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Brendan Rodgers concedes Liverpool's season is destined to end in frustration unless his side can plug the gaps in their leaky defence. The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and Rodgers' pre-season overhaul of the defence, which saw the Liverpool manager splash out on Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, has so far failed to solve the problem. This season Liverpool have shipped 19 goals and a weakness dealing with set-pieces has contributed to several defeats, including Wednesday's 3-0 loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Liverpool are already nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea heading into Saturday's clash with Hull at Anfield and Rodgers knows there needs to be an immediate improvement at the back to avoid losing touch with the top four.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals led San Francisco 3-2 after six innings Friday night as they tried to take a 2-1 World Series lead.