Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard  with team-mate Mario Balotelli. Gerrard has still to sign a new deal with the Anfield club. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Brendan Rodgers expects Daniel Sturridge to miss Liverpool’s most demanding week of the season as they play Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Chelsea (...)

 Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United and faces up to three weeks out with a knee injury. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

David Silva will be out for three weeks with a knee ligament injury in what is a sizeable blow to Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s 168th derby and We(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard syas he may not be at the club next season. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has cast doubt on his future at Anfield, with the 34-year-old yet to agree terms on a new contract and his deal due t(...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli after scoring his side’s equaliser to make it 1-1 during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photograph: PA

Centre of attention as usual, only this time it was for the right reasons for Mario Balotelli and Liverpool. The maligned striker helped turn the tie (...)

Didier Drogba of Chelsea shoots towards goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A wet and at times uncomfortable evening in Shropshire for Chelsea ended with José Mourinho’s team squeezing into the next round. Didier Drogba conti(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Marouane Fellaini competes with Gary Cahill during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

Louis van Gaal was only a few days out regarding his plea for time. Judge his team and his philosophy after three months, he said, when becoming the (...)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli: club assistant manager Colin Pascoe was giving little away as to Balotelli’s chances of retaining his starting spot for tonight’s Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Swansea. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mario Balotelli is not affected by the scrutiny he is under and has the hunger to succeed as a Liverpool player, according to assistant boss Colin Pas(...)

Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin celebrates scoring the opening goal of game  at Loftus Road, London, last night. Photograph: PA

QPR 2 Aston Villa 0 A brace from Charlie Austin lit up an otherwise forgettable game as QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League and ease(...)

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

There are many well-founded objections to the unfair economic systems that have resulted in the concentration of the world’s top footballers at a hand(...)