The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona’s players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers (...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli 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: Reuters.

Mario Balotelli has two months to prove he has a future at Liverpool or see Brendan Rodgers accept that his €20 million gamble has not worked out and(...)

Victor Valdes will train with manchester United as he continues his recovery from injury.  Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury at Manchester United. The 32-year-old, who came throug(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Séamus Coleman and England’s Leighton Baines are the most dangerous defenders in the opposition box. No defender has scored more goals than Coleman since the start of last season. Photograph:  PA Wire.

A group of Everton fans were the victims of a seemingly unprovoked attack in Lille late on Wednesday, prior to their Europa League clash, the club co(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

“Vinny had first cried foul over the upheaval made on the pavement outside the house by the meter installation folk.”

Like Johnny Turk in the ballad, Waltzing Matilda, Vinny Fitzpatrick was ready; oh, he primed himself well. When the representative from Irish Water ca(...)

Steven Gerrard scores Liverpool’s second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in 2009. Liverpool won the match 4-0. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool v Real MadridAnfield, 7.45pm, RTE 2, Sky Sports 5Steven Gerrard is demanding a much improved performance from his inconsistent Liverpool sid(...)