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.

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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.

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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."

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