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England manager praises maturity of LFC's Henderson as he names him England captain for Slovenia game

Gareth Southgate names Jordan Henderson as England captain for Slovenia game Credit: PA

Gareth Southgate says Jordan Henderson earned the right to replace Wayne Rooney as England captain after successfully stepping out of Steven Gerrard's shadow at Anfield.

The interim manager wants Rooney to remain as national skipper and squad figurehead despite dropping him for Tuesday's game in Slovenia, but it is Henderson who will lead the side out for the first time in Ljubljana.

The 26-year-old took the Liverpool armband from local hero Gerrard when the latter left the club in 2015 and has been impressive in the role.

And that was not lost on Southgate as he chose the midfielder ahead of other candidates such as Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

"What stood out for me is that he has taken over as captain at a club where he has succeeded one of the most iconic English footballers of all time," said Southgate.

"That would have been a difficult challenge for him and he has matured from that. He has shown great leadership skills with his club.

Henderson's impressed at LFC with new manager Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA

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Accrington Stanley 'milk' advert is back!

The LFC fan who starred in the Ian Rush mild advert that made Accrington Stanley a household name has recreated it 27 years on - but this time he’s drinking vodka.

The 1980s milk advert saw the young Scouse lad - played by eight-year-old Carl Rice - saying he's drinking milk because Ian Rush drinks it.

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He then goes on to say that if he doesn't drink enough milk he'll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley, to which his friend replies:

Accrington Stanley! Who are they?

– Mild advert

The recreated version is exactly the same except the now 36-year-old Carl Rice is drinking vodka.

See the original advert below.

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Burnley v Liverpool - A clash of contrasts

Liverpool head to Turf Moor to take on Burnley this weekend.

The Reds enter the game having agreed a deal to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for 32 million pounds.

Burnley have been splashing the cash too - but their club record capture of Steven Defour for 7.5 million really emphasises the gulf between them and some of their Premier League rivals.

Chris Hall looks ahead to the game.

Liverpool reject £23million offer for Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected an initial £23million offer from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke as they hold out for a fee similar to the one they paid last summer.

Press Association Sport understands that Palace, whose own transfer kitty has been swelled by Yannick Bolasie's move to Everton on Monday, lodged a bid that, with add-ons, was thought could rise to £30million.

Benteke is seen as surplus to requirements among the six strikers at Anfield just one year on from his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa, yet the Reds want to recoup as much of that money as possible and have turned down Palace's offer.

Never mind football - Wigan boss says they need to get better wine in ahead of Mourinho and Klopp visit

It's a big sporting weekend for Wigan with football fans treated to the return of Premier League glamour.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to town for a pre-season friendly.

But before that, on Saturday, Wigan will host the small matter of Jose Mourinho's first match in charge of Manchester United.

Latics boss Gary Caldwell says he's looking forward to welcoming two of the world's best managers to the DW Stadium.

However, he admits their visit does mean he needs to get some better wine.

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