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Frank Lampard To Be Honoured With Nordoff Robbins Legends Of Football Award

Nordoff Robbins has announced that this year’s recipient of the Nordoff Robbins Legends of Football Award will be former West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard.

Frank’s glittering career has seen three league titles, 609 top-flight appearances and 177 goals, and he is rightly recognised as one of the all-time great Premier League players.

He will join Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrardin receiving one of football’s greatest honours.

Lampard said: “It’s a real honour for me to receive the Legends of Football award this year. Just seeing my name mentioned among those past winners is something to cherish.”

And speaking specifically about Nordoff Robbins, Frank said in an interview on Friday with TalkSPORT’s Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs: “It’s a special charity working on incredible stuff. There’s a lot of care
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10 Failed Transfers That Would Have Changed English Football

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The exaggerated hoopla over transfer deadline might be a bit too much, but we get excited about it because of one simple truth: transfers are game-changers. A goal poacher, a box-to-box midfielder, a body-on-the-line defensive stopper, they can all alter the course of a season. They can turn nearly-men to title contenders, and make relegation certainties into escape artists.

But sometimes it’s not the transfers that actually happen that excite – it’s the could-have-beens, the never-weres, the ones that got away that tantalise us the most.

Some of the stories behind these almost-signings are eyebrow raising, but they’re all true. In an alternate universe somewhere Gazza wore the red of United, Ibra was performing scissor kicks at Highbury and Kenny Dalglish was a Hammers legend.

Imagine what English football would look like today if these amazing transfers had actually happened.
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5 Signs That Leicester City Are The New Blackburn Rovers

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Nobody could have predicted that Leicester City would be top of the Barclay’s Premier League. Ever.

With a third of the season gone, Ranieri’s men have displayed the kind of title-winning form that could see them crowned champions and although it’s too early to start etching their name on the trophy, if results go their way the most desirable piece of silverware in English football could be coming to the blue side of the East Midlands.

If Leicester City are to stay be top of the pile in May, they would shatter a 21-year old Premier League record; no club outside of Manchester or London has won the Premier League title since Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side snatched it by a point in 1995.

Ranieri and Co. will be hoping to write a new chapter in the club’s history and for inspiration they
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Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle Comeback Kings (2001/04) – Where Are They Now?

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It’s an Alan Shearer level of ‘Staggering’ when you think of the miracle work Sir Bobby Robson did at Newcastle United.

He took over a team that was in disarray and turned them into world beaters. Ruud Gullit had taken a side that had previously beaten Barcelona in the Champions League under Kenny Dalglish and left it bottom of the Premier League.

Numerous high profile players had been neglected and left bewildered while a number of his signings simply weren’t up to standard.

All that, plus the fact he left captain Alan Shearer, who he didn’t get along with, on the bench for a miserable 1-2 reverse at home to Sunderland means it couldn’t have been any worse when Newcastle’s knight in shining armour came through the door.

Sir Bob took his time but his third season in charge saw United finish
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10 Transfers Where Liverpool Dodged A Bullet

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As a self-confessed Buying Club, Liverpool have always kept themselves occupied with regards to the pursuit of new additions to the squad. Under the likes of Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish, they continuously delved into the transfer market as they sought to bolster their squad. Too often Liverpool supporters have been left smarting as a result of a failed transfer, ruing the ‘ones that got away’, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona, who have gone on to achieve success elsewhere.

However, amongst all the business in the transfer market, there have been a plethora of players that Reds fanatics will be relieved that they never signed. Having been inches from sealing the deal, these transfers collapsed at the last minute, often leaving both player and club very frustrated.

In truth, it was a blessing in disguise, as these players have gone on to disappoint, with
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11 Liverpool Premier League Signings Who Proved To Be Bargains

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Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, Liverpool have never been reluctant to spend money. Brendan Rodgers spent over £100m during the most recent summer transfer window, while the likes of Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez also broke the bank during their time in charge.

Between them and fellow Reds managers during the Premier League era Graeme Souness, Roy Evans, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, they have signed many players for hefty fees, some of whom have been roaring successes and others who have failed spectacularly.

On the flip side, there are those players who have ended up being signed on the cheap, certainly in terms of their respective ability, before becoming Reds heroes and, in a few cases, legends.

With that in mind, here are the 11 Liverpool Premier League Signings Who Proved To Be Bargains.

11. Martin Skrtel

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Martin Skrtel joined
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10 Players Nobody Expected Liverpool To Sign

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Liverpool have never been dullards in the transfer market. Under Rafa Benitez, they strived to sign as many players as they could, mostly from the continent, hoping for the best most of the time. Kenny Dalglish placed a lot of faith in young English talent, to his detriment in most cases admittedly. Brendan Rodgers has offered up a mixed bag of results in terms of transfer dealings, from luring Italian mavericks one moment to signing 32 year old Southampton forwards the next.

The entertaining thing about being a Liverpool supporter is that they never know what they’re going to get, and certainly not in terms of the transfer market. Their dealings are reflected in their topsy-turvy results – they can be brilliant one moment, and so frustrating the next.

These are the players who nobody expected Liverpool to sign. Whether people thought the players
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Liverpool: 10 Highly-Rated Talents Who Threw It All Away

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Liverpool are one of the most historically significant football teams in the world: they are five-times European Champions and have no fewer than 19 league titles to their name with fans who follow the team spread across the globe.

Every player who plays at Anfield reveals how special it is; how the atmosphere overwhelms with a dogged spirit and an over-arching desire to succeed. The club has also had some epic players in the past to match the majesty of the Kop: Kenny Dalglish is a bona-fide hero on Merseyside, much like Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Jamie Carragher, and the impact they had on the Liverpool team of their generation will never be forgotten.

However, it is not always like that for players at Anfield and there has been many a player who initially came in with massive potential and who could have
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Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle: 'Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan'

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has revealed that two of football's most successful managers are fans of the show.

The Irish actor - who plays John Bates in the ITV drama - told Digital Spy and others that he was surprised to hear Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was clued up on the exploits of his character.

"I don't get starstruck by actors - I love them, but acting is a great leveller," he said. "When you're eye-to-eye with them, whether you're a huge star or a beginner, it's the same deal.

"But footballers, I get starstruck. Matt Busby was my great uncle so I'm a big Manchester United fan.

"I was at a Liverpool game, and Kenny Dalglish was there, I walked past him and he went, 'Hey! Are you out of prison yet?'"

The actor added: "Sir Alex Ferguson [told me he] watches Downton with the missus, so that's great."

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The 10 goals of the season in the 1980s

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Match of the Days annual goal of the season award featured some classics in the 1980s, with Bryan Robson, John Aldridge and Kenny Dalglish all honoured. Who was unlucky to miss out?

While watching the recent programme about Match of the Days 50th birthday it struck me how big a deal the goal of the season award was during my formative years. So this week I am taking a look back on the 10 winning goals during the 1980s, a collection of volleys, headers and screamers that I could watch again and again and again.

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Liverpool: 10 Best Ever Steven Gerrard Goals

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Steven Gerrard is one of the greatest footballers of his generation, there can be no denying that. At his peak he was best central midfielder in the world, and he has tweaked his game to become a superb deep-lying playmaker as age has caught up with him.

He is arguably the greatest player in the history of Liverpool Football Club- older fans will understandably say that Kenny Dalglish tops the pile, while the likes of Ian Rush, John Barnes, Graeme Souness and Luis Suarez also deserve a mention- winning games single-handedly at his peak and racking up 173 goals in 670 matches for his boyhood team to date.

When it comes to back catalogues of best goals, not many can compare to the 34-year-old. So often he has produced moments of sheer brilliance in the biggest games, swinging massive occasions in the Reds’ favour in the process. He has scored volleys,
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10 Players Who Didn’t Fulfil Their Potential At Liverpool

Liverpool have a long and illustrious history, and inevitably have produced some wonderful players over the years both in terms of homegrown talents – like Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher – and marquee signings – Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez. The successes of that illustrious lot were unrivalled in the red of Liverpool, but they were not the only players to sign or come through the ranks on the crest of a wave of optimism and expectations.

And sometimes, sadly, some of those players will fail.

Anfield is a wonderful place to ply your trade, but the pressure that comes with it is enormous. The fans are among the most passionate, and the most loyal around, but they also demand a certain standard. If a player is bought for big-money then they inevitably expect to see them justify their price tag on the pitch.
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9 Players You Didn’t Know Blackburn Almost Signed

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As we close in on two decades since Blackburn Rovers’ solitary Premier League title success, the Lancashire-based club are running through their final preparations before the start of another arduous and testing Championship season.

After spending the best part of the previous 20 years in England’s top flight, there is certainly room for hindsight as Ewood Park continues play host to second-tier football, and though the players who have used Brockhall for training in recent years haven’t necessarily been world-beaters, there were definitely old irons in the fire which could have resulted in some eyebrow-raising transfer deals for Rovers.

Under Kenny Dalglish, Sam Allardyce and even Steve Kean there were numerous cases of potentially history-changing players just wriggling from Rovers’ grasp, with it rarely being a case of the club’s owners fearing to stump up the money required to land their targets.
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10 Reasons Luis Suarez Is Irreplacable At Liverpool

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There seems to be an absurd calmness stretching over Anfield these days: the adjective is apt considering arguably their greatest striker since Kenny Dalglish is in the process of packing his bags for Spain. £75 million is a lot of money for a 27 year old striker – especially one with a rap sheet as colourful as the Uruguayan’s, but the Merseyside club are left with no option but to replace the goals of Suarez with three or four new players, considering it will be nigh-on impossible to replace a player of equal ability.

The fact that Suarez was forced to issue a public apology, almost reminiscent of a stubborn schoolboy, in order to be granted his dream move, shows just what a troubled character this tortured maverick is. Premier League defenders breathed a sigh of relief when Barcelona announced the signing, both relieved they
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Newcastle United’s 10 Best Goals Of The Premier League Era

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From Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ side of the mid-nineties to Sir Bobby Robson’s Champions League chasers of the noughts and even current shot-shy crop under Alan Pardew’s stewardship; the Premier League era has been rich in memorable goals for Newcastle supporters.

In the last quarter-of-a-century we’ve been blessed with an array of domestic and exotic talent capable of spectacular scoring feats in a black and white shirt with a special few able to boast their own personal highlight reel while some players are remembered for an isolated moment of exceptional brilliance.

We all have our favourite goal. Some are the 30-yard screamers that sizzle into the top corner, others the product of a dazzling run and composed finish or a breathtaking piece of skill. All aesthetically pleasing in their own right.

Newcastle have hit the net over a 1,000 times in
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10 Players You Didn’t Know Arsenal Almost Signed

It is often one of the biggest gripes for football fans across the world. Missing out on a player who you thought was coming to your club can be incredibly frustrating and, in some instances, just down right heart-breaking.

Over the years, there have been some near spectacular transfers that have not quite got over the line. Diego Maradona almost joined Sheffield United, while Blackburn Rovers elected to keep the faith with Tim Sherwood, rather than signing a certain Zinedine Zidane from Bordeaux. Chairman Jack Walker famously argued with the manager Kenny Dalglish, “Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”

Arsenal are no different to any other club and have been close to some big signings before. Arsene Wenger is renowned for being meticulous in his transfer dealings, with papers not being rubber-stamped until the Frenchman is entirely sure about the move. It is a
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10 Strangest Ever Newcastle United Signings

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In this day and age football clubs are still capable of making horrifying mistakes in the field of recruitment. Newcastle, more than most, have suffered for their negligence and have burned some serious money on a bizarre assortment of flops in the Premier League era.

Regrettably, we’ve had our fair share of shockers pull on a Toon shirt down the years from the ‘world’s best non-capped Brazilian’, some decrepit veterans on their last legs and a few wannabe players our plethora of managers, although primarily Kenny Dalglish, wasted a few million quid on without much reward.

It stirs some unpleasant memories especially when you factor in that we incredulously turned down a young Zinedine Zidane, available for just over £1 million, two years before raiding the Bradford City to acquire Des Hamilton for double the cost of Zizou. He eventually ended up
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10 Most Expensive Newcastle Transfer Flops In History

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Once upon a time Newcastle United weren’t afraid to spend money. Austerity didn’t really exist at St James’ Park before Mike Ashley dropped into town while financial planning was a mystery concept to ex-chairman Freddy Shepherd and chief note burners Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Ruud Gullit.

It was a strategy that proved more miss than hit over the years as the club would often fork out a kings ransom for a throughly average player and lumber itself with a financial burden on a lucrative five-year contract. Our roll call of extravagantly priced flops is so bad it’s impressive.

But among the masses of damp squibs that Toon supporters have had to grin and bear in the Premier League era there are 10 useless individuals that stand out from the crowd as our most costly transfer mistakes.

Honorary mentions for the following flops: Stephane Guivarc’h,
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Premier League Years: Sky Sports' evil, glorious, parasitic work of art | Jacob Steinberg

The only negative in this hypnotic football highlights show – apart from footage of Richard Keys – is that it's on all the time

You could be forgiven for thinking that there are only so many times a person can be shown that clip of Phil Babb sliding into the goalpost before they're begging for the sweet release of a My Family omnibus and you would be right in most cases.

But there are some exceptions to the rule. Some of us can watch that clip, allow ourselves a quick wince and then react as gleefully as a baby being introduced to the delights of peekaboo for the first time, because there's nothing quite like revelling in another man's pain if it arrives in farcical circumstances. "Look! He's sliding! He's still sliding! Here it comes! Wait for it … wait for it! Ohhhh! And there it is! That's gotta hurt! Gets me every time.
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Liverpool News: Brendan Rodgers Set For Bumper Contract To Ward Off Spurs

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Liverpool will reward manager Brendan Rodgers with a new contract worth £2 million per year to keep him at Anfield and away from potential suitors.

The 40-year-old Northern Irishman has steered the Reds to the top of the Premier League table at Christmas, but has only 18 months left on his current deal which he signed on Merseyside in 2012.

Rodgers has previously thought to have attracted attention from Manchester City and now the Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in him.

Spurs appointed caretaker Tim Sherwood as permanent head coach until 2015 just before Christmas, but he lacks any managerial experience.

Former Swansea, Reading and Watford boss Rodgers has offloaded the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing to West Ham, slashing the wage budget at Anfield built up by predecessor Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool owner John W Henry now wants to secure the future of the club’s
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