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The table toppers face their toughest test of the season on Boxing Day

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The eyes of the world – certainly the United players – were on Luis Suarez as he opted to refuse to shake Patrice Evra’s hand.

Football players and managers from overseas set for 'cultural lessons'

Proposal in light of recent racism cases

Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff’s second against his old club

Cardiff rout Blackburn Rovers to romp away at the top

Blackburn Rovers 1 Cardiff City 4

Daniel Agger (left) is congratulated for scoring Liverpool’s winner

Daniel Agger insists Liverpool have improved despite worse league position than 12 months ago

Defender scores winner against Southampton at weekend

Lucas Leiva has played a pivotal role in Liverpool's midfield this term

Lucas Leiva relishing return to Liverpool action

Brazilian international has been out since August

Jordan Henderson says that he will continue to improve

Jordan Henderson determined to retain place in Liverpool side

Having played two consecutive matches for the first time this season, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is keen to keep his spot in the starting line-up.

Offer of new training ground wooed Martinez into rejecting Anfield job

Most managers want more money to stay at a football club. Some want a greater transfer budget. Roberto Martinez wanted a new training ground. The choice this summer between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic, who play each other tomorrow at Anfield, seemed on the surface a nonsensical equation.

James Lawton: Liverpool start to look more than a one-man band as Brendan Rodgers calls classic tune

Suddenly they had more than Suarez to conjure a little belief in a brighter future

Holy moses: Juan Mata, left, joins the celebrations with winning goalscorer Victor Moses against Shakhtar

Juan Mata salutes the Roman Abramovich way to play

The winds of change are blowing at Chelsea with pace and mobility the new buzzwords

Jordan Henderson says that he will continue to improve

Jordan Henderson: I am not a Liverpool flop

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson refuses to admit that he has been written off as a waste of money at Anfield.

Joe Jordan (left) and Harry Redknapp guided Spurs to fourth

Former Tottenham coach Joe Jordan flattered by Scotland link

Former striker Joe Jordan is pleased to be mentioned as a possible Scotland manager as the search for Craig Levein's successor begins.

Kenny Dalglish has refused to acknowledge Luis Suarez’s guilt for using racist language at Patrice Evra

Kenny Dalglish insists handling of Luis Suarez racism row did not cost him Liverpool job

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not believe his handling of the Luis Suarez racism row cost him his job but admits he would do things differently in a similar situation.

Joe Allen with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Swansea fans owe Joe Allen respect says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Swansea fans have no reason to begrudge midfielder Joe Allen his move to Anfield.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole

Joe Cole may start for Liverpool on a night of high emotion for Brendan Rodgers

Of course, as Brendan Rodgers admitted, it was "a no-brainer" exchanging Swansea, the little club out on a limb in south Wales, for one that has won five European Cups. However, going to manage Liverpool in the summer was a slightly more difficult decision than it appeared.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre

Liverpool apologise to creator of fake Duncan Jenkins Twitter account following 'inappropriate' behaviour

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has officially apologised to the creator of Duncan Jenkins, the fictional Twitter character, for his treatment by the club’s communications director Jen Chang which was neither “appropriate” nor “acceptable.”

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp dismisses Blackburn Rovers speculation

Harry Redknapp has dismissed reports linking him with the vacant managerial post at Blackburn.

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