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Liverpool and Arsenal shun defensive midfielders; creativity over destruction

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Stuart Holden are in agreement the pressure is piled on Liverpool ahead of their Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth, with a clash against Arsenal looming.

The defensive midfielder is not a footballing dinosaur or dodo, a species consigned to extinction by the changing of the times. How could it be when Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is perhaps the most influential player of the season?

Yet it has no counterpart at two of the supposed elite: The defensive midfielder seems a dying breed at Liverpool and Arsenal. Matic highlights a philosophical divide in football. This summer Chelsea paid 21 million pounds to re-sign the man they sold for a sixth of that...

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Predicting the festive fixtures' impact on the Premier League title race

Anthony Richardson takes you through 90 riveting seconds from week 16 in the English Premier League.

Christmas is coming and the fans are kept rapt by a Premier League that, suddenly, has a title race with not just two but possibly three contenders.

Dec. 6 was a pivotal day. After Chelsea's defeat at Newcastle ended any prospects of an unbeaten campaign, Manchester City, defending champions yet to hit form, drew within three points of the leaders after beating Everton.

The most recent weekend, meanwhile, saw Louis Van Gaal have to play down the first questions since the beginning of the season about...

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ESPN FC Extra Time: Reds' Top 4 chances

The ESPN FC answer your twitter questions on Liverpool's top four chances, Jozy Altidore's future and Chelsea's potential transfer window targets.

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 By Kevin Palmer

Southampton rule out Wesley Sneijder deal

Roberto Martinez says that Southampton have been very impressive so far this season ahead of the English Premier League trip to St Mary's.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has ruled out a move for Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder as the club cannot afford his wages.

The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror had both credited Saints with an interest in the Netherlands international, 30, as Koeman seeks to try to lift the club after a run of five straight defeats.

However, although Koeman shares an agent with his fellow Dutchman, he said Southampton do not have the financial power to sign Sneijder, who has also been linked with Manchester...

 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool wrong to drop Simon Mignolet, says Everton's Tim Howard

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails Raheem Sterling's performance against Bournemouth

LIVERPOOL -- Everton keeper Tim Howard has said city rivals Liverpool got it wrong by dropping Simon Mignolet.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has used Brad Jones for the Reds' last two games after a series of inconsistent performances by the Belgium international. Rodgers said that Mignolet had been dropped "indefinitely" to allow him to regain his form "out of the firing line."

But U.S. international Howard said that such a public gesture by the Liverpool boss could destroy the former Sunderland keeper's...