Rafa Benitez completely transformed Liverpool during his six years in charge of the club in the 2000s – and we celebrate that wonderful period in the latest episode of The Broken Metatarsal.

Rich, Mark and Pete are joined by comedian and Liverpool fan Adam Rowe on this week’s podcast as we remember Benitez’s arrival in 2004, the rivalry with Chelsea, that memorable night in Istanbul, and the team that went so close to winning the title in 2009, featuring the brilliance of Fernando Torres.

Neil Mellor also joins the boys on the phone with some brilliant stories, including how he nabbed an AC Milan runners-up medal after the first final against Milan.

And, as always on The Broken Metatarsal, the episode finishes with a game of Fact or Fiction in which Rich attempts to work out which of Mark, Pete and Adam’s unlikely stories about Benitez are, in fact, true.

If you love 2000s football as much as we do, you can find us on Audioboom and subscribe in all the usual places on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, CastBox, Deezer and RadioPublic.

Or you can just listen to the latest episode right here.

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Anthony Martial will always be a confusing player to figure out at Manchester United, especially for the neutral.

For those of us able to sit back and enjoy the 24/7 soap opera unfold around Old Trafford in recent years, Martial appears a precocious talent with all the qualities of a high-class modern forward – a one-man nutmeg machine with pace and an eye for goal.

Twitter is no barometer to gauge the overall mood of a fanbase, but Martial has been lauded on the platform when United have impressed under various different managers in the last few seasons, only to then be slated when the club’s fortunes have changed.

Read the full article here.

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England suffered their first qualifying defeat in a decade as they were beaten 2-1 by the Czech Republic on Friday night, resulting in some criticism for Gareth Southgate’s team selection.

We’ve taken a look at all the players in and around the national team squad to have featured prominently for their clubs this season, comparing their stats to see who’s in the best form and most worthy of a place in the Three Lions’ starting line-up.

We’re looking at the positions where there’s still seemingly something up for grabs, leaving out the non-negotiable core of Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

Read the article at Planet Football.

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We all like to think of ourselves as wannabe detectives – don’t we? – but some footballers have gone a step further than most.

Imagining yourself as a character in some Scandinavian crime thriller is one of life’s great pastimes, so we can only doff our caps to those who have given it a go in some way or another themselves.

We’ve taken a look at five of football’s greatest detectives from over the years.

Read the full article here.

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Unai Emery was expected to bring a refreshing change at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger’s departure – but how do the two managers compare?

Arsenal fans had become very critical of Wenger during his last few years at the club and the Frenchman resigned at the end of the 2017-18 season.

However, Emery is now coming under increasing pressure at the Emirates after a difficult start to the season, but how does his first 43 Premier League games match up to Wenger’s last 43?

Read the full article here.

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It’s two weeks since Liverpool last played, a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley, but there shouldn’t be any doubts of any lingering animosity after Sadio Mane got the hump with Mohamed Salah.

Both players finished level on goals to win the Premier League golden boot last season, but Mane appeared really angry after Salah didn’t play him in to score at Turf Moor, which led to a hilariously awkward reaction from Roberto Firmino.

You might have seen that viral video of two toddlers bumping into one another in New York, and Salah has since posted a photoshop of the clip with his and Mane’s faces superimposed, laughing off the incident.

Watch it at Planet Football.

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If we all agree that ethereal playmakers who sometimes can’t be arsed are the best type of footballers – and we do all agree on that, don’t we? – then Michael Laudrup may be the greatest player of all time.

A league winner in Italy, Spain and Holland, Laudrup is a rare species; equally adored by Barcelona and Real Madrid fans, having played a key role in 5-0 El Clasico victories for both sides.

We’ve collected 15 of the best quotes on the greatest No.10s in history.

Read at Planet Football.

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