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GUARDIAN – Premier League fans’ verdicts part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

From ‘truly terrible’ at Aston Villa and ‘Omnishambles’ at Fulham, to ‘simply incredible’ at Crystal Palace: 2013-14′s best and worst Part 2: season verdicts from Manchester United to West HamTitle hopes were always fanciful but it was tragic that we suffered so many significant injuries at such a crucial stage: they certainly put the kibosh on any outside chance we had. The generous mark out of 10 only applies if we finally bring our eight-season-long silverware drought to a euphoric end on 17 May. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Liverpool deliver a fitting finale? Manuel Pellegrini deserves much credit and the bottom clubs must think againWhile Brendan Rodgerss thoughts may already be turning to how he can fight for the title again next season, the immediate challenge for Liverpools manager is to ensure that his players do not let their dismal collapse against Crystal Palace affect them against Newcastle. Letting that 3-0 lead slip in that style will haunt Liverpool throughout the summer and maybe beyond, but it would be dangerous for them to spend too long beating themselves over the way they handed the initiative back to Manchester City. Sure, there are lessons to be learnt from the appalling defending that allowed Palace to score three times in the final 11 minutes, but Rodgers and Dr Steve Peters must heal any psychological scars quickly, and that starts with giving the Anfield crowd something to cheer about against Newcastle. This, after all, has still been a season of considerable achievement for Liverpool: they have qualified for the Champions League, they have restored their pride and they have played some of the best attacking football ever seen in English football. Forget about the defensive problems for now and forget about Palace; the title is gone, but Liverpool can still head off on their summer holidays with a spring in their step if they enjoy themselves on Sunday. JS Continue reading…

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