Reds, Real, Rubin & rubbish

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MATCHDAY FOUR FIXTURES Tuesday Nov 3: APOEL v Porto , Atlético Madrid v Chelsea , Bayern München v Bordeaux , Besiktas v VfL Wolfsburg , Maccabi Haifa v Juventus , Manchester United v CSKA Moskva , AC Milan v Real Madrid , Olympique Marseille v Zürich Wednesday Nov 4: Arsenal v AZ , Dynamo Kyiv v Inter Milan ,Fiorentina v Debreceni VSC , Olympique Lyon v Liverpool , Rubin Kazan v Barcelona , Sevilla v VfB Stuttgart , Standard Liège v Olympiakos Piraeus , Unirea Urziceni v Rangers

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Reds not dead

As Liverpool fans fly to Lyon for what the media is dubbing a “must win” game – technically, as we’ll see later, it’s a “must draw” – the only crumbs of comfort offered them by the media are the news that Pepe Reina is to sign a new contract and a thoughtful piece by Matt Dickinson in The Times pointing out the idiocy of replacing Rafa Benitez at this point.

I have heard no clamour, not even a whisper, for the return of King Kenny among Liverpool fans as Dickinson suggests.

But he makes a persuasive case against such a sentimental move.

Even Matt cannot resist damning Rafa with faint praise, acknowledging his “maddening bloody-mindedness” and “duff deals”.

Yes, Rafa has made some “duff deals” but he has also signed Reina, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson and Javier Mascherano.

As for his