Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 105

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SPORT FOOTBALL PREMIERSHIP Anfield boss hits back at critics who say they're too defensive Thommo goes on the attack disrespectful HoullierŐ Gerard voted tops by French

HIL Thompson still has the newspaper cuttings to prove that it's not just the modernday Liverpool who have been tagged boring and P defence-minded. Anfield's assistant manager has once again had to suffer the jibes about the Premiership leaders in the aftermath of an unconvincing midweek goalless draw against Fulham. Today Liverpool face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with Thompson stating: "All this talk doesn't irritate me, it's just disrespectful to the quality of players we have. During that time when I played there were seven League titles and three European Cups. Arsenal duo Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, Manchester United keeper Fabien Barthez and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly also figure.

q Bolton build on Ricketts

MICHAEL RICKETTS, who has caused a sensation in his first season in the Premiership, has signed a new five-year contract with Bolton.

Ranieri courts success, not adulation

WHEN results haven't gone their way this season the Chelsea faithful have chanted the name of former managers.

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