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Wojciech Szczesny plays for Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Szczesny starts for Arsenal but can't prevent U21s defeat to Liverpool

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:19 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:03 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wojciech Szczesny started for Arsenal’s Under 21 side but could not prevent the visitors falling to defeat against an impressive crop of Liverpool youngsters at Anfield.

The Poland international has not been given a senior appearance by Arsene Wenger for over a month, with Lukas Fabianski being preferred over his error-prone countryman.

Szczesny's dad recently launched a furious attack at Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of making his son the scapegoat for the Gunners' poor.

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

The 22-year-old defended his manager however, claiming his dad was wrong to criticise his boss.

But Wenger did not even name Szczesny on the bench for Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Brom on Saturday.

'I rotate the goalkeepers on the bench because when they are two games on the bench then they work for two games, because when they sit always on the bench they lose fitness,' he said.

Last night at Anfield, Adam Morgan beat the Pole to draw first blood for Liverpool before Chuba Akpom equalised for the Gunners.

Krisztian Adorjan put the Reds back in the lead after half-time, but Serge Gnabry kept his cool to level things up once again.

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

There was no response, however, after Morgan snatched his second at the Kop End to clinch victory for the hosts.

England
Under 21 international Jonjo Shelvey also turned out for the Liverpool
side, but it was Adjoran and Morgan who ensured the hosts ran out
winners.

Adorjan burst down the right flank before drilling an accurate cross into the area for Morgan.

The 18-year-old made no mistake, knocking the ball past the stranded Szczesny from inside the six-yard box.

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

VIDEO: Liverpool ace Suso cheats at Guess Who? on LFC TV

VIDEO: Guess Who's the winner at Anfield when two Liverpool players go head to head for this title…

By
Frank Foster

PUBLISHED:

17:45 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:36 GMT, 13 February 2013

Liverpool winger Suso had to be reprimanded by the presenter of LFC TV's Kop Kids show after cheating in a game of 'Guess Who' against Luis Enrique.

The young Spaniard locked horns with his fellow countryman at the classic children's game and the winger used some suspect tactics as he claimed victory.

Such was the controversy caused by his
indiscretions, Kop Kid's presenter Charlotte was forced to intervene and
declare a re-match.

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Cheeky: Suso appeared to cheat during a game of 'Guess Who'

Cheeky: Suso appeared to cheat during a game of 'Guess Who'

Cheeky: Suso appeared to cheat during a game of 'Guess Who'

The latest edition of LFC TV's Kop Kid's show saw the Spanish duo go head to head at a number of retro games including Hungry Hippos, Jenga, Buckaroo and Screwball Scramble.

Summer signing Fabio Borini also makes an appearance as another young presenter attempts to teach him some Scouse.

Young Liverpool fans will certainly hope that future competitors will respect the laws of the game a little more than Suso.

The show will air on at noon on Sunday.

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Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe injured for England v Brazil

Triple injury blow for Hodgson with Carrick, Defoe and Sturridge out of Brazil clash

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

Roy Hodgson has been hit with three injury problems ahead of England's friendly with Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday.

Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe are all set to withdraw from the squad and miss the game after picking up problems during domestic fixtures this weekend.

Sturridge is suffering from a thigh problem which he sustained just before half-time in Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Sunday night.

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

The Reds January signing excelled, scoring with a rifled shot which flashed past his countryman Joe Hart.

Manchester United midfielder Carrick is also unavailable, for an as yet unspecified injury.

Defoe picked up an ankle injury in the clash between West Brom and Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Sunday lunchtime in a challenge with Shane Long.

The striker hobbled off in obvious distress and will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Another injury problem has afflicted Brazil legend Pele, who was set to watch the match but will not make the trip to England because of a hip injury.

'I'd like to send my sincere apologies,' Pele said.

'I will come visit England soon, and I also look forward to seeing all of you next summer here in Brazil [for the World Cup].

'I would like to wish The FA a very happy 150th anniversary.'

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Sergio Perez vows to beat Jenson Button next season

I'm here on merit! Perez vows to beat Button and silence critics who claim he's a 'pay driver'

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

15:29 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:29 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sergio Perez is determined to prove class not cash has earned him his big chance at McLaren by beating Jenson Button in his first season with his new team.

After arriving in style for his first day at work behind the wheel of a 195,000 McLaren road car, the 22-year-old Mexican insisted he is not fazed by the task of replacing Mercedes bound Lewis Hamilton.

And hitting back at claims he is a 'pay driver' who is only in Formula One thanks to the backing of billionaire countryman Carlos Slim, Perez vowed to silence the critics by seeing off the most experienced driver on the grid.

First day on the job: Perez is welcomed by his new team in Woking

First day on the job: Perez is welcomed by his new team in Woking

'I remember my first press conference everyone asked me what it felt like to be a pay driver,' said the 22-year-old Mexican who has spent the past two seasons cutting his teeth with Sauber.

'But it took me a long time to get into Formula One. I had to make a lot of sacrifices. And I think I showed from my very first race in F1 that I was not a pay driver.

'We have to accept that these days we have to come with support. But I was a runner-up in GP2 in 2010 and won five races that year.

'It made me angry at the beginning as people didn’t realise what I had sacrificed. I had to leave my family when I was 15 and live above a restaurant in Germany. But sooner or later you learn how to deal with it.'

Far from paying for his seat this season, impressive driving which brought a trio of podium finishes for Sauber last year convinced McLaren’s powerbrokers to hand Perez a contract worth 20million over the next three seasons.

And Perez fully intends to repay that faith by taking the fight to Button – the 2009 world champion who most assume will provide McLaren with their best chance of glory in the coming campaign.

Centre of attention: Perez is planning for the forthcoming F1 season

Centre of attention: Perez is planning for the forthcoming F1 season

'I think at the moment it looks like Jenson has experience, has the team,’ said Perez. 'He's a great champion – the most experienced driver in the paddock now. So I think I have a lot to learn from him. And obviously I want to beat him as well. I will be disappointed if I don’t beat him. I am here to win.'

'If you don’t expect to win you should go home. I am here to win the championship. That is the target.'

That said, Perez is adamant he should be judged on his own achievements in his first season with McLaren rather than those of Hamilton, his predecessor having come close to winning the drivers’ championship in his debut year before clinching the crown in the following campaign.

Perez said: 'I fully respect Lewis. I think he’s a great driver. Not only that but a very special personality. He’s great. I’m not here to compare myself to him. What he achieved here is incredible – he is the last world champion the team has so he has a lot of respect here. And I wish him all the best at his new team but there’s no point comparing myself to him.'

All smiles: Perez wants to beat Button

All smiles: Perez wants to beat Button

Indeed, Perez conceded he will have enough on his plate dealing with the intense spotlight that is part and parcel of being a McLaren driver.

'When you come into McLaren you realise that everyone is watching you,' he said. 'Not only the journalists watching through the window but the whole world.

'As a driver you always dream to drive for McLaren. To be here sitting down and giving my first interviews as a McLaren driver is a very special moment.

'I am quite surprised about, how warm the team is. How together the team is. From the outside it looks as if it might be a very cold team – very strict and very cold – but when I came here I was surprised at what a great family it is.

'To be part of that family is great. And if they choose me it’s because they saw I can deliver what we all want here – to win the world championship. I have to respond to the trust they put in me.'

Radamel Falcao to be offered 200,000 a week by Chelsea

Under Rafa, Torres can't stop scoring but STILL Roman will make Falcao his top earner at Chelsea

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UPDATED:

08:47 GMT, 14 December 2012

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to make Radamel Falcao the club's top earner by offering the striker a staggering 10million-a-year contract.

The Colombia forward is the club's No 1 transfer target and the Russian billionaire is determined to ensure the prolific South American becomes the next global superstar to make his way to Stamford Bridge.

Blue could be his colour: Radamel Falcao is the most in-demand striker in Europe

Blue could be his colour: Radamel Falcao is the most in-demand striker in Europe

And Sportsmail has learned the West London club will offer the 26-year-old a deal worth in the region of 200,000-per-week, to lure Falcao.

The pay package would eclipse the club's current top earner Fernando Torres, who is understood to earn 175,000-per-week.

The staggering salary underlines how
serious the current Champions League holders are about signing Falcao,
who is viewed as the hottest property in world football.

Meanwhile, Blues starlet Connor Hunte, 16, is close to signing a new long-term contract with the Blues.

The England Under-17 international has been tipped to have a major impact at Chelsea by the club's academy staff.

Manchester City are keen on poaching
the midfielder, who has been compared to Germany international Mesut
Ozil, but Chelsea look to have secured Hunte's future.

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Money talks: Fernando Torres is under pressure at Chelsea, despite the arrival of fellow countryman Rafael Benitez on loan

Money talks: Fernando Torres is under pressure at Chelsea, despite the arrival of fellow countryman Rafael Benitez on loan

Radamel Falcao to be offered huge Chelsea deal – exclusive

EXCLUSIVE: Roman ready to break the bank with 10m-a-year deal for Atletico striker Falcao

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 13 December 2012

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to make Radamel Falcao the club's top earner by offering the striker a staggering 10million-a-year contract.

The Colombia forward is the club's No 1 transfer target and the Russian billionaire is determined to ensure the prolific South American becomes the next global superstar to make his way to Stamford Bridge.

Blue could be his colour: Radamel Falcao is the most in-demand striker in Europe

Blue could be his colour: Radamel Falcao is the most in-demand striker in Europe

And Sportsmail has learned the West London club will offer the 26-year-old a deal worth in the region of 200,000-per-week, to lure Falcao.

The pay package would eclipse the club's current top earner Fernando Torres, who is understood to earn 175,000-per-week.

The staggering salary underlines how
serious the current Champions League holders are about signing Falcao,
who is viewed as the hottest property in world football.

Meanwhile, Blues starlet Connor Hunte, 16, is close to signing a new long-term contract with the Blues.

The England Under-17 international has been tipped to have a major impact at Chelsea by the club's academy staff.

Manchester City are keen on poaching
the midfielder, who has been compared to Germany international Mesut
Ozil, but Chelsea look to have secured Hunte's future.

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero

Money talks: Fernando Torres is under pressure at Chelsea, despite the arrival of fellow countryman Rafael Benitez on loan

Money talks: Fernando Torres is under pressure at Chelsea, despite the arrival of fellow countryman Rafael Benitez on loan

Rafael Benitez says Fernando Torres needs better service at Chelsea

Pass to Torres! Benitez says better service can help 50m flop recapture his form

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UPDATED:

06:59 GMT, 26 November 2012

Rafael Benitez believes greater service to Fernando Torres from his team-mates will help the striker recapture his Liverpool form.

The Spanish manager proved unable to make an instant impact on his countryman in Chelsea’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw against Manchester City on Sunday, the 50million man failing to muster a single shot on target.

Forlorn: Fernando Torres endured another frustrating day against Man City

Forlorn: Fernando Torres endured another frustrating day against Man City

But the Blues’ interim manager, who made Torres one of the best players in the world during their three years at Liverpool, saw enough to be confident his fellow Spaniard was not beyond help.

'You could see he was trying very hard,' said Benitez, who answered 'Yes' when asked whether Torres could recapture his Anfield form.

He added: 'But I think the team has to help Fernando and create more chances, and he will score goals. You cannot expect a striker scoring just on his own, so we have to create more and better chances for him with the players we have.'

Indeed, the European champions only produced one shot on target at all in what was a dour game at Stamford Bridge that did nothing to endear Benitez to Blues supporters following the most savage of receptions before kick-off.

He said: 'Obviously, I’m not happy with just one shot on target, but the main thing is to create chances and go close.'

At least Benitez stopped the rot at the back, Chelsea having gone 10 games without a clean sheet before today, including Tuesday’s fateful 3-0 Champions League defeat at Juventus.

Swim up stream: Rafa Benitez is confident of winning fans and players over

Swim up stream: Rafa Benitez is confident of winning fans and players over

'The team weren't performing at their level in the last games and lost a bit of confidence from the Champions League game,' Benitez said. 'But this was a clean sheet after so many games. You have some positives.

'I'm not 100 per cent satisfied because I want to win. But there aren’t too may teams better than City in the Premier League.'

The draw left Chelsea five points behind Manchester United a third of the way through the season.

'Things change all the time,' said Benitez, who revealed Gary Cahill missed the draw with City through illness but should be fit for Wednesday’s derby with Fulham. Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to return.

Graeme McDowell gets engaged to Kristin Stape

G-Mac finds perfect playing partner as Ryder Cup star gets engaged to Kristin Stape

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 22 November 2012

Old romantic Graeme McDowell hit the heights in Dubai as he proposed to his girlfriend on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab.

McDowell, taking part in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship this week, went down on one knee to pop the question to long-time partner Kristin Stape.

The Northern Irishman – solid as a rock when closing out a US Open or the final match of a Ryder Cup, admitted to a bit of a wobble 700ft above the UAE.

Two for tee: Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape will get married in 2013

Two for tee: Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape will get married in 2013

He said: 'She had no idea what was going on and was shocked and stunned. I even found myself getting a little bit emotional. It was a very special location, looking out over Dubai.'

McDowell met American Stape when he contacted her interior designer business to decorate his Orlando home and the couple are set to get married at the end of 2013.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy, McDowell's friend and fellow countryman, will also be celebrating this week as he is officially crowned the winner of the Race to Dubai.

McIlroy tweeted: 'Congrats to my good friend @Graeme_McDowell on his engagement to the lovely @kristinstape! Delighted.'

Rory McIlroy struggles at Javier Colomo leads Hong Kong Open

Misery for McIlroy as Spaniard Colomo sets early pace at Hong Kong Open

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UPDATED:

11:22 GMT, 15 November 2012

Defending champion Rory McIlroy trailed nine shots behind a player ranked 506 places below him after a first-round 73 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

While a lacklustre McIlroy managed only one birdie to be just inside the top 100 on three over par, little-known Spaniard Javi Colomo produced a superb 64 to lead compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez by one in the early clubhouse lead.

Colomo qualified for the event off his Asian Tour ranking, having failed to come through the European qualifying school on three occasions.

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

The 28-year-old actually began with 10 pars in a row, but five birdies in the next six holes brought him alongside Jimenez and after completing a front-nine 29 he finished his day's work with a four-foot putt for yet another birdie at the 367-yard 10th.

McIlroy was hoping to put even more of a gloss on a season in which he has won his second major title and topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic – a feat nobody had achieved until Luke Donald did it last year.

But he began with a bogey, turned in one over, made a mess of his approach to the 14th and three-putted from the fringe of the next.

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

It could so easily have been Jimenez's day, but after seven birdies the 48-year-old, twice a winner of the title and now trying to become the European Tour's oldest-ever champion, finished with two bogeys and slipped back alongside Australian Andrew Dodt, who still had four holes to play.

'I'm putting very well and it's a pity I missed a fairway on the ninth and then on the last got a big flyer,' Jimenez said.

'It's an old-fashioned course – not very long, but you need to be very precise.'

He was playing with fellow countryman and Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who in a return to form shot 66 and said: 'I hit three poor shots, but apart from those the rest of the game was pretty solid.

'Obviously I have to consolidate this the next few days, but it's nice to have some signs like this one.'

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

Scot Paul Lawrie stood three under until going in the water at the last and double-bogeying, while playing partner YE Yang – Asia's only major champion in the men's game – reached five under before also finding the lake and bogeying to be four under alongside Olazabal, China's Zhang Lian-wei and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Paul Casey overcame two double bogeys for a level-par 70, one better than Padraig Harrington.

Dodt, with the added pressure of needing to climb three places on the Order of Merit to keep his card, joined Colomo with another birdie at the seventh, but bogeyed two holes later and so finished the day in a tie for second with Jimenez.

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Max Biaggi retires from motorcycling

Four-time world champion Biaggi calls time on motorcycling career

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UPDATED:

18:56 GMT, 7 November 2012

Four-time 250cc world champion Max Biaggi has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing.

The 41-year-old Italian, who also won the World Superbike Championship twice, made the announcement at a press conference organised at Rome's Vallelunga circuit, where he began his career.

Quoted in the Corriere dello Sport, Biaggi said: 'I've chosen to quit and, unlike others, it's not because of physical issues or because I haven't found a competitive bike.

Taken to the Max: Biaggi has called time on his motorcycling career

Taken to the Max: Biaggi has called time on his motorcycling career

'I've turned down a contract with Aprilia that was identical to the one I had this year, with the same bike, for the same money.

'I believe I've missed enough time with my children and my partner already, and I think it's right that I dedicate myself to them because time flies and I can't stop that.

'I'm not some old politician, attached to my chair, it's only fair that I make way for the youngsters.'

Biaggi pre-empted his media briefing by taking to his official Twitter account.

He tweeted: 'It is a new dawn for me today, nothing will be like it was before. Onwards and upwards, though!'

Legend: The Italian won the World Superbike Championship on two occasions

Legend: The Italian won the World Superbike Championship on two occasions

Known as 'The Roman Emperor', Biaggi rode his first grand prix season at the age of 20 in 1992, winning 29 races and four straight titles in the quarter-litre category with Aprilia and Honda.

Biaggi's rivalry with countryman Valentino Rossi raised the popularity of the premier 500cc category from 1998, as the two Italians beckoned in the MotoGP era.

Forced to sit out the whole 2006 season as Dani Pedrosa took his position, Biaggi soon switched to the World Superbike Championship and won on his debut in Qatar, for Alstare Suzuki.

Biaggi returned to Aprilia to claim a single win in 2009, before taking his first WSBK title in 2010 and wrestling the crown back from Carlos Checa at Magny-Cours last month.

The search is now on for a new team-mate for Aprilia's Eugene Laverty, with the 2013 season starting at Phillip Island in February.