Sterling steals Balotelli’s thunder

sterling-liverpoolLiverpool debutant Mario Balotelli generated all the pre-match hype, but it was Raheem Sterling who provided the magic in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Sterling ignited the 3-0 rout at White Hart Lane with an eighth-minute opener and tormented Spurs with a display that will have delighted England coach Roy Hodgson ahead of the forthcoming fixtures against Norway and Switzerland.

The 19-year-old’s finest moment saw him weave a path through the home defence only to fire a tame shot at Hugo Lloris, prompting Brendan Rodgers to joke: “Raheem ran into the box like Ricky Villa and finished it like Ricky Gervais”.

Reds Reportedly Want Behaviour Clauses Written Into Balotelli’s Contract.

Mario-Balotelli-AC-MilanSigns that Liverpool have learnt from their experiences with Luis Suarez, as reports suggest that the Reds want stringent behaviour clauses written into Mario Balotelli’s contract.

Rodgers is known to have had doubts about the player’s temperament, and is wary of disrupting the team spirit he has created at Anfield.

That is why the club want clauses in Balotelli’s contract that will see the striker fined if he misbehaves significantly.

Glenn Hayes, an employment law partner at national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, said in a press release:

Liverpool Take Risk And Sign Mario Balotelli

BalotellivEnglandSuper Mario is returning to the Premier League as Liverpool have signed AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli for £16m.

Balotelli announced the move this morning in Milan telling reporters before training:

“This will be my last day at Milanello.”

The £16m transfer fee means that Milan will take a £3m loss on a player who scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club since joining in January 2013.

Liverpool have been linked with strikers all summer and Brendan Rodgers alluded to the fact they needed to sign someone after Sunday’s win over Southampton.

Lovren Says He Took Less Money To Sign For Liverpool

lovren-liverpoolDejan Lovren says he rejected a number of highly lucrative deals in order to seal a move to Liverpool.

Lovren, who impressed for the Reds against his former side on Sunday afternoon, sealed a £20million move to Liverpool at the end of July.

The Croatian international has revealed he received a number of lucrative offers to leave St Mary’s but had his heart set on a move to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Lovren said on his move to last season’s Premier League runners-up: ‘I had better offers financially but from the first day I said I want to come to Liverpool.

BR Warns Liverpool Should Not Overpay Raheem Sterling

sterling-liverpoolLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that the club plans to reward star attacker Raheem Sterling with an improved contract but says that Liverpool must be “careful” not to ruin his motivation by overpaying him.

The Reds manager plans to reward his young winger for his excellent form last season but wants to ensure that he keeps his feet on the ground, unlike some British players

The 19-year-old rocketed to stardom in 2013-14 and is set to be given an improved deal despite already having terms with the Premier League club until mid-2018.

Brendan Rodgers Praises The Character Of His Team

br-liverpoolFormer striker Luis Suarez may have gone but he has not forgotten Liverpool and he sent manager Brendan Rodgers a good luck message before their opening victory over Southampton at Anfield.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barcelona in the summer for £75million in the wake of another biting incident and four-month ban, sent his well wishes to Rodgers and his former team-mates on Sunday morning.

His old partner Daniel Sturridge did his best to ensure Suarez will not be missed with the winner 10 minutes from time after Nathaniel Clyne had cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s first-half opener – although Rodgers is still in the market for a top-quality striker.

Sturridge: We Are Better Without Suarez

SturridgeDaniel Sturridge claims Liverpool will be a lot better this season, despite the departure of last season’s top goalscorer Luis Suarez.

Suarez starred for Liverpool last term, scoring a stunning 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances as the Anfield giants came close to winning their first title for 24 years.

The Uruguay forward moved to Barcelona for a reported fee of £75million last month, though, and his absence means Sturridge – who himself scored 21 top-flight goals last season – will be tasked to lead the Liverpool line in 2014-15.

Liverpool Beat Southampton 2-1

daniel-sturridgeLuis who? A lot of the talk this summer has been how Liverpool can replace the 30+ goals that Luis Suarez scored last season. What has been lost in the conversation is that the other half of the SaS partnership, Daniel Sturridge is still a Liverpool player.

On Sunday Sturridge shouldered the responsibility as Liverpool’s new main man up front with a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Southampton at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has spent most of preseason working on improving Liverpool’s shaky back-four, but that unit showed that they are not yet a fully formed defensive unit when goalkeeper Simon Mignolet got in a tangle with Graziano Pelle at Southampton’s first corner, almost presenting the visitors with an easy chance.

Rodgers: My hopes for 2014-15

br-liverpoolBrendan Rodgers has spoken of his hopes and expectations for the coming season as he strives to bring some silverware to Anfield.

In an exclusive chat with LFCTV GO, the manager previews the new season and tells us why he has a much stronger squad now available, as the Reds prepare to embark on a campaign that marks the welcome return of Champions League football.

As the Reds prepare to step out at Anfield for the start of the 2014-15 campaign against Southampton the boss insists his charges are ready, as they look to make it a season to remember.

Rodgers Looking To Finish One Place Higher This Season

Brendan-RodgersLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he can lead the club to an English Premier League title – perhaps as soon as this season. Rodgers’ side were in pole position for last season’s title until Steven Gerrard’s costly slip gifted Chelsea victory at Anfield, and when they then let a three-goal lead slip against Crystal Palace it allowed Manchester City to take the eventual honours.

The loss of Luis Suarez, sold to Barcelona after being banned from football for four months for biting an opponent while on 2014 FIFA World Cup duty with Uruguay, has many observers predicting a Reds regression this season. But the ever-upbeat Rodgers has no doubts.