Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard  with team-mate Mario Balotelli. Gerrard has still to sign a new deal with the Anfield club. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Brendan Rodgers expects Daniel Sturridge to miss Liverpool’s most demanding week of the season as they play Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Chelsea (...)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli: club assistant manager Colin Pascoe was giving little away as to Balotelli’s chances of retaining his starting spot for tonight’s Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Swansea. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mario Balotelli is not affected by the scrutiny he is under and has the hunger to succeed as a Liverpool player, according to assistant boss Colin Pas(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

When Brendan Rodgers spoke of the “calculated gamble” he had made in bringing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, deep in his heart he knew that he was talk(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.Rodgers backed the Italy (...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers left frustrated again by the news Daniel Sturridge has suffered  a setback. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Liverpool have been dealt another significant blow after Daniel Sturridge broke down in his first session since returning to training. Brendan Rodg(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied  the club put pressure on England boss Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling  against Estonia on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club put pressure on Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier agai(...)

Mario Balotelli has compared his Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard to Italian midfield star Andrea Pirlo. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists he is working harder to become more of a threat in the penalty area but would prefer a partner to play off u(...)

 Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recovery regimen.  Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the “two-(...)

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren (left) will miss two of Croatia’s qualifiers because of injury. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has withdrawn from Croatia’s squad with an abdominal injury to give club manager Brendan Rodgers a potential defen(...)

Roy Hodgson alongside Wayne Rooney at England’s press conference. “I don’t think any of us want a complacent life in football,” he said. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Instinct suggests that England are on a hiding to nothing. They confront the joint lowest-ranked team in world football at Wembley tonight, San Mar(...)