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Video: Simon Rice talks through Manchester City's draw in the last 16 of the Champions League

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger celebrates with Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez after scoring against Hull City

Stoke City v Liverpool: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this today's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a sprained ankle and will miss the trip to Hull on Sunday

Stoke v Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge set to return from injury

Brendan Rodgers backs the England striker to make an immediate impact

Iago Aspas scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 2-0 FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic

Liverpool 2 Oldham Athletic 0: Fringe players crucial for successful FA Cup run, claims Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers also hopes that Iago Aspas's debut goal for the Reds will fill him with confidence for future appearances

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger celebrates with Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez after scoring against Hull City

FA Cup: Liverpool v Oldham match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie at Anfield

Chelsea midfielder Oscar was booked for this dive

Watch out Oscar, Ashley Young and Luis Suarez - Fifa president Sepp Blatter talks tough on diving

There has been a recent spate of high profile play acting

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger celebrates with Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez after scoring against Hull City

Liverpool 2 Hull City 0: Daniel Agger accepts victory was more important than the performance as Reds return to winning ways

Agger opened the scoring for Liverpool as they recovered from two straight defeats to overcome the Tigers at Anfield

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Swansea

Premier League: Chelsea v Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's encounter at Stamford Bridge

Branislav Ivanovic has expressed the importance of Chelsea's Premier League encounter with Liverpool which could be a deciding match in the hunt for the title

Chelsea v Liverpool: Branislav Ivanovic feels clash with Reds could be one of the deciding fixtures in the race for the Premier League

Liverpool lost their place at the top after defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day and defeat for either side would leave them off the pace of the Citizens and current leaders Arsenal

The FA are looking into comments made by Brendan Rodgers after he furiously criticised referee Lee Mason for his decisions in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1: FA to look into comments made by Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers following referee criticism

Rodgers was left furious with a number of decisions made by referee Lee Mason and criticised the allowance of him to officiate the match given his Greater Manchester heritage

Alvaro Negredo celebrates after he scores for Manchester City against Liverpool

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 match report: City show their class but Brendan Rodgers’ streetwise approach earns plaudits

City came back from a goal behind but it could have been Liverpool's day had Raheem Sterling been correctly ruled onside and Simon Mignolet not made a hash of the winning goal

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

‘Best ever’ Kallis quits Test format

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thought they needed to beat Bayern Munich 5-2 rather than 4-2 to overtake them in Group A
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The best sporting quotes of 2013 - November and December

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

The best sporting quotes of 2013 - September and October

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

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The best sporting quotes of 2013 - June, July and August

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

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The Downton Abbey effect

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