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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.

Mascherano and Reina set for new Liverpool deals

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is confident midfielder Javier Mascherano and goalkeeper Jose Reina will sign new contracts with the club before the end of the season.

Maradona beginning to find his way with Argentina

After a turbulent 18 months as Argentina coach, Diego Maradona has put his troubles behind him and finally appears to be finding his way just in time for the World Cup.

Mascherano rallies shaky Liverpool

Unirea Urziceni 1 Liverpool 3 (Liverpool win 4-1 on aggregate)

Benitez will not rush Torres back

Rafael Benitez is not expected to risk starting with Fernando Torres for Liverpool's Europa League second-leg tie against Unirea in Bucharest on Thursday, despite the striker having come through 15 minutes at Manchester City without problems and Liverpool needing goals from somewhere.

Benitez wary of Manchester City threat

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez admits he will be happy his team do not have to face striker Carlos Tevez at Eastlands on Sunday, but is still wary of Manchester City's quality.

Ferdinand withdraws suspension appeal

Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn his appeal against the additional one-match suspension he incurred for a "frivolous" challenge to a violent conduct charge brought against him by the Football Association.

Manchester United confident over Ferdinand appeal

Manchester United will cite the example of Javier Mascherano when they attempt to prove Rio Ferdinand did not lodge a "frivolous" appeal against a three-match ban last week.

Reina says Liverpool are focused on derby

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina insists the players are not looking beyond tomorrow's 213th Merseyside derby despite an improved run of form.

Mascherano backs under-fire Benitez

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano feels it is unfair manager Rafael Benitez is shouldering the burden of criticism when the players themselves are not performing.

Pressure on Benitez after Liverpool denied by Stoke

Stoke 1 Liverpool 1

Rodriguez on verge of Liverpool move

Argentina international Maxi Rodriguez is close to completing his move to Liverpool after arriving in the city today.

Benitez: next two games can turn our season

Liverpool face Villa today, then Spurs, with Aquilani struggling against injury

Daniel Agger angry at Liverpool failings

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger admits standards have slipped at the club, but has stressed they cannot afford to fall any further.

Benitez out of excuses as Reds' slump accelerates

Portsmouth 2 Liverpool 0

Reds promise £15m to redevelop Anfield

Liverpool have insisted they are willing to invest the estimated £15m it would take to upgrade Anfield to a World Cup venue for 2018 or 2022 should the club not get their proposed new stadium off the ground in time.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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How to Get Away with Murder

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London