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Liverpool team confirmed ahead of midday kick off

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Confirmed #LFC team v @norwichcityfc: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

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Captain Gerrard hails Rodgers "phenomenal"

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed manager Brendan Rodgers as "phenomenal" and hopes the Northern Irishman can build a legacy at the club.

Gerrard praises the manager for 'phenomenal' success Credit: PA

The pair have been at the forefront of Liverpool's Premier League title charge, which was strengthened by rivals Manchester City and Chelsea both slipping up against Sunderland this week.

A top-four finish was the stated aim this season for the Reds, who have finished no higher than sixth in the past four campaigns, but they have thrived under Rodgers

Gerrard told the Daily Telegraph: "He's a phenomenal man for his age (41). I think he's going to grow into one of the world's best managers and I hope he is here long after I am gone.

Brendan Rodgers salutes his fans Credit: PA

The Merseysiders, currently top the standings by two points ahead of today's clash with Norwich, and are now firm favourites to earn their first league success in 24 years, with captain Gerrard admitting he will need to keep his emotions in check during the run-in.

"They are there - the nerves, the excitement. They are there because we have earned the right to have those kinds of feelings," he added.

British success at BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester

Liam Phillips on his way to winning the Mens BMX Supercross WC 2013. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Home favourite Liam Phillips won the elite men's race at the UCI BMX Supercross event in Manchester on Saturday night.

Phillips, who won the world tile in Auckland in July last year, powered away from the rest of the field to take a win he ranked up with the best of his career.

The 25-year-old said: "I won the world championships in New Zealand but it feels more special to win in front of the guys that support me."

Phillips' win came hot on the heels of his victory in Friday night's time trial at the National Cycling Centre.

Great Britain academy rider Charlotte Green finished fourth in the elite women's race behind winner Caroline Buchanan of Australia.

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Murdered boy's mother slams release of gang member

The mother of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones has criticised the "terrible" decision to release a gang member jailed for arming the youngster's killer.

Rhys was just 11 when he was gunned down by 16-year-old Sean Mercer on his way home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007.

Rhys Jones was an innocent victim in a turf war between Liverpool street gangs. Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Archive

James Yates, who was given a 12-year sentence in 2009 for his role in the murder after he supplied the gun used by the shooter, left jail at Haverigg, Cumbria, on Thursday, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rhys's mother Melanie Jones told the Mirror: "It's terrible. It takes us back to the night Rhys died. It seems like only yesterday that Yates was sent to jail. For us, Yates is the most evil of them all. He makes my skin crawl."

Everton-mad Rhys was the innocent victim of a violent turf war between Liverpool street gangs.

Police concerned for safety of missing 17-year-old girl

Police are becoming concerned for the safety of 17-year-old Rosie Norris who was reported as missing from her home in Bootle yesterday.

Last night Rosie was reported as being missing from an address on Bedford Road where she has been staying.

Rosie is described as being white, 5ft 1 in tall of a medium build with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes.

She is known to frequent the Sefton and Liverpool areas.

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