Brazilian Kaka who earns $7.1 million at  Orlando City while some team-mates receive  just $700 a week on contracts which can be waived without compensation at a certain point in the season. Photo:  Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty

Orlando City, featuring Kaka at one end and Sean St Ledger at the other, have filled more than 60,000 seats for its first-ever Major League Soccer gam(...)

 Jordan Henderson opens the scoring for  Liverpool  during the  Premier League match against Burnley at Anfield. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Liverpool 2 Burnley 0Brendan Rodgers insists it is no foregone conclusion that Jordan Henderson will be promoted from vice to club captain when Steven(...)

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho celebrates with Dejan Lovren after scoring the winning goal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1The decisive factor at Anfield would not be Liverpool’s late return from Istanbul, claimed Manuel Pellegrini, but the per(...)

Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers says team still have “a great chance to achieve what we want to achieve this year. We can’t afford to dwell on the Europa League.” Photograph: Ozan Koseozan/AFP/Getty Images

One route into the Champions League closed on Liverpool in Istanbul and Brendan Rodgers believes his players face a psychological challenge to enhanc(...)

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 takes the ball from Liverpool captain  Jordan Henderson  before taking and scoring the penalty  in the  1-0 first-leg victory over Besiktas in the Europa League at Anfield. Photograph:  Peter Powell/EPA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given his full backing to striker Mario Balotelli over the penalty furore which blew up in the 1-0 win over Besi(...)

Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s equaliser as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1. (Photograph: AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS)

Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2Liverpool exorcised some demons at Selhurst Park by reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals with an impressive win against Crys(...)

Ireland Head coach Joe Schmidt has been talking about concussion. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Rugby
  • February 10, 2015, 09:00

Rugby: Concussion debateWith George North, or more particularly Wales, in the dock over concussion; Irish head coach Joe Schmidt says the earliest hoo(...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling:   is under contract at Anfield until 2017 and has yet to sign a new deal despite negotiations opening in October. Peter Byrne/PA

Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling’s advisors that Liverpool will not be held to ransom over a new contract and fears an excessive salary c(...)

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(...)