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<b>Monday April 20:</b> Is Alex Ferguson a hypocrite? diet pill dissed and more in today's city news roundup

Published on April 20th 2009.

Red cheek
IS SIR ALEX FERGUSON a hypocrite after fielding a ‘reserve’ team for yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final. After criticising Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for claiming that Everton were a ‘small team’, did Ferguson show equal disrespect by beginning with a team that contained only two definite first team starters: Vidic and Ferdinand? The Toffees won the match 4-2 on penalties.

Return of King Kenny?
AND according to a variety of reports Kenny Dalglish has been in talks with Rafael Benitez to discuss returning to Merseyside to play a central part in the Spaniard's backroom staff.

Liverpool have failed to win the league for 19 years and it was under Dalglish that the title was last awarded. Thus, Benitez is seeking the 58-year-old's advice.

Euro millions
EVERY CLOUD has a silver lining, so they say, and now Merseyside is to benefit from an extra £17m of European cash , thanks to the weak pound.

Since Objective 2 cash is given to Merseyside in Euros, the exchange rate makes it worth more in pounds.

Fat chance
A DIET PILL going on sale this week has drawn criticism from an expert at Liverpool University . Appesat is a seaweed extract which swells up and tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full.

“Drugs that increase feelings of satiety and control hunger will not help (obese) people,” said Dr Jason Halford who is the university's director of the Study of Human Ingestive Behaviour. “Drugs don't necessarily deal with reasons why people become obese, which are largely psychological.'

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