Sterling struggles against the Republic of Ireland, with his fall-off in form attracting more jeers. His second-half substitution seems like a mercyRaheem Sterling must be growing accustomed to the abuse by now. The undercurrent of dissent which had grumbled unnervingly around Anfield over the latter weeks of the campaign had given way recently to something more vociferous, whether overtly expressed at Liverpool’s end-of-season awards ceremony at the Echo Arena or within the Britannia Stadium as his side sank without trace on the season’s final afternoon. His life plays out with boos ringing in his ears these days and Dublin, across the Irish Sea, provided no respite.These are troubled times for Sterling. All that zest and effervescence the young man had displayed heading into last summer’s World Cup seems rather distant, the memories of his scuttling runs at back-tracking opponents, not least against Italy in Manaus, fading with every peripheral display. Back then his form had been a joy, his quality all too obvious, but the enthusiasm appears to have sapped away. The 60th game of his season was another plod, a mess of penalty appeals, complaints after tussles with Hull’s Robbie Brady, and a substitution midway through the second period which felt like a mercy. Continue reading…
MAIL – Raheem Sterling is the subject of Rafa Benitez’s attention with Madrid boss to tell Liverpool not to sell to another English club
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Manager Rodgers looking isolated as key aide follows first-team coach Mike Marsh out of Anfield as part of a major shake-up
Many see Liverpool’s demise this season down to Luis Suarez leaving for Barcelona. However, former Reds keeper David James believes Daniel Sturridge’s absence has left a bigger void.
TELEGRAPH – Liverpool news: Brendan Rodgers will reshuffle backroom staff following first team coach Mike Marsh’s exit
Former Liverpool player Marsh has not had his contract renewed and has been released by the club following an assessment of coaching staff
• Sterling keen to work under Louis van Gaal at United• No Liverpool player has gone to United since 1938Raheem Sterling is open to a move to Manchester United, although the player is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs.The Liverpool winger is aware of United’s interest and would be keen to explore joining and working under Louis van Gaal. Although relations between Liverpool and United are cordial the competition between English football’s two most successful clubs and the enmity between their supporters mean no footballer has moved between them since 1964. Then, Phil Chisnall was transferred from Old Trafford to Anfield. Seventy-seven years have passed since a player has gone the other way, Allenby Chilton joining United from Liverpool in 1938. Continue reading…
Phil Thompson has hailed Liverpool’s deal to sign James Milner and has urged Brendan Rodgers to play him in central midfield.
MAIL – Mario Balotelli swaps the bench for the beach as Liverpool striker enjoys game of football and dinner party with friends
Under-fire Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli may have been planning his summer holiday for quite some time after a lengthy spell on the bench at Anfield, but he was enjoying himself while on holiday this week.
Chris Bascombe: The England international will add experience and endeavour to Brendan Rodgers’ young squad and can act as a leader in the dressing room
Roy Hodgson’s England players reported for duty ahead of games against the Republic of Ireland Slovenia with only Adam Lallana absent from the 23-man squad.