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Coach key in Kewell’s surge
Nanjing Night Net

[BB] LIVERPOOL, England – Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez has revealed Harry Kewell was so concerned about his loss of form that he pleaded for help. Benitez said: “I have a lot of confidence in him and he is now playing well, training well and has a good approach to things. He has played well now for the last half dozen games.

“He came to me earlier in the season and said `I want to improve, what can I do?’

“Since then we have worked with him on physical work, particularly with my coach Pako Ayesteran and with the club doctor.

EPL result from yesterday: Charlton 2, Fulham1

Henry sends race message

ZURICH, Switzerland – Thierry Henry sent a clear message of support in the fight against racism in soccer when he wore a black-and-white bracelet at a news conference before FIFA’s centennial World Player of the Year function yesterday.

As FIFA’S disciplinary committee deliberated over the outbursts of racist chanting during last month’s friendly between Spain and England, the Arsenal and France striker spoke out of the need to eliminate racism from the sport.

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