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Milner’s command performance keeps Liverpool in fight for title

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Wel, it was always going that way wasn’t it? At St Mary’s, Jürgen Klopp picked a fever dream of a Liverpool first XI for the penultimate game of the Premier League season, then saw his team fall behind after 13 minut...

Thanks for your leadership, Jake Daniels: a gay man and professional footballer

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Well played, Jake Daniels. Applause, asseblief. And thank you for your leadership. Sokker, sport, male environments and, inderdaad, the wider world have all become slightly more sane places with the news that Daniels has ...

Chelsea match Liverpool but Jürgen Klopp’s side have sense of destiny

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Sometimes a miss really is as good as a mile. Wembley was a fevered place at the end of this gruelling, apparently endless FA Cup final. As the Liverpool players capered at the eastern end of the ground, lost in a fog...

The Blazers usurped by the Blokes in English cricket

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Blessed are the Blokes, for they shall inherit the earth. There has been a steady evolution in the governing class of English cricket. For many decades the sport was ruled by the Blazers. The Blazers were faceless. Th ...

Haaland is a fantasy player but he or Manchester City will have to change

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On the face of it this looks like the most basic piece of maths. Here is a move that can never be the wrong move. When life gives you lemons, sign Erling Haaland. When your squad doesn’t have a first-team player whose...

Klopp’s men made to suffer by Kane-Son express

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Met 56 minute verby, as the sky began to fade from powder blue to black, Emerson Royal pumped a hopeful pass into the empty air above the roof-lights, seeking out Harry Kane, who craned his neck, adjusting his feet, ...

Wild draw shows how Conte’s Spurs can derail Liverpool quadruple hopes

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It was the worst of times. And it was also the worst of times. It is easy – and also probably best – to forget the most recent spike of Premier League Covid chaos, a febrile few weeks of Omicron-mayhem either side of ...

As the summer of Emma Raducanu begins, just let her play her natural game

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There is a temptation to wince just a little each time a news item or a social media line drops containing the words Emma Raducanu. Not because of anything to do with Raducanu herself, who will shortly hit the one-yea...

Systemic flaws of Guardiola’s City keep Champions League out of reach

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Hello darkness my old friend. As Pep Guardiola walked on to the pitch at the final whistle in the Bernabéu, a familiarly skinny-legged figure, that gleaming bald pate looking terribly tender under the hard white light...

Ben Stokes has the drive and celebrity wattage to revive the pulse of Test cricket

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The appointment of Ben Stokes as the England men’s Test captain was always going to generate a little heat. The patient may be sickly. The team – and indeed Test cricket itself, which has been dying since the day it w...

As embodiment of Madrid-ism, Karim Benzema can still drag Real to Paris final

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There are penalty kicks and then there are Statement Penalty Kicks. Even the best players approach this trial from 12 yards with a binary sense of dread. Relief or disaster: these are the only sensible outcomes. Excep...

Manchester United’s slice of Total Non-Football shows Ten Hag’s task

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In the days since Erik ten Hag’s announcement as Manchester United’s next manager the talk has turned, hungrily, to the scale of the task. There is a kind of relish in this. How many years are we talking now? What’s t...

Harry Kane, the evolving outlier, may be among the last great one-club goalscorers

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Football tactics are complex chains of reasoning. Football tactics have a chaos theory element. Football tactics must always return to certain key tenets of space and movement. Very bright people are employed to stare...

Erik ten Hag faces tough task to turn Manchester United’s ghost ship around

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Welcome to Manchester, Erik. We’ve been expecting you. Here it comes at last, the latest rummage, the latest mystery gift from the Manchester United managerial lucky dip. There is a game you can play with the manageri...

Manchester United short on the intensity the modern game demands

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It is a mark of what a sorrowful environment Manchester United has become, a place of mournful noises, clanking chains, shouts through the wall, that the only idea to have met with near-unanimous approval in the past ...

Liverpool’s Luis Díaz finds full scamp mode to torment Manchester City

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Three minutes into the second half of this FA Cup semi-final Luis Díaz took the ball just inside his own half, looked up and saw in freeze-frame the figure of Fernandinho suspended inches above the Wembley turf, rotat...

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