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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.

Xavi warns of United's 'spectacular' standards

Ferguson's side pose a serious threat with range of options and experience, warns Barça playmaker

We must be better than in 2009, says Guardiola

Barça manager admits he is worried about today's opponents, in particular the 'excellent' Hernandez

Eric Abidal targets Champions League final return after liver surgery

Barcelona and France defender Eric Abidal, who had surgery on a liver tumour in March, is hoping to be back to full fitness for the Champions League final at the end of this month.

Lucas Leiva targets Champions League return for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is optimistic about the future after signing a new long-term contract with the club.

Neymar set for return to England

Neymar, the next Brazilian sensation, will be playing in England next summer - whether he signs for a Premier League club or not.

'Chaotic' Liverpool 'more serious' than Chelsea reveals Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is convinced he made the right decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea after failing to believe in talk of new projects at Anfield, the Spain striker said today.

Xavi: Arsenal played without joy

Wenger and Nasri charged by Uefa for 'inappropriate language' as Barça players criticise Gunners' approach

Javier Mascherano dismisses Arsenal complaints

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano insists his side were deserving winners of their Champions League last-16 tie with Arsenal.

Javier Mascherano: 'We're never satisfied, we don't settle for 1-0 wins'

Javier Mascherano has struggled to fit in at Barcelona, but tonight he will get his chance against old foes Arsenal. Pete Jenson hears how he has embraced the Catalans' ethos

Barça's 'irreplaceable' Puyol ruled out

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has labelled injured captain Carles Puyol irreplaceable after the centre-half's confirmed absence handed Arsenal a massive boost ahead of their Champions League second-leg fixture tomorrow night.

Fernando Torres explains Liverpool exit

Fernando Torres today revealed he made up his mind to leave Liverpool midway through the January transfer window, more than a week before Chelsea's bid for him became known.

Mascherano criticises club over treatment of Torres

Javier Mascherano did little to enhance the way Liverpool supporters remember him yesterday by declaring that he was not surprised Fernando Torres had followed him out of Anfield and that, in his own case, the club had shown no interest in keeping him.

Javier Mascherano slams 'sad' Liverpool over player sales

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has criticised former club Liverpool for the way they handled his departure last summer and striker Fernando Torres' exit on Monday.

Dalglish eager for star signing to put buzz back into Liverpool

Suarez talks continue while Joe Cole, who is stuck in the reserves, is urged to impress

Tevez happy with proving himself the daddy at City

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