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LONDON — Sequels are rarely as good as the original but English football is hoping Sunday’s Premiership showdown between Liverpool and Chelsea is better than the goal-less, soul-less Champions League draw at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Four days can be a long time in football and with much negative comment about the quality of the Premiership in the opening weeks of the season, a game worthy of two of England’s biggest clubs would do much to wipe away the belief that the game has become boring.

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