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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard defends Chelsea players’ ‘normal’ pressuring of referee

• Chelsea players criticised by Jamie Carragher for actions against PSG• But Liverpool captain says: ‘We have all been guilty of not abiding by rules’Steven Gerrard has defended Chelsea’s behaviour against Paris Saint-Germain and admitted that all top players are guilty of “not abiding by the rules at some time”.The Liverpool captain was speaking at the launch of an all-star charity match at Anfield alongside Jamie Carragher, who labelled Chelsea attempts to pressure Bjorn Kuipers, the Dutch referee, into dismissing Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their Champions League exit on Wednesday as “disgraceful”. While the former Liverpool team-mates were united in their view of English club’s poor performance in the Champions League this season, Gerrard offered a contrasting take on Chelsea’s actions at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers fails to help Liverpool crack stubborn Blackburn | Michael Cox

Liverpool manager Rodgers saw his side’s attacking threat cancelled out by Blackburn’s obdurate defending• Match report: Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn RoversThis certainly was not a classic FA Cup tie, but it had all the hallmarks of an underdog visiting a Premier League giant – the teams’ approaches could not have been more contrasting.Brendan Rodgers continued with his 3-4-2-1, and Liverpool naturally dominated possession at home. They pushed their wing-backs into advanced positions, and in the opening 30 minutes repeatedly attempted to thread passes between defenders – Jordan Henderson nearly found Daniel Sturridge with an excellent penetrative pass, and Sturridge almost put Raheem Sterling through on goal too. Continue reading…

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