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Chief football writer for @Guardian and Observer, author of Deep into the Forest, This is the One and Squeaky Bum Time, NFFC supporter, petty pilferer

Mario Balotelli’s half-time shirt swap leaves Brendan Rodgers fuming

theguardian.com — Brendan Rodgers is planning to reprimand Mario Balotelli after another disappointing night for Liverpool in the Champions League and the latest demonstration that their manager is growing increasingly frustrated by the behaviour and form of the player he signed to take Luis Suárez's place.

Roy Keane takes aim at Manchester United’s old boys ‘mafia’

theguardian.com — Roy Keane's sustained criticism of Sir Alex Ferguson extended to a new target when he delivered his inimitable assessment of the "mafia" of former players behind the scenes at Manchester United and mocked a culture, he says, means no one bar him dares speak out against the family.

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

theguardian.com — Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have inflicted that feeling on many teams during the years when they earned the right to have a banner on the Kop reading "European Royalty" but this was a night when Real Madrid reminded them of the brilliance that is needed these days to wear the crown.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s updated book flags marginalisation at Manchester United

theguardian.com — Probably the most revealing part of the additional chapter in Sir Alex Ferguson's updated autobiography is just how marginalised he has become since it became apparent to the other directors at Manchester United that he had got it terribly wrong with David Moyes.

Sir Alex Ferguson: David Moyes’s Manchester United failure not my fault

theguardian.com — Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at suggestions that he is partly to blame for Manchester United's decline, insisting it is absurd to think he left behind an ageing team and an "antiquated" club and distancing himself from the common belief that he was solely responsible for the appointment of David Moyes.

Arsène Wenger needs pizza back on the menu at Arsenal

theguardian.com — Perhaps the strangest part of what happened the day Arsenal lost their Invincibles status against Manchester United is that, however much the evidence pointed to Cesc Fàbregas, we are still waiting for the formal identification of whoever reached for that slice of pizza and, to quote Ashley Cole, hit Sir Alex Ferguson "straight in the mush".

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur

theguardian.com — When Mauricio Pocchetino was asked before this match for his impressions of Sergio Agüero he compared it to the joys of listening to Mozart and Beethoven. Agüero's performance here could certainly have been set to music but, for Pochettino, it must have felt like the blare of sirens whenever the striker had the ball.

Raheem Sterling tiredness has Roy Hodgson querying Liverpool training

theguardian.com — Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the "two-day recovery" system that Brendan Rodgers has put in place at Anfield and that has led to friction between the two managers.

‘Tired’ Raheem Sterling defended by Roy Hodgson over England drop-out

theguardian.com — Roy Hodgson was forced to defend Raheem Sterling after admitting that the Liverpool player had been left out of England's starting line-up for their 1-0 win in Estonia because he was "a little tired" despite playing only 45 minutes in the previous game against San Marino.

Estonia 0-1 England | Euro 2016 qualifiers Group E match report | Football | The Guardian

theguardian.com — For a long time it had looked as though England might be about to rack up one of their least distinguished results of the Roy Hodgson era. Estonia had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half yet Hodgson's players had to toil away for another 25 minutes before Wayne Rooney's goal soothed any gathering nerves and maintained their immaculate start to this qualifying programme.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @GrahamSpiers: My obituary on Glenn Gibbons, gifted sportswriter, who has died. From The Herald. bit.ly/1tNmfe5 @Herald_Editor

Oct 22, 2014

RT @guardian_sport: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid | Champions League match report gu.com/p/42kyx/tw (Photo: Action Images) pic.twitter.com/scQnCOVbyI

Oct 22, 2014

Great line from Roy Keane expressing relief there were no camera-phones in his drinking years. “Jesus . . I’d be doing time.”

Oct 22, 2014

Roy Keane - increasingly, the king of the one-liner - in spiky form again. Here he is on #MUFC old-boys' "mafia" theguardian.com/football/2014/…

Oct 22, 2014

Rodgers full of praise for Lallana workrate: "That's the minimum required here, you need to press and you need to work." Take it in, Mario.

Oct 22, 2014

Brendan Rodgers unhappy with Mario Balotelli for swapping shirts with Pepe at half-time. "It's not something I stand for."

Oct 22, 2014

That's very impressive. Cristiano Ronaldo is substituted and Anfield - or most of Anfield - claps him off.

Oct 22, 2014

Liverpool had better hope Madrid ease off or we could have another Roma-Bayern scoreline here.

Oct 22, 2014

Ronaldo now one goal short of pulling level with Raul as all-time Champions League top scorer (with 71)

Oct 22, 2014

That's 12 games in a row he has scored. Cristiano Ronaldo, superstar.

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