West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho (unseen) scores a goal against Liverpool  at the Boleyn Ground. Photograph: Andrew Winning / Reuters

West Ham 3 Liverpool 1An exquisite lob from Diafra Sakho helped earn West Ham a second Premier League win of the season as a very poor Liverpool perfo(...)

Mario Balotelli of Liverpool scores the opening goal past Milan Borjan of  Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1Mario Balotelli has always had a sense of timing, and waiting until eight minutes from the end of a delicately poised Champion(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool ahead of clash with Ludogorets.

Brendan Rodgers said that Liverpool must embrace their Champions League return, but warned that remaining among the European elite will be harder than(...)

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor scrambles home the winning goal during the Premier League against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph:  Peter Powell/EPA

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 1If Liverpool needed any needed a reminder how tough life will be without last season’s two leading goalscorers, it was provid(...)

England’s Danny Welbeck scores his first goal against Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

Switzerland 0 England 2 The only disappointment for Roy Hodgson, perhaps, is that England could not conjure up this kind of football more often(...)

 Raheem Sterling scores Liverpool’s  opening goal during the  Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3The Premier League has its reminder that Liverpool remain a potent force. That loss at the Etihad Stadium was exorcised here in(...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling celebrates  scoring against Southampton at Anfield. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Liverpool 2 Southampton 1Striker Daniel Sturridge shouldered the responsibility as Liverpool’s new main man up front with a late winner in a 2-1 defea(...)

 Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho  scores the third goal during a pre-season friendly against  Borussia Dortmund  at Anfield.

Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0 The World Cup heralded misery for Liverpool’s forward line this summer, even the one not involved. Philippe Coutinho(...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge (right) scores a goal during their international friendly soccer match against Peru at Wembley Stadium in London. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

England 3 Peru 0 As send-offs go, England’s final appearance at Wembley before the World Cup should at least encourage the belief Roy Hodgson’s team a(...)

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli (right) speaks to his players during a training session in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti / EPA

Italian coach Cesare Prandelli is totally concentrated on Italy’s opening World Cup Group D game against England in Manaus on June 14th. So much so t(...)