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 By Steven Kelly
55 minutes ago

New faces, style, rotation and workload all add to Rodgers' Liverpool struggles

There were plenty of questions surrounding Liverpool when they signed Mario Balotelli from AC Milan in the summer transfer window. Those questions haven't stopped, the latest concern an incident involving Jonjo Shelvey.

"What did we used to talk about before rotation?"

Those words were spoken by a friend during the momentous 2000-01 season when Gerard Houllier's Liverpool won three trophies and navigated the club's debut entry into the Champions League.

After six seasons of Houllier and another six from Rafael Benitez, discussions over the merits and disadvantages of utilising the squad no longer happen. Rotation was an established fact and here to stay.

Houllier constructed a squad to keep moving smoothly through...

 By Rory Smith
4 hours ago

Newcastle vs. Liverpool pits lucky Pardew against luckless Rodgers

Mario Balotelli scored for the first time in eight matches against Swansea in the Capital One Cup, but is that enough to get him firing again?

If there is one thing, just at the moment, that Alan Pardew seems to have and Brendan Rodgers appears to lack, it is good fortune.

That sounds like the faintest of praise for the Newcastle manager, but it is not meant to be. It sounds, too, like a defence of his Liverpool counterpart -- a whitewashing, an excuse -- but it is not meant to be that, either. A good manager is a lucky manager, runs the cliché. Maybe it is true, too, but it is not quite as simple as that. Football is all about...

 By David Usher
22 hours ago

Liverpool must not underestimate resurgent Newcastle

Mario Balotelli scored for the first time in eight matches against Swansea in the Capital One Cup, but is that enough to get him firing again?

Liverpool travel to the north-east on Saturday for a lunchtime fixture that all of a sudden looks an awful lot tougher than it did a week ago. Newcastle United were in the bottom three and facing a tough trip to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. They fell behind early, which will have surprised nobody, but came back to win 2-1, which will have surprised everybody, perhaps even themselves.

Three days later they followed it up with an even bigger upset, dumping holders Manchester City out...

 By Steven Kelly
2 days ago

Player ratings: Dejan Lovren leads mediocre Liverpool to cup win

Liverpool celebrate Dejan Lovren's late winner against Swansea on Tuesday.

Late drama at Anfield saw the Reds achieve victory against an organised Swansea City side that, just 10 minutes before the end, couldn't have possibly dreamt the night would finish so badly for them. They had looked fairly safe and secure as the game crept into the latter stages.

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With continuous questioning of his transfer business, Brendan Rodgers can afford to pat himself on the back as Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren scored the vital goals. It had been a patient -- sometimes too patient...

2 days ago

Balotelli comes to Liverpool's rescue in Capital One Cup comeback

Dejan Lovren's late winner secured a quarterfinal place for Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, England -- A trio of observations from Liverpool's 2-1 win vs. Swansea in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

1. Balotelli finally delivers

When Mario Balotelli jogged onto the Anfield pitch in the 79th minute, Liverpool were going out of the Capital One Cup and were exiting without a whimper. Indeed, for the second time in three seasons, Brendan Rodgers faced the prospect of elimination by former club Swansea.

Yet one of the benefits of having an unpredictable character is that his impulsive,...

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3 days ago

Napoli interested as Liverpool consider cutting their losses on Mario Balotelli

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe believes Mario Balotelli may be overrated, but Craig Burley stands firm with Liverpool's decision to purchase the Italian striker.

World-class rumour alert, the kind that makes the Transfer Talk world go round. Away we go ...

Balotelli on the move already?

There is no doubt that Mario Balotelli has made a slow start to his Anfield career, but the news filtering through from Metro today that Liverpool are prepared to sell the mercurial Italy international in January still comes as a shock!

After spending 16 million pounds just three months ago to land the 24-year old, it's been suggested that the Reds could be prepared to cut...