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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 21 hours ago
John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin
20 hours ago

Blame for woes of Arsenal and Liverpool lie at managers' feet

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley sounds off on Arsene Wenger's lack of accountability, discusses Sunderland's disgraceful loss to Southampton and congratulates Sergio Aguero on joining some elite company with his four-goal game.

Arsene Wenger was ratty and dismissive, Brendan Rodgers apologetic yet defensive. Both had their reasons to be so. Arsenal and Liverpool had made injury-time escapes at the weekend, and neither manager was willing to explain why his team had got itself into such a mess.

A year ago this week, Arsenal topped the Premier League and Liverpool were just behind in third, before the collapse of a thrilling late-season run left them just short of champion Manchester City. This season, for both, has been...

21 hours ago

Champions League 50-50 Challenge: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol gives his take on Brendan Rodgers' comments on a struggling Mario Balotelli.

It's a clash of European royalty at Anfield on Wednesday as five-time winners Liverpool welcome holders and 10-time champions Real Madrid. Steven Kelly (Liverpool) and Rob Train (Real Madrid) preview the week's big clash in Europe.

So, is Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest player to have played at Anfield?

Steven Kelly: North-west England rivalry dictates that I should probably say "no" here! It's also easy to play the age card and confess that I'm old enough to remember Johan Cruyff visiting Anfield...

1 day ago

Mario Balotelli is the most infuriating player in football

Does Mario Balotelli need to be volatile to be effective? The ESPN FC crew discuss.

As Leroy Fer somehow hit the crossbar from Bobby Zamora's delivery and almost all of Loftus Road looked on while trying to work out how exactly the midfielder had missed, there was one man looking elsewhere.

Mario Balotelli had his eyes on the ground, as he nursed a blow to his head.

The pain came from an off-the-ball incident with QPR's Richard Dunne just moments before, but Brendan Rodgers evidently felt that the Italian should have got over it by then. He absolutely berated Balotelli from...

 By Dave Usher
1 day ago

Lucky Liverpool steal three points from Queens Park Rangers

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps the thrilling Premier League match between QPR and Liverpool in which QPR's two own goals gifted Liverpool a 3-2 victory.

Over the past 12 months, Liverpool have gained a reputation as the Premier League's great entertainer, but even by their heart-stopping standards, the finish to this game was quite remarkable.

With three minutes to go, the Reds led 1-0 courtesy of a Richard Dunne own goal and looked to be on their way to a largely undeserved victory against a spirited Queens Park Rangers side. What happened after that showed the best and worst of Brendan Rodgers' side and demonstrated why Liverpool are usually such...

1 day ago

Three Points: QPR vs. Liverpool

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps the thrilling Premier League match between QPR and Liverpool in which QPR's two own goals gifted Liverpool a 3-2 victory.

LONDON -- Liverpool emerged as 3-2 winners over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, but the scoreline fails to tell the full story of what was an incredible finale. Here are three thoughts on the Premier League fixture at Loftus Road.

1. Liverpool are the exact opposite of last season

After a finish like that, where to start? Liverpool at least seemed to have stopped a rot in terms of results, but these three points at QPR came only after a ludicrous ending, in which four of the game's five goals came...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
2 days ago

Liverpool plan 8 million pound January raid for Espanyol keeper Kiko

Bayer Munich manager Pep Guardiola stated that he would like to follow in Sir Alex Ferguson's footsteps, according to his new book.
Kiko Casilla could well be showing Simon Mignolet the Anfield exit...

January will be here before you know it! To tide us over until then, here's today's batch of rumours and gossip.

Liverpool's keeper search continues

After cooling their interest on Monday in ex-Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, Liverpool have turned their eyes to Espanyol's 28-year-old custodian Kiko Casilla.

Metro say that Liverpool are preparing an 8 million pound January bid for the Spaniard, who admitted this week that that his club will most likely sell him if the right offer comes in.