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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli will inspire Daniel Sturridge, says Liverpools Rodgers

Italy striker due in Liverpool on Monday for £16m signing Errors not experience let Manchester City snatch titleBrendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge should thrive after the imminent arrival of Mario Balotelli and denied Liverpool buckled under the pressure of last seasons title race with Manchester City.Liverpools quest to replace Luis Surez is expected to end on Monday with the 16m signing of Balotelli from Milan. The Italy international convinced Rodgers he was a risk worth taking during face-to-face talks on Friday, completed his medical on Saturday and is due to return from Italy on Monday to sign a three-year contract worth a basic 80,000 a week. He will earn an extra 40,000 per week providing he meets a series of behavioural and performance clauses demanded by Liverpool. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester City enjoy embarrassment of striking riches for Liverpool game | Jamie Jackson

Brendan Rodgers can only dream of a quartet such as Agüero, Dzeko, Negredo and Jovetic as his side visit the EtihadAfter 73 minutes of the convincing opening day win at Newcastle United, Manuel Pellegrini replaced Stevan Jovetic with Sergio Agero for Manchester City. The lethal Argentinian went on to claim the second goal in a 2-0 victory, and provided a snapshot of why Pellegrini believes his quartet of strikers are the divisions best and why Brendan Rodgers has gambled on Mario Balotelli.As Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium for Monday evenings early season showdown a spotlight is shone on the old truism that goals win games. Continue reading…

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