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10 year challenge: How have Messi, Pogba, Salah aged since 2009?

Get caught up on the Premier League weekend with the Exploding Heads in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package.

Posting throwback photos my by a regular occurrence on social media -- there is a whole day of the week reserved for it, after all -- but there have been a spate of them this week thanks to the #10yearchallenge.

Toe Poke thought it would have a crack at the social media trend and examine exactly how some of today's most prominent football stars looked a decade ago, back in the halcyon days of 2009.

Raul Meireles sings (sort of!): Ex-Liverpool, Chelsea man does Lip Sync Battle

Having brought and end to his professional football career two years ago, Raul Meireles has been keeping himself busy since by co-owning and running a fashion boutique in northern Portugal with his wife.

However, the 35-year-old came barrelling back onto television screens over the weekend with a dramatic performance in the inaugural episode of the new Portuguese version of "Lip Sync Battle."

Meireles stunned the audience with a faithful rendition of a 1980s classic by famous Portuguese singer Antonio...

Numbers: Lionel Messi reaches 400, David De Gea saves Manchester United

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's controversial penalty against Brighton and what's caused Manchester United's resurgence.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down the key factors that guided Manchester United to a statement victory over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Craig Burley and Steve Nicol are unsure Gareth Southgate will suit Man United after reports listed him as a potential long-term replacement.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are not the Harlem Globetrotters, and must get results as well as show good performances.

Lionel Messi hit another milestone as Barcelona swatted Eibar aside 3-0 to maintain their five-point lead atop La Liga. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first 'real' tactical test with a tough 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal stumbled at West Ham, losing 1-0 while Liverpool saw off Brighton by the same score with a performance that screamed substance over style.

Here are the best of the numbers from this week's football action.


400

Lionel Messi is now the first player to score 400 goals in...

Liverpool again show they will sacrifice style in favour of results on the road to the Premier League title

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a battling 1-0 win over Brighton.
Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a battling 1-0 win over Brighton.
Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner examine Liverpool's bounce-back win at Brighton & Hove Albion and its implications on the title race.

BRIGHTON, England -- In any title-winning season there are games that end up being almost forgotten: staging posts along the road that offer essential nourishment but nothing in the way of vivid scenery.

Should Liverpool see the job through in May, this laborious win over an excellently drilled Brighton side will only merit a few seconds of the highlight reel. It will not matter one bit, because these may prove to be their most important three points of the entire campaign.

Make no mistake,...

Fabinho deputises well in defence, Mohamed Salah shines as Liverpool edge Brighton

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a battling 1-0 win over Brighton.

BRIGHTON, England -- Liverpool responded to their first Premier League defeat of the season with a crucial 1-0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

In Liverpool's first league match since the defeat at title rivals Manchester City, Mohamed Salah scored his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot to earn a massive three points for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Postives

Whatever City do on Monday night, Liverpool's advantage at the top of the table will at least be four points. There is...

Premier League predictions revealed: Man City will be champions, Man United to finish fourth

The FC panel react to the six clubs Mark Ogden picked to finish at the top this Premier League season and reveal this own rankings.
Despite trimming Liverpool's lead to four points, ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Man City need to be just about perfect to repeat as champions.
Mark Ogden explains how desperation could factor into Liverpool's pursuit of the Premier League title after their defeat at Manchester City.

The Premier League returns this weekend with the title and Champions League qualification up for grabs. The relegation battle is also set to intensify as games begin to run out in the fight for survival.

Manchester City's 2-1 win against Liverpool has reignited the title race, while Manchester United's resurgence under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has created a three-way battle with Chelsea and Arsenal for a top-four finish.

So, how will it all shape out? Who will finish where, and why?

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