Steve Tongue

Steve Tongue is a Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City celebrates his goal with Leroy Fer during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road
Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring for Manchester United

Fulham 1 Manchester United 3 match report: Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie’s double act leaves Fulham floundering

Antonio Valencia completes the scoring with both strikers on target

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool's manager believes Arsenal were 'ill advised'

Liverpool never took Arsenal's Luis Suarez bid seriously, insists Brendan Rodgers

Arsène Wenger was right to admit that Arsenal bidding one pound over £40m for Luis Suarez could have been considered "provocative". That was one word for it. Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers has now supplied a few more, including "derogatory" and lacking class, while claiming that his club merely laughed when they received the offer.

Brendan Rodgers has overseen Liverpool's best start since 2008

Brendan Rodgers eyes consistency in Liverpool's quest for improvement

The Anfield club face fellow pace-setters Arsenal this weekend

Mikel Arteta celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead

Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2 match report: Gunners made to work by rejuvenated Eagles

Arsenal had Mikel Arteta sent-off after he opened the scoring with Olivier Giroud rounding out the victory

Tight bond: Aguero (left) and Silva have formed a sound understanding

Silva service shines as Manuel Pellegrini brings in sense of freedom and joy to Manchester City

Before Manchester City's last meeting with Chelsea, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in April, David Silva faced the uncertainty of a late fitness test, which he failed. City went on to win 2-1 in any case with Sergio Aguero, who had also been doubtful, scoring the crucial goal.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won four successive games

Yaya Touré's World Cup boycott would be wrong, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager claims idea to snub the 2018 tournament in Russia would hurt the wrong people

Chelsea's Fernando Torres clashes with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham

Fernando Torres could be handed three-game ban after Jan Vertonghen incident

Fernando Torres will face an additional three-match ban if the referee, Mike Dean, did not have a clear view of the Chelsea striker scratching Jan Vertonghen’s face during Saturday’s feisty 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Now that referees no longer submit details of bookings and sendings-off to the media after matches, it is unclear whether Torres received the first of his two yellow cards for his trip on Vertonghen or the incident that followed.

Red missed: Jordan Henderson says Suarez was ‘top-drawer’ against United

'Kevin Ball is exactly the kind of manager that my old team needs,' says Jordan Henderson

However mixed a reaction he may receive from his former fans at Sunderland today, Jordan Henderson knows there will be a warm welcome from the club's temporary manager. It will be mutual. Kevin Ball, who has been tasked with calming the waters after the storm-tossed era of Paolo Di Canio, was something of a mentor to the Liverpool midfielder in his early days at the Stadium of Light, as Henderson fondly recalled in the build-up to this afternoon's game.

Keep up with Jones: ‘It’s difficult making that transition from being more of a 100mph team to a chess team,’ says Kenwyne Jones (right)

Tony Pulis sacking stopped Stoke City players walking out

Former Black Cat Kenwyne Jones relates how Stoke players developed the Paolo Di Canio feeling over ex-manager's 'sky football'

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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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How bosses are making us work harder

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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Should pupils get a lie in?

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
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