Sport Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

English champions may have to wait to sign the German star

Young ensures welcome daylight for Houllier

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Dalglish eager for star signing to put buzz back into Liverpool

Suarez talks continue while Joe Cole, who is stuck in the reserves, is urged to impress

Darren Bent claims he can handle expectations

Darren Bent insists he can handle the pressure of being Aston Villa's record signing after completing his £18million move from Sunderland.

Bruce accuses Bent of betraying Sunderland

Manager says £24m striker failed to give his all in build-up to Aston Villa move

Guiliano Grazioli: 'Stevenage fans will tell you "all he did was score that goal'"

The FA Cup hero tells Sam Wallace how a brief loan move means he is forever linked with the non-Leaguers who held mighty Newcastle

Gerard Houllier says Aston Villa must tighten defence

Gerard Houllier has admitted Aston Villa must start keeping clean sheets if they are to stand any chance of halting the growing concern at their plight.

Hodgson hints at new deal for Lucas after Brazilian finally proves his worth

Although Lucas Leiva would never publicly thank his lucky stars for Steven Gerrard's recent injury, part of him must be grateful for his recent serendipitous opportunity to impress at Anfield, particularly as it now appears that he has done enough to win a new Liverpool contract.

Arsenal survive second-half Villa comeback

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Pedersen brace gives Blackburn victory

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Peter Crouch content to make an impact

Peter Crouch had no complaints about playing second fiddle to Andy Carroll in England's 2-1 friendly defeat against France after showing the debutant the way to goal barely a minute after coming off the bench.

Vidic steals in to save day as Villa's boys grow into men

Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 2: United rescue their unbeaten record with two late goals in thrilling draw

United make stunning comeback to rescue a point

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Holloway to 'quit' if he is fined for selection

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Collins header delivers first win in five for Villa

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