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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers salutes his team of vote-winners

Liverpool have more than one contender for player of the year, which could split the vote, but the manager is more interested in the improvement of all his players as title race hots upLiverpool’s visit to Norwich on Sunday may be an Istanbul-sized psychological obstacle for the title challengers to overcome, if Steven Gerrard’s analogy is accurate, yet the Premier League leaders do possess a not-so-secret weapon to boost confidence at Carrow Road.Luis Surez has scored 11 goals in four games against the Canaries, including four goals at Anfield in December and hat-tricks on his previous two trips to East Anglia. Just one goal on Sunday would take the Premier League’s leading goalscorer to 30 for the season and strengthen an already solid case for the player of the year award. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – From Tommy Smith to Brendan Rodgers – a mother’s crush on Liverpool FC

There are always things we don’t know about our parents, I just didn’t expect to find out my mother was a closet Anfield obsessive, says Emma John My mum had a significant birthday recently significant in the sense it ended in 0 and as her present we managed to buy her tickets to a Premier League game at Anfield. Shes had a soft spot for Liverpool FC since the days of Tommy Smith our family have no Liverpudlian link, but she developed a teenage crush on their football team, and has followed them from afar ever since. Continue reading…

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