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GUARDIAN – Alan Bennett fired up by Wimbledon’s past FA Cup glories against Liverpool

The Dons captain wants to give the team’s loyal fans another famed FA Cup memory to cherish against the illustrious Merseysiders• Steven Gerrard: ‘Leaving Liverpool my toughest decision’There are some who are adamant that Wimbledon won the 1988 FA Cup final in the tunnel before the game. A couple of players from that side recall how delivering a lexicon of profanities at their Liverpool counterparts gave them a psychological edge, teeing them up for a victory that 27 years later remains one of the competition’s greatest shocks.Alan Bennett, the Dons’ current captain, is unlikely to promote such lairy antics on Monday night but he is confident that the League Two side, 72 places below the Merseysiders in the pyramid, will make it sticky for their lofty opponents and is more than hopeful of producing a similarly dramatic script. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Tom Werner and John W Henry ‘encouraged’ by Liverpool revival

• ‘Our season has gotten off to a slower start than we wanted’• Daniel Sturridge to return ‘sometime in late January’• Hillsborough campaigners Aspinall and Hicks congratulatedThe Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and principal owner John W Henry say they have been encouraged by positive signs in the team’s performances in the last few weeks and are looking forward to the return of their injured striker Daniel Sturridge.In an end-of-year message to supporters, the pair reflected on the club missing out on the league title last year and more recent cheer as successive wins over Burnley and Swansea lifted Liverpool to eighth place. Continue reading…

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