup at the same ground.

But Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final encounter gives them a chance to rectify the frustrating result in front of their own fans two months ago.

'We know it's going to be difficult, we know they're going to be very well organised and we know they're going to be a threat at set-plays,' he said.

Keeping an eye on things: Kenny Dalglish watches his players during training at Melwood

Keeping an eye on things: Kenny Dalglish watches his players during training at Melwood

'In some quarters Tony Pulis' team are criticised for the way they play but they won't get any criticism from us.

'They play the way that's best suited to them, they play within the rules and they're a credit to that football club.

'What they've done has been fantastic. They've had a fantastic season.

'They got to the final of the FA Cup last year, they qualified for the Europa League and have had a fantastic run in that before being put out by Valencia.

'They played very well and were unfortunate to get knocked out.'

At stake is a place in a Wembley semi-final but with both teams having visited the national stadium in the last 10 months Dalglish does not believe Stoke will have any less incentive than his own side, who won the Carling Cup there last month.

Tough battle: Andy Carroll and Robert Huth fight for the ball in one of the games earlier this season

Tough battle: Andy Carroll and Robert Huth fight for the ball in one of the games earlier this season

The Potters were runners-up to Manchester City in the competition last year, having dispatched Bolton 5-0 in their last-four encounter.

'Stoke have been to Wembley too, they've tasted it before and they know what the rewards are and how much they enjoyed it, although they lost the final,' Dalglish added.

'We've been to Wembley as well, we enjoyed it and we want to go back.
'But every one of the eight teams have the same incentive – to get to Wembley.
'Whether you've been before and want to go back or you've never been and have got the hunger to get there, it doesn't make any difference.'

A weight of statistics appear to be on Liverpool's side as in six FA Cup meetings, which includes two replays, Stoke have never won or even scored.

The Potters have also not won at Anfield since 1959, a run of 32 matches.
And in contrast to Liverpool's league form, which has seen them struggle for goals, in their three FA Cup ties – two against lower league opposition – this season they have scored 13 times.

Cup joy: Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Stoke in the Carling Cup

Cup joy: Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Stoke in the Carling Cup

With Champions League qualification a distant prospect as they trail fourth-placed Arsenal by 10 points a cup double looks Liverpool's best chance of success this season.

And while that may have not been the primary target at the start of the season forward Dirk Kuyt believes the club is continuing to move forward.

'We've made a great spell of progress,” the Holland international told liverpoolfc.tv.
'It's never easy when a lot of new players are coming into the club. You have to fit them into the team.

'But we have a quality group of players. Not only 11 players but a great squad.

Total respect: Kenny Dalglish has no issues with how Tony Pulis' side play the game

Total respect: Kenny Dalglish has no issues with how Tony Pulis' side play the game

'We beat United, we beat Arsenal, we have beaten Everton twice, but it's true that we dropped too many points in other games and that's what we're trying to change.

'The only thing that we can say to the supporters is that we work every day, really hard in training and we try to win every game possible.

'I'm sure we will be okay in the future; we have just got to keep going like this.

'Sometimes we've been a little bit unlucky. People are talking lots about us hitting the post (21 times) but that's behind us now – you have to look forward.'

Kenny Dalglish admits Oldham Athletic result flattered Liverpool

Dalglish admits result flattered Reds as Oldham boss Dickov bemoans penalty decision

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted the 5-1 scoreline in their FA Cup third-round victory over Oldham flattered his side.

The League One visitors took a deserved lead through Robbie Simpson's brilliant strike in the 28th minute but a freakish deflected equaliser from Craig Bellamy soon after was followed by Steven Gerrard's penalty just before half-time.

Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing both scored their first Liverpool goals either side of Andy Carroll's 89th-minute effort to clinch victory.

'Flattering': Dalglish felt the scoreline was harsh on Oldham

'Flattering': Dalglish felt the scoreline was harsh on Oldham

'The scoreline is a bit flattering really,' said Dalglish, who made eight changes to give some of his fringe players a run-out.

'Oldham did their club and their manager proud.

'They created one or two threatening situations for themselves, especially in the first half, so getting back as quickly as we did with the equaliser helped us.

'But the scoreline does not reflect the distance between the two teams on that performance.'

Dalglish gave Fabio Aurelio his first appearance of the season while the likes of Jon Flanagan, Martin Kelly, Sebastian Coates and Jamie Carragher were given valuable pitch time.

'It was important for some of the players who haven't played as much as the others to get a game and Fabio Aurelio got his first 60 minutes (of the season),' said the Scot.

Rare goals: Both Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing scored for Liverpool

Rare goals: Both Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing scored for Liverpool

'For us there were a lot of positives to come out of it: Stewart Downing scoring, Andy getting a goal, Jonjo scored and Steven got a penalty.

'They just need games. Every single one them will be better for it.

'There was nothing wrong with their application but you can train as much as you want but you can't replicate what happens on a pitch.'

Gerrard marked his first start after two months out with an ankle infection with a goal and was praised by his manager.

'It is fabulous what he has done and how hard he has worked to come back – playing a full game is fantastic is for him,' he added.

Oldham manager Paul Dickov felt his side could have made more of their early chances but labelled the late first-half penalty – when Tom Adeyemi was adjudged to have fouled Maxi Rodriguez – as a 'joke'.

Joke: Dickov (right) wasn't happy with the penalty decision

Joke: Dickov (right) wasn't happy with the penalty decision

'The first 20 to 25 minutes we played some decent football and we had three or four really good chances before we scored,' he said.

'If you concede straight after scoring it puts you on the back foot and to concede from a deflection was a bit of sickener.

'The penalty is a joke. I thought he fell over. Tom was looking at the ball and there was no way he can see him (Rodriguez).

'They (the players) are an honest bunch and they were livid it was given just before half-time.

'I believe we could have come here and won but to lose 5-1 I am gutted for the fans and players.

'It is a little bit deflating.'