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A commissioned officer learnt by chance that someone working in the Ministry of Defence had discharged him from the Army when he was 3,500 miles from home, on the front line, in Afghanistan.

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Liverpool insist any naming rights deal would only come into effect if the club were to switch stadiums.

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