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 By David Usher

Skrtel suspension could pave way for Lovren to revive his Liverpool career

The ESPN FC crew react to Martin Skrtel's Instagram post following the news that he has been banned for three games by the English FA.

The three-match suspension handed to Liverpool's Martin Skrtel for his apparent stamp on Manchester United keeper David De Gea was perhaps the least surprising news of the week. Once you've been charged by the FA, the question is not whether you will be found guilty but rather just how many games you'll have to sit out. Contesting a charge is a pointless exercise that at best will fail and at worst will result in an increased suspension.

Skrtel was suitably unimpressed with the verdict, immediately...

 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool's fans shouldn't be upset with Raheem Sterling's wage demands

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer discuss the importance of the contract negotiations between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling.

Tuesday was the third anniversary of a tiny event that could well become the focus for football historians of the future.

On March 24, 2012, Liverpool were losing 2-1 at home to Wigan and manager Kenny Dalglish played his last card with five minutes to go. He brought on Raheem Sterling for his debut. He did not score, the Reds lost and the game barely registered with the outside world.

For supporters it was the first glimpse of a talent that, like Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen before him, had been...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal, Liverpool on alert as Luiz Adriano opens door on Shakhtar exit

After making his Champions League debut for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007, Luiz Adriano has quickly become a household name with nine goals through four matches.

As the summer window draws ever closer, the transfer rumours and gossip continue to spread...

Luiz Adriano ready to leave Shakhtar?

Luiz Adriano has been a revelation for Shakhtar Donetsk this season, banging in a remarkable nine goals in seven Champions League appearances for the Ukrainian champions.

So, you can imagine the eyes of various managers across the globe lighting up upon hearing the news that the 27-year-old striker is ready to leave Shakhtar once his contract expires in December.


 By Rory Smith

Steven Gerrard's legacy must be measured by success and failure

The ESPN FC panel debate whether or not Liverpool's Steven Gerrard will be remembered for his red card against Manchester United and his slip against Chelsea.
Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona all didn't get to say goodbye in the way they wanted.

Even Roy Race could not say goodbye quite how he wanted, and he was a fictional character. For those unfamiliar with his work, Race was the comic-book captain, striker and superstar for Melchester Rovers. His animated tales ran for 60 years and were, for successive generations of British children, the gateway drug for a lifetime's addiction to football.

Every Race story ended up with him scoring the goal that won the game, the title, the cup. He normally did so after overcoming all manner of obstacles:...

 By David Usher

Should Liverpool change their tactics again after losing to Man United?

A brace from Juan Mata put a five-point gap between Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for a coveted Champions League spot.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley calls out UK pundits for taking it easy on Liverpool's Steven Gerrard following his red card against Manchester United.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley calls out UK pundits for taking it easy on Liverpool's Steven Gerrard following his red card against Manchester United.
The ESPN FC panel talk managerial tactics and debate whether or not Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal got the better of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Steven Gerrard's straight red card and how it will reflect upon his legacy.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard was frustrated with their play in the first half.

When Liverpool were beaten by Manchester United in a 3-0 loss in December, it sparked a three-month unbeaten run in the Premier League for the Merseysiders. That run came to a shuddering halt on Sunday when United once again inflicted defeat on their archrivals, a result that now leaves Liverpool's chances of a top-four finish hanging by a thread.

The club's manager, Brendan Rodgers, will be hoping his players respond in similar fashion to last time, but for that to happen he may need to get his...

 By Chris Wright

Rodgers inspired Liverpool players with letters from their mums

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a knack for using unorthodox methods to motivate players.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a knack for using unorthodox methods to motivate players.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a blue sky thinker. This is common knowledge. The man is pioneering a brave new wave of progressive, jargon-heavy football coaching.

Of course, we're talking about the man who, at the very beginning of his first season in charge at Anfield, presented his entire squad with three sealed envelopes before instructing them that each contained the name of one player he thought would let Liverpool down that year.

Yep, just like every middle-management team-building...