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GUARDIAN – Why Roy Hodgson cannot afford to ignore Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling | Barney Ronay

The 19-year-old Englishman has speed, touch, barrel-chested strength and ability to feel the game in motion around himAt the sharp end elite sport is often about pressure: not only what you actually do, but what you actually do when it actually matters. Raheem Sterling, who was superbly effective at Anfield last weekend, was superbly effective again at Carrow Road in another nerve-shredding 3-2 Liverpool victory. Driven on by Sterling described by Brendan Rodgers as “arguably the best young player in Europe” Liverpool picked Norwich apart in the opening 11 minutes, scoring twice before the home team drove them back in the second half and might even have taken a point.There will of course be the usual talk of hyperbole and newspaper gush, the fear that a player like Sterling is built up only in order to be processed through the mincer, even the suggestion from some that simply noticing how well he is playing is likely to torpedo somehow his future progress. Well, tough. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool | Premier League match report

“We go to Norwich and do exactly the same. We go again.” Those were the words Steven Gerrard had barked into that huddle of his team-mates following their tumultuous victory over Manchester City last week and here it was a case of following the captain’s orders to the letter. Liverpool yet again won 3-2 with a performance marked by scintillating attacking play and defensive fragility.Liverpool had their 11th win in succession thanks to two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Luis Surez, and following Chelsea surprise defeat against Sunderland their lead at the top of the table has extended to five points. The title charge remain, on. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers salutes his team of vote-winners

Liverpool have more than one contender for player of the year, which could split the vote, but the manager is more interested in the improvement of all his players as title race hots upLiverpool’s visit to Norwich on Sunday may be an Istanbul-sized psychological obstacle for the title challengers to overcome, if Steven Gerrard’s analogy is accurate, yet the Premier League leaders do possess a not-so-secret weapon to boost confidence at Carrow Road.Luis Surez has scored 11 goals in four games against the Canaries, including four goals at Anfield in December and hat-tricks on his previous two trips to East Anglia. Just one goal on Sunday would take the Premier League’s leading goalscorer to 30 for the season and strengthen an already solid case for the player of the year award. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Jonn Barnes at Anfield, Wladimir Klitschko in action and cricket gaming

Liverpool’s Hillsborough tribute, Klitschko faces ‘the Lionheart’, BBC celebrations and motors hit the track, here’s this week’s …Planned by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) the “Celebration of the 96″ on Mondayis intended to remember those who died at Hillsborough and at its heart will be a game between ex-Liverpool greats (BT Sport 1, 1.30pm). The home team will be manged by Kenny Dalglish and include Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes, while the internationals, managed by Grard Houllier, will feature Luis Garca, Markus Babbel, Jan Molby, Dietmar Hamann and Vladimir Smicer. Proceeds from the event will be split between the HFSG and the Liverpool FC foundation. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Norwich City v Liverpool: match preview

This match is the calm between the storms for Liverpool coming as it does after the win against Manchester City and before the visit of Chelsea, yet it is equally important for Brendan Rodgers’ title-chasing side. Luis Surez will relish the occasion given he has scored 11 times in his past four games against Norwich, who will be managed at home for the first time by Neil Adams. Sachin NakraniKick-off Sunday midday Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Jordan Henderson is now invaluable can Liverpool cope without him? | James Dutton

The player who was nearly off-loaded to Fulham as a makeweight for Clint Dempsey has started every league game since March 2013 but is suspended for the next threeAs Jay Rodriguez danced through an almost nonexistent Liverpool midfield and shrugged off Lucas Leiva’s feeble challenge before finishing past Brad Jones at the second attempt, he consigned Brendan Rodgers to a ninth defeat of his debut season in charge of England’s most decorated club.It was to be the final defeat of his first year at Anfield but one that emphasised the failure to learn from mistakes that had defined it. Liverpool lined up in a 4-2-4 that day, as Rodgers attempted to blitz through Southampton by shoehorning Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Surez into the starting XI and pairing Steven Gerrard in midfield with a half-fit Joe Allen. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool sign heads of terms on road to Anfield stadium redevelopment

Heads of terms commit club to role in £260m regeneration Agreement signed with city council and Your Housing GroupLiverpool have taken another significant step towards their stadium redevelopment by legally committing to the proposed 260m regeneration of the Anfield area.Tom Werner, the club’s chairman, has signed the heads of terms document that will lead to a formal contract being entered into by the football club, Liverpool city council and Your Housing Group, the three parties involved in the proposed scheme for the overall area. The results of a recent consultation exercise on the project will be presented to the council’s cabinet next week when Liverpool’s plans for Anfield stadium a rebuilt Main Stand followed by a new Anfield Road End will be unveiled to local residents and supporters. Continue reading…

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