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GUARDIAN – Liverpool hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for Norwich match

Striker a doubt for Sunday’s match with hamstring injury Sturridge substituted during Manchester City winDaniel Sturridge has a chance of playing in Liverpool’s visit to Norwich City on Sunday after scans revealed he suffered a small hamstring strain against Manchester City.The Liverpool striker was withdrawn in the 66th minute of Sunday’s 3-2 win over City having fallen awkwardly under a challenge from Pablo Zabaleta. Sturridge has received treatment at the club’s Melwood training ground this week and Liverpool will give the England international every opportunity to prove his fitness for the trip to Carrow Road. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Sunlit service at Anfield marks 25 years since 96 died in Hillsborough disaster

Around 24,000 were there, including Andy Burnham, the minister who took the call for justice to the heart of the establishmentAfter six days of heartbreaking testimony by bereaved families at the new inquest into how 96 people met their deaths at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989, there was a warmth close to celebration to the service at Liverpool’s sun-blessed Anfield home marking 25 years since the disaster.The grievous loss the families suffered was remembered: of sons, daughters, fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be, a mother who went off to support Liverpool in that FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest under similar spring sunshine and clear blue skies. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester City best paid team in global salary survey: how do other teams compare?

Manchester City have topped a ranking of global sports pay, with an average first team player earning more than £5.3m per year. How do other teams compare and which is the best paying league?Manchester City have topped a ranking of global sports pay, with an average first-team player earning more than 5.3m per year. The global sports salaries survey 2014, published by Sporting Intelligence and compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine, has calculated that an average first team salary pay per player comes in at 5.3m, or 102,653 per week. Baseball teams the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are ranked at second and third place respectively. Real Madrid and Barcelona make up the top five. Paul Campbell writes today:If Brendan Rodgers can win the Premier League title with Liverpool this season, some of his fellow managers will not be happy. While Jos Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini have been bickering over whose club is more like a little horse and Arsne Wenger has been complaining about the way his rivals spend their money, Rodgers has been accelerating past them with a team that is paid less money but wins more matches and scores more goals.Average pay is important – as opposed to total wage outlay – because two teams spending the same totals on salaries will have starkly different averages if they are paying a significantly different number of players. It happens, and it matters. You can employ a higher number of lower quality players for the same price as a smaller number of higher quality players, and we think its worth exploring which is most effective for performance. By average, we mean arithmetic mean. All the salaries are added up (and by salaries, we include money for playing sport for that team, not for endorsements or sponsorship or anything else extra-curricular) and divided by the number of players. Thats it. A simple list that provokes complicated arguments but does, at the very least, provide a ball park reckoner of what different sports teams pay. For the NBA, the NHL and the NFL, the numbers in this report pertain to the 2013-14 seasons. For MLB and MLS, the numbers are as they stood at the start of the 2014 seasons. For the IPL, NPB, AFL, CFL and CSL they come from the end of the 2013 seasons. And for the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and SPL, the salaries reflect summer 2013, in effect the end of the 2012-13 season. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Andy Burnham pays tribute to Hillsborough campaign for justice

MP speaking at 25th anniversary memorial service at Anfield Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among speakersAndy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the tireless campaign for the truth of what happened at Hillsborough in 1989 had made the city of Liverpool stronger and “will make our country fairer” at the memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.A crowd of over 24,000 gathered at Anfield on Tuesday to remember the 96 people who died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. Among them was Burnham who, as minister for culture, media and sport in Gordon Brown’s government on the 20th anniversary in 2009, was on the receiving end of the crowd’s anger at the establishment’s response to the disaster. Continue reading…

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LIVER BIRD – The 25th Anniversary Of The Hillsborough Disaster

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster, with the inquests on going I hope the families can finally get some peace and closure after one of the biggest cover ups in English history.It could have been any club on that sunny afternoon in April 1989. Football fans should stand together when remembering the 96 fans who lost their lives that day. Nobody should attend a football match and never return home.Justice for the 96. #YNWA #DBTSLike “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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GUARDIAN – Emotions to run high at Anfield on 25th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

Service marks quarter century since the crush at Hillsborough ground during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham ForestTwenty-six thousand people are expected to fill three sides of Liverpool football club’s Anfield ground for an emotional service to remember the 96 people who died at Hillsborough on April 15 1989, 25 years ago on Tuesday. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Chelsea’s title-winning experience may be vital for run-in, says Petr Cech

‘We have players who have played in big games’ Goalkeeper bemoans schedule around Champions LeaguePetr Cech has warned Liverpool their sternest tests lie ahead as expectation steadily builds on the league leaders, with Chelsea, Champions League semi-finalists and a team with top-flight winners in their midst, hovering unnervingly at their backs.Chelsea’s narrow success at Swansea City on Sunday left Jos Mourinho’s side two points adrift of Liverpool with a potentially decisive trip to Anfield to follow on 27 April. Should Chelsea muster a repeat of their eye-catching triumph at Manchester City this season and win on Merseyside, then a first league title since 2010 would remain a distinct possibility, even if that would actually allow City a route back into the race. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard: ‘We must treat Norwich like best team in the world’

Liverpool captain warns one bad result and it’s over Gerrard: ‘Every game is bigger than the last’Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool to treat the visit to Norwich City like the 2005 Champions League final against Milan and warned a remarkable season will be forgotten should they fail to win the Premier League title.Brendan Rodgers’ team are four wins from claiming the club’s 19th championship, and first of the Premier League era, following the enthralling 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. The next step for Liverpool is Carrow Road on Sunday and Neil Adams’ first home game as the Norwich manager since replacing the sacked Chris Hughton. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers proud to be invited to read at Hillsborough memorial

Roberto Martínez will also give a reading at the service Rodgers moved by the campaign of the victims’ familiesBrendan Rodgers has spoken of his pride at being asked to deliver a reading at the memorial service for the 96 people who died at Hillsborough 25 years ago on Tuesday.The Liverpool manager and his Everton counterpart, Roberto Martnez, will both give readings at the Anfield service following invitations from the victims’ families. Fresh inquests into the deaths, taking place in Warrington after the original verdict of accidental death was quashed at the high court in 2012, have been adjourned for a week because of the anniversary. Continue reading…

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