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# High praise

This year
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O'Mahony: Sexton has 'changed rugby for the better'
The Ireland back row paid a glowing tribute to Johnny Sexton ahead of his final Six Nations appearance.
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Xavi hails Erik ten Hag and Marcus Rashford
Two of the world’s biggest clubs go toe-to-toe on Thursday evening at the Nou Camp.
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'We are behind them' - England coach hails 'phenomenal' Ireland and France
Steve Borthwick was impressed by Saturday’s Six Nations clash.
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‘Best goalkeeper in the world’ hailed after Newcastle win
Bruno Guimaraes is a big admirer of Nick Pope.
Last year
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Munster lock Kleyn looking forward to 'one of the ultimate tests in world rugby'
Graham Rowntree’s side take on Leinster at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
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Eddie Howe backs Newcastle's player of the year to make Brazil’s World Cup squad
Joelinton has thrived at the Magpies this season.
All time
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'He saved our life' - Liverpool boss Klopp pays tribute to Irish star Kelleher
The 23-year-old Corkonian stopped two penalties in the dramatic defeat of Leicester.
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Gary Neville talks up Gareth Southgate after England triumph
The Three Lions beat Denmark in the semi-finals.
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'Ability-wise, there are not many who can touch him, it's about getting that out of him every week'
Stephen O’Donnell is hoping Chris Forrester can have a big impact for his team this season.
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Gareth Southgate hails 'exceptional' Chelsea star
Mason Mount produced an impressive goalscoring performance in England’s 2-0 win against Albania.
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'He's such a talented goalkeeper... I'm delighted for him'
Ireland U21 boss Jim Crawford has backed Gavin Bazunu to shine after his call-up to the senior side.
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Pep Guardiola believes Sam Allardyce is a genius
The West Brom boss will be out to spring another surprise when his side face Manchester City on Tuesday.
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Jose Mourinho says Liverpool are ‘very close to perfection’ under Jurgen Klopp
The German, who was appointed in 2015, has masterminded an overhaul at Anfield.
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'A lot of similarities to Paulie': Earls hails diligent new skipper
James Ryan’s presence is being felt through the Ireland squad.
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'If I play half as good as Xavi I’ll be doing okay' - Irish midfielder on living up to nickname at new club
Jake Doyle-Hayes, who joined St Mirren this week, was likened to the Spain and Barcelona great by Cheltenham fans.
# Settling in
'Fernandes has X-factor quality. He's come in and impressed everyone' - Solskjaer
The Man United boss described his recent signing as a mix of Paul Scholes and Juan Veron after last weekend’s performance.
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'Freak' Faugheen sparks tears of joy on magical day at Leopardstown
Willie Mullins was full of praise for ‘one of the most special winners’ he has seen.
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Heaslip: In-form Doris is the best number eight in Ireland
The former Ireland international also explained how he feels the demands of a back row player is changing.
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Liverpool 'on course' to emulate Arsenal's Invincibles - Wenger
The legendary former Gunners manager thinks that the Reds have “accumulated the belief” to maintain their unbeaten run through to May.
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Alexander-Arnold: Leicester win was Liverpool's best performance of the season
The right-back scored a goal and added two assists as his side opened up a 13-point lead atop the Premier League table
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Klopp: 'Exceptional' Gomez can play 'sensationally' with Van Dijk
The 22-year-old has missed almost a year with a serious injury, but he’s back in the team on merit says his coach.
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Manchester United 'might be the biggest club in history' - Pogba
Sunday’s game against Everton at Old Trafford is due to be the 4,000th in a row in which the Red Devils have included at least one academy graduate.
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Mourinho compares Spurs' Son to Ronaldo after stunning solo effort
The South Korea international picked up the ball on the edge of his own area and carried it the length of the pitch to score against Burnley.
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'He's on the same level as Jack Byrne' - Dundalk's new signing is one to watch out for
Veteran team-mate Michael Doyle hails playmaker’s talents but insists he must meet standards of League of Ireland champions.
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O'Mahony: Kerry keeper Ryan 'will follow in Cluxton's footsteps if not being better'
Kingdom legend Aidan O’Mahony was impressed with his clubmate’s performance in the drawn All-Ireland final.
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'I would be amazed if he doesn’t play at the highest level at some point in his career'
18-year-old Irish defender Nathan Collins has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks.
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'Spurs players are heroes' - Pochettino
Tottenham were taken from agony to ecstasy by last-gasp VAR drama against Manchester City.
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Porto boss says Liverpool are the best team in the world 'sometimes'
Sergio Conceicao still thinks his side can advance to the semi-finals tomorrow.
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Liverpool will miss 'best left-back in England' Robertson against Porto - Van Dijk
The Scotland international will be a notable absentee as the Reds return to Champions League action at Anfield.
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Guardiola labels Bernardo Silva Portugal's 'biggest star' ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo
Silva has been a standout performer this term with Guardiola suggesting he has usurped Ronaldo in Portugal.
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'He’s been one of the best players in the Premier League this season'
Jamie Carragher has been impressed by recent performances from Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
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Barcelona, Bayern and Juventus the best teams of the last 10 years, says Pep Guardiola
The Catalan has challenged his Manchester City side to “imitate” the three European giants.
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World Cup-winning defender believes Van Dijk is the best centre-back on the planet
Mats Hummels has been impressed by the Liverpool player’s recent performances.
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Former Ireland manager backs Stephen Kenny to succeed O'Neill
Eoin Hand believes the Dundalk boss is the right man for the job.
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'When Eden Hazard is the best player of the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion'
Man United boss Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his former player.
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Geordan Murphy hails 'world class' Ford as Leicester Tigers end Premiership losing streak
Leicester interim head coach Geordan Murphy praised George Ford after kicking the Tigers to a 19-15 win at home to Sale on Sunday.
# Settling in well
'He's got great technique and great quality' - Preston boss praises Burke after first Championship goal
The former Shamrock Rovers playmaker scored a brilliant volley against Stoke City on Saturday.
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'I would take Robbie Keane all day long on my coaching staff'
Harry Redknapp believes his former player has all the qualities necessary to be a successful manager.
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England 'have got some fast guys and a great manager'
Fabio Capello also highlighted Jordan Pickford as key to the Three Lions’ success.
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'He can play six, eight and two. This is cool'
Jurgen Klopp has talked up Liverpool’s latest signing, Fabinho.