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All Things Footie | Thursday, August 9 | Jordan

CL here we come

After what must have been the easiest passage into the Champions League for an Engliash club (apart from United winning the league) Liverpool must feel fairly pleased with theirselves. Finishing second almost seems like a loss not a gain, a nice run out to improve fitness before the start of the season and a healthy thrashing of a team that had a bucketfull knocked passed them in the last round. Improves morale I reckon.

The lucky gits will even be seeded so a third place spot in the Prem really hasn't hampered them at all (with respect to 2nd place). I didn't see the match so I can't comment on the goals but it sounds like Owen and Gerrard had good games - but I was personally most chuffed to see Patrick Berger playng well again. I have to confess to being a big fan of the lanky Czech playmaker, always have liked him and I've said for a long time he's Liverpool's best player. Whether that is still the case now that Gerrard has matured and Owen hitting form again only time will tell - I'd tip Patrick as a nifty addition to any fantasy team though.

Slippery Solano

I've been inrigued by the stories about Nol Solano perhaps having a dodgy Greek passport. Mainly because there have been some weird explanations - Newcastle say that it's all right because they've registered him as a Peruvian for the coming season (and Europe) but surely that's not the point? If he's been playing the last few seasons with false documents then that's still an offence surely?

Coventry have signed Lee Hughes for �5,000,001 from West Brom, another weird situation. Hughes had a clause in his contract saying he would have to be allowed to leave if an offer over �5m was made, but when the offer was put in by Coventry W.B.A refused it but allowed Hughes to talk to Cov (and therefore move). Whats going on there???

In other news, Arsenal have appointed midfield genius Patrick Vieira vice-captain - with a view to take over from Tony Adams when he retires atth end of the season.

Celtic have made a place in the Champions League all the more likely by beating Ajax 3-1 in the Amsterdam Arena last night.

Aston Villa and Newcastle both drew away in the Dorothy and Toto cup on tuesday to a team placed 10th in the Swiss league and a small French side respectively. The words 'should have done better' spring to mind, especially in the case of AV.

And finally..... condolances to friends and family of Aaron Flahavan who died over the weekend, and hats off to Portsmouth for retiring the no 1 jersey in memory, new siging Dave Beasant will be wearing no 12 next season.

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