Liverpool

Jamie Carragher

Criticism of Steven Gerrard is Unfair, Says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.

Criticism of Steven Gerrard is Unfair, Says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.

Video: Jamie Carragher says former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard should lose holding role

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says his old team-mate Steven Gerrard should be axed from his current holding midfielder role. Carra says...

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Champions League

Video: Ex-Liverpool star Luis Suarez scores his first Barcelona goal

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Luis Suarez has scored his first competitive goal for Barcelona in this evening's Champions League game at Apoel Nicosia. The former Liverpool...

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Make Or Break In Champions League For Reds

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Liverpool prepare to face Ludogorets on Wednesday evening in their adopted home of Sofia. Ludogorets' ground does not meet UEFA standards and so the game will be played in the capital. Sharing the nickname of Crystal Palace "The Eagles" could have another embarrassment in store for Rodgers' Reds tomorrow evening.

Liverpool need to be more aggressive and defend better, says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool need to defend better and be more aggressive, according to the club's under fire boss Brendan Rodgers. The Reds are currently on a...

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Brendan Rodgers Calls for More Aggression From Liverpool Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

Brendan Rodgers Calls for More Aggression From Liverpool Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

Real Madrid target Liverpool’s “new Xabi Alonso”

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Real Madrid target Liverpool's "new Xabi Alonso" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are targeting Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella, a player being widely dubbed as "the new Xabi Alonso".

Reports in England say Madrid are keen on the 17 year-old Chirivella, who has been part of Liverpool's UEFA Youth League squads.

Liverpool at Ludogorets 11.26.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 Crystal Palace (a); 1-2 Chelsea (h); 0-1 Real (a)
Ludogorets: 1-1 CSKA Sofia (a); 2-0 Lokomotiv Plodiv (h); 0-4 Basel (a)

Previous CL matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Real (a); 0-3 Real (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Ludogorets: 0-4 Basel (a); 1-0 Basel (h); 1-2 Real (h); 1-2 Liverpool (a); 1-0 Steaua (h); 0-1 Steaua (a); 2-2 Partizan (a); 0-0 Partizan (h); 1-1 F91 (a); 4-0 F91 (h)

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Ludogorets: Marcelino 3; Dani Abalo, Bezjak 2; Anicet Abel, Espinho, Minev, Wanderson 1

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Toure Moreno
Lucas
Henderson Allen
Markovic Balotelli Sterling

As has become usual, the above XI is more what I'd hope than what I expect.

Mario Balotelli out of Liverpool’s vital Champions League game

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Mario Balotelli is reportedly out of Liverpool's vital Champions League game against Ludogorets in Bulgaria after failing to recover from his...

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Photo: Liverpool training ahead of Ludogorets clash

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PHOTO: Steven Gerrard leads #LFC in their Champions League preparations at Melwood this morning. pic.twitter.com/ZIIiVAqJhj Liverpool FC...

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Why Liverpool have to win against Ludogorets

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Why Liverpool have to win against Ludogorets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers must guide Liverpool to victory vs Ludogorets

Liverpool were flying high at this time last season. The hope of a possible title challenge sprouted; Liverpool fans could sense a 'new revolution' encompassing the club under Brendan Rodgers.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso on Man City: ‘Football is not mathematics’

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Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso insists it is not surprise to see big-spending Manchester City failing to make their mark on the Champions...

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Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Aware of His Situation

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Brendan Rodgers knows his position as Liverpool boss could start to come under scrutiny if their current poor form continues.

The Reds lost a fourth consecutive game in all competitions after going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and Rodgers' side are now 18 points off the pace of Barclays Premier League pace-setters Chelsea.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Aware of His Situation

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Brendan Rodgers knows his position as Liverpool boss could start to come under scrutiny if their current poor form continues.

The Reds lost a fourth consecutive game in all competitions after going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and Rodgers' side are now 18 points off the pace of Barclays Premier League pace-setters Chelsea.

Manchester United

West Ham can be as big as the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal, says Alex Song

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West Ham can be one of the top teams in the Premier League in future years, according to on-loan star Alex Song. The former Arsenal midfielder has...

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Liverpool, Spurs and Man Utd target Saido Berahino arrested for drink driving

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Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United target Saido Berahino has reportedly been arrested for drink-driving. The West Brom and England striker...

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Arsenal’s defeat to Man Utd shows they are ‘weak’, says ex-Spurs and Liverpool ace Jamie Redknapp

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Arsenal's defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday shows they are "weak" and are in desperate need of a defensive...

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Liverpool are on par to finish seventh…where they would have last season but for Luis Suarez, says Phil Neville

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Liverpool are on par to finish around seventh in the Premier League where they would have ended up last season without Luis Suarez, says...

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Man Utd and Liverpool target Martin Odegaard set to sign for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will beat Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, according to reports in Spain. The...

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Arsenal’s defeat to Man Utd shows they never learn, says Liverpool great Graeme Souness

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Arsenal's defeat to Manchester United shows the north Londoners are still not learning from their mistakes, according to Liverpool legend...

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England

West Ham set to sue England over ex-Liverpool star Stewart Downing

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West Ham are reportedly set to sue the Football Association after Stewart Downing allegedly was forced to play for England after having a painkilling...

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Video: Chelsea’s Dom Solanke, Everton’s Ryan Ledson and Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo score (Poland U18 1-4 England U18)

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The FA has released highlights of England Under-18s' 4-1 win over Poland in Gdansk last week. Chelsea's Dom Solanke scored after picking...

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Blogroll

Balotelli injury latest and transfer update

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Balotelli injury latest and transfer update - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli is out of Liverpool's UCL clash vs Ludogorets

Liverpool travel to Sofia to play Ludogorets on Wednesday night, where a victory will put them in a better position to qualify for the knock out rounds of the Champions League.

Liverpool target denied transfer move in January

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Liverpool target denied transfer move in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich have denied the prospect of sending Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri on loan to Italian side Napoli. Reports last night from the trusted and reliable media outlet Football-Italia have quoted Shaqiri's agent Ulysses Savini who claimed that his client will not make a loan move in January.

Real Madrid set sight on Liverpool midfielder

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Real Madrid are targeting Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella

Real Madrid have set their sight on Liverpool midfielderPedro Chirivella, according to reports from Spanish newspaper Marca.

Chirivella is a 17-year-old holding midfielder who joined from Valencia in the summer of 2013.

Transfer News and Gossip

Liverpool target given contract ultimatum

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Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, reported to be a transfer target for Liverpool, has been given an ultimatum over his new contract, according to reports....

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Real Madrid step-up interest in Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella

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Real Madrid are increasing their efforts to sign Liverpool wonderkid Pedro Chirivella, according to reports. We told you in September that Real were...

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s agent: ‘A transfer to Italy is not possible’

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Mario Balotelli's agent has ruled out a return to Italy. The 24-year-old striker signed for Liverpool in a £16m deal in the summer but has...

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Crystal Palace

Toothless Liverpool Lose 3-1 To Punchy Palace

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A heartless Liverpool side set up via the tactically inept Brendan Rodgers fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon at Selhurst Park. I'm not one to usually be so harsh on our manager but I'm tired of seeing him make the same mistakes time and time again.

Adam Lallana urges Liverpool to remain united through tough spell

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Adam Lallana has urged Liverpool to remain united during their tough spell that has seen them suffer their worst start to a season in 22 years after...

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Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool job safe…for now

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool job is safe despite the club's poor start to the new season for now at least. The Northern Irishman...

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Visualized: Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace

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Previous Match Infographics: Chelsea (h), Real Madrid (a), Newcastle (a), Hull (h), Real Madrid (h), QPR (a), West Brom (h), Basel (a), Everton (h), West Ham (a), Ludogorets (h), Aston Villa (h), Tottenham (a), Manchester City (a), Southampton (h)

As always, match data from Stats Zone, except shot location from Squawka and average player position from ESPN FC.

Liverpool players angry with Brendan Rodgers for sticking by Mario Balotelli

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Liverpool players are reportedly angry with boss Brendan Rodgers for sticking by misfiring striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian has only managed two...

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Liverpool are weak and get bullied, says legend Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes his former club are weak and get bullied following their latest defeat of the season to Crystal Palace. The...

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Top five conclusions: Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool

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1. Neil Warnock's gamble paid off Warnock revealed just before the match that he had to include Yannick Bolasie in his starting XI despite possible...

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The Rest

Liverpool will struggle to finish in top four this season, says Phil Thompson

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Liverpool will struggle to finish in the top four this season with their problems running deep, according to club legend Phil Thompson. The Reds...

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Daniel Sturridge has promised to return stronger than ever for Liverpool

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has promised to return from his injury nightmare stronger than ever following his latest set-back. The England...

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ job ‘not under immediate threat’

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Brendan Rodgers' position at #LFC is not under immediate threat despite the club's poor start to the season Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC)...

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