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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.

Stoke hit out over Begovic offer but Chelsea remain undeterred

Potters say goalkeeper's head has been turned after claiming that he refused to play in Carling Cup victory

Guardiola quiet on Mascherano transfer

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano's future lies in the hands of Barcelona after manager Roy Hodgson admitted the situation was "uncomfortable" for the Merseysiders.

Barça's bid has Mascherano in wrong frame of mind to play, says Hodgson

The Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson last night criticised the unsettling influence of Barcelona on their transfer target Javier Mascherano after the Argentine declared himself unable to take any part in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last night.

Mascherano set to stay at Anfield but Juventus sign Aquilani on loan

Roy Hodgson has, temporarily at least, won his battle to keep Javier Mascherano on Merseyside after Internazionale dramatically called off their pursuit of the Argentina captain.

Hodgson stands firm over Mascherano

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson insists Javier Mascherano will see out the remaining two years of his Anfield contract if the club's valuation of the player is not met.

Barcelona deny making bid for Mascherano

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has denied making a bid for unsettled Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Expectation is not matched by delivery on opening day

So the team stuck in the past was finally cancelled out by the one that always seems stuck in the future. And the fans of neither could be especially surprised should their entire seasons prove to be compacted into 90 minutes of passion and frustration. For their common cravings must already feel as though they are beginning to reach, not across years, but geological epochs.

Cole 'devastated' over red card

Hodgson insists midfielder dismissed on league debut is 'not kind' to hurt opponents

Liverpool complete Poulsen swoop

Liverpool have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen on a three-year contract.

Mascherano: I have no problem with Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano insists he has no problem with the club but just fancies a change of lifestyle.

Carragher has a point to prove

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher expects to have to prove himself all over again when the new season kicks off.

Agger desperate for Poulsen to join him at Anfield

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger believes international team-mate Christian Poulsen will be "a perfect addition" to Roy Hodgson's squad.

Torres commits to Liverpool after Hodgson's charm offensive pays off

Manager flew to Spain to persuade star

Lucas impressed by Liverpool form

Liverpool midfielder Lucas hopes to have laid down a marker after captaining the team to a comfortable season-opening Europa League victory last night.

Grondona saddened by Maradona exit

Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona has confirmed there is no shortlist yet in place to succeed Diego Maradona as national team manager.

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