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 By David Usher

Liverpool close a thrilling 2014 dreaming of better things to come

The ESPN FC panel discuss Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Burnley and highlight Brendan Rodgers' handling of his goalkeeping situation.

Brendan Rodgers hosts his former side on Monday night as Liverpool take on Swansea City in the final league game of what has been a dramatic 2014.

The Swans go into the game three points and one place ahead of Liverpool but have already tasted defeat at Anfield this season in the Capital One Cup. Gary Monk's side had led until very late in that game but were undone by a Mario Balotelli equaliser and a last-gasp winner from Dejan Lovren.

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The Reds go into this game having picked up three points at...

 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers' management of Mario Balotelli has backfired

The ESPN FC crew discuss which Premier League players need to improve.

"There is no question over his talent -- I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way. He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly, he needs to know that the coach believes in him."

-- Andrea Pirlo on Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli spent Boxing Day afternoon on the bench at Turf Moor, as his Liverpool team huffed, puffed and scuffled their way to a 1-0 win over Burnley. And according...

 By David Usher

Player Ratings: Raheem Sterling's winner helps Liverpool edge Burnley

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike ensured Liverpool managed their first league victory in four matches despite turning in a poor performance at struggling Burnley.

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike gave Liverpool a hard-fought victory over a Burnley side who gave them all they could handle at Turf Moor.

Liverpool were all over the place in the opening half as the Clarets dominated and created numerous chances they were unable to take. The home side was made to pay a heavy price for its wastefulness when Sterling raced clear after the break to put Liverpool ahead. It was a rare moment of attacking quality from the Merseysiders, who were unrecognisable from...

Three Points: Raheem Sterling the hero as Liverpool edge Burnley

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike ensured Liverpool managed their first league victory in four matches despite turning in a poor performance at struggling Burnley.

BURNLEY, England -- Raheem Sterling's second-half goal was the difference as Liverpool picked up a valuable 1-0 away win at Burnley. Here are three quick points from their Boxing Day clash at Turf Moor:

1. Sharp Sterling helps Liverpool win ugly

Brendan Rodgers is a proponent of the beautiful game, but there can be little doubt that his side won ugly at Turf Moor. Liverpool were nowhere near as fast or as fluent as they had been in possession against Arsenal on Sunday, let alone as potent...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

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 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool Report Card: A summary of the Reds' Premier League season

The ESPN FC discuss Liverpool's recent upturn in form following victory over Bournemouth and a spirited draw vs. Arsenal.

With the Premier League season edging toward its halfway point, who has starred for Liverpool and will things improve following a mixed start to the campaign? Here's a look at how Brendan Rodgers' men have fared so far.

Grade: D

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

A hangover from last season's title tilt was always to be expected, but this has been a painfully extended case of the shakes.

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The early dismantling of Tottenham showed a lot of promise, but it has all been pretty much downhill...