Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is ‘chomping at the bit’ ahead of Man Utd match

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Brendan Rodgers chose an unfortunate turn of phrase as Luis Suarez prepares to return from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. At his press conference ahead of the Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United, Rodgers claimed the Uruguayan striker was "chomping at the bit". The Liverpool manager said: "It has been a [.

UPDATE: Dempsey to Spurs

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In one of the most exciting transfer deadline day moves, US National Team player Clint Dempsey reportedly turned down a deal with Aston Villa while Liverpool reportedly made multiple attempts to workout a transfer. Instead, according to multiple outlets Dempsey is now a member of Tottenham Hotspur. Dempsey signed a three-year deal.

Brendan's Boys In Bonnie Scotland

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Could Carroll get a start?...
Hearts are the opposition for Liverpool on Thursday night as they continue their attempts to proceed through the Europa League rounds. The Reds will look for a result to take back to Anfield and with Manchester City looming at the weekend they will surely want to go about this in the easiest way possible.

Rodgers Identifies Agger Replacement

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to return to former club Swansea to sign Ashley Williams, as Daniel Agger is targeted by Manchester City.
According to the Daily Mail, the former Swans boss - who has also been knocked back in his attempts to entice Team GB star Joe Allen to Anfield - is facing up to the reality of the Danish defender's departure, despite still having two years to run on his existing contract.


Yohan Cabaye issues apology to Newcastle fans over failed Arsenal move

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has apologised to the club's supporters for his attempts to engineer a move to Arsenal during the transfer window. The France international refused to play for the Magpies as he attempted to force through his transfer to the Gunners and has received a mixed reception since coming back into the team.

Arsenal target Josuha Guilavogui as alternative to Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui is a target for Arsenal if the north London club fail in their attempts to sign Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle. The 22-year-old France international is a defensively-minded midfielder and, at 6ft 2in, is arguably much more like the sort of player the Gunners are lacking at the moment.

Photo: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s interesting new training gear

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Frimpong and Jesus. #Bendtner Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) August 15, 2013 We're not saying that a series of attempts to flog him to anyone who will even consider buying him have entirely dwindled Nicklas Bendtner's motivation at Arsenal... but he has taken to training while dressed as a Greek fisherman.

Arsenal ready to pay £8.5m for Swansea defender Ashley Williams

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Arsenal are preparing to resurrect their attempts to sign Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams. The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners are back in for the Wales international after getting word that his £10m asking price is negotiable. The Swans would apparently let Williams leave for £8.5m if it meant him getting his shot with one [.

Arsenal STILL can’t get rid of Nicklas Bendtner

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Like a stubborn best striker in the world you can't quite flush down the toilet, Nicklas Bendtner is determined to hang around at Arsenal. Despite the Gunners' best attempts to rid themselves of the Denmark international, they can't shift him. His transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt has fallen through, with the 25-year-old's wage demands proving to [.

Video: Arsene Wenger suffers zip problems yet again (Arsenal 3-1 Norwich)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's ongoing war with his coat saw another vicious battle at the weekend. In the opening stages of Saturday's home win over Norwich, the Frenchman was captured by TV cameras once again engaged in hand-to-hand combat with his knee-length puffa jacket. This time it was the zip that was causing Wenger problems.

Chelsea attempt to have billboard mocking Fernando Torres removed

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Chelsea have failed in their attempts to have a billboard mocking misfiring striker Fernando Torres removed. The poster is part of a series of Paddy Power adverts focusing on under-performing Premier League imports. Backed by a TV campaign, the adverts suggest the players should seek alternative employment until they start pulling their weight on the [.

Liverpool v Arsenal – line-ups, score prediction and live streams

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Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview, line-up and score prediction After what was a disappointing end to the transfer window, we face Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield. They themselves had a terrible ending to the window when Tottenham of all teams hijacked their attempts to sign Clint Dempsey. Overall, I think Arsenal have had a decent window, although [.

Thoughts on Theo

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Morning all,

and the madness has begun. It's all based around Theo Walcott and his apparent refusal to sign a new contract with the club. As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, he was one of the players I felt could leave the club this week because of his contract issue. The situation is he has less than 12 months left on his deal, Arsenal face the prospect of losing him on a free and for that reason alone his departure would not be a surprise.

We must be doing something right if we are annoying Sir F-Word

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By Tony Attwood

It was in all the papers so it must be true. Sir Alex F has said his club "have hit a brick wall in their attempts to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal."

"We have made a bid and they [Arsenal] have been trying to negotiate with other clubs. I don't [...]

Transfer Talk

Liverpool hit transfer fee deadlock over defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool are struggling in their attempts to bring at least one new defender to the club after deal for both their targets ran into problems. The Reds wanted to pay £6m to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori, but the Portuguese side are demanding £17m for the 20-year-old. That's despite the fact that the youngster [.

Alan Pardew bids to bring Chelsea striker Demba Ba back to Newcastle

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is trying to bring Demba Ba back to the club just seven months after he left to join Chelsea for £7m. The Senegal international a Tyneside favourite before he started pushing for his transfer does not appear to be part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge. He [..

Barcelona set to bid for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

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Manchester City fear Barcelona will attempt to prise captain Vincent Kompany away from them. The Catalan giants are preparing to make a bid for the Belgium international, according to reports in the Manchester Evening News. Barca are known to be in the market for a centre-back. They were criticised for the lack of depth in [.

David Moyes says attempts to bring Cesc Fabregas to Man Utd are ‘ongoing’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are "ongoing". He was speaking at a press conference in Japan ahead of tomorrow's friendly match against Cerezo Osaka. Asked about the latest on the Fabregas deal, he replied: "Things are ongoing.

David Moyes: Wayne Rooney’s still not for sale and I’m waiting to hear about Cesc Fabregas

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has reiterated that striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale at a press conference in Sydney. The Chelsea target was unsurprisingly the hot topic of conversation as the champions' pre-season tour rolls on to Australia. Moyes said: "The club's position on Wayne Rooney is there's no change to that.

Mario Balotelli agrees deal to leave Manchester City for AC Milan

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Disaster has struck. One-man OTP material generator Mario Balotelli is leaving the Premier League. The Italy international has agreed a deal to return to his homeland to play for AC Milan. Only the formality of a medical and a contract signing can now prevent official confirmation that we've lost Mario.


Video: Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

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Tottenham overcame some seriously underhand tactics by Dinamo Tbilisi to secure an easy Europa League away win last night. The Georgians turned up in what appeared to be a France replica kit with a goalkeeper who, from the length of a pitch, looked very much like Hugo Lloris and whose name Loria was [.

Video: Joe Hart at fault as James Morrison scores (England vs Scotland)

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West Brom midfielder James Morrison gave Scotland the lead in tonight's game against England with a helping hand from Joe Hart. The Man City keeper made a right mess of his attempts to keep out Morrison's long range effort. But since Morrison was born in Darlington this doesn't really count, right?

Video: Jordan Ibe scores first Liverpool goal

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Jordon Ibe Goal vs Preston by lfmostar Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 friendly win over Preston North End. The 17-year-old made his Premier League debut in the Reds' final game of last season against QPR. He will be hoping to build on that and feature more [.

Video: Spurs star Gareth Bale attempts overhead kick against Jamaica

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While many of the Premier League's big boys have headed off to the USA for post-season tours, Tottenham travelled to Bahamas to face Jamaica. In this age of wall-to-wall football coverage, there's surprisingly footage from Spurs' Caribbean venture. But one supporter captured this proof that not everything Gareth Bale attempts comes off at the moment.

Video: Coventry defender Cyrus Christie booked for trying to trip a pitch invader

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Coventry full-back Cyrus Christie picked up a bizarre yellow card after he attempted to trip up a pitch invader. The 20-year-old attempted to thwart a topless fan, who ran onto the pitch during last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final first-leg against Crewe. As if a 0-3 home defeat didn't make Christie's night miserable enough, [.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks can’t count, gives Brazil an extra man

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Some football pundits make the occasional slip of the tongue, some make more mistakes a greasy-fingered goalkeeper, and then there's Garth Crooks. You can't fault the former Stoke and Spurs man for effort with his attempts at analysing the beautiful game, but he is prone to amaze with the odd broadcasting faux pas.

Champions League

Top five Champions League final conclusions: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

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1. Arjen Robben has proven that if you take enough shots in Champions League finals, you will eventually score the winner. He had 24 attempts on goal in three previous finals before his all important effort in the dying minutes of Saturday's final. 2. Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes is bowing out in style.

Villarreal 2011-12 – Breaking down a failed season

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Villarreal had a disastrous 2011-12 ending in an agonizing relegation to the 2nd division in the dying minutes of the season. In 2010-11 Villarreal reached the semifinals of the Europa League and finished 4th in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League. I focus on the performance of Villarreal in the attacking third of the pitch in 2011 and compare it with that of 2010.


Defensive Lessons From Blowout Win? Jeff Parke Says Yes

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In Seattle's thrashing of Chivas USA the Sounders defense gave the Goats opportunities. On shots from within the 18 (MLS average ~20% conversion rate) Chivas converted only one of their sixteen attempts. Those attempts are somewhat evenly scattered throughout the match timeline. Things could have been different.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland fan on O’Shea, the poznan and McClean

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As the final whistle was blown on our 1-0 victory over Sunderland on the final day of the season, we were top of the league, waiting for the game at the Etihad to end. News came through at the Stadium of Light that City had scored two late goals and had won the league, leading Sunderland fans to do their best poznan celebration.


Man Utd 3-2 Fulham

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Ruiz-Duff-goal! A minute in and Fulham had the lead at Old Trafford, a clever free-kick and a neat finish.

Beggars can't be choosers so there's no sense saying that we scored too early, but it did almost feel that way. Now United couldn't just feel their way into the game; they had to fight for it.

Man Utd 3-2 Fulham

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Ruiz-Duff-goal! A minute in and Fulham had the lead at Old Trafford, a clever free-kick and a neat finish.

Beggars can't be choosers so there's no sense saying that we scored too early, but it did almost feel that way. Now United couldn't just feel their way into the game; they had to fight for it.

Rodgers To Offer Adam As Bait

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Liverpool is ready to offer Fulham cash and Charlie Adam in an attempt to wrap up a deal for Clint Dempsey.
After concluding a move for Joe Allen, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will now step up his attempts to land the American international, who is keen to leave Craven Cottage for a bigger club.

The Rest

GIF It: David Luiz scores free-kick winner (Basel 1-2 Chelsea)

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David Luiz scored a late winner with the last kick of the Europa League semi-final between Chelsea and Basel. The Brazilian fired a powerful sidefooted free-kick past goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who is likely to be pretty disappointed with his attempts to make a save. Julio Cesar will be pleased!

Schellas Hyndman: We Should Be Doing More Than One Goal

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In Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas finished the game with 24 total shots, but that number's a bit misleading. See, MLS labels all shots as attempts on goal, which isn't exactly true. Shots on goal are actually termed as shots on target. So FCD finished Sunday's tie with the denizens of the Emerald City with seven shots on goal compared to just four by the visitors.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Union @ Revs

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10 games without a win. It's the easiest stat to dwell on. And it should be dwelled on. I think you know why.

But there are other stats from the match that are worth noting as well. From the run of play, for example, the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union were almost even in all categories except for two that stand out: Attempts on goal and possession.

23 Goals and 14 Assists! This Player is Legit!

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What a joke!

Don't ever cite to me a player's goals and assists ... as if that were proof of player quality.

Do that, and you expose just how much of a newbie you are!

  • What was the quality of their goals?
  • What was the quality of their assists?
  • How many goals should the player have for instance, what goals has he whiffed?

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For those of you have read my previous articles and are waiting for something on Seria A or the Premier League, then sorry to disappoint you and please be patient. Focus now turns to the issues surrounding Gibraltar and their attempts to gain full acceptance to FIFA and UEFA to become the latest team to [.

Should Newcastle United treat others as they would like to be treated themselves?

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That is the maxim which has been known as "The Golden Rule" for several centuries, but how would Newcastle United feel if they were treated the way they have been treating some other clubs recently? Make no mistake, there have been reams of complete fiction embroidered around our recent attempts to sign players in an [.

Sergio Ramos made a 53-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles game

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Real Madrid are in Philadelphia for a friendly against Celtic on Saturday. While there, they've been training at the Philadelphia Eagles' complex and several Madrid players were special guests at the Eagles' preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

To help promote Saturday's match, the Madrid players attempted field goals with American footballs at halftime (after practicing earlier in the day) and Sergio Ramos caught the commentators' attention by making a 53-yarder (for a point of reference, the longest field goal in NFL history is 63 yards).