Sport Everton striker Romelu Lukaku pictured receiving treatment during the Merseyside derby

The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

Benitez admits Reds overpaid for Johnson

Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, admitted yesterday he had paid over the odds in the £17m deal for full-back Glen Johnson but insisted new Champions League rules, which state sides must have eight home-grown players in their squads for all games, had forced his hand.

Barry doubles money after overcoming Hughes doubt

Gareth Barry had concerns over the long-term future of manager Mark Hughes before doubling his income in a move to Manchester City, the £12m signing revealed yesterday.

Mascherano's agent irritates Benitez with Barcelona link

The Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has made clear his irritation with the agent of Javier Mascherano for what he sees as a clear attempt to capitalise on the club's financial uncertainties to engineer a move to Barcelona for the Argentine.

Dream Teams: Aston Villa

Aston Villa are the last of the present Premier League top six to be honoured with a Dream Team, but their absence up until this point is no reflection of their standing in the English and European game.

Aston Villa dismiss Owen reports

Martin O'Neill has denied reports that out of contract Newcastle striker Michael Owen has been offered a two-year deal by Aston Villa.

Rooney's African dream

Wayne Rooney is hopeful that the World Cup finals next summer in South Africa could be one to remember for England after they took another step towards qualification. Rooney's previous two tournaments with England have brought disappointment – with injury in the quarter-final England lost to Portugal in the 2004 Euros and the broken metatarsal which curtailed his 2006 World Cup.

England quotes: 'If the offside goal had been allowed we would still have won 4-1'

Fabio Capello last night brushed aside England's early flirtation with disaster in Kazakhstan, insisting that the fleeting threat of a footballing disaster to go with England's defeat to Holland at Lord's added up to nothing after a night which placed the side on a firm course towards the World Cup Finals.

Tottenham tried to sign Barry admits Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he was in the hunt for Manchester City new boy Gareth Barry.

James Lawton: City wise up to Hughes' theory of evolution

Gareth Barry's arrival at Eastlands signals a turning point for the world's richest club, as star-struck revolution gives way to a more considered new order

Elano in talks with Inter Milan

Inter Milan are in talks with Manchester City over Elano, according to the Brazil midfielder.

Manchester City target more transfer deals

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is keen to complete some more early summer transfer business following the £12m arrival of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

Manchester City sign Barry for £12m

Manchester City have completed a surprise £12m transfer swoop for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

Don't pressure Barry says Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov has pleaded for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry to be given time to decide on his future.

Lerner confident Barry will stay at Aston Villa

Randy Lerner is optimistic Gareth Barry will remain at Aston Villa after revealing a new contract has been discussed with the England midfielder.

Barry grabs a share of the spoils

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