United miss out on Coentrao deal

first_img But Press Association Sport understands the paperwork was not completed in time and Coentrao will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu. The news will be greeted with dismay by United fans, who have been less than impressed with the club’s dealings during the window. And it leaves Moyes in the tricky position of needing to explain to Patrice Evra why he felt another left-back was required. One theory was that Coentrao would have operated at left-back, with Evra in a more advanced role, which he played during his early years as a professional. Nevertheless, Evra’s form last season and the early weeks of the current one was not that of a man who needed replacing. Now the France star will remain in his favoured role, with Alex Buttner also set to stay at Old Trafford as his deputy following talks over loan deals with both Besiktas and Celtic. Press Association Manchester United have failed in their attempt to sign Fabio Coentrao on loan from Real Madrid.center_img Having missed out on Leighton Baines, Red Devils manager David Moyes turned his attentions to Coentrao. It seemed he had pulled off an amazing last-ditch coup. last_img read more

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Sturridge: We can still challenge

first_img Newcastle are the visitors on Monday, ideal opponents to get their league form back on track as their Anfield record is woeful. They have lost 16 times and drawn just three of their last 19 visits, with their last victory at the ground coming in April 1994 Liverpool will again be without inspirational captain Steven Gerrard and defensive linchpin Martin Skrtel, who both serve the final match of their respective three-game bans. A one-game suspension to defender Emre Can in last week’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn prompted manager Brendan Rodgers to abandon his successful 3-4-3-1 formation and restore a flat-back four, which rewarded him with a clean sheet after conceding six in two games against United and Arsenal. Rodgers’ flexibility on tactics got Liverpool out of their sticky patch earlier this season and Sturridge believes that and the way he coaches the players to embrace new styles and systems is a huge positive for the club. “The manager is adaptable in terms of the way the team plays and changes a lot of things around,” he said. “It is important to have someone like that in the camp who is a man-manager and talks to the players. “It is important you can have a manger you can talk to and we just look forward to playing for this club.” The Reds’ top-four hopes took a nosedive with defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal and despite having an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to next weekend they seem likely to miss out on their main aim of retaining Champions League football. Injury to Sturridge, coupled with the loss of star man Luis Suarez in the summer, contributed to a poor start to the campaign which is now costing them dearly. However, the England international has not given up on a top-four slot just yet and even if they do fall short he has confidence they can up the ante when they start afresh in August. “We have, of course, not played as well as we have done in the last season but things change,” he told Press Association Sport. “Of course we aim to play well until the end of the season and next season we will hopefully be able to win the Premier League, not just get into the top four. “We just need to start the season better than we did this season. “Top-four is still feasible. We have seven games left and anything is possible. “Every game is important now. If we advance in the cup we will have nine games and every one will be a cup final. “The FA Cup is huge for us but we have to still understand we have a chance in the Premier League and getting into the top four. “We won’t put our eggs in one basket. There are still seven games to go in the Premier League and we are looking forward to playing in each of those.” Press Association Striker Daniel Sturridge believes Liverpool can challenge for the title again next season despite not being able to build on last year’s runners-up spot. last_img read more

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Tottenham sign teenage midfielder Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United

first_img The young midfielder is comfortable playing either in a central role or further forward behind a striker, although he has only featured once for Ebbsfleet’s first team. Tracey will join Tottenham’s academy under the direction of h ead of player development John McDermott. Press Association Tottenham have signed teenage midfielder Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United. center_img The 17-year-old was invited for a trial in October and travelled with the club’s under-18s to play at the IMG Cup in Florida last month. Tracey scored twice in victories over Jacksonville Armada and Baltimore Celtic, leaving Spurs suitably impressed to open talks with Ebbsfleet over a permanent move, and he is now set to continue his development at the White Hart Lane club. last_img read more

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Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trounce UP Yoddha

first_imghighlights UP Yoddha will begin their home leg in Greater Noida on October 5.Bengal Warriors recorded their biggest win in the Pro Kabaddi League.Bengal Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7. Hyderabad: Bengal Warriors trounced UP Yoddha 48-17 to record their biggest victory in the Pro Kabaddi League, starting their campaign on a confident note in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Yodha defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions. Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support.      UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after the first three minutes. But Warriors came back strong as Maninder first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level 6-6.      The Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all-out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals. Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.      Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12.      The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed.      Bengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory. Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: Bowling Green saves baseball program after cut

first_img“I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world,” Scott said. “Return to campus and return to voluntary workouts I think factors that in.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.The school announced details of the plan Tuesday in an open letter from Corrigan, who said the plan is to return via “the safest and most responsible path moving forward.” Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel said that baseball is back immediately after “our passionate baseball alumni and donors have committed $1.5 million over the next three years.”The Ohio school announced last month it was dropping baseball because of a projected $2 million athletic budget shortfall stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Former players immediately began a “Save BGSU Baseball” campaign and managed to raise the funds to rescue a program that produced former All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser.Like Bowling Green, other schools in the Mid-American Conference have had to drop sports as a result of financial hardships triggered by the pandemic.___The Ilitch companies — a group that includes the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, along with Little Caesars and other companies — has opened a facility in the Detroit area to produce protective masks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Called out, Bowling Green has saved its baseball program, which had been cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Bowling Green’s most famous ex-player is Orel Hershiser, a three-time All-Star who pitched 18 years in the major leagues, 13 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.“These guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice,” Commissioner Larry Scott told The Associated Press.Scott said athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown.Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2. Corrigan says the first phase has already started by allowing members of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs who live locally to receive examinations and coronavirus testing.If cleared, athletes would be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts, though they would be divided into small groups for safety precautions.The second phase begins with football players returning to student housing “no later than” June 20, followed by men’s and women’s basketball players.The third phase would bring back athletes in fall sports, though Corrigan said only that will come “later this summer” with additional details coming later. The final phase is the return of all other programs ahead of the fall semester.___ June 2, 2020 The Latest: Bowling Green saves baseball program after cut England is set to host the West Indies in three cricket tests in July, subject to government approval.The West Indies will arrive next Tuesday and travel to Old Trafford in Manchester for quarantine and training.They will then move to Southampton for the first test from July 8, and back to Old Trafford for the remaining tests starting on July 16 and July 24.There will be no spectators.The two venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby and could be turned into “bio-secure environments.” Cricket West Indies agreed in principle to tour last Friday.The test series was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.” The Russian soccer league says it will restart on June 19. That is two days earlier than originally planned.The league says it gave the date of June 21 because of a longstanding practice of using the date of Sunday’s games as the official nominal designation for a round of games over several days.The restart will begin with two games on June 19. Krylya Sovetov Samara will play Akhmat Grozny and Sochi will face FC Rostov.Russia is planning to allow a limited number of fans in the stadiums when games restart.___ Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic. Employees from across the organization are helping with the effort, which will try to produce about 60,000 masks per day. “I’m from Detroit. To be able to give back to the city that I was born in and give back to a city that has given so much to me is important,” said Reginald Woods, a ticket sales representative for the Tigers and Red Wings. “To continue the Tigers’ and Red Wings’ legacy of giving back to Detroit is special.”The masks will be donated to community groups and organizations that need them, as well as employees, franchises, customers, fans and guests.“To design, set up and activate a production facility like what we have here in less than two months is truly impressive,” said Eric Brasseur, who is overseeing the facility. “This was made possible by the collective efforts and adaptability of employees across our family of companies.”A spokesman for the effort said the project is following strict guidelines from the CDC, local and state authorities and other health organizations to ensure the safety of the staff. Martin has coached the Gamecocks for the past eight seasons.___Bowling Green is working with alumni and former players to reinstate the Falcons’ baseball program.The Ohio school announced May 15 it was dropping baseball because of a projected $2 million athletic budget shortfall stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Cutting baseball was expected to save $500,000 a year. No other sports were eliminated, but there were to be other cost-cutting measures in the athletic department.Former players began a “Save BGSU Baseball” campaign shortly after the announcement the sport would be eliminated. The university said in a statement baseball could return if short- and long-term funding solutions can be secured to sustain the program the next three years and beyond. Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel confirmed media reports that $1.5 million would need to be raised to achieve that goal. Knavel said no deadline has been set. ___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19.Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.Martin said he was prepping for a knee replacement surgery in early May when he was diagnosed with the virus. He immediately went into quarantine at his home.The 54-year-old Martin said he didn’t have to go to the hospital. He said he had no significant symptoms of the virus other than some fatigue. Two weeks later at a follow-up visit, a coronavirus test came back negative. Martin said no one else in his family was affected by the virus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Big ten coaches prepare for season

first_imgIn with the old … and in with the new, as well. The Big Ten coaching fraternity reunited in Chicago on the first of August for the conference’s annual Media Day in celebration of the upcoming college football season. The day was not only marked by the return of some very familiar faces, like Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Michigan’s Lloyd Carr, but also the premiere of the two youngest head men in Divison-I, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, 36, and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, 31. “The average age of coaches in the conference will drop, which is always nice. Guys like myself appreciate that,” Purdue’s Joe Tiller joked. “I view a coach like I do a player, in the sense that I think young players in your program, they can bring an element of enthusiasm and energy that is very positive in your program. I think coaches are the same way. I think they’ll bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm into the conference and be a big plus for our conference.”Regardless of age, experience or longevity with a school, one common theme was evident throughout the Big Ten coaching club: anticipation for the upcoming season. Every team has something to look forward to: Ohio State, for example, was tabbed by the more than 400 credentialed media in attendance as the preseason conference favorite, despite losing nine defensive starters from a year ago. “We’re ready for a pretty exciting season,” said OSU head coach Jim Tressel, whose squad was also voted No. 1 in the country in the USA Today coaches’ poll. “We have a pretty neat blend of youth and maturity. Seventeen of our 18 seniors are fifth-year guys … and then we have a whole bunch of guys who will probably be playing for the first time this year.”Or take Michigan. Big Blue is coming off of its worst season but looking to bounce back.”I’m very excited about this Michigan team,” Lloyd Carr said. “We have an excellent nucleus returning offensively, defensively and in the kicking game … I think we have a tremendous attitude, tremendous leaders and our goals are extremely high.”Perhaps no one was more excited than Indiana’s firecracker head coach Terry Hoeppner, who closed his 15-minute session with the media by clutching the podium with white knuckles and triumphantly exclaiming his passion for the upcoming season. “Can’t wait,” shouted Hoeppner. “Can’t wait! Next Monday! Get to coach football again! Yes!”Yes, indeed. The sideline leaders of the Big Ten institutions were all very much looking forward to the 2006 season, which will officially kick off Thursday, Aug. 31, when Minnesota and Northwestern take on Kent State and Miami (OH), respectively, at 6:30 p.m. CST. During the festivities, several preseason awards were handed out, as the Buckeyes, Michigan and Iowa were picked to finish first, second and third in the conference — nominations that weren’t exactly turning heads.”You know it’s a legitimate pick,” Illinois’ Ron Zook said before expanding his views on OSU quarterback Troy Smith, named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. “That guy taking the snaps is a really good football player. Every snap he takes he’s going to make something happen, whether it’s throwing the ball, running the ball … he’s a threat.”Penn State’s Paul Posluszny was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.Tressel was pleased to be anointed the preseason favorite, but declined at putting too much into it. “I think it’s encouraging to all the people who care about Ohio State that people think highly about [the team] … Granted, we do have to replace a lot of folks. But we’ve been working hard since January.”The monster at Ohio State was created long before we arrived. Ohio State has always had those great expectations … How legitimate is it? I don’t know. We’ll find out at the end of November. But it’s always nice to be mentioned.”Meanwhile, archrival Michigan has something of a coaching controversy on its hands, as Carr has come under fire following Michigan’s 7-5 season in 2005.The 11th-year head coach didn’t shy away from the criticism of his team, however, taking all of the blame himself.”The thing I will say is that the team never stopped trying,” Carr said. “Everything that … happens in Michigan football is a reflection of me, … so what happened last season is my responsibility.”Carr isn’t the only coach in the Wolverine state who is on the hot seat, as Michigan State coach John L. Smith also is under pressure to have his Spartan program take the next step after three consecutive 5-plus loss seasons and only one bowl appearance. “In order for us to have a chance, we have to be good on the defensive side of the ball,” Smith said. “Yes, I believe we’re going to be exciting on the offensive side. I believe we are going to be able to score. We’ve always been able to do that. … But for us to be where we want to be, our defense has to step up. We’re going to be exciting to watch offensively, but we better be exciting to watch defensively as well.”With many conference teams starting training camp on Monday, Aug. 7, or shortly thereafter, Big Ten coaches won’t have to wait long for their heavily anticipated season.last_img read more

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Mason: Lack of experience leads men’s hockey to 0-4 start

first_imgWell, the Badgers are now 0-4.No, I’m not talking about the football team’s embarrassing start to their Big Ten schedule. I’m referring to the men’s hockey team, who — after getting swept in Denver to start the WCHA season — is now winless after two weekends.It hasn’t been pretty so far for Mike Eaves and Co. In all honesty, they should be sitting at 2-2 right now. But they let the season opener against Boston College and Friday night’s tilt against the Pioneers slip away — blowing a three-goal lead in the latter.In the process of skating to a 0-4 start, Wisconsin has allowed a total of 23 goals: five in each of the first two contests against BC and New Hampshire and six and seven, respectively, in the Denver series.For a defense that boasts five players drafted in the first or second round of the NHL draft, this is a bit surprising.When I asked coach Eaves after the opening weekend if he found it disheartening that his highly-touted defensive corps had surrendered 10 goals in two games, he pointed to two factors — youth and the talent level his team was facing in BC and UNH.“It’s a combination of we had three freshmen defensemen in the lineup Friday (and we were) playing against the No. 1 team in the country,” Eaves said. “So you know, we were kind of worried about that.”The players, when asked the same question, gave essentially the same response.“Obviously, experience is huge,” said sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who admitted he sensed a bit of nervousness in his roommate Jake Gardiner during the opening series.But it was goaltender Shane Connelly who hit the nail on the head when talking about the young defensemen playing in front of him.“They’re not getting eased in with exhibition games or anything like that,” Connelly said.Bingo.Last season, Wisconsin opened its schedule with a road trip against Notre Dame and Ohio State. Coming home with a 1-1 record after the first weekend, they then hosted Robert Morris.Even the most casual hockey fan can tell you Robert Morris is not a college hockey powerhouse.What that series against the Colonials did was not only give the Badgers a pair of convincing wins, but it also allowed the young guns on the team a chance to get their feet wet before hitting the ice in WCHA play. This year, however, there has been no transition process. After facing No. 1 BC and then-No. 7 UNH, UW had to take on No. 4 Denver.Based on the results of this weekend, it looks like they could have used a cupcake or two to feast on first.Just as college football has the six-win rule for teams hoping to become bowl eligible, college hockey teams must have a record of .500 or better in order to make the postseason tournament.Starting at 0-4, Wisconsin now has a hole to dig itself out of to even out its record. They’ll have to make up at least four games somewhere along the way. And in the WCHA conference, that’s not an easy task — especially as they next host Minnesota and then travel to North Dakota.Unlike the football team, though, Eaves’ group has plenty of games left in the season to right the ship.It won’t be until December when the Badgers will play their next “easy” non-conference games. Alabama-Huntsville, Harvard, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan all come to the Kohl Center in a few-week stretch late as the calendar turns to 2009.This stretch of the schedule should be the one that gives UW a handful of wins, much like the way the football team scheduled Cal-Poly for an easy victory.Wait, on second thought…Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. He can be heard talking about college hockey on WSUM Mondays from 4-5. Tune in or e-mail him at tmason@badgerherald.com to discuss the Badgers’ season.last_img read more

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Marlon Tuipulotu, top defensive tackle recruit, flips to USC

first_imgThe top defensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2017, Marlon Tuipulotu, announced Monday night via Twitter that he will be decommitting from Washington and joining the USC football team next fall as a freshman. The announcement comes nine days before National Signing Day.USC hosted Tuipulotu on an official visit this weekend before the five-star defensive lineman announced his decision Monday. “This was a tough decision for me, and I have nothing but love for the players, the school and the coaches at the [University of Washington] … I honestly wish them nothing but the best in everything they do,” Tuipulotu said on Twitter. “I am still planning to graduate early and will be attending the University of Southern California.”Tuipulotu will be graduating from Central High School in Independence, Ore. this week; he will enroll early at USC and arrive on campus this semester. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive lineman was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in his senior season. Recruiting sites such 247Sports have rated Tuipulotu as a five-star tackle, while Rivals projected him as a four-star prospect. Tuipulotu was rated the top recruit from the state of Oregon this season. He is ranked the No. 60 player overall nationally in the composite rankings. The acquisition of Tuipulotu is crucial for USC. Tuipulotu will aid in filling a large hole at defensive tackle for USC after the team lost players such as Noah Jefferson to transfer and Rose Bowl MVP Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to graduation. Tuipulotu, a long time Washington commit, made his initial verbal commitment to play for the Huskies back in April 2016. In addition to recruiting Tuipulotu, USC also hosted the No. 2 rated defensive tackle in the nation, Jay Tufele,  on an official visit this past weekend.last_img read more

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Liverpool close gap on top four

first_imgLiverpool moved within two points of the Champions League places and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 league games with a hard-earned win at Swansea.Swansea dominated the first half but, thanks to Simon Mignolet’s fine saves from Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was goalless at the interval.Liverpool were vastly improved after the restart and scored a fortuitous winner when Jordi Amat’s clearance deflected off Jordan Henderson and into the net.The Reds remain fifth in the Premier League table but are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who they host on Sunday.The mouth-watering prospect of that match at Anfield served as inspiration for Liverpool, who were aiming to seize on the indifferent recent form of their rivals for the top four.There was also the matter of personal pride for manager Brendan Rodgers, returning to the club he managed for two years before moving to Anfield in 2012. Rodgers’ final game in charge of Swansea was a 1-0 victory against Liverpool a month before his move.The Swans, who have not beaten Liverpool in the league since then, were aiming to become the first team to beat the Reds in the Premier League in 2015, and they made a purposeful start.Their fluid five-man midfield controlled possession early on, while Gomis had the first genuine chance as his low shot was pushed away by Mignolet.The Belgian goalkeeper produced an even better save five minutes later, stretching to turn a curling effort from Sigurdsson around the post.Having been in such fluent form lately, Liverpool were restricted to a couple of hopeful long-range shots by Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Their frustration was typified by yellow cards for Henderson and Raheem Sterling but, having withstood so much pressure, they might have been relieved to enter the break on level terms.Liverpool emerged for the second half a different team, with Coutinho and Joe Allen both forcing Lukasz Fabianski into saves.Rodgers’ side increased the tempo and, moments after bringing on club captain Steven Gerrard, they took the lead in fortuitous circumstances.Henderson bore down on goal and, although Amat got to the ball first, his sliding clearance hit the Liverpool midfielder and looped into the net.The visitors took control from that point and, while Sturridge could only hit the post when well set in injury time, Liverpool were ultimately comfortable winners as they sealed a 10th win in 13 league games. Simon Mignolet’s first-half save from Gylfi Sigurdsson helped ensure a sixth successive away league clean sheetSteven Gerrard returned as a second-half substitute after a month out with a hamstring injury Daniel Sturridge – who has hit three goals since returning from injury in late January – hit the post for LiverpoolBrendan Rodgers’s Liverpool side have taken 32 points from the last 36 availablelast_img read more

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