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ESPN – Skrtel hardly deserving of a new contract at Liverpool

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reacts to ESPN FC blogger David Usher's Liverpool player ratings, where he does not agree with Emre Can's defensive mistakes. The message Liverpool attempted to convey was that lessons had been learned. They had left it too late to open negotiations with Steven Gerrard about an extended deal, which scarcely gave their iconic captain the sense he was wanted, and saw him decide to depart Anfield. So there would be no repeat. Three first-team regulars are contracted until 2016. They would escalate talks and ensure they wouldn't run the risk of losing Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson or Martin Skrtel. Sterling is the…

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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard is the standout player from my whole career | Gerard Houllier

When I first saw Liverpool’s captain at 17 I knew there was something special about him, a leader with speed, skill, power and a kind heart. He was just class• Gerrard: Leaving Liverpool the toughest decision of my life• Daniel Taylor: club’s captain makes the right callI remember the first time I saw Stevie. I was looking for somebody to play on the right wing and Steve Heighway said he thought he had an answer in the Under-19s. There was a game organised between them and Blackburn’s Under-19s so I went.After five minutes I realised the guy he was talking about would not fit into the wide position that I wanted, but in the middle of the park there was a player running from box to box, shouting at his team-mates and tackling, controlling the tempo. Continue reading…

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