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Dom Bess storms to centre stage after a whirlwind journey to the top | Jonathan Liew

The unorthodox spinner may always attract criticism but against Sri Lanka he has shown the value of his turbulent styleDom Bess is at school. He’s reading out loud in class. He’s never been the most gifted of students, but he tries hard and desperately…

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Rooney-mania had many ages but his defining moment remains the first | Jonathan Liew

It is the basic paradox of Rooney that a player of such emotional heft will ultimately be judged largely on numbers and recordsIn a way, it was the perfect understated ending: with a short, sober statement on the Derby County website. New manager appoi…

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Phil Neville’s Miami move would mark another door being held open for him | Jonathan Liew

While England Women have drifted, their outgoing coach may be falling on his feet again with his old pal David BeckhamFarewell then, Phil Neville. Again. Nine months after he agreed to leave his position as manager of the England women’s team, one of t…

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Phil Neville’s Miami move would mark another door being held open for him | Jonathan Liew

While England Women have drifted, their outgoing coach may be falling on his feet again with his old pal David BeckhamFarewell then, Phil Neville. Again. Nine months after he agreed to leave his position as manager of the England women’s team, one of t…

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Phil Neville’s Miami move would mark another door being held open for him | Jonathan Liew

While England Women have drifted, their outgoing coach may be falling on his feet again with his old pal David BeckhamFarewell then, Phil Neville. Again. Nine months after he agreed to leave his position as manager of the England women’s team, one of t…

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Frank Lampard cannot afford to sail through Chelsea peaks and troughs | Jonathan Liew

The Chelsea manager is staying calm amid a slump but he must be proactive and not simply wait for hard work to pay offFrank Lampard’s autobiography is called Totally Frank. It was written in 2006 when the then Chelsea midfielder was 28, rendering it – …

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Alisson’s rush of blood sums up jaded Liverpool and weary wider world

Jürgen Klopp’s side lacked efficiency at Southampton and their early-season injury crisis may be catching up with themA few minutes from the end of this game, with Liverpool chasing an equaliser, James Milner fell over in possession. Centre-half Jack S…

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Alisson’s rush of blood sums up jaded Liverpool and weary wider world

Jürgen Klopp’s side lacked efficiency at Southampton and their early-season injury crisis may be catching up with themA few minutes from the end of this game, with Liverpool chasing an equaliser, James Milner fell over in possession. Centre-half Jack S…

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Brentford’s focus on the human touch belies Moneyball reputation | Jonathan Liew

Team that faces Tottenham in Carabao Cup semi-final is full of players ignored by other clubs but who have found their true homeRasmus Ankersen, the director of football at Brentford, often likes telling the story of his first meeting with Matthew Benh…

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Mauricio Pochettino an odd choice for PSG, a club where the individual is king | Jonathan Liew

A coach who has built his reputation as a team-builder will have to find a way to harness players unlikely to be willing to sacrifice themselves for the causeThe first thing you need to know about the six-day underground Christmas disco that Neymar is …

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Mauricio Pochettino an odd choice for PSG, a club where the individual is king | Jonathan Liew

A coach who has built his reputation as a team-builder will have to find a way to harness players unlikely to be willing to sacrifice themselves for the causeThe first thing you need to know about the six-day underground Christmas disco that Neymar is …

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Wonderful yet wasteful: Chelsea must unlock the best of Timo Werner | Jonathan Liew

The German arrived with a big reputation but his style is complex and Frank Lampard is still trying to work it outNaturally the Germans have a word for it. They call it chancentod: literally, “chance death”. Being described as a chancentod doesn’t nece…

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Wonderful yet wasteful: Chelsea must unlock the best of Timo Werner | Jonathan Liew

The German arrived with a big reputation but his style is complex and Frank Lampard is still trying to work it outNaturally the Germans have a word for it. They call it chancentod: literally, “chance death”. Being described as a chancentod doesn’t nece…

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Jan Vertonghen case shows concussion is all part of the sporting capitalism system

The defender, like many others, played through headaches and dizziness because his career depended on itIt was around the end of last year that people began to notice Jan Vertonghen was looking decidedly off the pace at Tottenham. He was slow off the m…

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Manchester United expose flaws in Leeds’ attack-at-all-costs mentality | Jonathan Liew

Stretched thinly across the pitch and playing without a back-up plan, Marcelo Bielsa’s men could only plough-on into oblivionPerhaps, when we think about some of the great Marcelo Bielsa teams, this was the sort of thing we had in mind. Feverish attack…

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Nathaniel Clyne: ‘Klopp taught me to keep fighting and play with confidence’

Crystal Palace full-back is happy to be back where he started and back in action after his injury-plagued spell with LiverpoolEventually, Nathaniel Clyne began to get irritated by all the questions. How’s the injury? How long left? When are you going t…

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Nathaniel Clyne: ‘Klopp taught me to keep fighting and play with confidence’

Crystal Palace full-back is happy to be back where he started and back in action after his injury-plagued spell with LiverpoolEventually, Nathaniel Clyne began to get irritated by all the questions. How’s the injury? How long left? When are you going t…

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Nathaniel Clyne: ‘Klopp taught me to keep fighting and play with confidence’

Crystal Palace full-back is happy to be back where he started and back in action after his injury-plagued spell with LiverpoolEventually, Nathaniel Clyne began to get irritated by all the questions. How’s the injury? How long left? When are you going t…

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Sam Allardyce is back in the top flight but will old truths still apply? | Jonathan Liew

Can the Premier League’s survival specialist, out of work for 18 months, get the job done at his eighth club, West Brom?There’s a knock on the sunbed. The lid swings ominously open, filling the room with an eerie blue ultraviolet glow. A 66-year-old ma…

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Australia and India can give life to the World Test Championship | Jonathan Liew

A meeting of the two best sides in the world is a rare treat in these straitened times and should be enjoyed while it lastsThere has been a lot of talk about what to do about the inaugural World Test Championship, which was originally established as a …