Liverpool need to rebuild, but is Brendan Rodgers the right manager for it?

Liverpool need to rebuild, but is Brendan Rodgers the right manager for it? - originally posted on After an incredible 2013/14 campaign for Liverpool, it’s all gone wrong this time around. Sunday’s defeat in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa means that there is hardly anything memorable for them to take away from this season. Last year, The Reds scored...
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The levels of social media abuse towards EPL players is shocking

Social media is a great and wonderful tool that has brought our world closer together and allowed us to interact with others in ways we could never dream of before.  Unfortunately, with all the good that social media has brought there is also a dark side.  It’s also much easier to abuse, threaten, intimidate, and bully other people. While those of us in sports media might just...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool FA Cup semi-final match highlights

There will be no fairytale end to Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career after Aston Villa came from behind to deservedly book their place in the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over the Reds. Wembley was supposed to be the scene for Gerrard's grand send-off, with the final falling on his 35th birthday and supposedly destined to be the last game of his long Anfield career before embarking...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool Loses, Balotelli’s Disallowed Goal Wasn’t Offsides (Video)

It should have counted. With Liverpool tied with Aston Villa at halftime Sunday, manager Brendan Rodgers was hoping to find a spark in sensational Italian striker Mario Balotelli. Rodgers went with his gut and subbed Balotelli into the game. Turns out his gut was right. Balotelli scored what should have been the equalizer in the 88th minute, but officials disallowed the goal, instead...
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Liverpool Knocked Out Of FA Cup As Aston Villa Earns 2-1 Comeback Win

LONDON — Aston Villa came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the semifinals of the FA Cup on Sunday to clinch a title match next month against Arsenal. Though fighting to stay up in the Premier League, Villa was superior for most of the game at Wembley Stadium against a team that still has aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League. Yet, it...
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Study: Mario Balotelli heavily targeted on social media

When Mario Balotelli poked fun at Manchester United on Twitter during the team's surprising 5-3 loss to Leicester in the Premier League, the Liverpool striker would have expected some disgruntled replies. What Balotelli received, though, was a torrent of vile abuse that was beyond comprehension. ''Go eat some bananas and get ebola,'' was one response. Another simply repeated the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Study: Balotelli targeted by 4,000 racially abusive messages

LONDON (AP) Research by an anti-discrimination group shows that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been targeted by more than 4,000 racially abusive posts on social media this season. A study by Kick It Out found that Balotelli received more than 8,000 discriminatory messages on social media between August and March, 52 percent of which were of a racist nature. The Italy international...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Balotelli the most abused Premier League player on social media

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is the most abused Premier League footballer on social media - and Chelsea are the most abused club. That is according to research which shows for the first time the true extent of the number of abusive messages sent to players, clubs and fans on the Internet. The statistics collated for anti-discrimination body Kick It Out show there was an estimated...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli – Liverpool should sell him

Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli – Liverpool should sell him - originally posted on Sampdoria are prepared to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in the summer, according to the Italian club’s president.  Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers for £16m from AC Milan last summer, but the 24-year-old forward has turned out to be a massive disappointment for...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sturridge could be fit for Liverpool's FA Cup semifinal against Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. The England international pulled out of the Premier League clash with Newcastle on Monday after feeling the effects of a hip injury suffered against Blackburn last week. The 25-year-old striker will be assessed in the coming days but Rodgers will give him...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli proves illness through Instagram

Mario Balotelli has taken to social media to offer a photo as proof he was too ill to play in Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup win over Blackburn. Balotelli did not feature for the Reds in the quarter-final replay at Ewood Park on Wednesday evening and attracted criticism for not playing. However, the Italian striker posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a thermometer which read 38...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli rounds on his critics via Instagram

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has launched a bizarre attack on his critics via Instagram. Signed for £16m in the summer, Balotelli has struggled to secure a place in Liverpool's starting side since his move to Anfield. Criticism of the player has been widespread, with manager Brendan Rodgers publicly questioning the Italy international's attitude and work-rate. The 24-year-old...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mario Balotelli Tells Critics ‘Shut Up’ In Impassioned Instagram Post (Video)

Mario Balotelli hasn’t played much for Liverpool or Italy recently but he remains a starter on the all-Instagram team. Balotelli told his critics to “shut up” Tuesday in an a passionate video post on Instagram. Balotelli divides opinion like few others in the soccer world, and critics take shots, both fair and cheap, at him whenever they have the chance. There’s no telling...
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mario Balotelli Chased By Cute Dog Around Boxing Ring (Video)

This is how Liverpool fans want to see Mario Balotelli move in and around the box. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong kind of box. A dog belonging to Balotelli’s friend Leone Petrosyan chased the Liverpool striker around a boxing ring Monday at his owner’s gym in Milan. Thankfully, Someone had enough sense to record the encounter between Balotelli and pooch, and the Italian uploaded...
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Lawro: Balotelli a “waste of time”

Lawro: Balotelli a “waste of time” - originally posted on Former Liverpool defender and club legend Mark Lawrenson has described striker Mario Balotelli as a “waste of time”, after the Italian striker produced an insipid performance in Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Sunday at Anfield in the FA Cup. The former Inter Milan striker came on a...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Balotelli calls out Italian politician over comment about Muntari

Mario Balotelli has slammed an Italian politician for making racist comments concerning Sulley Muntari in the wake of AC Milan's 2-2 draw with Verona on Saturday. Ghana international Muntari gave away a penalty as Filippo Inzaghi's side were held at home in their latest Serie A outing. After the match, Matteo Salvini, secretary of the anti-immigration Lega Nord party, sparked controversy...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Balotelli: Someone doesn’t like me…taking shot at Rodgers?

Balotelli: Someone doesn’t like me…taking shot at Rodgers? - originally posted on Liverpool are flying high at the moment, after earning a 2-0 win over Burnley on Wednesday night & remaining unbeaten in 12 matches in the Premier League. Under Rodgers’ new system, the new signings seem have settled down, but Mario Balotelli still remains an enigma. The Italian...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Oh You Beauty!: Goals of the Week of 3/2/2015

5. Luis Muriel vs Atalanta Luis Muriel is one of those players that is always looked at through the lens of potential. Much like Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, or Alexandre Pato, the conversation usually turns towards what could have been or what still may be. This goal gives a glimpse of the immense talent Muriel has. If he can score these goals more often, and take a more professional...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Out from the shadows: Liverpool’s unexpected hero

The Spurs and Liverpool took the field at Anfield, home of the Liverpool Football Club, on the night of Feb. 10. From the very start of the game one could feel the energy and tension that filled the stadium. The Tottenham Spurs needed these three points to put themselves in contention to be top four in the league, which leads to playing in the Champions League. Although Liverpool...
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli deserves credit for his upturn in form

I’m a big big fan of Mario Balotelli. There, I said it! Having supported Liverpool ever since I can remember, the arrival of the big Italian was extremely pleasing. Still only 24 years of age, Super Mario has experienced plenty of ups and downs throughout his life. At the age of three, Balotelli’s biological parents took the decision to hand their son over to foster parents...
Via World Soccer Talk
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

To take or not to take: Mario Balotelli defies Liverpool to score PK

In case you haven’t seen, Mario Balotelli took it upon himself and defied team orders to take a late game penalty to defeat Besiktas in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32. After Jordon Ibe won a penalty in the 85th minute, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was ready to take the penalty when Balotelli took the ball out of his hands and decided he wanted to take...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Balotelli justified in taking Liverpool penalty…Twitter reaction

Balotelli justified in taking Liverpool penalty…Twitter reaction - originally posted on While ruffling a few feathers and raising further questions about his ability to toe the party line, Mario Balotelli can at least feel justified having scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot for Liverpool against Besiktas in last night’s Europa League last 32 match...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Balotelli wants end to drama after taking penalty off Henderson

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has issued a plea to "stop the drama" over his controversial match-winning penalty in the 1-0 victory over Besiktas. Balotelli converted the spot-kick to earn the hosts a narrow first-leg lead in their Europa League last-32 encounter at Anfield on Thursday night, but only after an apparent disagreement with Jordan Henderson, the captain on the night...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Twitter Reaction: Henderson-Balotelli penalty drama, Gerrard’s criticism

Twitter Reaction: Henderson-Balotelli penalty drama, Gerrard’s criticism - originally posted on It has to be Mario Balotelli. Winner. Hero. And yet a controversial figure. At Anfield in the Europa League clash against Besiktas, with clocks ticking away, Liverpool were awarded a penalty, after Jordon Ibe was fouled in the box. Jordan Henderson was the designated...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard accuses Mario Balotelli of showing disrespect to Jordan Henderson

Steven Gerrard accuses Mario Balotelli of showing disrespect to Jordan Henderson - originally posted on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has accused Mario Balotelli on showing disrespect to Jordan Henderson as the Italian insisted on taking the penalty which helped the Reds beat Besiktas by 1-0 in the Europa League at Anfield on Thursday night. Gerrard who missed the...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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