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GUARDIAN – No surprise that Liverpool found Mario Balotelli was going for a song

Mario Balotelli has talent but Liverpool will have to work at making the pros outweigh the cons on his return to the Premier LeagueIt goes back a few years now, but you might remember the old television commercial for Allied Dunbar that Jamie Carragher mentioned the other day, with its version of Irving Berlins Lets Face the Music and Dance and the little scene that unfolds when a man is shaving in the bathroom mirror and finds a pregnancy test at the back of the medicine cabinet. The man is still covered in foam as he marches downstairs to confront his daughters, and that is the point when his wife intervenes. I think were the ones who should have been more careful, she says. Then the music starts: There may be trouble ahead This was Carraghers response to the news that Liverpool had decided the good did outweigh the bad when it came to Mario Balotelli and that he was worth a punt. It was a decent price, he said, but he couldnt help think back to that advert: a settled family taking in the news that a new arrival was on the way and trying to be happy despite that nagging sense that, yes, it might change their lives for their better, but it would also need an awful lot of energy. Continue reading…

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METRO – Is Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho losing the gift of the garb?

Final Score offered us something rather unexpected on Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t wise and thoughtful insight from Garth Crooks. The BBC’s results show was dominated by events at Chelsea where a very late and very controversial penalty rescued Jose Mourinho’s home Premier League record and denied West Brom a famous victory. BBC reporter Jacqui […]

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