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ESPN – Heroic Hazard helps Chelsea as Rooney also stars and Liverpool flop

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps Chelsea's hard-fought win over Stoke City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps Chelsea's hard-fought win over Stoke City. Man United boss Louis van Gaal was pleased with his side getting 3 points against Aston Villa but believes his side's performance could've been better. It's time to name the Heroes and Villains of the Premier League weekend, which featured spectacular goals as well as some ignominious defeats. HEROES Voting opens for the FWA Footballer of the Year Award at the end of April and this writer's ballot slip is being marked out for Eden Hazard. Chelsea started the season like a French train, swift and efficient. They're ending it like a British one, arriving at their destination eventually, but late and a bit grubby. Through it all, the Belgian has been…

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ESPN – Catastrophic transfers have ruined Liverpool’s Champions League hopes

ESPN FC's Craig Burley is full of praise for Arsenal while saying Liverpool are in danger of not even making the Europa League. ESPN FC's Craig Burley is full of praise for Arsenal while saying Liverpool are in danger of not even making the Europa League. Liverpool's season lies on the brink of ruin following a humiliating 4-1 loss at Arsenal. In truth, the damage to their top four hopes was not done in the last fortnight with crucial losses to Manchester United and Arsene Wenger's men. Liverpool's season was ruined before it even began by their catastrophic dealings in the transfer market last summer. The FA Cup provides some hope of salvation, but even if the Reds overcome Blackburn and Aston Villa, the likelihood is that Arsenal will ominously…

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ESPN – Should Liverpool change their tactics again after losing to Man United?

A brace from Juan Mata put a five-point gap between Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for a coveted Champions League spot. ESPN FC's Craig Burley calls out UK pundits for taking it easy on Liverpool's Steven Gerrard following his red card against Manchester United. The ESPN FC panel talk managerial tactics and debate whether or not Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal got the better of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The ESPN FC panel discuss Steven Gerrard's straight red card and how it will reflect upon his legacy. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard was frustrated with their play in the first half. When Liverpool were beaten by Manchester United in a 3-0 loss in December, it sparked a three-month unbeaten run in the Premier League for the Merseysiders. That run came to a shuddering halt on Sunday when United once again inflicted defeat on their arch rivals, a result that now leaves Liverpool's chances of a top four finish hanging by a thread. The club's manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his players respond in similar fashion to last time, but for that to happen he may need to get his thinking…

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