Revie's spirit looms over Liverpool tie

A fixture to warm the heart and the blood in the Carling Cup tonight conjures images of the days when Liverpool and Leeds United clashed so titanically and so often. For some the 1965 FA Cup Final – three goals in a tense extra time – springs to mind; for others the scintillating afternoon when Lee Chapman stamped his mark on the game Leeds lost 5-4 at Elland Road in 1991. For yet more, the last home victory Yorkshire celebrated in the fixture: the 4-3 win in 2000 when Mark Viduka struck all four goals.

Benitez challenges Babel and Riera

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has challenged troubled stars Ryan Babel and Albert Riera to prove they have a Liverpool future.

Sam Wallace: O'Neill feels chill of expectation after putting heat on the big four

Talking Football: A club that finishes fifth or sixth is vulnerable to losing its best players to the big four

Benitez hopes to retain Babel

As Rafael Benitez downgrades his summer transfer targets, Ryan Babel has made it clear he does not want to leave Anfield while two Spanish youngsters have been linked with the club as part of a reported possible deal to take Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

Agent says Babel won't leave Liverpool

Ryan Babel will not leave Liverpool this summer, according to his agent.

Real demolition shows we can beat United, says Babel

Stunning European display offers declaration of intent ahead of Old Trafford match

Kuyt issues warning to United

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has warned Manchester United they cannot afford to slip up if they are to retain their Barclays Premier League title.

Keane strikes lift Benitez off hook

Liverpool 3 West Bromwich 0

'The Machine' can form template for Benitez

The Valencia side which won Spain's La Liga title for Rafael Benitez in 2004 were known as "The Machine", scoring more goals than anyone and conceding fewer when they took the title. Now, with his side three points clear and two major challengers beaten, Benitez is able to aspire seriously to something similar at Liverpool.

English clubs unlikely to recall Olympians

England's top clubs seem set not to rock the Olympic boat despite a landmark ruling in Switzerland confirming they do not have to release their players.

Gerrard and Torres in key for Benitez's band of brothers

They called him "El Nino" in Spain and, for a while last night, Fernando Torres did look like a kid. Dumped to the turf by Mathieu Flamini, complaining about Philippe Senderos's challenge and then out-muscled by William Gallas. But it is a nickname that the 24-year-old has outgrown.

Chelsea 3 Nottingham Forest 0: Shevchenko helps swat away limp Forest as Mourinho steals the show

Jose Mourinho is already joking that there are "11 managers on the list" to succeed him at Chelsea and yesterday he delivered a blunt message for any of them with ambitions to take over at Stamford Bridge. "I think it will be difficult to be a manager after me at any club," he said. "I don't recommend it."

The with-profit wagon keeps on rolling along

Millions of savers are stuck on board this rickety old investment vehicle. Is it time to jump free?
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game