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TALKSPORT – Newcastle and Liverpool target rules out Anzhi move

Newcastle and Liverpool target Kurt Zouma has ruled out joining free-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala from Saint-Etienne. The centre-back, tipped by many on the other side of the Channel to be a future France captain, is trying to concentrate solely on his current task away with the French U-20 side at their World Cup. Manchester United and Chelsea are also credited with being interested in the talented youngster but he has done his best to play down speculation regarding a summer move.

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GUARDIAN – Being: Liverpool earns Sports Emmy nomination

• Behind-the-scenes documentary shortlisted in editing category• Show famously showed Brendan Rodgers and his envelopesThe behind-the-scenes documentary Being: Liverpool has been nominated to win a Sports Emmy award. The Fox TV programme, aired in the UK on Channel 5, was shortlisted in the outstanding editing category.The show, branded “tawdry” and “American schmaltz” by the TV pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, aimed to be a fly-on-the-wall look at the club’s preparations for the 2012-13 season.The then new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was shown at his home, as well as displaying his management technique of telling his squad that he had the names of three players who will “let us down this year” in a trio of envelopes.In one episode of the six-part series, Rodgers said before a match against West Bromwich Albion: “The thing to remember is that you can only trust yourselves.” The side lost 3-0 and had Daniel Agger sent off.The programme also trailed the squad on their pre-season tour of the United States and was narrated by the Liverpool fan Clive Owen.Fox Sports’ Michael Bloom, who commissioned the show, said: “It’s a great honour for us to be nominated alongside such distinguished programming and it’s a tribute to our production team’s talent as well as the incredible trust Liverpool put in us.”From start to finish it was an exhilarating experience. Being as close to the action and characters as it was all unfolding was amazing. We did what no one had really done before.”The 34th Sports Emmy awards takes place on 7 May 2012 in New York.LiverpoolEmmysAwards and prizesTelevisionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Wilfried Zaha to Liverpool, Arsenal or City?

Today’s blurb can’t quite make its mind upThere’s quite a lot for Brendan “OK” Rodgers to get his teeth into this morning as the Channel 5 Friday night star, the possessor of an end-of-sentence verbal tic to rival Gordon Ramsay’s “yes”, Rafael Nadal’s “no” and Cheryl Cole’s “like”, joins the rest of Britain in its national pastime of querying the worth of the BBC’s Alan Shearer. The former Newcastle caretaker manager, now shouting “Cooee” and waving his hand so vigorously at Venky’s it may fall off, gets the full treatment from Rodgers for doubting Joe Allen. “I saw something criticising Joe for not playing risk passes,” he said. “Unbelievable. Our so-called pundits who don’t know the dynamics of a team and how it functions. Joe will prove an absolute bargain.” “So-called pundits” eh? That will chafe.The Mirror has the latest leak from the colon crime Being: Liverpool, announcing that the next instalment contains Rodgers’s pre-match talk before the West Bromwich Albion game. He tells his squad that he is holding three envelopes in which he has written the names of the Liverpool players and members of staff who, because they have fought everything, will let him down that season. “Make sure you’re not the one in the envelope,” he says.Yikes. Does he now have four with Pepe Reina’s name added? One name that won’t be in the envelope next season is the former Wigan defender Andreas Granqvist. The Genoa player had been linked with a move to either Milan or Internazionale in the summer but is now hoping Liverpool come calling with a £5m bid in January. Sky Sources, or more accurately/astonishingly a named Sky Source, Gianluca DiMarzio, broke the story.Finally on Liverpool, they’re not going to let Arsenal have a free run at Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and allow the Gunners to sign their first Wilf since Rostron. Manchester City, however, are also flirting with the Z-man. If they are priced out of a bid, Rodgers might turn instead to Hamburg’s South Korea forward Son Heung-min, reports the Mail. Hang on, it also says here that Liverpool’s long-term interest in Mesut Ozil will be thwarted, as will Manchester United’s, by the player’s desire to stay at Real Madrid.Sadly there is no word on their long-term interest in Lionel Messi and Carlos Slim.While Zaha is rated at £12m Chelsea think they will have to go £3m higher to sign Paris St-Germain’s Loïc Rémy when the window opens on New Year’s Day. After yesterday’s “Chinese takeaway” analogy to herald rumours of Frank Lampard’s possible summer move to Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan, the Sun’s punning reaches illogical depths this morning, topping the Rémy story with “We Loic him” which works only if you have a pronunciation impediment.Burnley’s Charlie Austin at whom Reading have been making eyes, is now the target of come-ons from Newcastle and Aston Villa. Paul Lambert also fancies Dynamo Moscow’s Aleksandr Kokorin for the role of irritating Darren Bent.Last year the current Leeds United owner Ken Bates said: “The rebuilding of Leeds is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification Leeds United is having a long, drawn out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal.”The bromide then prescribed for the Elland Road executive tea urn has clearly not been working judging by the comments of the club’s prospective new chairman, David Haigh, the founder of Conservatives in the Gulf and the front man for the protracted takeover bid that is in the middle of its fifth month. “Leeds is like a young Pamela Anderson. It’s in great shape, with superb assets and a great future ahead of her,” he said in an in no way scripted quip before rubbing his thighs like Vic Reeves as the only man in the world who equates executive boxes and banqueting suites with Baywatch breasts.Crystal PalaceLiverpoolArsenalManchester CityRob Bagchiguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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TALKSPORT – The game Liverpool fans have been waiting for – Being: Liverpool Bingo

Being: Liverpool, is the television event of the year*. Those Kopites who missed seeing their club appear on Channel Five last season are being treated to a not-very revealing behind-the-scenes documentary, shedding light on such pressing issues as what car Brendan Rodgers drives and the outcome of a pre-season friendly against Toronto FC played two months ago. Now your viewing experience can be taken to a whole new level with Being: Liverpool Bingo.

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TI – Sam Wallace: ‘Being: Liverpool’ must not whitewash the Reds if it is to be meaningful TV

The initial reaction to the concept of Being: Liverpool, the Channel Five documentary series that advertises itself as a behind-the-scenes look was to wince for a club that, in its golden era, was a byword for discretion. Liverpool always appointed the right managers and nearly always bought the right players but in those days a Tory was more likely to be elected in the city’s Walton constituency before the members of the boot room generation opened up.

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