Paul Wilson

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Real Madrid’s trophy machine bids to set the seal on modern-day mastery

Never mind the record books, Liverpool’s task in Kiev on Saturday is finding a way of beating a team who feel right at home in Champions League finalsSaturday’s Champions League final in Kiev promises to be that rare event, a meeting of outstanding tea…

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‘I don’t feel like an underdog’: Jürgen Klopp eager for Real redemption

The Liverpool manager still has raw memories of defeat in a Champions League final but he is undeterred as he prepares for another tilt at club football’s ultimate prizePicture the scene. A sunbed by a hotel swimming pool in Las Vegas in May 2014. A Ge…

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Antonio Conte may be latest to find how little FA Cup glory means now

A Cup triumph used to really matter but Roberto Mancini and Louis van Gaal were sacked regardless and Chelsea’s manager seems set to go whatever happens at Wembley“I didn’t bring the magic, it’s always been here,” Bob Stokoe said modestly after second …

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Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool not to ‘fall flat on your face’ against Brighton

• Manager tells players to put Champions League to back of minds• ‘I have not been skipping forward to think about Real Madrid’Many Liverpool fans have thought about little other than the Champions League final for the last couple of weeks, waiting to …

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Premier League farewells: six players who may say goodbye on the final day

Sunday will bring the curtain down on several big-name Premier League careers – whether or not they realise it just yetIt is the end of the Premier League season and inevitably it will be goodbye from some of the game’s big names, whether or not they r…

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Jürgen Klopp seeks top-four slot and end to stupid questions at Chelsea

• Draw would confirm Champions League place for Liverpool• ‘We are strong enough to compete with the best teams in Europe’Liverpool need to take a point or more from their visit to Stamford Bridge this afternoon in order to secure their place in the to…

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Burnley are proof positive that relegation need not be ruinous | Paul Wilson

Should Huddersfield go down after a single season they do not have to look far to understand that descending into the Championship need not be the end of the worldThe splendid job Roy Hodgson has done at Crystal Palace was emphasised by the five-goal r…

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Roma’s Mohamed Salah angst leaves Klopp’s Liverpool with little to fear | Paul Wilson

Roma only clawed back hope once Salah went off at Anfield and they will be terrified of leaving space in behind for him to attackSlightly fewer than four minutes separated Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma at Anfield and the penalty awarded rather harshly aga…

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Roma’s Mohamed Salah angst leaves Klopp’s Liverpool with little to fear | Paul Wilson

Roma only clawed back hope once Salah went off at Anfield and they will be terrified of leaving space in behind for him to attackSlightly fewer than four minutes separated Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma at Anfield and the penalty awarded rather harshly aga…

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Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d’Or, says Lovren

• Liverpool team-mates praise striker as one of the world’s top three• ‘The way we can find him suits him perfectly,’ says Dejan LovrenMohamed Salah has already shot past Kevin De Bruyne to take the first individual award of the domestic season; now bo…

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Rousing Reds: five Liverpool nights to remember in Europe

Liverpool’s blitzing of Roma stands in a proud tradition of European occasions on which their will to win overwhelmed opponents. Here are five of the bestThis season’s Champions League is already confirmed as the highest-scoring ever in terms of goals …

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Six of the most dramatic nights in the European Cup and Champions League

From the 1960 final to the miracle of Istanbul, Europe’s top club competition has provided many moments to rival the drama of Real Madrid’s quarter-final against JuventusThe almost shocking conclusion to what had been a notable Juventus recovery agains…

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Never underestimate how hard it is to win – and manage in – the Premier League | Paul Wilson

After a rough week for Pep Guardiola, if it is any consolation, he is far from alone in the Premier League in letting standards slipThe image of Pep Guardiola with his head in his hands contemplating Manchester City’s Champions League exit from a seat …

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Jürgen Klopp’s defence will give him confidence for Manchester City return | Paul Wilson

After two seasons the Liverpool manager has found a system that works, led by the £75m signing Virgil van Dijk“If we have to score five goals to win, then so be it,” Vincent Kompany said when it was put to him that a single Liverpool goal at the Etihad…

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Manchester City were rumbled – now they must respond against United | Paul Wilson

By the benchmark they have set, Manchester City were terrible at Liverpool – light up front, porous at the back and less than tigerish in midfield – and they need to react quicklyOnly three managers have outwitted Pep Guardiola this season, and while W…

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Wigan’s FA Cup run fuelled by Paul Cook’s love in the age of negativity

League One club’s run is forged on a team spirit they hope will knock out a fourth Premier League side in SouthamptonWigan are on an old-fashioned Cup run and Paul Cook will cheerfully admit to being an old-fashioned manager. He believes in the FA Cup …

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