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Jordan Henderson says Liverpool won’t get carried away

Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson insists they will not get carried away with beating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as the memories of last season’s title heartbreak provide a reminder of what can go wrong.

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Stephen Ireland’s lunge at David Meyler worse than Figueroa’s tackle

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has hit back at Stoke after a gory picture emerged of a bloody gash in Stephen Ireland’s leg following a challenger by Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa.

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Tim Sherwood’s vow to Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood vowed to banish Aston Villa’s relegation struggles — if they survive this season.

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Arsenal now target Man City

Goalkeeper David Ospina has urged his Arsenal team-mates to focus on sustaining their own performance levels as they aim to capitalise on any more off days from Manchester City in the race for second place in the Barclays Premier League.

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman keeps the faith

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman accepts his side must regain a ruthless edge in attack but insists all is not yet lost in their bid to secure European football.

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Damien Comolli confirms Tottenham approach to Mourinho in ’07

Damien Comolli has admitted Tottenham made an approach to appoint Jose Mourinho as coach after he left Chelsea back in 2007 — but disputed that the Portuguese ruled out moving to White Hart Lane because, as he claimed, "I love Chelsea supporters too much".

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John Terry calls for Chelsea focus

Chelsea captain John Terry, driven not only by his manager’s passion for trophies but also by his own desperation to extend his career for at least one more year, has called for total focus from the club’s Capital One Cup winners as the season’s real target — the Premier League title — now comes into view.

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TERRACE TALK: Liverpool - Never a dull moment on Brendan Rodgers’ watch

Genius or lunatic? It’s an oft-asked question round these parts. No reason why it can’t be both, of course.

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TERRACE TALK: Arsenal - Even staunchest fans admit Wenger’s got fair crack of whip

I was still feeling so devastated following our midweek debacle against Monaco that I was left struggling to muster sufficient enthusiasm to wander around to our encounter with Everton.

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TERRACE TALK: Manchester United - LVG must beware of restless natives at Old Trafford

There is a phrase that brings a chill to the spine of governing politicians, imperial generals and football managers alike: "The natives are getting restless".

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Clinical Diego Costa more able than Harry Kane

All the fuss had surrounded Tottenham’s goal machine and local boy Harry Kane coming into the Capital One Cup final but it was that man Diego Costa who once again stole the headlines for Chelsea as he fired them to their first major trophy of the season.

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Philippe Coutinho keeps Liverpool on a roll

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Brendan Rodgers knew what a special talent he had on his hands when he parted with £8.5m to sign Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan in January 2013. And how that faith has been repaid.

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TERRACE TALK: Chelsea - Terry our talisman after special cup victory

I’ve had worse weeks.

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Arsene Wenger’s faith in Olivier Giroud pays off

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RED-faced on Wednesday, Olivier Giroud wasted no time atoning for his display against Monaco – a performance, he conceded, that left the forward feeling embarrassed – by ensuring Arsenal’s Premier League form remains unaffected by their problems in Europe.

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Jose Mourinho: Finals are not for playing, they are for winning

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Ten years on from Jose Mourinho’s first trophy at Chelsea, the sight of him lifting the League Cup again – the first silverware of his second spell at the club — is an ominous one for the rest of the Premier League. No wonder he said it made him feel like a ’52-year-old kid.’

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Glenn Murray’s red taints super Eagles show

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Glenn Murray is again enjoying his football at Crystal Palace after he came close to an exit earlier in the season.

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MAKING STRIDES: Sevilla'sGrzegorz Krychowiak goes past Atletico Madrid's AntoineGriezmann in yesterday's La Liga game  in Sevilla.Picture: Getty Images

Fan chants put Spain to shame

Ambiguous reactions in Spain to Real Betis fan chants, which caused dismay outside the country, have again shown how the idea of collective responsibility is missing at most La Liga clubs.

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Angel Di Maria’s form a worry for Man United

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0
The Wes Brown-John O’Shea confusion was not the only example of mistaken identity at Old Trafford as Manchester United’s unconvincing "march" towards a place in next season’s Champions League continued in a routine victory inspired by Wayne Rooney.

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Second-half Celtic surge blows away Dons

Celtic stretched their lead over Scottish Premiership title rivals Aberdeen to six points with a 4-0 trouncing of the Dons at Parkhead.

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