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GUARDIAN – Daniel Agger pays for Denmark team to go to Homeless World Cup in Chile

Former Liverpool defender covers shortfall for teams trip Charity: There is no substitute for class, and Daniel has it Agger left Anfield to return to old club Brondby last monthThe former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has paid for Denmark to send a team to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.Agger, who left Liverpool last month to return to his old club Brondby, covered a 2,100 shortfall in funding after being approached by organisers, allowing the squad to make the journey. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – England hit by Jordan Henderson injury blow for Switzerland qualifier

Liverpool midfielder limps out of training session Milner ready to step in alongside Wilshere in midfieldEngland have suffered yet another injury scare before Mondays awkward opening Euro 2016 qualifying game against Switzerland when Jordan Henderson limped out of the teams training session at St Jakob Park on the eve of arguably their toughest fixture in the section.Henderson departed nursing a problem with his right ankle after turning away from a tackle but, having been assessed on the pitch by the teams medical staff, he did at least hobble off unaided. The Liverpool player had been earmarked to anchor the midfield against the side ranked ninth in the world and will be monitored on Monday morning prior to undergoing a fitness test before the Group E game, though his participation in the match appears in considerable doubt. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Sex toys and Manchester Uniteds soul: transfer day lessons learned | Paul Wilson

From Uniteds signing of Radamel Falcao through Liverpool taking Mario Balotelli to Manchester City letting Álvaro Negredo go answering the questions posed after the window closed Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United United agree deal for Ángel Di María from Real Madrid Report claims clubs are paying 16% more for playersQuite possibly, yes. It was not so much the kamikaze spending, forking out more than even Paris Saint-Germain were prepared to pay for ngel Di Mara and readily stumping up for Radamel Falcao when Real Madrid and others thought he was overpriced, as deciding Danny Welbeck was surplus to requirements and shipping him out to Arsenal. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Jon Flanagan hoping to make Liverpool return against Aston Villa

Defender yet to feature this season due to knee injury Flanagan welcomes increased competition at AnfieldThe Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan expects to be in contention for a recall when Aston Villa visit Anfield on 13 September.The 21-year-old has not appeared for Brendan Rodgers team this term following a knee injury sustained in pre-season but is close to a return to full training. Flanagan, who is in line for a new contract at Liverpool, impressed as a makeshift left-back during last seasons challenge for the Premier League title, making light of Jose Enriques injury problems in 25 appearances for his boyhood club. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Fabio Borini and Tom Cleverley refuse permanent moves to protect wages

Borini: Im very happy with myself Aaron Lennon remains at Tottenham despite outside interest Transfer window: club-by-club ins and outs Premier League clubs spend record £835m in summer windowFabio Borini is delighted to remain at Liverpool, hailing an important decision after a day when the striker came close to a move away from Anfield only to reject a transfer after failing to agree personal terms elsewhere. He was not the only player whose wage requirements proved a stumbling block on deadline day.Borini could not reach an agreement with Queens Park Rangers, despite firm interest from Harry Redknapp and with Liverpool accepting an offer of around 10m plus add-ons for the Italian forward. It means he will, for the foreseeable future, remain on the fringes of the first team under Brendan Rodgers rather than accepting a fresh challenge in London. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – From Torres to Suárez: the hits and misses of transfer deadline day | Toby Moses

Is Manchester Uniteds loan of Radamel Falcao going to make all the difference as they seek a Champions League return, or will it just be another in a long list of failed last-minute signings? Transfer window club-by-club ins and outs Interactive: how much have clubs spent?Jim White has packed away his yellow tie and Premier League chairman are putting down their pens with quivering hands as the biannual jamboree that is transfer deadline day has come to a close, with a record 835m worth of transfers having been signed off.The final day was a hectic muddle of desperate clubs attempting to squeeze one last vital transfer over the line. But is a last minute panic buy ever worth it? Here are ten deadline day deals which had mixed results. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – How your club did in the 2014 summer transfer window

All your summer signings from Radamel Falcao to Joe Cole, who signed for whom in the Premier League transfer windowArsenal wasted little time in getting their major business done, with Alexis Snchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina all coming in shortly after impressive World Cup showings. They were joined by the young defender Calum Chambers, who joined the Southampton exodus. While Snchez clearly added to the attack, Debuchy and Ospina were effectively replacements for Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City on a Bosman, and Lukasz Fabianski, who made a similar move to Swansea. Thomas Vermaelens move to Barcelona pushed Chambers closer to the first-team. Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou were among other long-serving players to finally depart. Continue reading…

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LIVER BIRD – Moreno Stunner Seals Win

Liverpool served up another hammering for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Reds found the back of the net on three occasions with no return from the home side. All eyes were on Mario Balotelli from the off but it was Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno who got themselves on the score sheet.The Reds did not take long at all to get into the game and trouble Hugo Lloris. An early move from Liverpool saw a cross from Daniel Sturridge travel all the way to Mario Balotelli, his header was saved much to the dismay of the travelling Kop. I really, reallywanted that goal to go in as it would have been brilliant for Mario to score in his first game but it just wasn’t his day goal wise.Liverpool didn’t have to wait much longer for their opening goal of the game though when just before the eight minute mark the Reds made a move. Initiated by Henderson who passed the ball to Sturridge, the number 14 then continued his run into the box and flicked the ball around to Raheem Sterling who finished with ease.A long ball shortly afterwards that beat the defence to Adebayor made it look as though Spurs would be back in the game however the forward attempted a failed lob over the keeper.Balotelli missed early on with a header and he was to fail again this time from a Steven Gerrard free kick. He should have done better really but failed to convert sending his effort to the right of goal.Despite his misses Balotelli for me immediately added strength to our game. He was a presence in the box and offered support for Daniel Sturridge. A particularly nice moment occurred when Mario neatly back heeled the ball to Danny who then had a pop at goal.Another incident in the Balotelli show saw him hold up the ball extremely well in his own half, his pass very nearly set up Sterling but after a dodgy clearance the ball fell back to him. It was a real slow-mo moment and then he went and fluffed his strike! Even Brendan Rodgers was laughing haha!All in all though I think Mario had a decent debut.Another ball that snook through our defence found its way to Chadli late in the second half but he sent his strike straight at Mignolet who saved well.With the danger averted Liverpool entered the second half a buoyant side and three minutes in to it they were presented with a chance to increase their lead.Dier stretched out an arm and made contact with Joe Allen in the box. Granted, Joe Allen went down very easily but Dier has no excuse there, flailing his arms about like that in clear view of the ref. A penalty was awarded and as calmly as ever, Steven Gerrard converted.The next goal of the game was the real gem though. Just before the hour mark Alberto Moreno won the ball in his own half after a tussle with Andros Townsend. He then immediately began a run down the left wing, encroaching diagonally with no intent of passing to a following Daniel Sturridge. No, this was Moreno’s time and with a stylish finish from an angle he’d scored Liverpool third. It was a bloody cracking goal!Moreno was a part of a very different looking Liverpool defence in this game and they had a lot to prove. For me, aside from a few (quite a few) dodgy passes that brought on danger, they did very well as a unit. Most importantly, they kept a clean sheet! Currently though I still think I would have Skrtel in there instead of Sakho.Late in the game Raheem Sterling almost created one of the best goals in a Red shirt if only he hadn’t of completely mucked up his finish. He took on four defenders in the Spurs box, dribbling and weaving with ease and then when he was lined up with Lloris he seemed to just tap the ball to make an easy save, it was gutting!Finally, a moment of grievance for Spurs fans when Adebayor appeared to have his shirt pulled by Lovren in the box and I do think they had a case to be fair but Phil Dowd thought differently.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@_TheLiverBird for us being the away team, we showed great energy, skill and pace, but sterling was class above the rest. Great win!!— EdYNWA (@Edward13th) September 1, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC Henderson… Sterling… Goal! – we may hear that a lot more this season.— CR458☆☆☆☆☆ (@CR458) September 1, 2014 @_TheLiverBird We have fullbacks now.— Angus (@anguslfc) August 31, 2014Next up for Liverpool is Aston Villa at home but not before a long and boring international break!Once again apologies for the delay on this post. Regular readers will know I almost always do my match reports a day after the game but never usually this late. I started my work placement today and so the post times could become a little more sporadic!___________________________________JD Score Predictor LeagueSTILL top of the league is my mate Josh – Brurgh but he’s now being closely followed by Jay23 who is just three points away!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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GUARDIAN – Sunderland set to sign Ricardo Álvarez and Sebastian Coates on loan

Internazionales Álvarez earmarked for left-wing role Liverpools Coates preferred to move for Micah Richards Transfer deadline day live!Sunderlands South American contingent is set to increase with the imminent arrivals of Ricardo lvarez and Sebastian Coates on loan.Alvarez, a 26-year-old Argentina left winger or playmaker is moving from Internazionale on a season long loan with a view to a permanent 9m transfer next summer and is earmarked for the left sided attacking role in Gus Poyets 4-1-4-1 formation. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpools third man running tears holes in Tottenhams system

Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge acted as facilitators and Spurs were hurt by Liverpool midfielders breaking past forwards Liverpool turn on the power to cruise past Tottenham The best images from the match at White Hart LaneSuch a heavy defeat represents a significant setback for the new Tottenham head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, whose system involves playing high up the pitch, pressing intensely and recovering possession as quickly as possible. This approach worked excellently in the previous weekends 4-0 win over QPR but against a Liverpool side boasting slick passing and intelligent running, Spurs were torn apart.The pre-match focus was inevitably on Mario Balotelli and his partnership with Daniel Sturridge but Liverpools new strike duo acted as facilitators rather than goalscorers. Balotellis movement, link play and work rate were impressive but he was wasteful in front of goal, missing three very presentable chances. Continue reading…

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