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McLeish fears burn-out as Blues fixtures pile up

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has admitted he is worried by the prospect of player burn-out as his side fight against relegation. They have 11 matches to play, starting tonight at Goodison Park and McLeish fears the weight of fixtures may inhibit his players' performances.

Kenny Dalglish will be patient with Joe Cole

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists Joe Cole will be given all the time he needs to rediscover his best form after a disappointing and disjointed start to his Reds career.

Hodgson: Don't write us off for top four

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes his side are more than capable of securing a top-four finish this season and their chances of qualifying for the Champions League should not be written off.

Torres fit for derby and Kuyt fears ease

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is fit to face Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby but Dutch international Dirk Kuyt has been ruled out for a month, their manager, Roy Hodgson, said yesterday.

Hodgson welcomes return of Liverpool stars

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will hope to gain some encouragement from his first-team stars when they return to action in the Barclays Premier League against Sunderland tomorrow.

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