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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez: Premier League charge has even surprised Liverpool players

Striker says squad can not compete against big spenders ‘The truth is we are surprised at how well we’re playing’Luis Surez admits Liverpool’s title charge this season has come as a complete surprise to the squad, who he suggests is weaker on paper than the Premier League’s big spenders.The Liverpool striker has been in scintilating form this season with his side now favourites to win the league ahead of Sunday’s potential decider against Chelsea. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Chelsea give José Mourinho permission to rest key names at Liverpool

Mourinho prioritises Atlético Madrid game over Anfield Manager, Rui Faria and Ramires facing FA chargesThe Chelsea hierarchy have given Jos Mourinho the green light to field a team at Liverpool on Sunday that reflects the club’s priority as being the Champions League semi-final against Atltico Madrid three days later. Yet the go-ahead may have only briefly brightened the manager’s mood after he was one of three members of staff charged by the Football Association over events during the damaging home defeat to Sunderland.Mourinho, who is still in the process of appealing against an 8,000 fine after being sent to the stands for the second time this season for re-entering the playing surface at Aston Villa last month, had offered a sarcastic appraisal of the performances of the referee, Mike Dean, and the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, Mike Riley, after the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland that has left his team outsiders in the title race. His claim that the former had put in an “unbelievable” performance has prompted a charge of improper conduct, with the FA arguing he had questioned the integrity of both figures. Continue reading…

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