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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli tells critics to ‘shut up’ in bizarre Instagram video

• Liverpool striker uses video to aim broadside at detractors• ‘Do you know me? Did you ever talk to me, personally?’Mario Balotelli has courted further controversy angrily by attacking his detractors in an angry online video.The Liverpool striker uploaded the video onto his Instagram account on Tuesday evening, appearing to aim its content at people who have criticised him – presumably via social media – since what has thus far proved a largely unsuccessful move to Liverpool. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool eye second-place finish after Swansea win – video

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool are hoping to finish second in the Premier League after beating Swansea City 1-0 on Monday night. The Liverpool manager says his team are on a good run and hope to ride that confidence into the top four of the league. Swansea City’s manager, Garry Monk, says his team were strong in the first half, but grew tired and sloppy towards the end of the match Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool must ignore hype around United clash, warns Simon Mignolet

• Liverpool unbeaten in the league since December’s defeat to United• Two sides meet on Sunday two points apart in race for fourth place• ‘We know there will be a huge build up … we can’t get carried away’• Match report: Swansea 0-1 LiverpoolSimon Mignolet has warned that in-form Liverpool must not get carried away by the hype around their match against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Liverpool’s victory at Swansea on Monday was their fifth league win in a row, and they have not lost since December’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford. That run has taken them from tenth place to fifth – just two points behind United in the race for Champions League qualification. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard not certain of Liverpool return

• Captain Gerrard has missed seven games• Manager Rodgers has Lucas Leiva fit again as well• Match report: Besiktas 1-0 LiverpoolBrendan Rodgers has said Steven Gerrard does not have an automatic route back into the Liverpool team as the club captain aims to make his comeback at Swansea City .Gerrard has missed his team’s previous seven matches with a hamstring problem but is fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium where Rodgers’ team will seek to maintain their push for Champions League qualification. Fellow midfielder Lucas Leiva is also available having been absent since the Merseyside derby on 7 February with a thigh injury. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers ‘relaxed’ over Raheem Sterling’s Anfield future

• Latest reports suggest contract negotiations still at impasse• Rodgers on Sterling: ‘He is not going anywhere in a hurry’Brendan Rodgers insists he is “relaxed” about Raheem Sterling’s contract situation despite claims that the latest discussions have failed to find a solution to a long-running impasse.Liverpool have tabled what a couple of weeks ago the manager described as an “incredible” offer – reported to be in the region of £100,000 a week. A few weeks before that Rodgers had suggested an agreement was imminent but latest reports suggest there has been no movement in negotiations. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Swansea’s Garry Monk insists Bafétimbi Gomis is match-fit after collapse

• Monk plays down fears about Gomis’s health after fainting incident• Gomis trains with Swansea after seeing specialist in France• Match preview: Swansea City v LiverpoolGarry Monk said Bafétimbi Gomis is “ready to go” after collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane and said the Swansea striker could feature against Liverpool on Monday.Gomis suffers from a vasovagal condition which causes low blood pressure and fainting episodes and there was concern when the striker slumped to the ground during the early stages of Swansea’s 3-2 defeat at Tottenham on 4 March. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Ian McCourt and Toby Moses

Arsenal will need to be on Song, Swansea must not be so narrow-minded in midfield against Liverpool and time Rafael got his chance for Manchester UnitedThe injuries are starting to bite again for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are all long-term absentees; Aaron Ramsey has only just returned; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring went against Manchester United; the similarly hamstrung Gabriel Paulista is unavailable to provide respite for the overused centre-backs; and Jack Wilshere’s still missing after having some bolts removed from his ankle.• Valencia could miss Arsenal visit after cutting big toe on broken teacup• Podolski: Arsenal is still an open chapter for me• Crystal Palace’s Jedinak given four-game ban for Sakho elbow• QPR director of football Ferdinand charged with misconduct by FA• Gomis returns to training with Swansea following collapse• Johnson has talks with foreign clubs over transfer• Leicester and Football League continue financial fair play talks• Bruce set to sign new Hull contract ‘in next 24 hours’• So, Louis van Gaal, what exactly is your Man Utd ‘philosophy’?• Mourinho v Ferguson: how to leave a club in good shape• Van Persie left out of Holland squad for upcoming fixtures• Falcao struggles as United’s Under-21s are held by Spurs• Chelsea are not panicking but must rediscover spark • Blanc proves worth to Qatari backers as Chelsea are ousted• Mourinho-led ‘aggressivity’ not enough to keep PSG at bay• Southampton players take to the ice hockey rink during break• Everton don’t want Barkley to play for England at Under-21 Euros• Lukaku rouses Everton to secure advantage against Dynamo Kyiv• Everton forget their domestic slumber to keep European dream alive• Villa pitch invasion a disgrace but it doesn’t mark return to ‘dark ages’• Poyet feeling the wrath as perfect storm of problems hits Sunderland• WBA threaten zero tolerance with fans bringing club into disrepute• Stoke’s Walters says that spitting is ‘the lowest of the low• Demichelis signs one-year extension with Manchester City• Kompany and Fernandinho have ‘no ill-feeling’ after bust-up• Burnley secure deal for Norwegian midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad Continue reading…

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