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ESPN – Skrtel hardly deserving of a new contract at Liverpool

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reacts to ESPN FC blogger David Usher's Liverpool player ratings, where he does not agree with Emre Can's defensive mistakes. The message Liverpool attempted to convey was that lessons had been learned. They had left it too late to open negotiations with Steven Gerrard about an extended deal, which scarcely gave their iconic captain the sense he was wanted, and saw him decide to depart Anfield. So there would be no repeat. Three first-team regulars are contracted until 2016. They would escalate talks and ensure they wouldn't run the risk of losing Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson or Martin Skrtel. Sterling is the…

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ESPN – Victor Valdes to Man United, Martin Odegaard to seal Real Madrid move

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri and Stromsgodset's Martin Odegaard. The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and done deals here. TRANSFERS BY LEAGUE All transfers English Premier League Spanish La Liga Italian Serie A German Bundesliga Major League Soccer England international Townsend insists he has a future at White Hart Lane. 13.54 GMT: Here's our full story on Tottenham winger Andros Towsend committing himself to the club despite speculation linking hm with a January move. 13.35 GMT: “A match made in heaven” — that's how Steven Gerrard sees his impending deal with LA Galaxy. “One of the reasons why I chose the LA Galaxy was because of the success they've had recently….

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ESPN – Q&A: Time to reselect your Premier League fantasy squad

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas outlines the squad re-selection process and cautions player selection during the Asian Cup and Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. We've reached a crucial stage in the fantasy season, when Segment 2 of our game begins. Managers have five days to reselect their squads before the Premier League resumes after its break for the FA Cup when Sunderland entertain Liverpool in the early match on Jan. 10. Free to play: ESPN FC Premier League fantasy – Q&A: Why you need to reselect your fantasy squad – Sign up for our new game and challenge your friends – How to play the game — fantasy rules in full – Transfers: Check out the latest Premier League moves – Fantasy Forum: Discuss your team and tactics Each and every season, we are asked many questions about the switch, so let's cover those topics as you prepare to select your 15 players. Why do I have to reselect my squad from scratch? We create a second segment to add another element…

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