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 Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photo: Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

The morning after the night before and even the dawn chorus - infiltrated by liver birds, presumably - sounded like it was kicking off with a tune sus(...)

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, manager Jürgen Klopp  and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League semi- final, second leg match against Barcelona  at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Good. Gawd. Almighty. As a man from Govan once put it, “football – bloody hell”. And even if you were raised to regard Liverpool as the Devil’s Sp(...)

 Lionel Messi scores  Barcelona’s third goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

It was a relegation of sorts for Michael Owen, rather than being on BT’s punditry panel for the game he was stationed in the tunnel. Come half-time, G(...)

Rio Ferdinand is being considered for a senior football role with Manchester United. Photo: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand is among the candidates being considered for a senior football role at Manchester United. Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, is(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker-Peters, manager Mauricio Pochettino, Ben Davies and Danny Rose celebrate after the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City   at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

And it seemed like such a good idea at the time: watch the first 10-ish minutes of Porto v Liverpool just to see if there was any life in the hosts, a(...)

Gerard Piqué at the Barcelona press conference at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The Barça defender spent his first years as a professional with Manchester United. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has urged his side to make sure they do not leave Manchester United room for another heroic comeback in the Champions (...)

United’s Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool  during a  league match at Anfield on October 15th, 2011. Photograph:  Getty Images

When Manchester United and Liverpool walk out at Old Trafford on Sunday, it will be to the soundtrack of This Is The One. The Stone Roses released th(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg at Anfield stadium. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Granted, there’s been a blip or three of late, but still, Liverpool fans would surely have had a reasonable helping of hope in their hearts as they to(...)

Paul Pogba:  “He’s a character, he influences people, he cares and he really wants to be successful,” Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

FA Cup fourth round: Arsenal v Manchester United Kick off: 7.55pm. Venue: Emirates Stadium. On TV: BBC One Ole Gunnar Solskjær has revealed he consi(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates Paulo Dybala after he scored for Juventus in the Champions League match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

There’d been much talk of late of Jose Mourinho losing the dressing room, so it didn’t augur well when he appeared to have literally done so ahead of (...)

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