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What's trending: Liverpool knocked out by West Ham, ticket price row goes on

Here are the top stories from Wednesday:

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp said the door had been "wide open" for Liverpool and hailed his young players' bravery after they exited the FA Cup as Angelo Ogbonna's 121st-minute goal sent West Ham through 2-1 victors.

- When the dust settles on the result, Jurgen Klopp will see plenty to be positive about after his much-changed lineup performed very well against West Ham's strongest side, writes David Usher.

- Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group has apologised "for the distress caused by our ticket pricing plan for the 2016-17 season" and announced general admission ticket prices at Anfield will be frozen for next season.

SUNDERLAND: Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming. He continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16.

WEST HAM: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said Tuesday's extra-time victory over Liverpool will "go into history" as one of the best games in the Hammers' history.

- Liverpool will be glad to finally see the back of West Ham. The Hammers have bagged three wins and a draw vs. the Reds this season, writes Peter Thorne.

MAN UNITEDMultiple reports in England are confirming what ESPN FC reported last week -- that Jose Mourinho is very confident he will be the next manager at Manchester United.

CHELSEA: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says there is "nothing'' to reports linking him with Chelsea. Speaking at a youth tournament on Tuesday, he told Sky Italia: "There's nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn't exist."

ARSENALGary Lineker believes Arsenal "nicked the wrong scout" in taking Ben Wrigglesworth from Leicester City to become their new first-team video scout. "Steve Walsh is the guy who found these players and bought them in. I know when he found Mahrez he was sent to watch someone else and came back with Mahrez. He's done a brilliant job and that's been the large key to Leicester's success."

LEICESTER: Leicester City's title contention has been a revelation, but what's more impressive is that they keep improving, writes Michael Cox.

TOTTENHAMHarry Kane believes Tottenham's improvement this season is because the club is rid of its "bad eggs." Mauricio Pochettino remodelled his squad, who are currently second in the table, into a leaner, fitter and younger group.

- If offered, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should pick football over finance and reject the Manchester United job, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke believes stadiums will be filled with "foreign tourists with half-and-half scarves taking selfies of being in an English ground" if ticket prices are allowed to rise even further.

NEWCASTLENewcastle have announced a price freeze on adult season tickets next season with those for under-18s being reduced. Newcastle say there is a risk "generations of supporters" could be lost if the cost of attending matches rises too high.

BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Dortmund fans protested high ticket prices by throwing tennis balls on the pitch during their side's 3-1 win at Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Many of Dortmund's travelling supporters stayed away from the stand for the first 20 minutes in response to a €70 ticket price set by the hosts.

PSG: The commuter who was racially abused and blocked by Chelsea supporters from boarding a Paris Metro train has accepted an invitation from Paris Saint-Germain to watch the London club's Champions League last-16 first leg at Parc des Princes next week.

- Things are not all rosy in Paris for PSG, who are riddled with issues ahead of their Champions League last 16 tie vs. Chelsea, writes Julien Laurens.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have found a new goal hero in defensive midfielder Luka Modric, writes Eduardo Alvarez.

BARCELONA: Once considered the future of Barcelona's defence, Marc Bartra has struggled this season, writes Lee Roden.

MLSJozy Altidore feels he has watched far too many of the United States' biggest games from the sidelines over the past nine years, so he decided to do something about it.



Come back tomorrow for another round up of the trending stories across world football.


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