Albert Riera

Back to the future is Hodgson's mission

For the scale of the task facing Roy Hodgson, you need only look back a few months to the miserable ending to Liverpool's Europa League campaign that followed their miserable Champions' League campaign.

Bitter enemies with different targets

Games between Manchester United and Liverpool are played for high stakes and there is plenty riding on today's confrontation at Old Trafford. What is different from usual – certainly from a year ago, when Rafa Benitez's team achieved their stunning 4-1 victory on enemy territory – is that the clubs have contrasting targets in mind.

Johnson out for a month

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has been ruled out for at least a month with a knee injury.

Benitez hails 'improving' Reina

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed Jose Reina as "one of the best goalkeepers in the world" after a singular piece of brilliance helped the side to a 2-0 victory in the 212th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Lampard rejects placenta healer

Frank Lampard is the highest-profile English player to have sought an injury cure with the mysterious horse placenta healer of Belgrade but it emerged yesterday that the Chelsea midfielder walked out after an hour's treatment with Marijana Kovacevic

Johnson responds to placenta treatment

Glen Johnson's encounter with placenta specialist Marijana Kovacevic appears to have elicited some rapid results, with the right-back, whose defensive weaknesses are "not as bad as people think" according to his manager, Rafael Benitez, ready to start for Liverpool against Manchester City tomorrow lunchtime.

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