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Brendan Rodgers looked like a man who suspected a wind-up when he was asked, half an hour after his side had defeated Manchester United on  1 September, whether he harboured hopes of winning the Premier League. There was a brief, uncharacteristic silence, then a little laugh before he managed to put together a reply. “It’s a fair enough question,” he said, before dismissing it.

Gerrard and Torres ruled out for Liverpool

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are both ruled out of Liverpool's trip to Sunderland tomorrow with injuries picked up on international duty.

Maradona vents spleen at critics

Argentinian coach attacks detractors after struggling side secure World Cup berth

Solano out to cause Argentina heartbreak

"Bad guy" Nolberto Solano hopes to lead cellar-dwelling Peru to an upset win over Argentina on Saturday that would put Diego Maradona's team on the verge of World Cup elimination.

Benitez: The top teams will lose more this season

Rafael Benitez insisted Liverpool are still very much in the title race despite losing three games out of their first eight. Yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, with goals from Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda, followed losses earlier in the campaign to Tottenham and Aston Villa, and leaves Benitez's side six points off the pace.

Aurelio issues warning to Liverpool

Fabio Aurelio has warned there can be no dwelling on the past as Liverpool seek to atone for their fiasco in Florence.

Lacklustre Liverpool beaten by Fiorentina

Fiorentina 2 Liverpool 0

Benitez confident Liverpool can take on the best

Rafael Benitez aims to make it two Champions League wins out of two tonight and insists Liverpool can "beat anyone" in Europe.

Liverpool set date for Aquilani bow

Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani is expected to be ready to launch his Premier League career at Sunderland on 17 October.

Ngog strikes to subdue battling Leeds

Leeds 0 Liverpool 1

Torres shows eagerness for physical tests ahead

Fernando Torres has suffered his second black eye of the season, evidence that he has learned that being one of the best strikers in the world does not absolve him from the more physical elements of the job. The Liverpool striker said yesterday that he will have to get used to frustrating nights such as Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Debrecen in the Champions League.

Andras Herczeg: 'Liverpool were scared of losing'

Champions League new boys Debrecen almost made fools of five-times winners Liverpool last night at Anfield and the coach of Hungarian champions Debrecen, Andras Herczeg, suggested Rafael Benitez's side were scared of throwing away a victory at the end.

Lucas no longer fears the jeers

Maligned midfielder given key role in Liverpool line-up against Debrecen tonight

Javier Mascherano returns for Liverpool

Liverpool will have Javier Mascherano back in their squad for tomorrow's opening Champions League group E clash with Hungarian champions Debrecen at Anfield.

Benayoun hat-trick sets benchmark for Benitez

Liverpool 4 Burnley 0

Benayoun makes three good points to Benitez

Liverpool 4 Burnley 0
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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain