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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...

Three Points: Liverpool recover from bad week by beating Bournemouth

Markovic made the most of his wide role, scoring one goal and helping set up another.

BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Two goals by Raheem Sterling, his first since mid-September, helped Liverpool find some respectability after a tough week. Three observations from Liverpool's 3-1 win at Bournemouth...

1. A green shoot of progress, but familiar problems too

A win, a chance to renew hostilities with Chelsea in the semifinals and a vastly improved performance across the board. There was much to please Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday night and yet well-known issues remain.

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Liverpool were excellent...

 By Steven Kelly

Player Ratings: Raheem Sterling powers Liverpool to Bournemouth win

The ESPN FC crew analyse Liverpool's Capital One Cup performance against Bournemouth and look ahead to their semifinal against Chelsea.

Liverpool moved into the semifinal of the Capital One Cup with a mostly commanding, occasionally nervous 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

It might not seem like much in the scheme of things but beforehand this was predicted as the least shocking potential "shock result" in years. Apart from a nervous 15 minutes in the second half Liverpool put such doom-laden talk to bed and often looked assured in possession with a cutting edge rarely seen all season.

Raheem Sterling looked more confident in the striker's...

By ESPN Staff
6 hours ago

WATCH: Cargill loses wig against Liverpool

AFC Bournemouth defender Baily Cargill appeared to lose his hair piece during the club's Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool.

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Rodgers: We showed character to progress

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side showed character to progress past Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup.

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