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Raheem Sterling reports for training with Liverpool

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has reported for training after a two-day absence, Press Association Sport understands.

The unsettled forward is thought to have called in sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, further fuelling already considerable speculation over his future at the club.

The 20-year-old, the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, is believed to have asked not to travel on the club's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia earlier this week.

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Manquillo returns to Spain after Anfield adventure cut short

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Spanish defender Javier Manquillo has returned to Atletico Madrid after his two-year loan at Liverpool was terminated early.

The Spanish club have confirmed that the 21-year-old has been recalled and the deal cancelled by mutual consent because he did not get sufficient game time during his first season at Anfield.

Playing at right-back, Manquillo initially made a positive impression at the Reds but then fell out of favour and did not play again in the Barclays Premier League after December.

His only appearances in 2015 came in FA Cup ties against AFC Wimbledon and Bolton and the Europa League defeat at Besiktas.

His opportunities were further likely to be restricted next season following Liverpool's £12.5million signing of Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.

A statement from Atletico Madrid read: "Javier Manquillo will not fulfil his second season on loan with Liverpool.

"The player and Atletico Madrid decided that the winger from Madrid would go to Anfield's club for two seasons to enjoy the necessary minutes to continue growing football-wise.

"However, in this first season with the 'Reds', the defender has not had all the minutes he and our club consider necessary for that purpose of accumulating experiences in his sports growth, so by mutual consent, it has been decided that he will not follow under the discipline of the English team."

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard meets the US press at LA Galaxy

Steven Gerrard says he's 'coming into the champions' Credit: David Chisnall ITV
Gerrard meets the US press at LA Galaxy Credit: David Chisnall ITV

Liverpool FC's Steven Gerrard's been talking about starting an exciting new chapter in his football career. After 17 years at Anfield he's now signed for LA Galaxy and has faced the US press for the first time.

Balotelli given compassionate leave

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Liverpool have confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has been given compassionate leave after he missed the first day of pre-season training on Monday.

The 24-year-old Italian was due to return along with the rest of the squad, but was not with his team-mates when they reassembled amid reports of the death of his adoptive father Francesco at the weekend.

Liverpool confirmed that Balotelli has been granted compassionate leave, but insisted that the details remain private.

Balotelli tweeted over the weekend: "Thanks everyone for the support. I really wanna thanks everybody. My family thanks all of you too."

Liverpool are due to head off on their pre-season tour to the far east and Australia at the weekend, and the indications are that the Italy international will join up with the squad for the trip.

Balotelli, a £16million signing from AC Milan last summer, was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents, but raised by the Balotelli family in Brescia from the age of two.

He endured a difficult first campaign on Merseyside, during which he scored just four goals - only one of them in the Barclays Premier League - and has been linked with a move away from Anfield during the current transfer window.

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Liverpool confirm appointment of O'Driscoll as assistant manager

Liverpool have appointed Sean O'Driscoll as their assistant manager Credit: PA Images

Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll as their new assistant manager.

The former Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City boss has moved to Anfield after a spell in charge of England Under-19s.

The 58-year-old takes over as Brendan Rodgers' number two from Colin Pascoe, who was sacked last month following a robust end-of-season review.

Liverpool have also announced that Academy boss Pep Lijnders will step up to a newly-created role of first team development coach.

Both men began work as Liverpool returned to their Melwood base for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

The coaching shake-up comes as Rodgers looks to reinvigorate his squad - which has already been supplemented by the signing of six players - after last season's disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Rodgers has previously spoken of the qualities of O'Driscoll, who has never managed in the top flight but has considerable experience after close to 40 years in the game.

Rodgers said in a statement:

"My admiration for Sean, as a professional, is well documented. He is someone with a clear vision and philosophy and has proved he has the ability to transfer that knowledge, through his coaching, to the players."

"I am looking forward to working with him and also learning from his experiences and gaining valuable knowledge from his expertise."

– Brendan Rodgers
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O'Driscoll said:

"I am excited to be joining one of the world's most iconic football clubs. The hallmark of any successful club is its culture and that comes from the people who work there, from the chief executive and first-team manager to those people behind the scenes whose faces may not be known but who are the lifeblood of the club."

"From the moment I drove into Melwood last week and was greeted by Kenny the gate man, I could not have been made to feel more welcome. If you are going to have any level of success these people are as crucial as the players; from my experiences so far it is clear everyone wants to help this club succeed."

– Sean O'Driscoll
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