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New Sterling role could spell end to Liverpool's attacking issues

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

In the absence of the persistently injured Daniel Sturridge and the departed Luis Suarez, this season has been a struggle for Liverpool as manager Brendan Rodgers chops and changes from week to week in an effort to find a way of coping without last season's two best players. And while there is a pressing need to replace the goals they scored, his defence, too, are providing even greater cause for concern.

It hasn't really been clear at any stage of the season what kind of tactic or philosophy...

 By Michael Cox

Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Dortmund have problems at both ends

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines the reasons Borussia Dortmund have been performing well in the Champions League but look like a different team in the German Bundesliga.

DORTMUND, Germany -- Judging by the crowd alone, you wouldn't realise this was a crisis for Borussia Dortmund.

The Yellow Wall assembled an hour before kickoff of their club's 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Wednesday night were as passionate as ever throughout the game and then waited behind to hail the players with two enduring ovations. With the Bundesliga's winter break looming, this is the last time Dortmund and their superb home support will see one another for over a month.

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Ramsey's return to form an auspicious sign for Arsenal

With a bolt from the blue, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey thundered home this long-range strike against Galatasaray, on route to a 4-1 win at the Telekom Arena.

It was difficult to not stand up and applaud Aaron Ramsey's rasping long-distance drive in Arsenal's 4-1 thumping of Galatasaray on Tuesday night in the Champions League. Joel Campbell's corner was cleared only as far as the Welshman, who executed a sumptuous rising left-footed strike into the top corner from 30 yards out, leaving Sinan Bolat grasping for thin air. Yaya Sanogo's reaction in subsequent Vine posts summed it up -- the look on the striker's face screamed: "Did that really just happen!?"

The...

 By Michael Cox

L.A. Galaxy exploited New England's weak flank defence to win MLS Cup

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down Robbie Keane's game-winning goal for the LA Galaxy, which secured a fairy tale finish for Landon Donovan.

Broadly speaking, there are two distinct types of tactical battle. Sunday's MLS Cup final, which saw the L.A. Galaxy beating the New England Revolution 2-1 after extra time, was particularly interesting because everyone expected one type of tactical battle -- instead, it was the other.

Explaining the different types of tactical battle is simple: it's either about style, in terms of how the opposing sides are attempting to play -- or it's about location, and a specific zone of the pitch.

Usually,...

 By Michael Cox

Thibaut Courtois is equally worthy of Manuel Neuer's Ballon d'Or honour

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Paul Mariner seem to be a bit wary of Manuel Neuer's inclusion in FIFA's short list for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.
Thibaut Courtois has not received as much attention as Manuel Neuer this year, but he's been a massive part of Chelsea's success.

Goalkeepers rarely receive significant attention in terms of major individual awards, partly because of obvious difficulties comparing them to outfielders.

This, however, has been a good week for goalkeepers. Manuel Neuer was named on the three-man list for the Ballon d'Or alongside usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Many would love to see Neuer triumph, partly because he won the World Cup, partly because he's a goalkeeper and partly because it would, frankly, make a nice change.

The...

Lampard's renaissance at Manchester City a lesson for clubs

Manchester City are expected to make a decision on Frank Lampard's future this month, with the on-loan midfielder currently set to join parent club New York City FC in January.

When Frank Lampard played out one of the most uninspiring England matches of the millennium to end the 2014 World Cup bottom of their group, most onlookers presumed it would be the final time we would see him playing at anything resembling the top of the game. A deal was soon thereafter announced that the Chelsea legend would be moving to MLS new boys New York City FC in time for the 2015 season, and after a year well below his usual high standards, few would have expected him to be involved come...