Lallana: Armband spurs Henderson

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Henderson proving to be right successor to Gerrard

Real leaders take penalties. Skippers stand their ground from 12 yards. The armband inspires, it doesn’t intimidate.

Men are made in such moments, but Jordan Henderson was found wanting for Liverpool.

When he allowed Mario Balotelli to take the infamous penalty against Besiktas, his authority allegedly slipped away.

That was the kneejerk reaction. That was the popular misconception, writes Neil Humphreys.

Joey Barton called him a clone, a superficial Steven Gerrard. He wore the jersey and the armband but they were not enough.

A costume alone doesn’t make a superhero.

But Henderson knew better. Unlike the myopic Balotelli and the idiotic Barton, he saw the bigger picture. Good leaders lead. Great leaders delegate.

He lost the penalty battle, but he’s winning the war to succeed Gerrard.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 7.

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Le Tissier: Saints to finish ahead of United

Paul Merson.
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Much ado about nothing between van Gaal and Giggs

Our analyst tells GARY LIM all's well between LVG and Giggs but United have been awful

"There’s no doubt, he haad that little taste of it for the last three weeks of last year and he definitely wants to be a manager. You can see that. Over the next two or three years, will he have the patience to be a No. 2 for that long? I’m not sure he will." - Former teammate Paul Scholes (above) claims Giggs may not have the patience to remain as a No. 2

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was “irritated” when asked about his relationship with assistant Ryan Giggs.

But our analyst Paul Parker tells Gary Lim that Giggs has no problem with Louis van Gaal.

Giggs probably didn’t celebrate the 1-0 win against Newcastle because he has got the kind of Sir Alex Ferguson head on him.

He wasn’t happy with the performance and didn’t see anything to jump about.

The press are probably just looking for something to go on about.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 07.

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Singapore to face Asean champs

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Wilson vows to cut down LionsXII

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Madhu: No case for LionsXII's weak defence

HARD AT WORK: Madhu Mohana (centre) is unhappy with the LionsXII defence which has conceded seven goals in three matches. 


He was part of the LionsXII squad that defied critics and lifted the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title in 2013.

The team, then coached by V Sundramoorthy, boasted a mean defence that conceded just 15 goals in 22 games.

Today, though, Madhu Mohana finds himself part of the most porous backline in the MSL.

After three games of the 2015 season, the Singapore team have already shipped seven goals.

Speaking to The New Paper ahead of the LionsXII’s match against Felda United in Selayang tonight, Madhu, who turned 24 on Thursday, admitted the unwanted record hurts.

Some have pointed to the departures of national team stalwarts Safuwan Baharudin (now at A-League club Melbourne City) and Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Ta’zim II) as reasons for the shaky defence.

Madhu refused to use it as an excuse.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 7.

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Going underground to get better

Every year, over 7,000 patients visit underground salt mine in Belarus to treat their respiratory problems

FUN: The clinic has facilities for activities such as table tennis, reading, lounging, working out and basketball (above).
FUN: The clinic has facilities for activities such as table tennis, reading, lounging, working out (above) and basketball.
FUN: The clinic has facilities for activities such as table tennis, reading, lounging (above), working out and basketball.
FUN: The clinic has facilities for activities such as table tennis, reading (above), lounging, working out and basketball.
FUN: The clinic has facilities for activities such as table tennis (above), reading, lounging, working out and basketball.
UNDERGROUND: (Above) Children walking in the Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy, located within a salt mine about 420m below the ground.
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Cisse facing seven-match ban

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For safety and security

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