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GUARDIAN – Liverpool sold £50,000-worth of Mario Balotelli shirts on day striker signed

Chief executive Ian Ayre reveals spike in shirt sales Speaking at seminar called How to run a club successfully Paul Doyle: Balotelli shows he can work hard for LiverpoolLiverpool sold 50,000-worth of Mario Balotelli shirts on the day he joined from Milan, according to the clubs chief executive Ian Ayre.Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, and at a seminar entitled How to run a club successfully, Ayre revealed that the 16m transfer began to generate a return on day one of Balotellis Anfield career. The 50,000-worth of shirts would work out at approximately 770 adult shirts at 65 apiece. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Daniel Agger pays for Denmark team to go to Homeless World Cup in Chile

Former Liverpool defender covers shortfall for teams trip Charity: There is no substitute for class, and Daniel has it Agger left Anfield to return to old club Brondby last monthThe former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has paid for Denmark to send a team to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.Agger, who left Liverpool last month to return to his old club Brondby, covered a 2,100 shortfall in funding after being approached by organisers, allowing the squad to make the journey. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Juventus to sign Liverpools Glen Johnson?

Todays rumours are feeling molto frescoItaly is fast becoming a safe haven for Englands full-backs. Ashley Cole couldnt get a look in at Chelsea last season and jumped ship to Roma in the summer. Hes looking right at home (even if, at the age of 33, he hasnt got the hang of the suit-and-tie thing theyve got going on over there). Micah Richards packed some last-minute luggage and made haste to Fiorentina after hearing they were actually willing to let him on a competitive football pitch. Now Glen Johnson is considering a switch to Juventus, much to the devastation of many Liverpool fans.Johnson is out of contract club in the summer, but instead of leaving Liverpool on a free, could be sold on the cheap in January, with manager Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen to get his 110,000-a-week wages off the books. With Alberto Moreno emerging as first-choice at left-back, Javi Manquillo at right-back, and with Jon Flanagan set to return from injury, Johnson could already be considered surplus to requirements. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – England hit by Jordan Henderson injury blow for Switzerland qualifier

Liverpool midfielder limps out of training session Milner ready to step in alongside Wilshere in midfieldEngland have suffered yet another injury scare before Mondays awkward opening Euro 2016 qualifying game against Switzerland when Jordan Henderson limped out of the teams training session at St Jakob Park on the eve of arguably their toughest fixture in the section.Henderson departed nursing a problem with his right ankle after turning away from a tackle but, having been assessed on the pitch by the teams medical staff, he did at least hobble off unaided. The Liverpool player had been earmarked to anchor the midfield against the side ranked ninth in the world and will be monitored on Monday morning prior to undergoing a fitness test before the Group E game, though his participation in the match appears in considerable doubt. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Sex toys and Manchester Uniteds soul: transfer day lessons learned | Paul Wilson

From Uniteds signing of Radamel Falcao through Liverpool taking Mario Balotelli to Manchester City letting Álvaro Negredo go answering the questions posed after the window closed Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United United agree deal for Ángel Di María from Real Madrid Report claims clubs are paying 16% more for playersQuite possibly, yes. It was not so much the kamikaze spending, forking out more than even Paris Saint-Germain were prepared to pay for ngel Di Mara and readily stumping up for Radamel Falcao when Real Madrid and others thought he was overpriced, as deciding Danny Welbeck was surplus to requirements and shipping him out to Arsenal. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpools European Cup opponents Ludogorets punished for fan racism

Uefa order Bulgarian side to close area against Real Madrid Fans chanted anti-Roma slogans in Steaua Bucharest play-off Ludogorets defender saves two penalties in shootout Uefa considers change to away-goals rule and seedingsLiverpools Group B Champions League opponents Ludogorets Razgrad will have to close a section of their stadium for their opening home match against Real Madrid because of their fans racist behaviour.Uefa announced its disciplinary panel sanctions on Friday after incidents when Ludogorets eliminated Steaua Bucharest in a play-off last week. The Bulgarian champions victory in a penalty shootout, with defender Cosmin Moti saving twice as an emergency goalkeeper, was the feel-good story of the round. Continue reading…

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