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1.15 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

NANDO PARRADO looks ready for the step up to this trip after a good second in the Prix Morny at Deauville last time. He stayed on well over the six furlongs and was doing his best work at the finish.

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That proved his 150-1 Coventry Stakes victory at Royal Ascot was no fluke and he’s open to improvement with just three runs under his belt.

St Mark’s Basilica stepped out of maiden company to finish a good third over this distance in the National Stakes at The Curragh. He is proven on testing ground and looks a miler in the making so should get home in the conditions.

Sealiway’s best form has come in the mud and he was a fair third in a Group 3 here last time. This is a tougher challenge but he can’t be dismissed.

Laws Of Indices has been busy and was held by St Mark’s Basilica at the Curragh so needs a lot more.

1.50 Prix Marcel Boussac

HARAJAKU has been brought along quietly by Andre Fabre and looked a nice prospect when winning on debut at Chantilly in July.

She built on that with a good second to King’s Harlequin over course and distance last month. She’s been trained for this and can reverse that form.

Fev Rover has every chance of taking the prize back to Britain. She got off the mark in a Sandown Listed contest and followed up with a gutsy win at Deauville. Richard Fahey’s filly shapes as though a mile will suit.

Pretty Gorgeous is a Group 2 winner who went close in the highest class at The Curragh latest. Her victory came in testing ground so these conditions should be ideal.

Frankie rides La Gioiosa who won by five lengths in the mud at Clairefontaine before going close in hotter company at Deauville. There’s a lot more to come.

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3.05 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

ENABLE can end her career on a high by winning a brilliant third Arc.

John Gosden has trained his superstar mare to the minute for this challenge and the opposition isn’t as hot as it might be.

Last year’s third Sottsass will relish these conditions and tuned up with an excellent effort in Ireland last time.

There’s no Love for Aidan O’Brien but he has a big chance with Mogul. He got the better of German Derby winner In Swoop here last time and both three-year-olds can figure.

Gosden has another chance of a place at least with Stradivarius who will be doing his best at the finish.

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Novak Djokovic puts French Open disappointment behind him by beating Filip Krajinovic

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Novak Djokovic is beginning to put his French Open disappointment behind him with an opening round win at the Austrian Open.

The world number one has not played since his Roland Garros trouncing by Rafael Nadal earlier this month, where he won just nine games in the final.

He is back in action in Vienna and cruised past fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6) 6-3.

Novak Djokovic beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the opening round at the Austrian Open

Novak Djokovic beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the opening round at the Austrian Open

Novak Djokovic beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the opening round at the Austrian Open

‘I was lucky in the first set… we are good friends, we train a lot (together) and it is never easy to play someone that you are very close to,’ said Djokovic in an on-court interview.

‘He is a very nice guy and I have known him since he was very young. I followed him, I tried to be there as a friend, as a mentor. We go back a long way.

‘We practised a few times (together) before coming to Vienna. The draw was tough for us to face each other, but there is always extra pressure and importance to a match when you play someone that you know very well.’

Djokovic (left) said it was hard to play against Krajinovic (right) as they regularly train together

Djokovic (left) said it was hard to play against Krajinovic (right) as they regularly train together

Djokovic (left) said it was hard to play against Krajinovic (right) as they regularly train together

Djokovic's win comes shortly after he was beaten by Rafael Nadal at the French Open

Djokovic's win comes shortly after he was beaten by Rafael Nadal at the French Open

Djokovic’s win comes shortly after he was beaten by Rafael Nadal at the French Open

The US Open champion Dominic Thiem, a beneficiary of Djokovic’s disqualification in New York, also progressed on home soil.

The Austrian was too good for lucky loser Vitaliy Sachko, winning 6-4 7-5.

That was the same scoreline by which compatriot Jurij Rodionov stunned eighth seed Denis Shapovalov.

The Canadian was downed by the world number 153 in a match he would have expected to win.

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev made smooth progress, beating Norbert Gombos 6-3 6-2, while Grigor Dimitrov came out on the right side of a tough match with Karen Khachanov, winning 7-6 (6) 6-3.

There were also wins for Kevin Anderson and Borna Coric, while Pablo Carreno Busta and Dan Evans were the beneficiaries of retirements as their respective opponents Gael Monfils and Aljaz Bedene pulled out with injuries.

Stan Wawrinka was beaten in three sets by Cristian Garin in the late match.

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Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool ‘couldn’t calm it down’ during Champions League win over Midtjylland

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over FC Midtjylland was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests, admitting it was ‘a really hectic game’.

The German left big name stars like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino out of the starting XI for the clash at Anfield as he looked to manage his squad and maintain fitness levels, but his new-look side still got the job done. 

Goals came from Diego Jota and substitute Salah from the penalty spot as the Reds secured victory in the second half, and Klopp said the match was ‘tricky’ and that the away side caused them problems with their relentless pressing.  

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his side had to overcome a 'tricky' game v Midtjylland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his side had to overcome a 'tricky' game v Midtjylland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his side had to overcome a ‘tricky’ game v Midtjylland

He praised his fringe stars such as Diego Jota (C) and Takumi Minamino for stepping up

He praised his fringe stars such as Diego Jota (C) and Takumi Minamino for stepping up

He praised his fringe stars such as Diego Jota (C) and Takumi Minamino for stepping up 

‘We made a lot of changes and it’s my job to decide obviously, I have all the information of what the boys did,’ he told the club’s official website

‘But for different reasons again, the game was really tricky. They pressed like crazy, they made a really hectic game of it and we couldn’t calm it down in the decisive moments. 

‘But actually the individual performances, for not playing that long, like [Divock Origi] didn’t play for a while, that was absolutely OK. [Xherdan Shaqiri] didn’t play for a longer period, absolutely really good – 90 minutes, incredible. [Takumi Minamino], very lively but obviously not exactly in the game. 

Klopp said Liverpool were given a 'hectic' game with the visitors 'pressing us like crazy'

Klopp said Liverpool were given a 'hectic' game with the visitors 'pressing us like crazy'

Klopp said Liverpool were given a ‘hectic’ game with the visitors ‘pressing us like crazy’ 

‘You saw when a team defends like them then you need your patterns and we didn’t show them tonight. That doesn’t help.

Liverpool got their goal against a stubborn Midtjylland just after the interval thanks to a slick passing move between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Xherdan Shaqiri, with Jota finishing well, and Klopp said he wanted to the team playing with that kind of confidence throughout.  

‘We scored a goal anyway in probably the best football moment where we really passed through exactly like we should have. They had really big chances – two or three. Then, you just have to fight and that’s what we did. It’s like in a marriage, it’s in good and in lesser good times, you have to stick together.’

The German said young defender Rhys Williams 'did really well' after coming into the action

The German said young defender Rhys Williams 'did really well' after coming into the action

The German said young defender Rhys Williams ‘did really well’ after coming into the action 

Without a number of his usual senior group to call-upon, coupled with the loss of makeshift centre-back Fabinho, Klopp had to rely on fringe stars such as Minamino, Origi and Shaqiri, as well as young prospect Rhys Williams.

He singled out the 19-year-old for praise, but with the youngster now looking in contention to feature against West Ham on the weekend, he said it was up to him to deal with the pressure to succeed. 

‘He did really well. The only problem we have now is unfortunately we have four days to the West Ham game and you will make every day a story of him and then he has to prove he can deal with that as well because before everything was calm around him.’

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Jurgen Klopp admits Fabinho’s hamstring injury does ‘not look good’

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is facing a defensive crisis after makeshift centre back Fabinho hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the first-half against Midtjylland on Tuesday night. 

The Brazilian, who was filling in at centre back alongside Joe Gomez following Virgil van Dijk‘s season-ending ACL injury, pulled up after 27 minutes while running back towards his own goal. 

Concern among the Liverpool players on the pitch was palpable straight away and Fabinho limped off, replaced by 19-year-old Rhys Williams. 

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

With Joel Matip also not currently match-fit, it leaves just Gomez as Klopp’s only fit senior option at centre back.  

Manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game: ‘Exactly the last thing we needed! I don’t know… I know he felt a hamstring and that’s not good.

‘[He] didn’t feel it that much, [he] said he could have played on but no sprints anymore which doesn’t help in that position obviously.

‘We will see, a scan and we’ll know more but of course – it’s not good.’

Asked after the match how long he expects the Brazilian to be out for, Klopp claimed: ‘I don’t know. You know, muscle injuries are like this – you get the result, but tomorrow morning probably. So we have to wait for that.’

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

Speaking to BT Sport at half-time, former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch admitted the injury was a ‘huge blow’ to Klopp and his team. 

‘Yeah this is huge, Fabinho’s been a fantastic replacement, looks like a hamstring,’ Crouch said. 

‘Really disappointing, huge blow for Liverpool – you just hope to God that it’s not long-term.’

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who left the club in the summer for Brighton, added: ‘Typical, it happens when a big centre half is missing and then another one like that.

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

‘Hopefully it’s minor and it’s another test for the group and I think the young lad [Williams] has done well coming on, off the bench.’ 

The cause for concern with Fabinho follows Van Dijk’s injury in the Merseyside Derby against Everton, after he was clattered by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. 

The Dutchman requires surgery on his knee and after Dejan Lovren was sold to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer, Klopp now finds himself short in central defence ahead of the game against West Ham on Saturday. 

With Matip’s fitness struggles making him a doubt for Saturday’s home clash with West Ham, according to Klopp, youngsters Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips and Billy Koumetio have suddenly come into serious starting contention for the first team.

Joel Matip (right) is struggling for fitness, meaning Nathaniel Phillips (left) could play for Klopp

Joel Matip (right) is struggling for fitness, meaning Nathaniel Phillips (left) could play for Klopp

Joel Matip (right) is struggling for fitness, meaning Nathaniel Phillips (left) could play for Klopp

Billy Koumetio is another young centre-back who Klopp claimed could come in at the back

Billy Koumetio is another young centre-back who Klopp claimed could come in at the back

Billy Koumetio is another young centre-back who Klopp claimed could come in at the back

Speaking about Tuesday’s substitute Williams, Klopp added: ‘He did really well. 

‘The only problem we have now is we have four days to the West Ham game and you will make every day a story of him and then he has to prove he can deal with that as well, because the vibe was calm around him.

‘We have very young and inexperienced alternatives, and at the moment it looks like we have to choose one of them.

‘I don’t know yet – but to be really clear and positive, Rhys was not in one situation tonight our problem, he played a really good game.’ 

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