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Asked how his team had achieved such a transformation from the one which lost so limply in Naples in October, the Reds boss added: "Everything changed.
We should hardly be surprised, when the Tories acted so limply over the Litvinenko poisoning, that the Russian state thought it could get away with it again.
Manchester United's troubled start to the season took another unexpected twist as they lost limply 3-2 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
Under Root's captaincy, England took their alarming losing sequence to six defeats in eight Tests as they succumbed limply by nine wickets to Pakistan in the first match of the home summer.
Unsurprisingly for one of our finest writers, he avoids the two tender traps Israelis and Jews writing about what is often nebulously called "the conflict" too often commit: He is neither limply sentimental, apologizing for sins real and imagined, nor needlessly steely, harrumphing his truth to the exclusion of all other possible points of view.
Bala had recovered from a slow start, taking 16 points from seven matches, before they stumbled dramatically at Bangor, losing 5-0, then lost their Welsh Cup crown, going down limply 4-0 at Aberystwyth last week.
Meanwhile, the VC at Oxford limply notes she is paid less than a top footballer, while, closer to home, Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of Liverpool University and current president of Universities UK, says that VCs could earn more in the private sector.
It's quite a marketing feat how the 'Battle of Brisbane,' which took off limply and was tagged early as a budding mismatch, got this far and is, in fact, the most awaited boxing bout for the weekend.
SUNDERLAND are still to beat a Premier League side this season after limply bowing out of the League Cup to an under-strength Southampton.
Drawn in muted shades with an Iraqi flag shown hanging limply in the background, the portrait nevertheless depicted a better time for the deceased tyrant.
STOURBRIDGE produced a damp squib of a display for their final home game of the season, going down limply to relegation-threatened Sale.
Brosnan is content to loll about in the French Riviera's sunshine limply sending up his 007 past.