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 (...)

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(...)

Bill Shankly with Liverpool players after a Charity Shield victory. “Shankly chose to believe football was about more than ‘assets’ and was able to convince a city he was right.” Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images.

Bill Shankly and Mario Balotelli: one a near-mythical figure representing Liverpool as it still likes to see itself, the other as it is. The 33rd anni(...)

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the winner against West Brom at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted the win was all that mattered as his side squeezed past West Brom 2-1 to register a much-needed first victo(...)

 Liverpool’s Adam Lallana (right ) is congratulated by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson (left), who scored the winner,  after his opener against West Bromwich Albion at  Anfield. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Liverpool 2 West Bromwich Albion 1Striker Mario Balotelli’s demotion to the bench coincided with Liverpool’s first win in four Barclays Premier Lague (...)

 Mario Balotelli:  did not have a touch in the Basel penalty area as Liverpool succumbed to their fourth defeat in nine games. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA wire.

Brendan Rodgers has defended Liverpool’s efforts to replace Luis Suarez yet conceded that Mario Balotelli represented his last viable option when sig(...)

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool reacts on the touchline during the Uefa  Champions League Group B match against  FC Basel 1893  at St. Jakob Stadium. Photograph:   Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

FC Basel 1 Liverpool 0Daniel Sturridge’s importance to England irrespective of fitness will be revealed when Roy Hodgson announces his latest squad on(...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli attends a training session with teammate Steven Gerrard  ahead of their Champions League Group B match against FC Basel. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Daniel Sturridge has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time for Liverpool’s Champions League tie in Basel on Wednesday.The Liverpool striker wa(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring against bitter derby rivals Everton. But critics have wondered whether he has the mobility to cope with a league that is speeding up as he is slowing down. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Leighton Baines was clearly furious to have conceded the free-kick, but it was mostly because he thought Mario Balotelli had dived. As the Italian fel(...)

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(...)