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Jonathan Liew is a sports writer at the Guardian
The evisceration of the calendar has been a weirdly disorienting disruption.
Bird’s stated mission is to do for the chicken shop what Byron did for the burger joint: reinvent it for a more affluent clientele.
The club has never quite managed to shed the rags of restless victimhood.
The modern news economy thrives on argument, polarisation and shock value.
Last month, Liverpool announced it would be the first sports team in the world to launch its own YouTube membership subscription.
Numerous inebriated posh English blokes clambered over each other to tell him what a legend he was.
His performance is catnip to English football, which has always preferred to interpret the game through the prism of personalities rather than processes.
The only team left who can beat them is themselves.
Far from swallowing it up in apathy, the Japanese have thrown open their arms and welcomed the World Cup into their midst.
Whenever there’s race to be debated, just page Barnes and up he pops, effortlessly filling airtime.