Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score Liverpool’s winner in their 3-2 win over Spurs at Anfield. (Phorograph:  EPA/PETER POWELL)

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Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard leaves the Goodison Park pitch for what is almost certainly the last time after the 0-0 draw with Everton. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Everton 0 Liverpool 0Even the occasion of his final Premier League Merseyside derby could not inspire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to more heroics(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic scored and was named man-of-the-match for Liverpool  at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1Lazar Markovic struck his first league goal for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers’s men made hard work of seeing off 10-man Sunderl(...)

Steven Gerrard bends home a free-kick to score his and Liverpool’s second goal in the FA Cup third-round tie against AFC Wimbledon   at The Cherry Red Records in Kingston upon Thames. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

AFC Wimbledon 1 Liverpool 2 They did everything except muzzle Steven Gerrard. AFC Wimbledon brought us a nice line in nostalgia in the way they(...)

Adam Lallana scores Liverpool’s third goal against Swansea in their English Premier League game at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA.

  Liverpool 4 Swansea 1 Liverpool ended 2014 as they opened it. Their defence can still cause palpitations from the most harmless (...)

Raheem Sterling heads in Liverpool’s opening goal in their 3-1 League Cup win over AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 3Liverpool at last have some respite. A side left traumatised in the Champions League and so horribly off the pace in the (...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard dejected after that miscontrol and slip against Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

“Right, this does not f*****g slip. Hey! Listen to me, this does not f*****g slip. This is gone, we go Norwich exactly the same. We go again.”When Liv(...)

Basel’s Ivan Ivanov and Marek Suchy½ battle with Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic during their  Champions League Group B clash  in October. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers has claimed Liverpool have shown Champions League quality this season and can handle the pressure of a must-win game against Basel to (...)