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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending in world football: Liverpool ticket protest, Lavezzi to China

Paul Mariner thinks the fan protest against Anfield ticket prices may have influenced Liverpool's late collapse against Sunderland.

Here are the top stories from Monday:

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp told a news conference that "everyone at the club wants to find a solution. We don't want people to leave the stadium" as all the talk is about the ticket protest walkout in Saturday's match. Liverpool's owners are reviewing their decision but have cancelled a planned Q&A session on the club website.

- Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to use the mass walk-out as an excuse for their late capitulation at home...

 By Lee Ryder

Newcastle climb out of relegation zone, but is it another false dawn?

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 32nd minute to lift Newcastle United to a 1-0 win over visiting West Brom.
Jonjo Shelvey admits his relief that Newcastle were able to secure a 1-0 win over West Brom.
Steve McClaren indicates their win over West Brom was a must-win scenario.

Was Saturday's 1-0 win over West Brom a light at the end of the tunnel for Newcastle United, or another false dawn? Only time will tell, but as Steve McClaren rightly pointed out after the game, this victory was a "relief".

Newcastle dominated proceedings, created plenty going forward and peppered England international Ben Foster's goal with shots throughout the 90 minutes. But they could not add to Aleksandar Mitrovic's first-half opener, making for a nervous finish at St James' Park.

However,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City in Leicester battle as Manchester United head to Chelsea

Leicester travel to Manchester City on Saturday with the Foxes fighting for the Premier League title.
Leicester travel to Manchester City on Saturday with the Foxes fighting for the Premier League title.

There's a title showdown at the Etihad on Saturday as Premier League surprise package Leicester travel to Manchester City, while Manchester United face a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

ESPN FC's club bloggers preview their match and give a prediction. Do you agree or disagree? Have your say below by voting in the match poll.

MAN CITY: It might not seem like it, but Manchester City are in good form, with only one defeat in 11 games. Performances, though, have been hit-or-miss, so the supporters are...

 By Lee Ryder

Newcastle's rubbish display at Everton sends relegation fears soaring

Ross Barkley bagged a brace in his side's convincing 3-0 thrashing of 10-man Newcastle.
Steve McClaren said his team did not start playing until the second half in Newcastle's 3-0 defeat at Everton.

Newcastle United stumble on through a Premier League campaign that is still threatening to end in tears.

The last time Newcastle were relegated, in 2009, they went down because of political backdrop that resulted in four managers taking charge of the team in nine months.

Even with proven Premier League stars like Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Damien Duff and Steve Harper on board the Magpies went down on the final game of the season.

Fast forward to 2016 and the club are supposed to be in a much more...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Newcastle spend big in bid to stick in Premier League and claim TV bonanza

The ESPN FC team debate the biggest moves of Monday's transfer deadline were, and which moves will be the most successful.

A glut of January transfer business reflects a change of heart at Newcastle United.

They begin Wednesday night's match at Everton in 18th place having been the busiest Premier League movers -- and highest spending club -- in a window that barely creaked open for most clubs. The signings of Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City and Andros Townsend for Tottenham Hotspur were both completed for £12 million and the fact they are English -- as well as the £21m cash that was offered and rebuffed...

 By Lee Ryder

Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend bring experience to Newcastle's survival bid

ESPN FC's Alison Bender and Chris Sutton assess the move of Seydou Doumbia to Newcastle United on loan, their third transfer this January.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says that the Magpies have made a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League. After signing Jonjo Shelvey, Seydou Boumbia, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet, there can no longer be the excuse of the squad being too weak.

They have certainly shown they can spend when they want to now, but whether they can gel the new boys in before the possibility of survival slips away from them remains to be seen. McClaren goes into the Everton game at Goodison Park...