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For different reasons, Liverpool and Arsenal aren't meeting expectations

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth gives his betting odds for Arsenal and Liverpool, where he explains the best option would be to side with the Gunners.
Raheem Sterling, left, is managing the Prem pressure fairly well, Alexis Sanchez is thriving. Both players' teams, though, are not living up to expectations.

While Arsene Wenger was at least occasionally joking in his Friday news conference, Brendan Rodgers seemed genuinely abrasive. Gone was the charm so often associated with the Liverpool manager, so too the long descriptive lines about his team's style of play.

Rodgers was abrupt, to the point and occasionally on the attack. He was also defensive of some of his players, particularly Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli.

In other words, Rodgers was everything off the pitch that his team need to...

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits out at criticism of managers

ESPN FC's Alison Bender previews Liverpool's clash with Arsenal at Anfield, where there appears to be many pointing fingers at management, summer signings and defending.

Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the treatment of managers in the modern game and said the reasons for Liverpool's struggles this season should be "clear."

Rodgers, whose side host Arsenal on Sunday, said he found it hard to accept that Gunners supporters had verbally abused Arsene Wenger at a train station following the defeat to Stoke earlier this month.

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"If you look at Arsene Wenger, he has been an iconic figure for football, he has been amazing," he told Sunday newspapers. "You get criticised...

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Prem: Gunners go for glory at Anfield

Week 17 in the Premier League continues on Sunday as struggling Liverpool play host to Arsenal, while Sunderland travel to St. James' Park to face Newcastle.


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Markovic is improving - Rodgers

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Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive.

That advice backfired when he was sent off just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the club's Champions League exit against Basle last week after flailing an arm into an opponent's face.

However, employed on the left-hand side of a midfield four, requiring more defensive effort than he is used to, against Bournemouth on Wednesday...

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling wins European Golden Boy award

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails Raheem Sterling's performance against Bournemouth.

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has won the prestigious European Golden Boy award for 2014.

The award is given to the best young player in world football and was originally established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and is voted for by a number of top publications from across the game.

All players under the age of 21 are eligible and a 40-man shortlist was initially revealed, featuring Liverpool teammate Lazar Markovic and on-loan striker Divock Origi.


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