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GUARDIAN – Luis García: I doubted Liverpool ‘ghost goal’, then I started screaming

Former Anfield star says he is still asked about the controversial Champions League goal he scored against Chelsea in 2005Luis Garca is still asked about the “ghost goal” and Jos Mourinho is still moaning about it. The Spaniard’s fourth-minute finish for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea was the strike that took Rafael Bentez’s team to Istanbul, where they came back from a 3-0 half-time deficit against Milan to be crowned European champions.From a few yards out Garca poked the ball towards the net and, despite Chelsea’s William Gallas hooking it away, Lubos Michel, the referee, decided that a goal had been scored. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez: Premier League charge has even surprised Liverpool players

Striker says squad can not compete against big spenders ‘The truth is we are surprised at how well we’re playing’Luis Surez admits Liverpool’s title charge this season has come as a complete surprise to the squad, who he suggests is weaker on paper than the Premier League’s big spenders.The Liverpool striker has been in scintilating form this season with his side now favourites to win the league ahead of Sunday’s potential decider against Chelsea. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Chelsea give José Mourinho permission to rest key names at Liverpool

Mourinho prioritises Atlético Madrid game over Anfield Manager, Rui Faria and Ramires facing FA chargesThe Chelsea hierarchy have given Jos Mourinho the green light to field a team at Liverpool on Sunday that reflects the club’s priority as being the Champions League semi-final against Atltico Madrid three days later. Yet the go-ahead may have only briefly brightened the manager’s mood after he was one of three members of staff charged by the Football Association over events during the damaging home defeat to Sunderland.Mourinho, who is still in the process of appealing against an 8,000 fine after being sent to the stands for the second time this season for re-entering the playing surface at Aston Villa last month, had offered a sarcastic appraisal of the performances of the referee, Mike Dean, and the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, Mike Riley, after the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland that has left his team outsiders in the title race. His claim that the former had put in an “unbelievable” performance has prompted a charge of improper conduct, with the FA arguing he had questioned the integrity of both figures. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool unveil plans to expand Anfield’s capacity to 58,000

New three-tiered Main Stand would be first priority Public consultation to be held over next weekLiverpool have unveiled plans to expand Anfield’s capacity to nearly 60,000, with detailed proposals to expand the Main Stand that also include a new home for the Hillsborough Memorial.The plans, which also contain outline proposals for the expansion of the Anfield Road Stand, will go under public consultation this week to give residents and supporters the opportunity to have their say before the club submits the official planning application in the summer. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – José Mourinho threatens to play weakened Chelsea team against Liverpool

José Mourinho plans protest at being made to play on Sunday Manager to seek Abramovich’s consent but could forfeit titleJos Mourinho is threatening to rest virtually his entire Chelsea team and potentially hand Liverpool the Premier League title after revealing he will seek permission from Roman Abramovich to pick a deliberately weakened side in protest at being made to play the game on Sunday.Mourinho’s plan is likely to infuriate the Premier League and also has serious ramifications for Manchester City, who are relying on Chelsea to beat Liverpool and throw the title race back open. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling says: ‘We are focused on Chelsea match’

Winger insists Liverpool will not be distracted by title talk ‘We will just go in against Chelsea ready to fight again’Raheem Sterling says Liverpool are determined not to be distracted by any off-field gamesmanship in the buildup to Sunday’s potential title decider against Chelsea.Liverpool warmed up for their 3-2 win at Norwich City last Sunday bolstered by the knowledge that Sunderland had beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a day earlier. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers’ tweaks to talented trio is key to Liverpool’s success

Brendan Rodgers’s tactical tinkering has been crucial to Liverpool’s fast starts to gamesA contest against relegation-threatened Norwich City was not the most daunting tactical test for the champions elect but Brendan Rodgers was forced to cope without two star players at Carrow Road.Jordan Henderson had missed only 21 minutes of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign this season but was suspended following last week’s dismissal in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Manchester City while Daniel Sturridge out injured has formed a prolific partnership with Luis Surez, the major reason for Liverpool’s title charge. Liverpool have an excellent starting XI but not great strength in depth, so this was a genuine challenge. Continue reading…

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