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Rodgers 'enjoys' competition with Mourinho

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he enjoys the competitive nature of his battles with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on Tuesday Credit: PA Images

Liverpool play Chelsea in the second-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Rodgers said: "His record speaks for itself. He's a world-class manager and we'll always have that competitive edge".



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Man United pay Sir Alex Ferguson for £100,000-a-day role

Despite retiring as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson still earned £2.17million from the club in a nine month spell from October 2013 to June 2014.

The Scot was paid £100,000 a day in his role as a global ambassador for United, as revealed in the club's accounts, as calculated by the Daily Mail.

Ferguson still has a key role promoting the club around the world.

Sir Alex Ferguson still has a decent income. Credit: PA

The accounts also revealed that David Moyes and his backroom staff were paid a collective £4.82million in pay-offs by the club after their contracts were terminated.

Moyes, as well as Steve Round, Phil Neville and Jimmy Lumsden all departed after a poor spell in charge at the club.

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Liverpool target to sign new Valencia deal

Paco Alcacer is set to stay at the Mestalla. Credit: PA

Valencia are set to end Liverpool's pursuit of Paco Alcacer, by getting the striker to sign a new five-and-a-half year deal.

The Spanish outfit are also set to tie down fellow youngster Jose Gaya to a similar contract.

Alcacer's previous buyout clause was just £15million, but this is now set to increase to £59million.

There are still a few minor details yet to resolve after months of negotiations. But everything seems to indicate that fairly soon we will be able to announce that Paco Alcacer will be a Valencia player for five years more (from his current deal)."

– Francisco Rufete told Spanish TV station Canal+
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Rodgers: Balotelli to stay and fight for Liverpool place

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli will struggle to get into his side at the moment, but confirms the Italian striker will stay with the club.

Balotelli is yet to score in the league since joining from Milan in the summer, and has been left out of the matchday squad recently, but doesn't look set to leave in the January transfer window.

Mario Balotelli is a complex character. Credit: PA

"It's been a difficult period for Mario but he wants to fight for an opportunity here."

After Saturday's draw with Bolton, Rodgers confirmed that Balotelli has been absent as his style was not suited to Liverpool's tactics.

“We spent about an hour or so chatting. He understands where it is at. He knows what is required to get in the squad - the pressing and aggression - and if you can’t do that you are not going to be part of the team. We suffered in the first four months of the season and we can’t go back to that."

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