How Rafa Benitez has ruined Ryan Babel’s Liverpool career, Cohen remains bullish over Hillsborough comments, Ronaldo turns on the burners in Brazil, and more

While you see why going to a Star Trek premiere isn’t so bad (unless you’re Thierry Henry), catch up on all of today’s best bits from Soccerlens and elsewhere around the football blogosphere.

English Premier League: Liverpool v. Arsenal

Liverpool face Arsenal in a pivotal Premier League showdown this evening at Anfield, and you can follow the action from start to finish with Soccerlens’ live match commentary.

Has Rafa Benitez Ruined Ryan Babel?

In his first two seasons, Ryan Babel hasn’t exactly repaid the large sum that Liverpool invested in him in the summer of 2007, but is it partly due to his manager hindering his development and success?

Cohen Offers No Apology for Hillsborough Comments

You can tell when a man is wrong and just being ignorant for ignorance’s sake, and in this case, that’s what Steven Cohen is doing by continuing to speak untruths about the Hillsborough disaster. If you didn’t catch his initial comments, you can here.

Do Chelsea Fans Still Want Deco?

After a fast start to life at Chelsea, Deco has proved to be a big disappointment at Stamford Bridge. Is he going to be one of several sold in the summer, or does he still have a future at the club?

Everton’s 2009/10 Home Shirt Leaked

Last week, we brought you a leak of the 2009/10 Chelsea home shirt, and now thanks to SL Shirts, you can see what their FA Cup final opponents will be wearing at home next season.

Kitbag Offers Free Name Printing on Cristiano Ronaldo Shirts

If you’re looking to get a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt for yourself or a special someone, Kitbag is offering a way to save a little money on your purchase for a limited time.

Ronaldo Continues to Turn Back the Clock

The original Ronaldo has had quite the rebirth in his return to the pitch, and in case you thought he’d lost a step thanks to his injuries, he’s gone and proved you very wrong.

Week 5 MLS Review

We’re through the first five weeks of the 2009 MLS season, and in last weekend’s action, Houston, New York, and Dallas all got in the win column for the first time this season.

Babe of the Day: Abbey Clancy

Another lovely lady that you can group into the ‘it’s never a bad time to post…’ category, and over at Soccerlens Babes, there’s a nice collection of videos featuring Peter Crouch’s squeeze. Listen to her if you want, or just ogle away, but make sure you clean the drool off of the keyboard.

From the SL Vault: Football’s Greatest Forwards

With the way that he’s played in Brazil, Ronaldo is once again showing why he deserves to on any list of this nature not just when he hangs his boots up for the final time (which hopefully won’t be for a long time yet), but right now.

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