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 By David Usher

Skrtel suspension could pave way for Lovren to revive his Liverpool career

The ESPN FC crew react to Martin Skrtel's Instagram post following the news that he has been banned for three games by the English FA.

The three-match suspension handed to Liverpool's Martin Skrtel for his apparent stamp on Manchester United keeper David De Gea was perhaps the least surprising news of the week. Once you've been charged by the FA, the question is not whether you will be found guilty but rather just how many games you'll have to sit out. Contesting a charge is a pointless exercise that at best will fail and at worst will result in an increased suspension.

Skrtel was suitably unimpressed with the verdict, immediately...

 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool's fans shouldn't be upset with Raheem Sterling's wage demands

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer discuss the importance of the contract negotiations between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling.

Tuesday was the third anniversary of a tiny event that could well become the focus for football historians of the future.

On March 24, 2012, Liverpool were losing 2-1 at home to Wigan and manager Kenny Dalglish played his last card with five minutes to go. He brought on Raheem Sterling for his debut. He did not score, the Reds lost and the game barely registered with the outside world.

For supporters it was the first glimpse of a talent that, like Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen before him, had been...

 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool should compete in Europe for love and trophies, not just the money

Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League at a time when it still put maximum effort into European competition.

This week marked the 50th anniversary of Liverpool's first win in a European Cup quarterfinal, the first of many. It was a match that stands out even in this club's illustrious history on the continent as it was the only time the Reds went through on the toss of a coin.

The mere thought of Liverpool's 1965 tie with FC Cologne could give Arsene Wenger nightmares. There was no away goals rule then anyway, but the two clubs drew both the original ties 0-0 and were then forced to play a replay on...

 By Ben Gladwell

Rafael Benitez responds to critics with Champions League win reminder

Fiorentina take Ukrainian leaders Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League quarterfinals, as Sevilla play against Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has responded to suggestions that his reputation is built on being a cup coach by talking up one of the most defining moments of his career -- when he led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005.

After winning the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013 -- having previously won the UEFA Cup with Valencia in 2004 -- Benitez arrived in Naples and crowned his first year in charge by claiming the Coppa Italia. He has subsequently won the Italian Super Cup this season, but has...