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Liverpool will be hoping to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League with a win over West Ham at Anfield night.

Espanyol have sacked coach Bartolome ‘Tintin’ Marquez following their 1-0 defeat to Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

The defeat was Espanyol’s fourth on the trot and leaves them in 17th spot in the Primera Liga.

Assistant coach Oscar Perarnau will take temporary charge of the side, but sports director Paco Herrera is hoping to have a new man installed within the next couple of days.

A club statement read: “Espanyol’s delegate commission, which also included sporting director Francisco Herrera, took the decision to dismiss Bartolome Marquez, which has been communicated to the man who until now was the first-team coach.

“Fitness coach Xavi Pedrero will not continue either, as revealed by Herrera in the press conference.

“The team’s training session on Monday at 11 o’clock will be led by assistant coach Oscar Perarnau. We hope nevertheless that Marquez will stop by beforehand to say goodbye to the players.

“Paco Herrera insisted that the club will allow themselves 48 hours to determine who will be Marquez’s replacement on the bench.”

Liverpool will be hoping to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League with a win over West Ham at Anfield night.

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