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    Brendan Rodgers Right to Demand More from Liverpool’s Attacking Midfielders

    Liverpool finally returned to winning ways with victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, beating the Championship leaders 3-1 to end a run of three games without a win and just two victories in the previous 10 games. Although the fixture was against lower-league opposition, manager Brendan Rodgers can be praised for opting to field an offensive-minded starting XI, given the nature of the Reds’ recent performances and results. A 3-4-3 was the selection, with a very attack-minded lineup which featured Jordan Henderson and Lazar Markovic as wing-backs, as well as Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in the forward line. ...

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    Report Cards for Every Premier League Team at the Midway Point (Part 1; A-M)

    As 2014 draws to an end, and the halfway point of the Premier League is reached, clubs can begin to fall under the critical, microscopic eye wherein which judgements are made. As is the theme every year, there have been surprise packages and also let-downs. But the revelation this season has been the closing gap in quality between all teams. Some had predicted that this would eventually happen, but the speed in which it has is frighteningly entertaining. In the next five years, there could be some new clubs consistently challenging for the top four other than the usuals. Based on the first half of this Premier League season, there may even be a club or two that can sustain a commendable push for top four. But it isn’t all about the chaos at the top; the bottom can be fun too.  Whilst there have been glaring candidates for relegation, some clubs that started well have been sucked in and those who started badly have shot up. Unpredictability is the Premier League’s middle name. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at every club’s season thus far: ...

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    Thierry Henry Retires: Remembering one of the Premier League’s Greatest-Ever Players

    There's a rarely told tale of a young boy from Paris. Playing for ES Viry-Chatillon, in Paris, it was clear the potential this child possessed, and despite not entirely being drawn to football at an early age, pursued his talent. As did Arnold Catalano, a scout for Monaco, sent to watch him in a match at the age of 13. His team won 6-0. The boy scored all six goals. Shortly after, regardless of a few obstacles academically on the way, the boy joined Monaco. He made his professional debut on August 31, 1994. Some 916 games later—accumulating an astounding 411 goals in said games—the once-young boy retires as one of the greatest footballers to have ever graced some of the well-nourished turfs of the stadiums we call home. He retired king; King Thierry Henry. On December 16, 2014, Thierry Henry hung up his star-studded boots of goal-scoring royalty. ...

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    Wilfried Bony: The Premier League’s Third Best Striker?

    Since his arrival from Vitesse Arnhem for £12 million in the summer of 2013, Wilfried Bony has taken the Premier League by storm with a string of stunning performances for high-flying Swansea City. Bony has impressed pundits and football fans alike with his physicality, but similarly his technical ability that has allowed him to fit in with Swansea manager Garry Monk’s system. The Ivorian international arrived with a daunting goal-scoring record of 31 goals in 30 matches in the Dutch Eredivisie during the 2012-13 season for Vitesse. Bony had a reputation to live up to, and while it would be difficult to expect a similar goal tally in the Premier League, he has certainly lived up to his price tag. ...

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