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“I’ve always said that to compare Messi with the rest is like comparing a great policeman to Batman.” Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli praises Lionel Messi in an interview with beIN Sports Spain “She is a world-class player and one of the most respected players in the U.S. Her determination and character will make a big

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Chelsea, Liverpool to vie for Pirlo?

Things are looking rosy once again for The Old Lady. The Serie A title is firmly wrapped up once more, with a Coppa Italia final against Lazio on the horizon next month. They’ve returned with a bang to the grand stage as well, and are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final. According

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Suárez, the big-game specialist

Although the signing of Luis Suárez was welcomed by the majority of Barcelona fans, many also threw up their hands when they found out he had cost over €81 million. However, more than six months later there is no doubt the Uruguayan was worth every penny and all the supporters are more than satisfied with

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Dalglish slays Dyke over home-grown player debate

The first thing the FA should do when trying to improve the England team is get the quality of young English players raised. And the way to do that is by educating coaches. That is what they keep saying they are doing at St George’s Park and what it is set up for. It might

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Chelsea to swoop in on Liverpool’s Henderson?

Boss Brendan Rodgers is already facing an uphill task convincing star man Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal. But Starsport can reveal there are also doubts over the Anfield future of influential midfielder Henderson as well. Henderson has turned down a new contract understood to be worth £80,000-a-week. More talks are planned but Chelsea

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Brendan Rodgers warned off making bid for Suarez

After Liverpool and Arsenal expressed interest in signing Mario Suárez, the Atlético Madrid midfielder, both clubs have been warned off by the Spaniard’s agent. Suárez, 28, is reportedly being tracked by Inter Milan according to Manuel García Quilón, who has been speaking to Football Italia. “He is a spectacular player and the Italians wanted him,”

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Balotelli determined to break league duck

Mario Balotelli has said he was surprised by the quality in Liverpool’s squad when he signed for Brendan Rodgers’s team and has admitted that he is desperate to score his first Premier League goal for the club. The striker has had the international break to focus solely on his club form after being dropped by the

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WHERE ARE THE GOALS, BALOTELLI – RODGERS

Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, admits Mario Balotelli must improve his goalscoring record, conceding the Italian striker has not reached expected levels since his £16m summer move to Anfield. With Daniel Sturridge sidelined with a thigh injury, Balotelli has shouldered the goalscoring responsibility but just one goal so far – against Ludogorets in the Champions League

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RODGERS WORKING ON BALOTELLI

Brendan Rodgers is looking for Mario Balotelli to take inspiration from the likes of Luis Suarez as he settles into life at Liverpool. With Suarez having departed Anfield over the summer as he joined Barcelona in a big-money deal, Balotelli has been charged with the task of providing an attacking spark. He has been returned

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BALOTELLI GAMBLE STARTS PAYING OFF

Returning to the Champions League is not simply about finance and frenzied Anfield nights for Liverpool but the development of a young team and a 41-year-old manager making his competitive debut among the European elite. Ludogorets Razgrad, for all the palpitations they caused and questions they raised, provided an ideal accelerant for Brendan Rodgers in

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