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ESPN – Luis Suarez scores first league goal for Barcelona, celebrates with bite?

Oh dear. It was only a matter of time before Luis Suarez got back on the bitewagon. Saturday saw him net his first league goal for his new club, Barcelona, against lowly Cordoba, but did he get carried away? Well, no, he didn't, but the picture below sure looks like he celebrated his maiden strike by taking a chunk out of teammate Pedro's shoulder! Luis Suarez 'celebrates' in style on Saturday.

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GUARDIAN – Sunderland’s Gus Poyet: I was right about Liverpool and Luis Suárez

• Poyet said Liverpool would be in mid-table without Suárez• ‘Expectations there were a little bit out of proportion’• Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendWhen Sunderland visited Liverpool last season Gus Poyet created consternation on Merseyside by suggesting that, without Luis Surez, Brendan Rodgers’ side would be mid-table rather than title contenders.As he prepared to take his team back to Anfield on Saturday Poyet returned to the subject and an opinion which has appeared increasingly sensible since the Uruguay striker’s departure for Barcelona. “People were very upset with me last year when I said that,” said Poyet. “A few hate me. But I was not going against Liverpool and Steven Gerrard, who is one of the icons of English football, it’s just that I knew how good Luis is. He’s so good he makes a difference. It’s the same with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo or Sergio Agero.” Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool 1-0 Stoke | Premier League match report

Liverpool still do not look convincing top four candidates but at least the rot has been stopped. A late goal by Glen Johnson secured the first win of a fraught November and saw Stoke leave empty handed after a battling performance for the second season in succession. On opening day last season Simon Mignolet saved a last-minute penalty to deny Stoke what would have been a well-deserved point. The home side lived dangerously in the last few minutes but were slightly better value for their victory here, and that might be the best news Brendan Rodgers has had in weeks.It is exactly 16 years since Steven Gerrard made his Liverpool debut and the Anfield match programme went big on the anniversary, though the Liverpool captain had to be satisfied with a place on the bench. He is 34 after all, and Rodgers accepts he should not be asked to play three games in a week, though that hardly applies to the rest of the Liverpool substitutes. No fewer than five of Liverpool’s summer signings found themselves keeping Gerrard company on the sidelines, with Rickie Lambert, in for the injured Mario Balotelli, the only capture with the Luis Surez money asked to start the game. Liverpool spent almost 120m in summer, just 4m of it invested in Lambert as a supposed Plan B. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool are suffering in absence of Luis Suárez, their brilliant swine | Daniel Taylor

Even a grudging Suárez gave absolutely everything on the pitch. As long as he had kept doing that, Liverpool would have been authentic title challengers• How Crystal Palace blew Liverpool’s title tilt off course• Raheem Sterling on growing up and wising upDid you know that eight different books have been released to commemorate the story of Liverpool’s second-placed finish in the Premier League and how close they came to re-establishing themselves as the champions last season?Only one was brought out about the actual champions, Manchester City, and it is certainly a strange set of events that there was a full summer’s worth of reading about the club where Bill Shankly’s old prophecy about first being first, and second being nowhere, is almost as much a part of the history as the Anfield gates. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez not in José Mourinhos good books over Chelsea tactics

Suárez claimed Chelsea player uneasy over Anfield tactics Mourinho says he would not write a book just to tell shit Suárez: Chelsea player uneasy over time-wasting at AnfieldJos Mourinho has dismissed claims in Luis Surezs autobiography that a Chelsea player was uncomfortable with his managers time-wasting tactics when the London club won at Anfield in April, and vowed never to write his own book just to tell shit and criticise.The Portuguese takes his players to Merseyside on Saturday for the first time since the 2-0 win which effectively wrested the destiny of last seasons Premier League title out of Liverpools hands. Continue reading…

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