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Twitch’s latest features highlight channels’ top fans

 The majority of Twitch’s product announcements lately have been focused around new tools or expanded money-making opportunities for its video creators. Today, the company is instead launching new features for viewers – one related to Twitch’s 60-second video snippets called Clips and another to its virtual tipping mechanism, Cheering. Starting today, “Clip Champs”… Read More

Liverpool fans have a brilliant new banner for Porto

FC Porto vs Liverpool

Liverpool head to Portugal this week for their last-16 Champions League tie against Porto.

Many feel Liverpool dodged a bullet drawing Porto, however they’ll prove a tough side for Jurgen Klopp’s side to progress past.

Sergio Conceicao’s Porto side sit at the top of the Primeira Liga table, two points above Benfica, with a game in hand.

Porto are currently on a 15-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions.

Brilliant new Liverpool banner

Of course, the Porto-Liverpool game takes place on February 14.

That means that football fans everywhere will be ditching their loved ones to spend the evening watching Champions League football on TV.

With that in mind, a new banner have been made for the Porto game.

The captain reads: Don’t tell me missus but I’m spending Valentine’s with me bird!

It’s sure to be a hit in the stands in Portugal.

Liverpool team news vs Porto

Emre Can will serve a one-match suspension.

Alberto Moreno is available again having made the bench on Sunday at St Mary’s.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to have Joe Gomez available again. Trent Alexander-Arnold provides an alternative.

Jordan Henderson seems certain to start, while Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term absentee.

Porto team news vs Liverpool

Porto will be hoping to have Ivan Marcano available. The defender has a thigh problem and his absense could leave Porto paper thin at the back.

Fabiano is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury.

Felipe Monteiro is suspended.

Andre Andre will miss out with an ankle injury, while Danilo Pereira and leading scorer Aboubakar all doubtful.

Also see: Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk – Thierry Henry (Video)

Porto vs Liverpool predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

Chelsea fans urge Antonio Conte to continue without 2 players following West Brom win

Supporters of Chelsea have this evening pleaded with manager Antonio Conte to move forward over the coming weeks with a pair of players omitted from the club’s starting lineup.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men desperate for all 3 points following a dismal run of form which saw the Blues fall to consecutive 3-goal defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford.

West Brom, meanwhile, had fallen to defeats in their last 2 Premier League outings, the latter of which came in hugely disappointing fashion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Ahead of tonight, the Baggies sat rock bottom of the English top-flight table, a full 5 points behind 19th-placed Stoke City.

Teams

The lineups for tonight’s crucial matchup were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with a number of notable inclusions and absences for hosts Chelsea.

Andreas Christensen returned to the heart of the Blues’ defence following a spell on the sidelines, while Olivier Giroud earned his first start for the Premier League champions up front.

Cesc Fabregas was also included from the start, stepping in for the suspended Tiemoue Bakayoko, while Alvaro Morata was fit enough for a place on the Chelsea bench.

However, Marcos Alonso was a notable absentee, with the Spaniard having been a surprise late scratch from the Blues’ squad for their clash with Watford last week as a ‘precautionary measure’.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, opted for the following, with Daniel Sturridge joining Salomon Rondon in a dangerous-looking forward line for the Baggies:

Crocked

However, in a massive blow for the visitors with just 2 minutes on the clock, Danny Sturridge went to ground clutching his hamstring following an innocuous challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta, with the 28-year-old eventually succumbing to the problem and making his way down the Stamford Bridge tunnel with frustration etched across his face.

In front

Following a shaky opening quarter of an hour for Chelsea, the Blues began to take firm control of proceedings as the half wore on, with Eden Hazard looking particularly dangerous.

And it was the brilliant Belgian who went on to break the deadlock with 25 minutes on the clock, playing a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud on the edge of the West Brom box before rifling home a perfect finish into the bottom-left corner of Ben Foster’s goal.

3-0

The second-half saw the home side maintain their dominance, with Victor Moses handing the Premier League champions a deserved second after Cesc Fabregas’ pass landed fortuitously at the feet of the Nigerian inside the West Brom box.

And Eden Hazard soon put the game firmly to bed with his brace and Chelsea’s 3rd of the night, picking up the ball on the right corner of the Baggies’ box before cutting inside and drilling a wonderful finish with his left foot past the wrong-footed Ben Foster.

Reaction

It was a much-needed performance and result for Antonio Conte’s men, with droves of Chelsea’s fans having since taken to social media to point to the fact that neither Gary Cahill or Tiemoue Bakayoko were included from the start this evening, a factor which many believe played a huge part in the Blues’ change of fortunes.

As such, with Spanish giants Barcelona set to travel to Stamford Bridge next week in the last 16 of the Champions League, the Blues’ faithful have pleaded with their manager to continue without the duo moving forward:

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