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– Mayor Joe Anderson
“Our thoughts are with Nelson Mandela’s family and friends at this sad time.
“He conquered apartheid against all the odds. His release from prison and subsequent election as President was a symbol of hope, and proof that good always overcomes evil.
“His legacy will live on forever. He is, rightly, an inspiration to us all.”
Brendan Rodgers has denied any knowledge of an agreement with Luis Suarez which would allow the striker to leave Liverpool at the end of this season, should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The Anfield side successfully staved off interest from Arsenal in the summer and there were suggestions Suarez had been persuaded to stay for another season to help Liverpool attain Champions League football, on the proviso that he could leave if they were to fail.
However, Reds manager Rodgers denied that was the case.
He told several national newspapers: "There never was that before and there never was that this summer. I didn't sit in on the conversations but as I understand it there is no agreement of any kind."The contract was what it was.
We want him to stay and with his contract running for two-and-a-half years, I am sure there will be something between now and the end of the season to keep him here.
"There will be a number of dependencies on that but the most important thing is that the player is happy."
Suarez has been in impressive form since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
The Uruguayan has now scored 51 league goals in 84 appearances and is also the Premier League's leading scorer with 13 in just nine games, following four in Wednesday's 5-1 defeat of Norwich.
A man with a baseball bat robbed a cricket club at a cricket club in Westhoughton.It happened in November but polcce are just releasing the details of the attack at Daisy Hill Cricket Club on St James Street.
The man demanded money from a member of staff. As there was no money in the till he went behind the bar and stole cash from the safe. Police are appealing for witnesses and information and have released an Efit of the man.
One lane closed due to incident on M62 Eastbound between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor).
NELSON MANDELA: Club tribute http://t.co/oXNijRvMIo
Macclesfield Town are gearing up for their FA Cup clash. The club who are the region's lowest placed team left in the competition face fellow non league side Brackley Town on Saturday. A place in the lucrative 3rd round awaits the winner
Sad news tonight that Nelson Mandela has passed away. He was awarded the Freedom of Liverpool in 1994 for his anti-apartheid work.