QUALITY CAREER ADVICE

What would you do – if you were underused Spurs striker Defoe?

Hope they don’t sign anyone? Embrace the bench? Do a runner?

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Jermain Defoe’s present position is rather barmy. Despite being deemed worthy of only 11 Premier League starts last season, he is currently the only striker left at Tottenham.

The England forward has spent and at times wasted seven-and-a-half years of his career at Spurs and after a campaign spent glued to the bench despite a [...]

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EASY TARGETS

Kenny Dalglish is still on course to make history at Liverpool

Alas in a similar way to how Derby broke records under Paul Jewell

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Rafael Benitez’s reply to being linked with the Chelsea job was to preach of his greatness, however a far subtler approach could see him back at Liverpool within months, where his work looks more miraculous with each passing day.

Things have turned so sour under second successor Kenny Dalglish that the Reds are now priced [...]

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SUPERSTITION

Why Brighton fans are thrilled to be planning a trip to Liverpool

Brighton know how to find their way from Liverpool to Wembley...

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Gus Poyet’s Brighton masterplan involves visiting Anfield on a yearly basis. So the ardour greeting their prize of an FA Cup fifth round date at Liverpool isn’t inspired by awe at the glamour of the treat that Gaizka Mendieta helped serve up but belief that it is a sign that they are Wembley-bound.

The Seagulls [...]

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Ha bloody ha

“Ken Barlow” first in with the Stewart Downing comedy

Jokers hard at work on Liverpool star's nightclub arrest

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Followers of the news will know that the forces of law and order have “nicked brawling England footie star Stewart Downing and his ex-girlfriend” after a spot of bother at a Middlesbrough nightclub.

(Apropos very little, a former neighbour of The Spoiler’s who hailed from the north-east  and liked to dress in the punk style [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

Don’t rush home – first half hour of Man City game won’t be great

Make money on Tuesday night by betting on a goalless first 30 mins

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According to our calendar, squeaky bum time is still two or three months away, but Manchester City are already starting to fidget rather awkwardly.

Having scored three or more goals in 12 of their 17 league games before Christmas, there has been no stuffing in sight since.

Indeed, West Brom and Sunderland were as undaunted [...]

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PRE-SEASON REVIEW

The Spoiler’s Summer Awards – Part One

And the award for most unnecessary caps in a headline goes to…

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Apologies once again for the lack of activity on The Spoiler this summer. To compensate – or punish further, depending on your view – we’ve crammed about seven stories [...]

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NEVER GO BACK

Zoltan Gera and West Brom to gamble on reproducing magic

West Brom admit plans for reunion with Hungarian playmaker

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After weeks of tabloid tittle-tattle, West Brom have confirmed that they are in talks with former star Zoltan Gera about a Hawthorns comeback following the conclusion of his four-year affair with Fulham, but remarriages in football don’t always [...]

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DEAL OR NO DEAL

Is Liverpool target Stewart Downing a £20 million player?

The reasons why Aston Villa feel entitled to demand a big sum

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Both the BBC and Sky Sports agree that Liverpool had a £15 million bid for Stewart Downing rejected because Aston Villa are hoping to recoup £20 million for the winger. It sounds extortionate, but Villa [...]

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