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How Klopp-ball: Merseyside edition was launched by Liverpool at the Etihad | Sachin Nakrani

Five years ago, a rampant win at Manchester City contained all the clues for what was to come from the new championsAs Liverpool enter the Etihad Stadium on Thursday they will be greeted by the echoey weirdness that is part of playing football right no…

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How Klopp-ball: Merseyside edition was launched by Liverpool at the Etihad | Sachin Nakrani

Five years ago, a rampant win at Manchester City contained all the clues for what was to come from the new championsAs Liverpool enter the Etihad Stadium on Thursday they will be greeted by the echoey weirdness that is part of playing football right no…

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How Klopp-ball: Merseyside edition was launched by Liverpool at the Etihad | Sachin Nakrani

Five years ago, a rampant win at Manchester City contained all the clues for what was to come from the new championsAs Liverpool enter the Etihad Stadium on Thursday they will be greeted by the echoey weirdness that is part of playing football right no…

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Groundbreaking report reveals racial bias in English football commentary

Players with lighter skin more often praised for intelligencePower and pace referenced more often if player has darker skinRacial bias is a clear and significant problem in English football commentary, according to a groundbreaking study that found pla…

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What it’s like to binge-watch an entire Premier League weekend

Top flight’s welcome return had drama and dullness, weird crowd noise and silence – and a message to pace yourselfIt’s a little after 6pm on Saturday and the first half of West Ham v Wolves is coming to an end. There have been no goals and very little …

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What it’s like to binge-watch an entire Premier League weekend

Top flight’s welcome return had drama and dullness, weird crowd noise and silence – and a message to pace yourselfIt’s a little after 6pm on Saturday and the first half of West Ham v Wolves is coming to an end. There have been no goals and very little …

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Gabriel Clarke: ‘I asked Alex Ferguson actual questions so we got on well’

ITV’s award-winning reporter reflects on the absence of Euro 2020, interviewing Manchester United’s legendary manager and encountering ‘poetic’ José MourinhoSometimes in life you meet the most remarkable of people in the most unexpected of ways. Gabrie…

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Dina Asher-Smith and David Beckham join call for more diverse sports media

Low BAME representation highlighted by campaigners BComsMedia urged to act on support for Black Lives Matter movement Sports stars including Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Maggie Alphonsi and David Beckham have put their names to a letter calling fo…

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My favourite game: shock and awe at George Groves v Carl Froch | Sachin Nakrani

The pair’s first world title fight ended in controversy and began with an electric and memorable punchSport is meant to provide us with competition, but more importantly it is meant to provide us with emotion. To make us feel things. And of all the thi…

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Shock, fear and unease loom over BAME athletes before return to action

Covid-19’s disproportionately high toll is leading the reasons why many competitors are concerned about resuming sportFor every athlete across every sport there will be a level of anxiety right now regarding a return to action post-lockdown. When will …

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‘Unbelievable’: remembering Luis Suárez’s Liverpool goal v Newcastle

José Enrique assisted the sublime strike in 2012 and still cannot believe what his former teammate, and friend, pulled off “Unbelievable,” José Enrique says for the umpteenth time as we speak, like many are doing right now, on Zoom. There is a great, n…

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Asif Kapadia: ‘Jürgen Klopp is honest, passionate and cares. I love him’

The director of the acclaimed Diego Maradona documentary on the Argentina legend and his love of LiverpoolFor most of us it feels like a lifetime ago but just over three weeks have passed since the UK went into social lockdown. Friday 20 March to be pr…

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Jade Jones: ‘Olympics delay gives me a year to become a better athlete’

Britain’s two-time taekwondo gold medallist is staying positive following the Tokyo Games move to summer 2021 – partly because it means she can still create historyA week since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak t…

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My favourite game: Argentina v Cameroon, 1990 World Cup

Arguably the greatest upset in World Cup history and one that made me well and truly fall in love with footballLife is filled with memorable summers and among my first was that of 1990. I was nine at the time and for the past year or so a Liverpool sup…

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My favourite game: Argentina v Cameroon, 1990 World Cup

Arguably the greatest upset in World Cup history and one that made me well and truly fall in love with footballLife is filled with memorable summers and among my first was that of 1990. I was nine at the time and for the past year or so a Liverpool sup…

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My favourite game: Argentina v Cameroon, 1990 World Cup

Arguably the greatest upset in World Cup history and one that made me well and truly fall in love with footballLife is filled with memorable summers and among my first was that of 1990. I was nine at the time and for the past year or so a Liverpool sup…

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s central role in Everton revival put Euros in sight

Carlo Ancelotti says his No 9 can be one of Europe’s best strikers as fine form puts him firmly on Southgate’s radarTiming is everything, especially for strikers. When to run. When to jump. When to shoot. When to take an extra touch. Get a couple of th…

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Trautmann to Van Dijk: Europeans who influenced English football

We select players who have made a significant mark on the English game, including four Dutchmen and a GeorgianFew figures in the history of English football – European or otherwise – lived a more extraordinary life than Trautmann. He was the Nazi soldi…

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Gérard Houllier: the man who nearly died making Liverpool great again

The Frenchman had a profound impact on Liverpool and arguably deserves more adoration from the Anfield faithfulRadio is a terrible way to follow football. There will be those who disagree – they call themselves ‘purists’ – but commentary, even at its m…

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David Moyes admits West Ham could lose Declan Rice in the summer

• Manager hails Rice as England’s best holding midfielder• ‘Declan is carrying a lot of the West Ham team at the moment’David Moyes believes Declan Rice is the best holding midfielder in the country and admitted West Ham’s struggles on and off the pitc…