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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers praises Jordan Henderson’s leadership for Liverpool

• Henderson in frame to replace Steven Gerrard as captain• Rodgers: ‘He will protect his team and colleagues with great pride’• Jordan Henderson and Diego Costa in tunnel bust-upJordan Henderson has been praised for his willingness to protect his team and colleagues by Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, following the midfidler’s tunnel row with Diego Costa.Liverpool’s vice-captain was involved in an angry confrontation with the Chelsea striker following Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield, which involved the pair being separated in the tunnel by a member of the home team’s staff. Rodgers refused to be drawn on the incident on Thursday, and did not witness the spat, yet was full of praise for Henderson’s leadership qualities. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Robbie Fowler salute to Emile Heskey as Liverpool old boys stir the memories

The former striker, now a Liverpool ambassador, talks about his football education academy and his ambition of becoming a manager as his club prepare to host Heskey’s Bolton in the FA Cup• Emile Heskey: It just clicked with Michael Owen – videoThey won a treble together in 2001, still play together occasionally and will be at Anfield together when Liverpool host Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday, although Emile Heskey’s involvement on the pitch represents a shock to Robbie Fowler. “Emile’s signed for Bolton? When did that happen?” Christmas Eve. “I didn’t even know,” says Fowler, dissolving into laughter.The former prolific Liverpool striker has excuses for failing to keep abreast of his ex-team-mate’s movement. He has spent the past few weeks in Australia in his role as an official ambassador for Liverpool, has been preparing to launch a new education and football academy on Merseyside and also remains on the look-out for a managerial break in England. Retirement never sat easily with Fowler, who only ended his playing career three years ago at the age of 36, and his amusement is not at Heskey’s desire to compete in the Championship at 37. Continue reading…

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