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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Toothless Liverpool losing touch already

Liverpool's current plight was laid bare on Monday when they were humbled 3-0 by Manchester City -- a result which left Roy Hodgson's side fourth bottom of the Premier League.

After just two games it would be churlish to suggest Liverpool will spend too long down in the bottom half of the table, but the feeling that the 18-times English champions are in danger of losing touch with the top four was inescapable.

A quick glance at the table shows Chelsea top, followed by Arsenal and Manchester United and then City -- bookies would be offering short odds on that quartet still there in May.

Liverpool now have the admirable Hodgson in the hotseat at Anfield but the wily Englishman faces a tough task if his side are to challenge for one of the Champions League places.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

England defence crumble in German masterclass


England coach Fabio Capello would do well to take a transcript copy of Germany coach Joachim Loew’s post-match press conference – because in it he would find all the simple reasons why his side were trounced 4-1 and sent packing from the World Cup on Sunday.

In it, Loew rather clinically explained to the international press sat before him that his side were instructed to target John Terry, pull him out of position and pretty much walk into the huge gaps created in England’s snail-paced central rearguard.