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Brendan Rodgers: Is This The Mario Balotelli Press Conference?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has cast doubt over Mario Balotelli’s long term future at the club. Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has spoken to Mario Balotelli about his shirt swap with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half-time and admitted that the Italian striker would face punishment for his actions. Rodgers refused to comment on reports that the 24-year-old will face a sanction from the club but raised doubts regarding Balotelli’s long-term success at Liverpool. “Any action I would take with Mario [Balotelli] would be kept within ourselves. We’ve had a conversation about the culture in this country and in particular Liverpool and that is it. Matter closed,” said Rodgers at Thursday’s press conference. “There’s been no reaction to Mario Balotelli’s shirt swap from the rest of the squad but speculation is inevitable.” “The Mario Balotelli show is no different to me. He is treated like any other player. We have an image of a team here, of how we play […] Read more »

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid: Galacticos Dish Out Champions League Lesson

Liverpool were humbled by a masterclass display meted out by the European champions Real Madrid. Three goals in the space of 18 first half minutes settled the contest early as the Reds were comprehensively dispatched at their own backyard. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 20th time in 13 appearances this season and subsequently moved to within one goal of former Real Madrid legend Raul’s Champions League record of 71 strikes. After the flurry of goals it was a matter of damage limitation for Rodgers’ men and the English club put on a spirited display in the second half. Mario Balotelli had another horrible evening as he was substituted at half time and his shirt swap with Real Madrid defender Pepe did not go down well with the Reds boss. Rodgers,however, insisted that Balotelli’s substitution was based on tactical reasons. “It’s not something I like,” he said. “We had an incident last year with a player that was dealt […] Read more »

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Liverpool Skipper Steven Gerrard: We Cannot Yield An Inch Against Real Madrid

The Reds have endured a difficult start to the season but the 34-year-old expects them to raise their game against the European champions and to cause an upset After a difficult start to the season, Gerrard is sure his teammates will up their game for the clash Anfield. “We slipped up in Switzerland so we now have to take something out of either of the games against Real,” he told reporters. “I think our best chance is at home but the plan is to get something out of both games. We must focus on this one first and we have got to get some kind of a result. Beating Real Madrid is a big ask but it is possible. A result in the first game would certainly help us get out of the group and I think a performance is due. “The performance at QPR wasn’t good enough, everyone knows that, but I think everyone will respect that, when Real […] Read more »

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Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Marvels At The Quality Of Spanish Giants

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that ‘character’ and ‘spirit’ of his side will be the determining factor tomorrow night when they take on Real Madrid at Anfield. Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, the Reds boss predicted a whirlwind on Wednesday evening. He told in his pre-match press conference: “The hurricane will be on the field, for sure.” “Both teams will be looking to win the game, both teams will be working hard to get the points. And we are really looking forward to the challenge. Real Madrid have great players, but I also have some world-class players of great quality.” “It should be a fantastic game, an exciting game, and we look forward to it.” The defeat against Basel in match week two means Liverpool are in third place ahead of the double-header against the Spanish giants and Rodgers admits that the margin of error is very less tomorrow. “For me coming into this competition, our home games […] Read more »