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GUARDIAN – Jordan Henderson is now invaluable can Liverpool cope without him? | James Dutton

The player who was nearly off-loaded to Fulham as a makeweight for Clint Dempsey has started every league game since March 2013 but is suspended for the next threeAs Jay Rodriguez danced through an almost nonexistent Liverpool midfield and shrugged off Lucas Leiva’s feeble challenge before finishing past Brad Jones at the second attempt, he consigned Brendan Rodgers to a ninth defeat of his debut season in charge of England’s most decorated club.It was to be the final defeat of his first year at Anfield but one that emphasised the failure to learn from mistakes that had defined it. Liverpool lined up in a 4-2-4 that day, as Rodgers attempted to blitz through Southampton by shoehorning Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Surez into the starting XI and pairing Steven Gerrard in midfield with a half-fit Joe Allen. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool sign heads of terms on road to Anfield stadium redevelopment

Heads of terms commit club to role in £260m regeneration Agreement signed with city council and Your Housing GroupLiverpool have taken another significant step towards their stadium redevelopment by legally committing to the proposed 260m regeneration of the Anfield area.Tom Werner, the club’s chairman, has signed the heads of terms document that will lead to a formal contract being entered into by the football club, Liverpool city council and Your Housing Group, the three parties involved in the proposed scheme for the overall area. The results of a recent consultation exercise on the project will be presented to the council’s cabinet next week when Liverpool’s plans for Anfield stadium a rebuilt Main Stand followed by a new Anfield Road End will be unveiled to local residents and supporters. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for Norwich match

Striker a doubt for Sunday’s match with hamstring injury Sturridge substituted during Manchester City winDaniel Sturridge has a chance of playing in Liverpool’s visit to Norwich City on Sunday after scans revealed he suffered a small hamstring strain against Manchester City.The Liverpool striker was withdrawn in the 66th minute of Sunday’s 3-2 win over City having fallen awkwardly under a challenge from Pablo Zabaleta. Sturridge has received treatment at the club’s Melwood training ground this week and Liverpool will give the England international every opportunity to prove his fitness for the trip to Carrow Road. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Andy Burnham pays tribute to Hillsborough campaign for justice

MP speaking at 25th anniversary memorial service at Anfield Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among speakersAndy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the tireless campaign for the truth of what happened at Hillsborough in 1989 had made the city of Liverpool stronger and “will make our country fairer” at the memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.A crowd of over 24,000 gathered at Anfield on Tuesday to remember the 96 people who died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. Among them was Burnham who, as minister for culture, media and sport in Gordon Brown’s government on the 20th anniversary in 2009, was on the receiving end of the crowd’s anger at the establishment’s response to the disaster. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester City top global pay table with average salaries of £5.3m a year

Five of the world’s best paid sports teams play in the Premier League, with Manchester City’s average weekly wage of £102,653 higher than wages at Barcelona and Real MadridIf Brendan Rodgers can win the Premier League title with Liverpool this season, some of his fellow managers will not be happy. While Jos Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini have been bickering over whose club is more like a little horse and Arsne Wenger has been complaining about the way his rivals spend their money, Rodgers has been accelerating past them with a team that is paid less money but wins more matches and scores more goals.Liverpool pay their players handsomely on average 3.4m per man per yearbut those figures are some way short of the annual salaries paid by Arsenal (3.9m), Chelsea (4m), Manchester United (4.3m) and Manchester City (5.3m). The average weekly wage of 102,653 paid by Manchester City makes their first-team players the best paid in sport. According to Sporting Intelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2014, City pay better wages than the New York Yankees, the LA Dodgers, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Photograph: Sporting Intelligence Continue reading…

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