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GUARDIAN – Manchester City have not given up on catching Liverpool in title race

Pablo Zabaleta feels leaders will lose one of their games City face Palace on Sunday after Liverpool v Chelsea gamePablo Zabaleta has insisted that Manchester City still believe the title can be won, with the right-back suggesting Liverpool could slip up at home to Chelsea before City travel to Crystal Palace for Sunday’s late game.City are six points behind with a match in hand and need Liverpool to lose one of their last three games while winning all of their final four and maintaining a superior goal difference. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis García: I doubted Liverpool ‘ghost goal’, then I started screaming

Former Anfield star says he is still asked about the controversial Champions League goal he scored against Chelsea in 2005Luis Garca is still asked about the “ghost goal” and Jos Mourinho is still moaning about it. The Spaniard’s fourth-minute finish for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea was the strike that took Rafael Bentez’s team to Istanbul, where they came back from a 3-0 half-time deficit against Milan to be crowned European champions.From a few yards out Garca poked the ball towards the net and, despite Chelsea’s William Gallas hooking it away, Lubos Michel, the referee, decided that a goal had been scored. Continue reading…

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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 – Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge hoping to return against Chelsea on Sunday

England striker fit to face former club if selected Sturridge missed 3-2 victory against NorwichLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is optimistic of returning from injury for the key clash against former team mates and title rivals Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in a boost for the Premier League leaders.”Hopefully this weekend I’ll be back,” the league’s second top scorer, with 20 goals to team mate Luis Suarez’s 30, told children in a question and answer session at a sponsor event for the club. 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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