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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prodigal Liverpool Returns After 6-Year Hiatus

LONDON -- It has been six years since the once all-conquering Liverpool team won the English league championship. Now Roy Evans' team is back, challenging Newcastle and Manchester United for the title.


Liverpool, which won the title 10 times in 15 seasons before its recent slump, jumped over Manchester United into second place Wednesday by gaining a 2-0 victory at another high flying team, Aston Villa. It also cut Newcastle's standings lead to nine points.


"We know we have now got to put in this kind of performance week in and week out," Evans said after the Villa Park win. But he knows his team still has a long way to go to catch Newcastle.


"Realistically, with quite a few games to go, you've got to say 'yes, we are still in with a chance,'" Evans said. "But we would all like to swap positions with Kevin Keegan and Newcastle.


"Newcastle are in a great situation and it's the pressure on us to try and win every remaining game."


Evans' team currently is unbeaten in 10 and goes into Saturday's home game against Tottenham full of confidence.


""Liverpool showed again just how much quality they have,"" said Villa manager Brian Little. ""I have no doubt they will be ready to take advantage if Newcastle show any sign of a slip at the top."


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Everton's Scottish international striker Duncan Ferguson, who was jailed last year for head-butting an opponent, had the remaining seven games of his 12-match ban for the 1994 incident lifted by a judge Thursday.