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Rodgers encouraged by Reds form

Brendan Rodgers Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side are starting to show signs of the team they once were last season and is confident that will become norm in the second half of the campaign.

A third decent performance in a week saw Martin Skrtel salvage a point with a header in the seventh minute of added time as they drew 2-2 with Arsenal.

While the lack of a cutting edge was still evident the pace, pressing and passing which was associated with their run to second place last season is returning.

And that gives Rodgers hope 2015 will see greater improvements and a run towards the top four.

"For me the key is we are moving in the right direction with one defeat in eight so if we continue with that work-rate and mentality we will turn the draws into victories,"

"When we play our game and get back to that level we are a difficult team to play against."

– Brendan Rodgers
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Keeping up with inspirational Amber

Amber Travers raise money for charity in Santa Dash

We've been catching up with the six year old girl from Liverpool whose helped to raise £20,0000 to buy state-of-the-art prosthetic legs. Amber Travers lost her arms and legs after contracting meningitis as a toddler. But that has not stopped her, over the past few years she's learned to walk on her prosthetic legs from the NHS, done a Santa Dash and is even a keen street dancer.

Amber is determined to get some specially made legs after hers became uncomfortable - it's no wonder as the little girl just won't sit down! Her mum Vicky told us she never thought her daughter would get so far:

Family tribute to motorcyclist killed in M60 crash

Mr Scott Hope was a devoted family man with a wicked sense of humour. He was a loving son, brother and husband. He was kind of heart and strong willed. Scott loved his motorbike, his wife and Mr Frank his dog. He has left a huge hole in our hearts and will now ride on forever in peace.

– Family of Scott Hope

The collision happened on Saturday 20 December 2014, involving six vehicles travelling clockwise on the M60 at junction 6.

27-year-old Scott Hope from Leigh, who was riding a motorcycle, suffered multiple injuries and died.

Isle of Man - PE teacher dies in fatal collision

Robert James Campbell aged 31 from Santon on the Isle of Man has died after an accident on Saturday on Richmond Hill, Braddan.

Mr Campbell was a P.E. teacher at St Ninian’s High School and police have been supporting his family during this difficult time. Police have also been liaising with the head teacher of St Ninian’s High School and the Department of Education.

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Man found with critical injuries at Stockport flat dies

A man has died after he was found critically injured at a flat in Stockport. The 37-year-old man, Christopher Fields, was taken to hospital from a flat on Old Chapel Street on Friday 12 December 2014 with serious injuries..

Christopher Fields Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Chris was the best son, brother and family member anyone could ask for. Our hearts have been broken on this day as he has been tragically taken from us. Words cannot express our pain. All that we can say at this time is that we miss him dearly and that he will forever be in our hearts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support.

– Family of Christopher Fields

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death is yet to take place.

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