Mario Balotelli of Liverpool walks off dejectedly during the Uefa Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club. The Reds boss believes(...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli (right) walks off the pitch at half-time with Real Madrid’s Pepe, before swapping shirts in the tunnel, during their Champions League Group B match at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Brendan Rodgers is planning to reprimand Mario Balotelli after another disappointing night for Liverpool in the Champions League and the latest demons(...)

 Diego Godin (left) jumps to celebrate scoring their fourth goal against Malmo FF at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Olympiacos are top of Group A after former Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami grabbed the winner in a 1-0 victory over Juventus. The Greek champions are (...)

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers (centre) and Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans (right) vie for the ball  at Constant Vanden Stockt Stadium in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand /  EPA

Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2Arsene Wenger had wanted something to warm his cockles on the occasion of his 65th birthday and after plenty of suffering, he go(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd right) scores the opening goal against Liverpool   at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have(...)

The   Manchester City  and PFC CSKA Moscow squads  line up ahead of the Uefa Champions League Group E draw  at the Arena Khimki Stadium. Photograph:  Epsilon/Getty Images

Uefa has confirmed it will take no action against CSKA Moscow despite the presence of supporters in the stadium for the Champions League tie against (...)

Man City captain Vincent Kompany and  Roman Eremenko of CSKA Moscow fight at Arena Khimki in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA

Vincent Kompany has angrily asked “why the hell” Manchester City fans were not at Tuesday evening’s 2-2 Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow after t(...)

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben celebrates scored twice against   AS Roma  at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

AS Roma 1 Bayern Munich 7A ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to an astonishing 7-1 Champions League win at(...)

Chelsea’s John Terry scores a goal   against Maribor at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Andrew Winning / Reuters

Chelsea 6 Maribor 0Chelsea feel like a team of the present, yet here was a match infused with a hint of nostalgia. The crowd were able to lap up goals(...)

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter because of  a muscle injury. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a mus(...)