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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 – Louise Taylor’s Premier League team of the season | Louise Taylor

The Professional Footballers’ Association announces its Premier League Team of the Season on Sunday. Here, Louise Taylor picks her first XIArsenal’s former third-choice goalkeeper signed for Sunderland as cover for Keiren Westwood but when the latter injured his shoulder he got his big chance and has made the most of it. Without Mannone and his string of vital saves, Gus Poyet’s side would have been relegated a while ago. The modestly remunerated Italian could not afford to buy the Liverpool-bound keeper Simon Mignolet’s old home on Wearside last summer but the fact he has won Sunderland’s player of the year award while playing behind a less than stable defence confirms he is a worthy successor to the excellent Belgian. 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 unveil plans to expand Anfield’s capacity to 58,000

New three-tiered Main Stand would be first priority Public consultation to be held over next weekLiverpool have unveiled plans to expand Anfield’s capacity to nearly 60,000, with detailed proposals to expand the Main Stand that also include a new home for the Hillsborough Memorial.The plans, which also contain outline proposals for the expansion of the Anfield Road Stand, will go under public consultation this week to give residents and supporters the opportunity to have their say before the club submits the official planning application in the summer. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – José Mourinho threatens to play weakened Chelsea team against Liverpool

José Mourinho plans protest at being made to play on Sunday Manager to seek Abramovich’s consent but could forfeit titleJos Mourinho is threatening to rest virtually his entire Chelsea team and potentially hand Liverpool the Premier League title after revealing he will seek permission from Roman Abramovich to pick a deliberately weakened side in protest at being made to play the game on Sunday.Mourinho’s plan is likely to infuriate the Premier League and also has serious ramifications for Manchester City, who are relying on Chelsea to beat Liverpool and throw the title race back open. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – David Moyes’s sacking as Manchester United manager brutal and modern

Despite being anointed by Alex Ferguson, within 10 months Moyes had lost the support of the players, the fans and boardWhen David Moyes was unveiled as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor after 28 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, the rhetoric was almost biblical. One Scot passed the flame to his anointed countryman, exhorted the faithful to give “the chosen one” time and emphasised the extent to which the club was not like any other.The end, just 10 months after a smiling Moyes walked into Old Trafford clutching a six-year contract, was brutal and underlined the extent to which it can no longer differentiate itself. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling says: ‘We are focused on Chelsea match’

Winger insists Liverpool will not be distracted by title talk ‘We will just go in against Chelsea ready to fight again’Raheem Sterling says Liverpool are determined not to be distracted by any off-field gamesmanship in the buildup to Sunday’s potential title decider against Chelsea.Liverpool warmed up for their 3-2 win at Norwich City last Sunday bolstered by the knowledge that Sunderland had beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a day earlier. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Why Roy Hodgson cannot afford to ignore Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling | Barney Ronay

The 19-year-old Englishman has speed, touch, barrel-chested strength and ability to feel the game in motion around himAt the sharp end elite sport is often about pressure: not only what you actually do, but what you actually do when it actually matters. Raheem Sterling, who was superbly effective at Anfield last weekend, was superbly effective again at Carrow Road in another nerve-shredding 3-2 Liverpool victory. Driven on by Sterling described by Brendan Rodgers as “arguably the best young player in Europe” Liverpool picked Norwich apart in the opening 11 minutes, scoring twice before the home team drove them back in the second half and might even have taken a point.There will of course be the usual talk of hyperbole and newspaper gush, the fear that a player like Sterling is built up only in order to be processed through the mincer, even the suggestion from some that simply noticing how well he is playing is likely to torpedo somehow his future progress. Well, tough. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers’ tweaks to talented trio is key to Liverpool’s success

Brendan Rodgers’s tactical tinkering has been crucial to Liverpool’s fast starts to gamesA contest against relegation-threatened Norwich City was not the most daunting tactical test for the champions elect but Brendan Rodgers was forced to cope without two star players at Carrow Road.Jordan Henderson had missed only 21 minutes of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign this season but was suspended following last week’s dismissal in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Manchester City while Daniel Sturridge out injured has formed a prolific partnership with Luis Surez, the major reason for Liverpool’s title charge. Liverpool have an excellent starting XI but not great strength in depth, so this was a genuine challenge. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool | Premier League match report

“We go to Norwich and do exactly the same. We go again.” Those were the words Steven Gerrard had barked into that huddle of his team-mates following their tumultuous victory over Manchester City last week and here it was a case of following the captain’s orders to the letter. Liverpool yet again won 3-2 with a performance marked by scintillating attacking play and defensive fragility.Liverpool had their 11th win in succession thanks to two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Luis Surez, and following Chelsea surprise defeat against Sunderland their lead at the top of the table has extended to five points. The title charge remain, on. Continue reading…

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