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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli will leave Liverpool for €60-70m or ‘die there’, says agent

• Liverpool is the best lesson in Mario’s career, says Mino Raiola• Raiola: bringing him back to Italy from City was my biggest mistake• Why always him? Why did Rodgers turn to Balotelli at Chelsea?Mario Balotelli’s agent has told the player to knuckle down and fight for a place in the Liverpool starting line-up while also admitting that bringing the forward back to Italy from Manchester City was the biggest mistake of his career.The 24-year-old has had a difficult start to his career at Anfield but Mino Raiola, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba among others, said on Wednesday that being at Liverpool was the best lesson the forward had had in his whole life and that he expects the player to see out his contract with the Premier League club. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers accuses Chelsea’s Costa of ‘double stamp’

• Losing manager fumes over challenges on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel• José Mourinho defends forward and fumes at Sky pundit• Match report• Barney Ronay: Diego Costa tries to light up Chelsea with dark arts• Five talking pointsBrendan Rodgers accused Diego Costa of deliberately stamping on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel during a fiery Capital One Cup semi-final second leg that his Liverpool team lost narrowly to Branislav Ivanovic’s extra-time goal for Chelsea.The Liverpool manager did nothing to conceal his unhappiness at Costa, who could face disciplinary proceedings from the Football Association because the referee, Michael Oliver, took no action on either occasion. A ban would potentially rule the striker out of Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Manchester City. Continue reading…

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