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Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn his appeal against the additional one-match suspension he incurred for a "frivolous" challenge to a violent conduct charge brought against him by the Football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