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Joe Allen injures hamstring in Liverpool's final friendly, set for scan

After a disappointing 2014-15 season Liverpool seem destined to aim for a Champions League spot, rather than a league title.

Joe Allen will have a scan on his hamstring after lasting just 13 minutes in Liverpool's friendly on Sunday.

Liverpool completed their preseason with a 2-1 win over Swindon Town, but Allen had to be taken off after suffering an early knock.

"I think Joe, [it] was his hamstring, unfortunately, so that doesn't look so good for us," Brendan Rodgers told Liverpool's website.

"But we'll see how that is tomorrow when he has a scan."

Aside from the injury, Rodgers said he was pleased with Liverpool's performance,...

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Christian Benteke to be a 'bargain' for Liverpool - Brendan Rodgers

Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke take part in their first training session with their new club
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers discusses the club's summer transfer activity after a 1-1 draw against a Malaysia XI in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Christian Benteke will prove to be a bargain for Liverpool, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool secured the £32.5 million signing of Benteke, 24, this summer from Premier League counterparts Aston Villa.

The Belgium international scored 42 goals in 89 top-flight matches for Villa and Rodgers is confident he will be a success at Anfield.

"For me, I think he'll prove to be a bargain for the club. I really do," Rodgers said on the club's official website.

"I've read and seen things...

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Luis Suarez calls good friend Steven Gerrard's slip vs. Chelsea 'destiny'

In an exclusive interview, Barcelona's Luis Suarez reveals how important Steven Gerrard has been in his career.
In an exclusive interview, Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez explains how difficult South American qualifiers are and says Uruguay misses veteran players like Diego Forlan.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea which effectively cost the Reds the 2014 Premier League title was "destiny," but says he would never have been at Anfield that season if not for his relationship with the former captain.

Gerrard's midfield stumble allowed Demba Ba's opener in a critical 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in April 2014, damaging Liverpool's hopes for a first league crown in 24 years.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Suarez, who scored...