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» “I was rushed to hospital” Liverpool’s worst seasons, and sackings that followed
Liverpool are currently languishing in eighth place in the Premier League, and if they were to finish there it would match their worst ever campaigns since they've been in the top-flight
» Shaw's recovery from fat-shaming and Mourinho criticism to be Man Utd's main man
Luke Shaw has been in excellent form for Manchester United this season and impressed in the Manchester derby over the weekend
» Bale draws inspiration from first Tottenham spell to deliver on Giggs prediction
Gareth Bale has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last six appearances in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur
» Projected Premier League table after Liverpool's latest blow in top four race
Liverpool have lost six of their last seven Premier League games and they are currently seven points off the top four
» Possible new Champions League tournament format as plans get closer
New proposals could see more clubs competing for Europe's top prize.
» Lucas Moura explains Tottenham's tactic in bid to qualify for Champions League
Tottenham, who clocked up their 100th goal of the season, are currently sixth in the Premier League after three wins in a row
» Dawson leads West Ham another step closer towards dethroning top four big boys
WEST HAM 2-0 LEEDS: The centre-back found the net as the Hammers saw off Marcelo Bielsa's side to move up to fifth, two points outside the top four
» Man Utd get Marcus Rashford injury boost but star may still face layoff
The striker limped off with an ankle injury towards the end of United's 2-0 Manchester derby victory.
» Tuchel thinks Chelsea have the "glue" to stick around in Premier League top four
The Blues saw off Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a first half own goal from Ben Godfrey and a penalty from Jorginho in the second period
» Champions League clubs may be barred from buying each other's stars in shake-up
Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus and the chairman of the European Clubs' Association has supported the move as part of plans to alter the tournament
» Van Persie felt betrayed by "total joke" that led to angry Wenger accusing UEFA
A LOOK BACK: A decade on, the pain is still very much present from Arsenal's controversial defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.
» Tuchel's Chelsea impact could turn this into a Blues season to remember
CHELSEA 2-0 EVERTON: A Ben Godfrey own goal and Jorginho's penalty proved enough to give Chelsea a controlled victory over a top four rival
» 5 talking points as Chelsea make huge statement in battle for top four finish
The Blues got their second win over a Merseyside outfit inside five days as Everton were somewhat comfortably beaten at Stamford Bridge
» Netherlands international call-ups risk wrath of Premier League giants
Managers have questioned the logic of allowing their players to travel during the current global coronavirus pandemic.
» "Jealousy", "harsh words", "lost patience" - theories behind Liverpool decline
Liverpool's slump has seen plenty of pundits offer up possible reasons for their remarkable collapse under Jurgen Klopp in recent weeks
» Cavani 'rejects' Man Utd contract extension after making career-ending choice
The Uruguayan forward joined United on a one-year deal last summer, and United have been hoping to keep him on for another year
» Ainsley Maitland-Niles admits worries over "rotting away" at Arsenal
The versatile midfield star has opened up about his loan move to Premier League rivals West Brom for the remainder of the season.
» It's time for Liverpool to cash in on front three - and go big for Haaland
Liverpool have had a season to forget so a massive rebuild could be the best way to return to the top of the Premier League - starting with selling Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
» Salah exit, Neville jibe and Klopp history - how Liverpool could avoid collapse
Gary Neville claims Liverpool's record-breaking loss to Fulham means they are suffering a collapse rather than a dip
» Neville claimed no leaders at Man Utd - now four "guardians" inspiring revival
After Gary Neville claimed that Manchester United had no leaders and needed a huge squad overhaul two years ago, Mirror Sport takes a look at the four stars delivering for Solskjaer
» New Barcelona president claims Messi to stay after showing his "love" for club
Argentine superstar and his son turned up at the Camp Nou to vote in Sunday's election - and then congratulated winner Joan Laporta
» Antoine Griezmann told to learn from Paul Pogba by Didier Deschamps
The Manchester United midfielder has been held up as an example for the struggling Barcelona forward.
» Shearer in agreement with Neville as he slams Liverpool's "walking football"
Shearer said Liverpool have their famed intensity and much more after a sixth straight Anfield loss left them struggling to catch the Premier League's top four
» FIFA 21 TOTW 24 predictions featuring Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Luke Shaw
The FIFA 21 Team of the Week 24 squad could include Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw.
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» Jorginho and Kai Havertz on song as Chelsea outclass top-four rivals Everton

Chelsea are growing more accomplished with every outing. Thomas Tuchel has transformed their mentality with and without the ball and his latest tactical tweak in attack worked perfectly. Bringing Kai Havertz in as a false nine was a masterstroke. The German, making his first start since 27 January, had his best game in a blue shirt and was involved in both goals as Chelsea cruised to a commanding win in the race to finish in the top four, dismissing passive Everton with ease.

Although a point separated the sides at kick-off, the gulf in class was enormous. The satisfaction for Tuchel, who is yet to taste defeat in his first 11 games, was immense. Chelsea’s manager is not afraid to experiment and although there were a few raised eyebrows when he suggested Havertz could be an option as a central striker last week, the ploy worked against Everton, whose defenders were befuddled by the 21-year-old’s craft, movement and easy way of finding space in dangerous positions.

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» West Ham 'really disappointed' despite win over Leeds, David Moyes reveals

West Ham are not going away just yet. This win was not remotely as comfortable as the margin might suggest but it means they are breathing down the necks of the top four, with a game in hand and a potentially defining trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

It is hard to imagine Manchester United will be as generous as Leeds, who played well but fell badly short in both boxes, but West Ham have developed a habit of turning the screw at the right time and it has left them aiming for the stars. “The players are really disappointed with how they played. We didn’t reach the standard we’ve set this season,” David Moyes said.

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» Andrea Agnelli says agreement on 'ideal' new-look Champions League is close
  • ‘Swiss system’ would see 36 teams each play 10 group matches
  • Transfer ban between Champions League clubs is discussed

Agreement on a new “ideal” Champions League is imminent, according to the man who represents Europe’s biggest clubs, which may put pressure on the Premier League to reduce its fixture list in future if it is to benefit.

Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Clubs Association, said on Monday he expects a reshaped Champions League to be agreed within weeks. The Juventus president wants an expanded competition to be just the start of wide-ranging reforms at the top of the game that could mean the overall number of domestic games in England is reduced and a ban on transfers between elite sides.

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» RB Leipzig's Angeliño: 'The pressure is more on Liverpool than us'

The full-back is relishing Wednesday’s Champions League second leg and says his manager Julian Nagelsmann ‘can coach anywhere’

There is a brazen directness to Angeliño that is equally evident when he speaks as when he plays. On the field, he tears up the left flank with pace and precision, the full-back who also happens to be RB Leipzig’s second highest scorer this season. Off it, he speaks with a blunt and often brutal honesty: no punches pulled, no hidden agendas, just calling it as he sees it. Both feel equally refreshing.

Perhaps time alone has allowed him to focus his thoughts. Holed up on his own in his Leipzig home, cut adrift from his family back home in Galicia, the 24-year-old has spent much of his pandemic-enforced downtime watching box sets and pacing the floors. His partner returned to Spain with his young son, whom he misses terribly. “When you live abroad, this is the worst side,” he says. “Not seeing the family. Not being able to go home or have people coming over when you want. The only good thing is playing games.”

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» Emma Hayes warns Chelsea to be on their guard against Atlético Madrid
  • Blues take 2-0 lead into Champions League last-16 second leg
  • ‘We’re only halfway there. Concentration must be high’

Emma Hayes has told her players they need to be “awake and ready” despite Chelsea having a two-goal cushion going into their Champions League last-16 second leg with Atlético Madrid on Wednesdayin Monza, Italy.

Chelsea recovered from the early loss of Sophie Ingle, who was sent off at 0-0 for bringing down Rasheedat Ajibade in the penalty area, to beat Atlético 2-0 at Kingsmeadow last week. But for the heroics of Ann-Katrin Berger, who saved the resulting spot-kick and would save another late on, things could have been very different.

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» Derek McInnes leaves Aberdeen after eight years in charge of club
  • 49-year-old led Aberdeen to League Cup triumph in 2014
  • Change made after run of two wins in 10 games

Derek McInnes has left Aberdeen after eight years in charge of the club. He departs after a run of two wins in 10 matches, which has left Aberdeen trailing third-placed Hibernian by three points in the Scottish Premiership.

“Derek and I reviewed where we were and agreed that this was the right time for him to step down,” said Cormark.

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» Milan Skriniar earns narrow win over Atalanta to keep Inter on title track

Milan Skriniar scored the only goal as title-chasing Internazionale edged past Atalanta at San Siro, earning a hard-fought 1-0 win to reopen their six-point lead over Milan.

Antonio Conte’s forward line endured a rare off-night, so it was left to the Slovakian centre-back to grab the only goal after 54 minutes. Skriniar reacted first to a loose ball in the area after a corner and drilled home emphatically from 10 yards out.

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» Scotland's deputy first minister calls Rangers fans' celebrations 'shameful'
  • John Swinney: ‘Behaviour of some fans an absolute disgrace’
  • Police Scotland made 28 arrests in Glasgow on Sunday

The fallout from celebrations of Rangers’ Scottish title win has continued after the country’s deputy first minister joined Police Scotland in taking aim at both the club and supporters after mass public gatherings in Glasgow.

Supporters gathered at Ibrox before and after Rangers’ 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday. A day later, as the championship was confirmed by Celtic’s failure to win at Dundee United, fans descended on both Ibrox and George Square in Glasgow city centre. Police Scotland say they made 28 arrests on Sunday for cases including assault of officers.

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» 'It's incomparable' – Rangers fans' journey from Brechin to another title

Supporters, many of whom feared their club might go under, share their thoughts after a first league title in 10 years

The Rangers championship tale cannot begin with the first weekend of this season, but such was the multifaceted nature of the club’s cataclysmic collapse that perhaps July 2012 and a Challenge Cup tie in Brechin is not a valid starting point either.

In the eyes of supporters who have looked on as Rangers – post-administration, liquidation and a level of reputational damage their worst enemies could only have fantasised over – the Premiership flag for 2020-21 absorbs years of pain.

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» Will 29 seconds of the Madrid derby prove the most important this season? | Sid Lowe

Despite still leading the way, there was still something fatalistic for Atlético after Real grabbed a late point in the derby

In the Bumper Book of Things You Just Knew Would Happen, this was Chapter One and the less time there was for it to happen, the more you knew it would; the more they knew it could too, which might be part of the reason it did. As it turned out, on this occasion, 29 seconds were enough. The question now is: enough for what? Was it just a Sunday afternoon that slipped through their fingers or a whole season? And if Real Madrid were resurrected, for how long? At the end of the derby that was supposed to decide the title but instead ended with a 1-1 draw that left it open, Luis Suárez wore a look that could kill. Mostly because Atlético Madrid couldn’t.

The screens in the Metropolitano showed that 86.41 had passed and Atlético were winning 1-0 when Suárez ran at Real’s defence with Saúl sprinting alongside him, space opening before them, a wide, clear path into the area offering one last opportunity to end this match and maybe the race for the league. Scorer of the only goal at that point, his body contorting to screw a shot past Thibaut Courtois with the outside of his right foot, the Uruguayan’s every touch had been just about perfect until his last: this time, the legs were heavy and so was the pass. Saúl was inside the area still, Suárez joining him, João Félix further to the right, the time 86.44. But he had been forced wide and the chance was soon gone, another about to take its place.

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Keira Walsh’s late goal means Manchester City keep up the pressure on Chelsea while Manchester United bounced back

Manchester City are on an incredible run at the moment and the 1-0 victory over Everton means they have now won nine consecutive league games. They dominated throughout the game but Everton’s execution of manager Willie Kirk’s gameplan was almost perfect. They put in an admirable performance, even without Jill Scott who was ineligible to face her parent club, and frustrated City until the only goal arrived with nine minutes remaining.

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» Thomas Tuchel praises Kai Havertz for 'excellent' Chelsea false-nine display
  • Forward forced own goal and won penalty against Everton
  • ‘There is no doubt about his talent,’ says Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel praised Kai Havertz after the German forward helped Chelsea take a major step towards qualifying for the Champions League by beating Everton 2-0.

Havertz has struggled to adjust to the Premier League since his £62m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and fitness issues meant that he had not started since Tuchel’s first game as Chelsea’s manager in January.

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» Uefa suspends fourth official accused of racism during PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Sebastian Coltescu referred to Pierre Webo as ‘the black one’
  • Romanian banned for ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Uefa has suspended the Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu until the end of the season over his involvement in the sending-off of Istanbul Basaksehir’s assistant coach, Pierre Webo, which sparked a player walk-off in the Champions League.

Related: Lewandowski v Haaland, Bayern and Dortmund in microcosm | Andy Brassell

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» Mark Noble closes on signing one-year contract extension at West Ham
  • Midfielder, 33, could have left on free transfer in summer
  • Noble has made only three league starts so far this season

Mark Noble is close to signing a new one-year deal with West Ham, ending the prospect of the midfielder leaving his boyhood club on a free transfer this summer.

Noble has been at West Ham for his entire career, apart from two brief loan periods in 2006. He has risen up the ranks to establish himself as club captain and does not want to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 33-year-old has held talks over an extension in recent months and is expected to put pen to paper soon.

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» Manchester United 'suffered' to end City's winning run, says Solskjær
  • United manager’s praise after side halt 21-game winning streak
  • City now lead by 11 points with 10 games remaining

Ole Gunnar Solskjær praised Manchester United’s relentless workrate as his side halted Manchester City’s record run of consecutive wins at 21 and their 28-game unbeaten sequence with a 2-0 victory in the derby at the Etihad Stadium.

United are second with 54 points, 11 behind City with only 10 games remaining but Solskjær was delighted with his team’s performance with Luke Shaw, who scored the second goal, and Anthony Martial the visitors’ standout performers in an impressive all-round display.

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» Jürgen Klopp rejects suggestions Fulham players 'wanted it more'
  • Harrison Reed says Fulham players had more desire to win
  • One goal seems to be enough against us, says Liverpool manager

Jürgen Klopp denied Liverpool had lost their hunger after the Premier League champions’ embarrassing Anfield run extended to six consecutive defeats against relegation-threatened Fulham.

Mario Lemina’s first Fulham goal extended the worst home run in Liverpool’s history as Scott Parker’s side moved level on points with fourth from bottom Brighton. Harrison Reed, the Fulham midfielder, claimed afterwards that the visitors showed a greater desire for three points throughout. “We wanted it more,” he said. “That was evident on the pitch from the first whistle and it was a big factor in us getting the three points.”

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» Bale and Kane double up in Tottenham's dismantling of Crystal Palace

The budding connection between Harry Kane and Gareth Bale makes a compelling case for José Mourinho to throw caution to the wind on a more regular basis. There have been too many occasions this season when Tottenham have sat back on slender leads and invited pressure before throwing points away. It has become a costly habit and, on the evidence of this destruction of Crystal Palace, a wholly unnecessary one.

With two elite forwards operating on the same wavelength, Spurs had no need for negativity. Kane and Bale were quite the double act, combining to devastating effect against a limited Palace side. The former was splendid in his dual role as incisive playmaker and lethal finisher, while the latter’s resurgence has given Spurs a new lease of life and an excellent chance of Champions League qualification. Mourinho, so sullen a few weeks ago, suddenly finds himself with an attack that can take on anyone; his task is making the most of it.

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» Lewes FC's Claire Rafferty: 'I hope one day every day is International Women’s Day'

The former Lioness and Maggie Murphy talk about their work at Lewes FC, the club with equal investment in their women’s and men’s teams

“I hope one day we don’t have to have special days and every single day is International Women’s Day,” says Claire Rafferty. It is a sentence that sums up the former England player’s involvement with Lewes FC as a board member, because in their corner of East Sussex equality is not a gimmick or a T-shirt slogan; it is enshrined.

In 2017 the fan-owned club committed to equal investment, support and pay for their women’s and men’s teams. In 2021, 100 years after women’s football was banned by the FA, and 50 years after the ban was lifted, Lewes are still the only club in Europe to have taken the stance. “It’s shocking really, isn’t it?,” says Rafferty, who was a part-time analyst with Deutsche Bank when she played and now works for her former club Chelsea, in the commercial team. “I’m always very proud to say that I’m involved in Lewes because of it. It has been quite nice going back into training, and then just getting a gauge for the culture of the team and the environment, that’s where you can see it working. It’s easy to say we’re treating the teams equally on paper.”

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» Derby defeat exposes old weaknesses in Guardiola's Manchester City | Jonathan Wilson

Despite City’s 21-match winning streak, Manchester United were able to rattle their neighbours with balls in behind them

It is one defeat. It does not change the fundamental fact that Manchester City will win the league and look probably as well-positioned to win a quadruple as any side has at this stage of a season. There comes a point at which the precise number of wins in a row is irrelevant – the run ended at 21, but whether it had been 18 or 24, it would be a lot, far too many for most sides even to begin to contemplate. They remain a formidable team but they no longer appear invincible.

That happens. All teams have games when the breaks don’t quite go their way – although United were deserved winners on Sunday. All sides have bad days. After three months of good days, perhaps City were simply due one. But still, the manner of United’s victory at the Etihad will cause concern. We’ve seen this before: City rattled by a concession, vulnerable to balls in behind them, looking at a wall that opposes them with no real concept of where the door may be. When Pep Guardiola teams lose games, this is how they lose them.

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» Rangers revelry, the Manchester derby, CAF and haircuts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Ed Aarons, Marcus Bean and Ewan Murray to discuss the Manchester derby, Liverpool’s sixth consecutive home defeat and Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership

We start with the Manchester derby, as Pep Guardiola’s run of 21 straight victories is ended by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s impressive Reds. Attention then turns to Anfield as Fulham hand Liverpool their sixth consecutive home defeat. Is Klopp’s job really under pressure?

We then take a look at the rest of the Premier League, as Brighton’s scoring woes continue, Gareth Bale keeps up his good form and Emi Martínez shines in the Aston Villa goal.

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» Lewandowski v Haaland, Bayern and Dortmund in microcosm | Andy Brassell

After six consecutive defeats at Bayern by an aggregate of 26-3, there were mixed feelings after Dortmund’s latest Klassiker loss

As Erling Haaland sat on the bench, right boot and sock off, the reasons for his glum demeanour stretched beyond discomfort in his tended-to foot that had contributed to curtailing his participation in Der Klassiker. It was about the pain of inevitability as he watched on, knowing his Borussia Dortmund had come so close to frustrating the champions, against the odds, only to stumble and fall with the finishing tape in sight.

The young Norwegian had almost foreseen it, speaking pre-game about how it seemed as if every time he scored, Robert Lewandowski – the only centre-forward in the Bundesliga classed as his superior – would bag a hat-trick for Bayern Munich, “as if it was the most normal thing in the world”. This game deserved more than being reduced to a vehicle for the duel between Haaland and the omnipotent Lewandowski – Lewandowski 3 Haaland 2 – though the comparison works perfectly as Bayern and Dortmund in microcosm, or certainly did in this context. The mighty besting the might-be mighty, even if Haaland’s future does promise to dominate Europe in a way his current team can only dream of.

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» Álvaro Morata, a happy accident of fate, rescues Juventus again | Nicky Bandini

Two goals against Lazio showed again that the Spaniard and Juve are a happy fit and, at €10m, Andrea Pirlo has got a bargain

With their title hopes hanging by a thread, Juventus turned once more to their Iberian saviour. You know the one: tall, dark hair, a repeat Champions League winner from his time at Real Madrid. A forward who has lifted silverware in Spain, Italy and England and who bangs in the goals for his country at a rate of one in every other game.

He had rescued them once already last week, coming off the bench to break a second-half stalemate at Spezia. On Saturday, he delivered a more remarkable rescue: setting up a goal then scoring two of his own to reverse a 1-0 deficit against top-four rivals Lazio. In the dugout, even Cristiano Ronaldo looked impressed.

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» Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Luke Shaw needs England reward, Aubameyang shining at right time and Barkley’s Villa struggles

It has been two and a half years since Luke Shaw last featured for England, in a 2-1 defeat to Spain. The left-back, however, is probably Manchester United’s most in-form player at the moment, consistently producing the goods. In defence he has looked assured all season, lifting his game since Alex Telles’ arrival from Porto in the summer finally added much-needed depth to a squad where many were sleepwalking into the side. On Sunday Shaw was again diligent against a high-on-confidence Riyad Mahrez, who struggled to make an impression for Manchester City, but things got even better with his superb run and composed finish at the other end, a moment that proved his energy and how his fitness has improved in recent seasons. With three England games coming up at the end of the month, it would be ludicrous if Gareth Southgate did not select Shaw at this stage, although stranger things have happened. Will Unwin

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» 'We're a better Manchester United now': Solskjær celebrates ending City's winning run – video

Manchester City's run of 21 successive victories has come to an end after a 2-0 derby defeat at home by Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side started in style, securing a penalty in the first minute after a clumsy challenge by Gabriel Jesus, which Bruno Fernandes scored. A second-half finish from Luke Shaw sealed the win and Man United have now gone 22 Premier League away games unbeaten

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» 'Real good screaming': Dyche mocks players after draw with Arsenal – video

Burnley manager Sean Dyche observed that 'on the scream-ometer, it was the highest I've heard for a long time', after his side drew 1-1 at home to Arsenal.

VAR reversed Andre Marriner's original decision to award a penalty to Arsenal after the referee adjudged that Burnley's Erik Pieters handled a shot onto the bar, before showing the defender a red card. Marriner, however, then had to cancel both decisions.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacted with frustration to a separate handball incident inside the penalty area: 'If that's not a penalty, then someone explain what is in this league.'

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» Sunday: a short film about football, friendship and talking about feelings

Over the last year, 1.8 million amateur footballers have missed the game and, crucially, the communities and bonds it builds

Film by Charlie Watts and words by James Kelly for COPA90

They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Only when something is removed from your life do you recognise its true significance.

It was a foggy January morning in Manchester when Charlie Watts was walking by Hough End playing fields. The filmmaker decided to take a photograph of a father and son kicking a football on the vast series of deserted Sunday league pitches. Afterwards, he kept looking at it and felt there was a story to tell.

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» 'There's no denying it': Bruce discusses Ritchie row and Newcastle leaks – video

Steve Bruce has confirmed that he had a training ground row with midfielder Matt Ritchie. Speaking in a press conference, the Newcastle manager also denied claims that he had leaked a story himself about replacing goalkeeper Karl Darlow with Martin Dubravka ahead of last weekend’s game. When asked whether he believed the recent leaks were coming from within the club, Bruce said: ‘It has to be. That is the biggest disappointment that it, unfortunately, happens too often. We will try to look to see who it is.’

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» 'Mo was not looking fresh': Klopp downplays Salah substitution – video

Jürgen Klopp has told Liverpool’s players to ‘fight harder’, playing down Mohamed Salah’s reaction to being substituted during the defeat against Chelsea. The Premier League champions endured another blow in the race to qualify for the Champions League and have now lost five consecutive home games for the first time in their 129‑year history.

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» Puskas contender Elisha Sam scores stunning backheel volley for Notts County – video

Stand down Salah, Neymar and Ronaldo, it seems Notts County's Elisha Sam could be the 2021 winner of the Puskas Award. The Belgian forward scored a superb backheel flick in the FA trophy quarter-final against Oxford City. After the ball was whipped into the penalty area Sam reached out with his heel to pivot and backheel the ball over the Oxford City goalkeeper.  

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» Karim Benzema keeps title race alive with Real Madrid's leveller at Atlético

Atlético Madrid were two minutes away from a derby victory that would have been a giant step towards winning the league, but if anyone knows that Real Madrid aren’t finished until the final whistle, it’s them – and so it proved once again. This could, and possibly should, have been done: the game and maybe the title too. Instead, a late Karim Benzema goal levelled the city derby at 1-1 to keep the La Liga title race alive.

It may be considered cruel but perhaps too it was reward for Real’s resistance, the survival instinct that sustains them. Reward particularly for the three players who most sustain them: Benzema, Casemiro and Thibaut Courtois. Perhaps it was also punishment for Atlético’s failure to put this beyond them, opportunity lost.

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» Lewandowski hits hat-trick in Bayern's comeback triumph against Dortmund

Bayern Munich came from two goals down to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on Saturday with a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski, to keep the champions two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Related: Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – as it happened

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» Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays the heel but it is Napoli who suffer stage fright

Napoli and Sassuolo’s six-goal thriller upstaged the Milan star’s guest appearance at the Sanremo Music Festival

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took some time off from co-hosting the Sanremo Music Festival to watch Milan draw with Udinese on Wednesday. After weeks of anguished speculation about how his involvement in the event might affect his team’s title push, the Swede had picked up a thigh injury that ruled him out of this game regardless.

Related: 'This is why we kneel': Van Aanholt reveals racist abuse over miss

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» Decay sets in at Melbourne Victory as City drubbing marks lowest point | Jonathan Howcroft

A heavy loss to their crosstown rivals is symptomatic of a greater malaise at Melbourne Victory

Empty seats spelled out the word “Marvel” as Melbourne Victory prepared for their seventh kick-off of the night. It was an appropriate backdrop to a 0-6 scoreline in favour of Melbourne City. It was the nadir of Victory’s proud 16-year history.

This was a moment. An “I was there when” moment. Perhaps, for City fans, it will be remembered as the moment.

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» Bernie Ibini: 'On social media they feel invincible, like they can just write anything' | Emma Kemp

The Western Sydney Wanderers forward on being racially abused and how to put in place a system to better support those affected

Bernie Ibini was not long home from a game when he read the first direct message on Instagram. “Fucking n*****,” it read. “I fuck you and all your fucking family. Your mum is fucking dead bitch.”

There were others, too, on this evening in late January. The Western Sydney forward had just scored against his former club, Newcastle, so the snake emojis popular among disgruntled fans made an appearance. Some of those, however, were accompanied by emojis of monkeys.

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» Julien Stéphan and Rennes go their separate ways with heavy hearts

After securing the club’s first trophy in 48 years and leading them into the Champions League, Stéphan has resigned

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

The Champions League theme blared into the night. There was little to celebrate in 2020 but, due to the controversial early halt to the Ligue 1 season, Rennes’ Roazhon Park exploded with the joy of that familiar orchestral swell. Third place in Ligue 1 and some helpful Europa League results meant they were guaranteed top level European football for the first time. What president Nicolas Holveck described as “a very beautiful evening” was down to manager Julien Stéphan. Few coaches have been as impressive as Stéphan in recent times, but his era is now at an end.

“I leave Rennes with a heavy heart but with the feeling to have always given the best of myself for the good of the club,” Stéphan explained following his resignation on Monday. “This decision, difficult to take, was deeply thought through. I feel that I have done everything that I could.” After nine years at the club, moving up the ladder from academy director to head coach, Stéphan’s disappointment was shared by those above him, who had implored him to stay.

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» Alexis Sánchez scores twice at Parma as Inter open up six-point Serie A lead

Alexis Sánchez scored twice to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Parma, moving the Serie A leaders six points clear at the top of the standings.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays the heel but it is Napoli who suffer stage fright

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» US Soccer's slow reaction to a delegate's views on slavery was troubling

The federation says the right things about fighting racism but those intentions have not been enough so far

The US Soccer Federation is not what it thinks it is.

The federation was queued up to give itself a pat on the back Saturday after its Annual General Meeting, where it shared slick videos about new efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. The highlight was going to be the repeal of a controversial policy that forced US players to stand during the national anthem.

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» The season when Genoa nearly took over European football

This week’s Genoa derby is a meeting of two midtable sides. Not so long ago, the city’s clubs nearly shocked the continent

By James Brooke for The Gentleman Ultra

Gianluca Pagliuca lay belly down on the Wembley pitch. His eyes, exhausted and defeated, locked on to the ball that had thundered past him. He had guarded his goal supremely all night but, as the net rippled apologetically and a sea of orange shirts paraded past him towards the corner flag, it was clear that the game was up. Ronald Koeman had shattered Sampdoria hearts in the 112th minute of the 1992 European Cup final in London.

Three weeks earlier in Amsterdam, the Genoa goalkeeper Simone Braglia bellowed in frustration as he was beaten by shot from another Dutchman. Dennis Bergkamp punched the sky in jubilation after scoring for Ajax in a Uefa Cup semi-final. Genoa still had time to get back into the tie, but it felt like a sucker punch. Braglia’s disappointment was justified. Ajax would go on to win the trophy.

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» ‘It’s like a religion’: Liverpool FC Women’s Rylee Foster on fans, family and Anfield

Although Rylee Foster was born and raised in Canada, her scouse roots run deep. The goalkeeper talks to Jen Offord about her journey to Liverpool and who’s been with her en route

At just 22, goalkeeper Rylee Foster has already travelled much of the globe, having visited every continent except Africa. She’s played for Canada under-20s, and spent four years at West Virginia University, but Liverpool has always been her dream destination. With strong family ties to the city, it feels fitting to her that this is where she has started her professional career.

“I don’t think I had a choice when I was born,” she says, “I supported Liverpool for as long as I can remember.”

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» Can you kick it? The definitive women’s football quiz

Women’s football has seen its audience rise to a whopping 1.12 billion viewers – but are you one of them? Let’s find out how match-ready you really are …

Which team made history by becoming the first English women's football club to offer all players a full-time professional contract?

Manchester City WFC

Liverpool FC Women

Chelsea FC Women

Everton FC Women

In which country did the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup take place?

Spain

USA

The Netherlands

France

How many different nations are represented in the FA Women’s Super League?

32

17

28

24

Where did the England women’s team reach the final of the Uefa Women's Championship in 2009?

Finland

The Netherlands

Sweden

Denmark

When did the first official Uefa European Women's Championship take place?

1881

1969

1979

1984

What’s the nickname for the England women’s national team?

The Foxes

The Fawns

The Angels

The Lionesses

Roughly how many tickets were sold for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup?

300,000

200,000

1,000,000

500,000

Who holds the record for most Women’s FA Cup titles?

Arsenal WFC

Liverpool FC Women

Manchester City WFC

Chelsea FC Women

Where does the England women’s team rank globally, according to Fifa?

12th

6th

3rd

17th

Where does the Liverpool FC Women’s team play its home matches?

Anfield

Goodison Park

Prenton Park

Rossett Park

8 and above.

Top of the league! Are you a pundit, player or soccer mum in disguise? Congratulations, you take home the cup.

0 and above.

At risk of relegation! But it's not over yet – start training now and yours could be the underdog story of the season.

4 and above.

Success is in sight! Not bad, but could be better – play harder now and you'll be climbing up the tables in no time.

Expedia believes that travel, like football, is better experienced together. That’s why – as the official travel companion of Liverpool FC – Expedia will be with you all the way, as soon as we can travel together again. To get inspiration for your next trip, visit expedia.co.uk

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» ‘Toni Duggan always looks out for me’: mentors and midfield with Liverpool’s Missy Bo Kearns

Missy Bo Kearns dreamed of playing professional football. Now, at only 19, she’s one of Liverpool FC Women’s brightest stars. Here, she talks about the people who have been with her all the way

For homegrown talent Missy Bo Kearns, playing at Anfield is the dream. Though the 19-year-old’s career may have grown – like many others – from humble beginnings, she is well connected in the local football community, and counts Liverpool royalty Jamie Carragher as one of her confidants.

“I think growing up Steven Gerrard was my idol and I always looked up to him,” she says. “But now, I speak to Jamie Carragher quite regularly – he’s my dad’s friend – and he gives me the best advice I’ve probably had in football. He’s always there if I need to ask him anything, and I know he’s been there himself.”

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» From New Zealand to Liverpool FC Women: why Meikayla Moore has her sights set on Anfield

Her family, her fans, and the Football Ferns national team in her native New Zealand – defender Meikayla Moore reflects on the people who inspired her journey to Liverpool FC

As a native New Zealander, far-flung travel has long been part of life for Meikayla Moore, a 24-year-old defender at Liverpool FC Women. Playing with her local club from a young age, she knew a big move was inevitable if she wanted to play at the highest level.

“As a young girl, it was always something that I wanted to achieve,” she says. “In New Zealand, there isn’t a professional women’s league, so [moving] was always on the cards if I wanted to stay in the national setup and continue my career.”

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» Next Generation 2020: 60 of the best young talents in world football

The ‘Tanzanian Mbappé’, Juan Pablo Ángel’s son and the next Kai Havertz are among our players born in 2003. Check the progress of our 2019 selection | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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» Next Generation 2020: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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» From Ødegaard to Mastour: what happened to Next Generation 2015?

As we prepare to publish our Next Generation 2020 selection, we say goodbye to the class of 2015. So how did they get on?

This is what the Guardian’s Andy Hunter wrote about his 2015 Liverpool player for our series the Next Generation, where we pick one player from each Premier League club in the first-year scholar age group and follow their developments for five years.

The 16-year-old has received rave reviews not only from Liverpool and England coaches during a rapid rise up the ranks but also from Steven Gerrard, his boyhood hero, in the former Anfield captain’s new autobiography. Gerrard reveals he asked Pepijn Lijnders, the first-team development coach, to always include Alexander-Arnold in his group when taking his ’B’ Licence course, and handed him the captain’s armband during a comeback game in Liverpool’s Under-18s side last season. “It was my way of telling Trent that I believed he could make it for Liverpool one day,” Gerrard writes.

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» Next Generation 2019: 60 of the best young talents in world football

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s son, the new Paul Pogba and Barça’s Ansu Fati are among our 60 most talented players in the world born in 2002. Check the progress of our 2018 picks | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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» 'It’s a constant fight': Four top players discuss the future of women's football

For International Women’s Day, four international stars and the Observer in association with Common Goal, take a wide-ranging look at the state of the women’s game

For International Women’s Day on Monday, the Observer and Common Goal, which helps players invest 1% of their income back into the game, organised a round table comprising four professional female players with a combined 178 international caps. They came together to discuss why female footballers give back and what needs to change as the game continues to grow.

Despite having a much smaller slice of the football pie, half the football players involved in Common Goal are women, why is that?

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» Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are costly albatrosses weighing their clubs down | Jonathan Wilson

Willingness to believe in the cult of the winner is worsening the plight of Barcelona and Juventus

On Tuesday, Juventus might overcome a 2-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League. On Wednesday, Barcelona almost certainly won’t come back from 4-1 down to beat Paris Saint-Germain. Both clubs were comprehensively outplayed in the first legs, both are burdened by an ageing and expensive superstar, both have found the cracks in their financial planning exposed by the pandemic. At some point the narratives of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will decouple, but not now, not yet.

Football deals badly with mortality. It can be brutal in dealing with those with whom it has finished. Bill Shankly couldn’t even tell Ian St John to his face when, after eight years, the time came to drop him. After 11 golden years, Nobby Stiles wasn’t given a testimonial by Manchester United. West Ham reneged on a deal to let Bobby Moore leave on a free transfer. As the former Coventry and Derby manager Harry Storer once told Brian Clough, in football “nobody ever says thank you”.

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» Does Arsenal's Visit Rwanda shirtsleeve deal remain a 'compelling fit'? | Barney Ronay

David Luiz might well recommend a holiday in Rwanda, but with the situation there of international concern this sponsorship looks increasingly strange

In January this year the Foreign Office urged the Rwandan government to look into allegations of “deaths in custody, enforced disappearances and torture”. The logistics of this shouldn’t be too difficult. The allegations are against the Rwandan government itself.

Six months ago Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier whose peaceable role in the 1994 genocide was portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, was bundled on to a plane in Dubai to face what his family have called a sham trial on terrorism charges.

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» The Fiver | Unconscionably naff nonsense that has to stop

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It was a super Sunday for the Queen’s Celtic, as far as The Fiver can make out. Their latest dismal attempt to convert any, just one, of a bucketload of gilt-edged chances, this time at Dundee United, means they’ll be spared the ignominy of the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers securing the title and gambolling like giddy goats at Parkhead in a fortnight’s time. But if that wasn’t enough cause for celebration, Sunday’s result also rubber-stamped the club’s failure to erase the greatest team in the history of Scottish football from the record books by surpassing their nine in a row. Hats off to $tevie Mbe for ensuring that Jock Stein’s legends remain in the pantheon. A belated nod to Wim Jansen, too, come to think about it.

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» David Squires on … whistlegate and referees under pressure

Our cartoonist on Lee Mason’s torrid time at West Brom, VAR’s ability to measure lung capacity and Darren Drysdale’s persuasiveness

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» Chelsea pile pain on Liverpool, plus Barça drama – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jacob Steinberg to reflect on the latest midweek Premier League games, while Sid Lowe joins to update us on an eventful week for Barcelona

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On the podcast today: Liverpool lose their fifth consecutive Premier League game at home, while Chelsea remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel. José Mourinho fields an attacking side in a win over Fulham and West Brom lose to Everton.

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» The Fiver | Jürgen Klopp must solve a tricky and trippy Mersey-infused poser

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These are difficult times for Liverpool. The club hasn’t won a major trophy for nearly nine months, while it’s now a whopping 22 days since they were deposed as the world’s best club team. To quote the hooked and miffed Mo Salah’s Mr 15%: “.”

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» Ian St John memories, Michèle Mouton and Stephen Hendry's return | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features an on-board trip around Le Mans in 1956 and Shaquille O’Neal taking a nap

1) Ian St John died this week at the age of 82. It was the Saint’s extra-time header against Leeds at Wembley that won Liverpool their first FA Cup in 1965. Signed in 1961, and in partnership with Roger Hunt, he was the star forward of Bill Shankly’s team which established the club as one of English football’s best, as seen here in a TV tribute to his old mentor broadcast in 1981. After spells managing Motherwell and Portsmouth, Saint moved into a TV career. Here he is crossing the Merseyside divide to attend Everton training before the 1984 FA Cup final. It was as co-presenter as Saint and Greavsie that he made his fame. Here the pair are joined by Bobby Robson, Alex Ferguson and future Sky News man Jeremy Thompson to preview an elaborate-looking draw for the 1986 World Cup. Saint was joined by a very different-looking Greavsie for one memorable segment of the show. Here’s a couple of full episodes from 25 March 1989 and 5 January 1991 with lots of clips here. And who can forget the 1992 Rumbelows Cup quarter-final draw, where Saint allowed one Donald Trump to fill in?

2) Can you resist this piece of backheeled genius from Notts County’s Elisha Sam?

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» What is the longest barren streak a club has endured at a rival's ground? | The Knowledge

Plus: Coventry’s ground-hopping, a 16-goal swing and the highest honour bestowed on a referee

“Everton had not won at Anfield since 1999 until their recent 2-0 victory,” begins Tom Solan. “What is the longest a team has gone without winning away to a particular opponent while playing in the same division?”

Everton’s 22-year drought has nothing on some of the barren streaks highlighted by our beloved readers. “Borussia Mönchengladbach joined the Bundesliga in 1965, and had to wait a full 30 years until their first win at Bayern Munich, on 14 October 1995)” writes Boris Cule. “Here’s a full list of games between the two.”

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal find their away form again, Manchester City give Chelsea little room for error, and there is no stopping Jill Scott

Arsenal’s 4-0 victory at Aston Villa had plenty of impressive elements. The WSL’s leading scorer, Vivianne Miedema, got her 12th goal of the season, Jordan Nobbs – back from a quad injury – added the second after relentless pressure, and Katie McCabe and Lisa Evans made the score better reflect Arsenal’s 78% possession and 14 shots on goal.

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» Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Fulham continue to struggle in front of goal, Leicester threatening a second collapse and West Brom play by the rules

At the start of Scott McTominay’s United career, his place in the team seemed predicated in José Mourinho’s antipathy towards Paul Pogba, his receipt of the manager’s player of the year award the nearest Mourinho could get to presenting it to himself. Since then, though, McTominay has improved by several orders of magnitude, contributing power, tenacity and personality – skills that have been crucial in helping United improve from sixth to second. They still struggle to dominate, however, and when Pogba is absent the entirety of the creative burden rests with Bruno Fernandes, who had an off-day at Stamford Bridge. To take the next step, they need McTominay to develop his passing – in particular around both boxes, but also with regard to the one and two-touch play that controls games – or they will remain a team able to beat the best when at their best, but whose average level stops them competing over the course of a season. Daniel Harris

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» Alexis Mac Allister: 'I keep my roots. I had a barbecue when we almost had snow'

Brighton midfielder on Argentina’s No 10 shirt, preparing scouting reports for his dad and following the path of Tevez and Cambiasso

Alexis Mac Allister is struggling to finish his sentence. The thought of wearing the No 10 shirt for Argentina is absurd enough to leave the Brighton midfielder in a fit of giggles. The 22-year-old is the latest in a long line of Argentinian playmakers but he is not about to let his ego get the better of him. “I could wear the No 10 in the Under-23s,” he says. “But I don’t want to wear it in the first team. Hopefully Messi will wear that number for a long time.”

It is an answer that sums up Mac Allister’s love of football. This is player who joined Boca Juniors on loan in 2019 because “my heart told me I had to”. There is an innocence to Mac Allister, who felt shy when he met Lionel Messi on international duty, and a romanticism to the way he puffs out his cheeks when he remembers playing at La Bombonera, Boca’s atmospheric ground.

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» Glenn Roeder claimed he was bloody-minded but stayed kind and humble | Louise Taylor

Elegant defender who became an excellent coach and manager was considerate enough to support a female football writer

The sudden revving of engines drowned out the conversation and Glenn Roeder leapt from his chair and stared, despairingly, out of the window. As a group of Newcastle’s junior players accelerated out of the adjacent car park at ridiculous speed, the club’s then academy director mused how best to pitch the safe driving lecture he would give the following morning.

The aim, as ever with Roeder, was to win hearts and minds but he knew it would not be easy. “You think you’re immortal at that age,” he said. “Little do you know …”

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» Ian St John was key to Liverpool's emergence as a football superpower | Jonathan Wilson

The forward’s signing by Bill Shankly in 1961 proved money well spent and he became a gifted broadcaster after his playing days

Ian St John was a gifted broadcaster. He was the perfect straight man for Jimmy Greaves: he clearly found him hilarious and his chuckle was infectious. It seems almost incredible that Saint and Greavsie ran only between 1985 and 1992; to those of us of a certain age, it seemed eternal, ITV’s lighthearted sibling to the BBC’s more earnest Football Focus. But the oddity of those sportsmen who have successful second careers is what made them famous in the first place is often obscured.

Say Ian St John today and, for most who know the name, the picture that will come to mind is of a clubbable grey-haired man in a sports jacket, but it shouldn’t be forgotten what a good player he was or how important in the emergence of Liverpool as a superpower of English football.

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