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Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool must tighten up in order to ease growing dissent

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The FC panel address Liverpool's B-squad against Leicester, and how they won't mind an early exit from the cup competition. The guys answer your tweets on Klopp's effectiveness, Wenger's dubious sale of the Ox, and Mourinho's managerial prowess. Liverpool's poor run of form continues after Leicester ousted them out of the Carabao Cup, with Islam Slimani bagging a superb goal. The path from saviour to scapegoat is a short one at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp has to be careful that his career does not go down a blind alley. Liverpool's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat by Leicester City is not disastrous but it adds to the pressure building on him. The Reds return to the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday and the spotlight will be on the 50-year-old. Nearly two years into his tenure on Merseyside, questions remain about Liverpool's direction and there are no easy answers. Klopp's...
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Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says 'nothing calculated' about selection

BBC Sport - 58 min 21 sec ago
[unable to retrieve full-text content]<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?> Manager Arsene Wenger says there is "no hierarchy" among Arsenal's forwards.
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LISTEN: Stat Attack podcast

Sky Sports - 1 hour 17 min ago
Max Rushden's Premier League predictions against the Computer Algorithm… who wins? Listen to the Stat Attack podcast to find out!
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Brendan Rodgers: I tried to keep Raheem Sterling on a low contract at Liverpool

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 22 min ago

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed how he tried to keep Raheem Sterling on a nominal contract at Anfield in an attempt to keep the youngster from 'changing'.

Sterling rose to prominence with the Reds under Rodgers ' guidance and left Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for around £49m.

The winger was given his Liverpool debut by Kenny Dalglish in 2012, but it was under Rodgers' tutelage where Sterling established himself as an England international.

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Sterling signed a contract on December 21 2012 aged just 18, which saw his wages reportedly rise from £2,000 to around £40,000.

However, despite seeing him develop into an important player for the Reds, Rodgers was initially keen to see Sterling on a smaller deal to keep him away from the financial pitfalls other youngsters have encountered.

"There is one common denominator when it comes to young players falling by the wayside - money," Celtic boss Rodgers told the Daily Express.

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"It distorts reality, it changes people. I'm always cautious of that. I had Raheem Sterling playing for England and a regular in the Liverpool first team on £2000 per week.

"I couldn't do it any longer than about the November time because he was absolutely brilliant, so we had to get him on a different contract.

"But I stretched it out as long as I could.

"With young players, one, they have to earn it and, two, you don't go overboard with them because they have played a couple of good games."

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Sterling was offered what Rodgers described as "an incredible deal" in February 2015 as talks stalled on a new contract at Anfield. Sterling later gave an unsanctioned interview to the BBC, claiming he wasn't a "money-grabbing 20-year-old" before leaving a few months later.

The wideman left in July 2015 by signing a five-year deal with City.

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Brendan Rodgers: I tried to keep Raheem Sterling on a low contract at Liverpool

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Klopp: It's like we have nil points

Sky Sports - 1 hour 27 min ago
Jurgen Klopp says over-the-top criticism of Liverpool is making them sound like "the worst side in the league".
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SPFL 'cannot take forward' Rangers EBT review

BBC Sport - 1 hour 41 min ago
The SFA had declined an invitation to participate in a review into the handling of Rangers' EBT use

The Scottish Professional Football League says it cannot take forward an "effective independent review" into the handling of Rangers' EBT use.

It expressed disappointment over the SFA's decision not to participate and said a review would have resulted in "a better understanding" of procedures.

The SPFL had called for a review in July, but the SFA had written to member clubs advising that it would not do so.

Both governing bodies had to be in agreement over a review, the SPFL said.

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: "The SPFL board has been clear that any meaningful review would have had to be carried out in association with the Scottish FA and with the full and active co-operation of both organisations.

"The SPFL board has therefore concluded that it cannot, by itself, take forward an effective independent review."

More to follow.

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Rangers' Lee Wallace sidelined for up to two months through injury

BBC Sport - 1 hour 49 min ago
Lee Wallace (right) went off injured against Partick Thistle on Saturday

Rangers captain Lee Wallace could be out for two months with a groin injury, manager Pedro Caixinha has admitted.

The injury problems are mounting for the Ibrox club ahead of Saturday's visit by league leaders Celtic.

The fitness of fellow defenders Bruno Alves and Declan John is still being assessed.

"He needs three weeks to rest and then three to five weeks to get totally recovered, so it's six to eight weeks in total," Caixinha said of Wallace.

Alves limped off with a thigh injury during Rangers' 3-1 extra-time League Cup victory over Partick Thistle on Tuesday while John, Wallace's replacement at left-back, also went off with a thigh problem having recovered from an ankle knock to start the match.

"After extra-time you need even longer to recover," said the Portuguese manager. "So we are still assessing Declan, Bruno and all the others who finished the game.

"I'm always positive, always confident but I need to assess. As soon as we have the information we will take a decision."

Looking ahead to the game against Celtic, Caixinha said he had "a clear idea" of what he wanted from the match and insisted his team can win the match whoever plays.

Alfredo Morelos has scored eight goals in 10 games for Rangers

He said: "Of course the actors may be different and if the actors are different we may have to change a bit of the script - but not too much."

Caixinha, whose side lost 5-1 to Celtic at Ibrox at the end of last season, says they will not be using the diamond midfield formation used then against their Glasgow rivals.

And he stresses that it is his job to work out whether the reigning champions will use the formation deployed against Paris St-Germain or opt for a back three.

The Rangers boss has also called on his top scorer, Alfredo Morelos, to stay calm under provocation.

Caixinha believes the Colombian striker will be antagonised in the match but urges the player to control his emotional side. However, he admits that, if he were the opposition manager, he would urge his team to provoke Morelos.

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Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal striker told Arsene Wenger has no hierarchy

BBC Sport - 1 hour 57 min ago
Wenger 'nothing calculated' about Sanchez selection

Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is close to full fitness but the striker will have to earn his place because there is "no hierarchy" at Arsenal.

Sanchez was close to joining Manchester City