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LIVERPOOL are refusing to give up on signing Gareth Barry despite Aston Villa's insistence that the deal is now off.

A day of complex talks was brought to a halt by Villa at 5pm yesterday, according to the terms of a deadline imposed by the Midlands club.

That was despite the fact Liverpool had met Villa's financial demands for Barry, as laid out in written correspondence between the two clubs.

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* VIEW a picture gallery from El Madrigal here and re-visit our Live Blog of the match here

ANYONE who doubts the ability of Champions League money to transform a football club should visit El Madrigal.

Little more than a ramshackle hovel when Everton visited in the qualifying stage three seasons ago, the stadium is currently undergoing a massive renovation programme financed mainly by the income from Villarreal's run all the way to the semi-finals of Europe's top club competition after seeing off the Blues.

No wonder one of the reconstructed stands is to be named in honour of Perluigi Collina.

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* VIEW a picture gallery from El Madrigal here and re-visit our Live Blog of the match here

ROBBIE Keane today hailed his debut day link up with Steven Gerrard and insisted his understanding with the "world class" midfielder is only going to get better.

The duo struck up an instant rapport in the 0-0 draw with Villarreal and Keane could have opened up his account for the Reds after being played in on goal by the Liverpool captain.

That half chance went begging but Keane believes if the service he receives continues to be of a similarly high standard it will be only a matter of time before he starts hitting the target with the kind of regularity he enjoyed at Spurs.

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Story by Vicki Kellaway

THE highs and lows of being a Liverpool or Everton fan have been captured on camera for a city exhibition.

Tabitha Jussa spent much of last season at Anfield and Goodison, but her target was not the action on the pitch, but the spectacle in the stands.

She snapped everyone from children, stewards and diehard fans to the scores of ex-footballers who turn up to support their former teams.

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LIVERPOOL will try to revive the Gareth Barry transfer saga after Aston Villa tried to finally kill it dead last night.

The Anfield club were finally close to agreeing a deal for the player - with American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett prepared to sanction a cash-only £18million transfer.

But Villa released a statement saying they had ended negotiations when their deadline of 5pm passed before the terms had been finalised.

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