Jurgen Klopp is close to becoming Liverpool’s new manager with the 48-year-old expected on Merseyside on Thursday to finalise terms with the Anfield club. Photograph: PA

Jurgen Klopp is close to becoming Liverpool’s new manager with the 48-year-old expected on Merseyside on Thursday to finalise terms with the Anfiel(...)

Work being carried out to increase the capacity of Anfield. Photograph: Getty Images

It is of course never a sign of good health for a club to be sacking a manager, especially when the leaves on the autumn trees are barely brown at the(...)

Brendan Rodgers’ analytical approach to the game can sometimes get in the way of what he actually wants to build at Liverpool. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/Getty Images

On Saturday, Liverpool beat Aston Villa thanks to two brilliant goals by Daniel Sturridge. ‘It is not rocket science,” Brendan Rodgers said. “The las(...)

Irish fans celebrate after World Cup Pool D victory over Canada at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Reuters.

So far, Ireland have skitted around the edge of this World Cup, from Cardiff to Staffordshire, and have yet to set foot in London. And that’s the way (...)

 Brendan Rodgers: Including  the dismal end to last season,  Liverpool have taken only 16 points from their last 15 Premier League games. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Transition, transition, transition. It is the curse of modern football and also its great excuse. Whenever a club are underperforming, it is becaus(...)

Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy vies for the ball with Victor Cabrera of the Montreal Impact during their MLS match. Photograph: AFP Photo

Robbie Keane continues to top the list of Irish earners in the MLS by quite a distance but recent arrivals at LA Galaxy, Steven Gerrard and Giovani Do(...)

Jordan Ibe of England looks on during an Under-21 International match between Norway and England. Photograph: Trond Tandberg/Getty Images

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe will commit his international future to England rather than Nigeria, according to a tweet from Super Eagles coach and form(...)

Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford in what was once a defining match in football but is now waning somewhat. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

There is a top-of-the-table match involving a team from Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Man City, first in the Premier League, are at Crystal Pal(...)

Brendan Rodgers has shown a remarkable thirst for on-the-hoof rebuilding. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

  It is no more than a handy coincidence but there was an unavoidable resonance about Liverpool’s first post-Balotelli performance at the (...)

John Terry: Chelsea’s long-serving captain  struggled at Manchester City last weekend and was substituted  at half-time by manager Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Carl Recine/Livepic/Reuters

1 A test of City’s mettle: Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea was a statement performance. The message was received loud and clear by José (...)