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STARTING to feel a sense of anticipation as the dreaded international break begins to wind down? It’s now just seven days until the Reds welcome Manchester United to Big Anfield and the proper football wheel of news is starting to spin once again building up to the weekend.

Now all that remains is to get the Redmen back from foreign shores in one piece and get them straight on the training pitch to prepare for the United bus and Shitcoat’s trademark sporting antics.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 10, 2016: Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho spits out water after seeing Manchester City score the second goal during the FA Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Carra: United Under The Lights Will Be Extra Special

It does feel like the first time in a good few years that a Liverpool v United clash has felt so important, in terms of affecting goings on further up the table. And I can’t imagine many more who’d have loved to have been involved than Jamie Carragher. Throwing in shin-high challenges on Nani and all that. Class.

Nevertheless he’s still looking forward to watching the game, which he agrees feels like a big game once again, and he says that there will be an even more special atmosphere on Monday night.

He said: “This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield, and there have been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago. It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing.”

Sturridge On Learning To Score Headers

Daniel Sturridge scored for England the other night — so I’m told, I wasn’t watching. And I’m guessing it was a header, as he’s been talking about developing a knack for scoring with his head.

He told FATV: “I don’t score a lot of headers but over the last couple of years I’ve actually started scoring them more often — so I think I might be getting the knack for it. But I don’t want to talk too soon!”

Might be good considering he “doesn’t run anymore.” Also I’ve just googled his height and nobody seems to know how tall he is, which is good. Lowest I’ve seen is five-foot-nine and tallest is six-foot-two. Bit mad.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Burton Albion during the Football League Cup 2nd Round match at the Pirelli Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Ref’s A Manc?

The referee for Monday’s game against Manchester United has been announced. It’s Anthony Taylor from Wythenshawe in Greater Manchester.

Hmmm…

Captain Hendo

Jordan Henderson’s form this season is to be recognised by England’s caretaker manager Gareth Southgate, with the Liverpool captain reportedly set to be handed the armband for his country — and United’s Wayne Rooney, who was apparently booed off the other night, dropping to the bench.

I love internet fume.

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Today’s Pieces

Firstly Heather Carroll went to see Liverpool Ladies beat Doncaster Belles 3-1, and she has of course written a report of the game. Read that here.

Then Si Hughes has written the first of our new ‘Long Read’ features, describing the process behind writing two books for different publishers at the same time, which you can read here.

Finally, Ben Johnson has been thinking about 2007/08 and how Rafa Benitez deserved more credit for standing up to the owners. Read it here.

Great stuff, bring back the real footie now please.

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