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 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers' management of Mario Balotelli has backfired

The ESPN FC crew respond to your questions in regards to which Premier League player needs to improve, and if Craig Burley will steal Christmas.

"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...

 By Mike Whalley

Brendan Rodgers: Winning any trophy would be a 'step forward' for Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers credits his side's tenacity as the driving force behind their victory over Aston Villa.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes winning a trophy would make this season a success -- even if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Rodgers' side are struggling to secure a place in the competition for next season as they lie ninth in the Premier League, seven points outside a top-four spot.

However, the club are in three cup competitions as they head into 2015, beginning their FA Cup campaign at League Two side AFC Wimbledon on Jan. 5.

They face a two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final...

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18 hours ago

Rodgers and Dyche both satisfied

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Burnley manager Sean Dyche were both pleased in the Reds' 1-0 defeat of Burnley.


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 By Mike Whalley

Simon Mignolet has chance to 'prove his worth' again, says Brendan Rodgers

The ESPN FC panel discuss Liverpool's 1-nil victory over Burnley and highlight Brendan Rodger's controversial substitution of goalkeeper Brad Jones at the half.

LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is still rebuilding his confidence as he bids to re-establish himself as the Reds' No. 1, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Mignolet, 26, was dropped on Dec. 14 after a poor run of form, but returned as a 16th-minute substitute at Burnley on Boxing Day as Brad Jones suffered a thigh injury in the 1-0 win.

The Belgium international, who had not played in his side's previous three matches, had "a couple of edgy moments" at Turf Moor, Rodgers acknowledged.