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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 – Football transfers rumours: Cuadrado and Cavani to Manchester United?

This mornings fluff is dedicated to Rory McIlroys dadLouis van Gaal may not be the most talkative of fellows but he is a winner and it has taken him approximately three days to conclude that the current Manchester United squad has seventh place written all over it.After ordering double training sessions and the installation of sleep pods at Carrington, so his players can escape his hairdryer treatment between their morning and afternoon grillings, the Dutchman has set about cutting the dead wood. The hapless Bb will be shipped out to Benfica and 10 more United stars, including Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Marouane Fellaini, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, and Nani, will be shown the door. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – West Ham’s Kevin Nolan is driven to cause an upset at Manchester City

The midfielder is on a mission of revenge to achieve the improbable at City and make Liverpool’s route to the title easierBrendan Rodgers invited great former players back to Anfield this season as he tried to rebuild the club but Liverpool’s immediate future will be determined in part by players who they cast off and are now at West Ham. The presence of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush behind the scenes at Liverpool is supposed to inspire the current squad but the performances of Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole will have a bigger bearing on Liverpool’s title hopes on Sunday. Liverpool will be champions if they beat Newcastle and West Ham pull off an improbable win at Manchester City. Nolan will be doing his utmost to produce that favour.”I would be celebrating with them!” replies the 31-year-old when asked how he would feel if he made Liverpool’s dream come true by scoring the winning goal for West Ham at the Etihad. Nolan was born in Liverpool and played for the club’s youth team between the ages of nine and 14 before being let go. He still supports the club and, during his days with Bolton Wanderers, used to go to Anfield to watch matches as a fan. “Obviously they had other players they fancied more than me, I wasn’t getting the rack I felt I deserved so we went our separate ways,” he recalls. “I’m quite thankful I did now. The two players who got released were me and Rickie Lambert. I think we’re the only two out of that whole group, including the lads who got kept on, who are still playing football. But I must admit, I hope Liverpool do it.” Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League finances: turnover, wages, debt and performance

The Premier League clubs collectively made a loss of £291m in 2012-13 despite a £2.7bn income and spent a record £1.8bn on wages. What earns them the most and which club is in most debt? Get the data Get the 2011/12 dataIt’s that time of year again – the Guardian’s review of the annual Premier League accounts is here. It shows that in 2012-13, the 20 top-flight clubs generated a record-beating combined income of 2.7bn, however collectively the Premier League clubs made a loss of 291m.Despite this, players and other staff have done well – the wage bill for Premier League clubs totalled a record 1.8bn in 2012-13, up 11% on the previous year. David Conn writes today:Players earning multi-million pound salaries were again football’s clear financial winners, in a year when the clubs made a record 2.7bn combined income, yet nevertheless made a loss overall, of 291m. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers praises Steven Gerrard after beating West Ham United video

Brendan Rodgers admires the captain’s ‘coolness’ after Liverpool win 2-1 against West Ham United. Rodgers’ side were down 1-0 before half-time but two penalties from Gerrard ensured Liverpool took three points. Despite the win, Rodgers says his side were lacking in aggressive play. Liverpool are now first in the Premier League table with 74 points Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – League title is in Liverpool’s hands claims ‘fearless’ Brendan Rodgers

Manager says Liverpool are mentally ready for Manchester City Claims his youngsters are tough enough for title run-inBrendan Rodgers has promised that Liverpool will show no fear against Manchester City next Sunday after they found a way past a stubborn West Ham side at Upton Park to secure their ninth successive victory and move back to the top of the league.Two penalties from Steven Gerrard, either side of Guy Demel’s controversial equaliser, were enough for Liverpool in a match stalked by debatable refereeing decisions by Anthony Taylor. However, Liverpool proved their character by surviving the physical test posed by Sam Allardyce’s side and ensured their quest to win the league for the first time since 1990 remains in their hands. Victory moved them two points in front of Chelsea and four ahead of City, and Rodgers’s young side will win the league if they win their final five matches. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – West Ham 1-2 Liverpool | Premier League match report

Not for the first time this season, Liverpool could be grateful to Steven Gerrard for his nerveless precision from the penalty spot. The captain scored his 10th and 11th spot-kicks in all competitions as his club maintained their Premier League title challenge and made light of a remarkable refereeing blunder into the bargain.One of the principal talking points of a dramatic afternoon in the East End came at the end of the first-half when Andy Carroll, West Ham’s former Liverpool striker, who looked to be on a mission to prove and score points against his old team, clattered the visiting goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, following a Mark Noble corner. Continue reading…

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