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Liverpool v Manchester United, cracking catches and desert rallying

Guardian sport
·2 min read
<span>Photograph: Bruno Fablet/EPA</span>
Photograph: Bruno Fablet/EPA

1) The Premier League leaders once again play at Anfield on Sunday, but on this occasion Manchester United are the team top of the pile, rather than Liverpool. The clash has brought many famous moments. There was the 3-3 draw in 1988, the 3-3 draw in 1994, Jerzy Dudek forgetting what his job was, a John O’Shea winner, and, not to mention, a brief compilation of other things. There was a less savoury incident in 1986 when the United players were sprayed with CS gas as they arrived at the ground. It was less dramatic last season when Mohamed Salah sealed the win as Liverpool sauntered to the title.

2) Mathieu Valbuena gets knocked down, but sets them up again: a remarkable sprawling assist for Olympiakos against Panetolikos. The consolation goal from Panetolikos was decent too, assisted by former Nottingham Forest winger Gboly Ariyibi and scored by ex-Sheffield United midfielder Aymen Tahar.

3) Great Britain snowboarder Aimee Fuller announced her retirement this week. Fuller infamously celebrated an Olympic contender falling while on BBC commentary. Conveniently, she has her own YouTube channel, so you can learn about a day in her life. Alternatively, you can just watch Fuller on the slopes.

4) This is no time for festivities, but it didn’t stop a firework display outside Edgeley Park from halting play at Stockport’s FA Cup third-round tie against West Ham. Fireworks and football have long had a relationship, of course, not least during Brazil v Chile back in 1989.

5) Edwin van der Sar might come to mind when you say “incredible diving catch by a Dutchman”, but Logan van Beek brought new meaning to it in New Zealand’s Super Smash. The all-rounder produced a brilliant dive and one-handed catch to dismiss Brett Hampton. Meanwhile, Alex Hales has also been causing bother to boundary riders in the southern hemisphere, as he makes them collect the ball in the Big Bash. There are a number of Englishmen in fine form in Australia, including Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone and Surrey’s Jason Roy.

6) The Dakar Rally concludes on Friday. Have a look back on the first 18 years of the race when it was Paris-Dakar.

Our favourites from below the line last week

1) Magnus Carlsen can do it with his eyes shut – well, blindfolded anyway.

2) Escape from it all with the latest America’s Cup action.

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