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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.

James Lawton: Kenny Dalglish needs right ingredients to find the recipe for reviving Anfield

Liverpool's returning hero cannot work miracles unless owner Henry commits himself to strengthening playing resources

New owners turn to Dalglish in search of strong leadership

The Liverpool owner John W Henry spoke of Kenny Dalglish being among the club's top three managers of all time after the Scot replaced the departed Roy Hodgson until the end of the season.

Hodgson expects summer signings to shine

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has backed his summer signings to come good in the same way midfielder Lucas Leiva has emerged as a key performer this season.

Benitez's 'pet' Lucas becomes real workhorse

Brazilian midfielder hopes endeavour will finally win over his critics.

Mascherano praised for Barcelona performance

Javier Mascherano enjoyed a first victory as part of Barcelona's starting line-up last night and earned the praise of his coach Pep Guardiola.

Keep Dalglish out, says Murphy

'Don't panic' urges ex-Liverpool midfielder who insists that sacking Hodgson will solve nothing

Ronaldo 'happy and surprised' at Barcelona defeat

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself 'happy and surprised' at Barcelona's weekend defeat.

Etuhu signs new Fulham contract

Dickson Etuhu has ended speculation over his future by agreeing a three-year contract extension at Fulham.

Hodgson admits Liverpool are in 'strange times'

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that his main task is to keep the squad together until new owners take over the club and give him money to spend on new players.

Guardiola set to sign new Barcelona contract

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that head coach Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new long-term contract at the Camp Nou.

Poulsen looking for Liverpool understanding

Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen admits he needs to play more matches with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard before he fully settles in but expects a busy schedule to help.

'Selfish' Mascherano gets £18m Barça move

Javier Mascherano finally secured the move to Barcelona he has been agitating for since the World Cup yesterday but left Anfield with a denunciation that he was '"selfish" from the manager Roy Hodgson ringing in his ears.

Hodgson blasts 'selfish' Mascherano

Midfielder Javier Mascherano headed to Barcelona from Liverpool today with manager Roy Hodgson criticising his selfish attitude.

Liverpool accept Barcelona bid for Mascherano

Javier Mascherano's long-awaited transfer to Barcelona is set to be completed this weekend after Liverpool accepted a bid from the Catalans.

Kuyt hands Reds double victory

Striker vows he will not leave for Inter as late goal spares Liverpool's blushes in Europa League
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