Sport Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Borrell in particular was held in huge esteem by the Academy players, who were left shocked by the dismissals

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The former Liverpool defender comes to Old Trafford as manager of United's Champions League opponents

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The 29-year-old striker interested in return to the north-east

Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool captain receives award from football writers

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Aston Villa target Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Aston Villa are in serious danger of relegation

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Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Alex McLeish sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been sacked, just 11 months after taking charge at Villa Park.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov voted Aston Villa's players' player of the year

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who is currently sidelined because of acute leukaemia, has been voted the club's players' player of the year.

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Everton FA Cup semi-final will not be a distraction for Liverpool insists Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists their impending Wembley FA Cup semi-final with Everton will not be a distraction as they try to get results back on track.

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Aston Villa supporters plans pre-match protest against Alex McLeish

Aston Villa supporters are being urged to attend a pre-match protest against manager Alex McLeish ahead of Sunday's home clash with Manchester City.

Agbonlahor was forced to pull out of the England squad

Gabriel Agbonlahor affirms desire to stay at Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor has pledged his future to Aston Villa and the England striker warned other clubs they would be wasting their time trying to prise him away.

Robbie Keane is on loan from LA Galaxy

Robbie Keane will not be rushed insists Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists he is under no pressure to pick loan signing Robbie Keane despite the striker joining for just a six-week spell.

Alex McLeish will come face to face today with Alex Ferguson, his mentor at Aberdeen

Emile Heskey assured of Aston Villa role

Alex McLeish insists veteran striker Emile Heskey still has a major role to play at Aston Villa and that it would be "crazy" not to make use of his vast experience.

Parker in Aston Villa's sights while McLeish starts £20m spree with N'Zogbia

Alex McLeish hopes to persuade Scott Parker to join Aston Villa this week, when the new Villa manager looks to begin spending the proceeds of Stewart Downing's £20m sale on Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given and the West Ham captain.

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