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Coutinho absent for Europa clash

Midfielders Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho and defenders Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho were all left at home for Liverpool's trip to Besiktas in the last 32 second leg.

Henderson (ankle), Johnson (illness) and Sakho (hip) did not train at Melwood before the team flew out while Coutinho did not make the squad which landed in Istanbul.

Liverpool are already missing Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva and so youngsters Jordan Lussey, Jordan Williams, Ryan Fulton, Cameron Brannagan and Jerome Sinclair have joined the squad.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Lovren, Skrtel, Can, Ibe, Allen, Can, Moreno, Sterling, Sturridge, Borini, Balotelli, Lambert, Ward, Lussey, Williams, Fulton, Brannagan, Sinclair.

Rodgers: 'We have a strong squad'

Brendan Rodgers Credit: PA Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may have left eight players at home but he remains confident what remains of his squad can get the job done against Besiktas.

The Reds return to the Ataturk Stadium, venue for their famous 2005 Champions League victory, holding a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against the Turkish League leaders. Gerrard's absence means Liverpool will have no players who played in the Champions League final almost 10 years ago.

"We've got a few injuries. We've probably out here without eight of our squad who have knocks, some with previous and some who picked up something at the weekend," "We still have a squad strong enough to hopefully get the job complete but we've got a few knocks and niggles from the weekend." "Of course it was a great historic night for the club and everyone associated with Liverpool respects that,"

– Brendan Rodgers

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Mayor's bursaries help 1800 students

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson Credit: PA

More than 1800 students have been able to continue their studies thanks to a bursary scheme funded by the Mayor of Liverpool and the city's further education college. The bursary was set up three years ago after the Education Maintenance Grant was scrapped by the Government. Students aged between 16 and 18 whose families receive financial support are eligible for grants worth £20 per week.

Mayor Joe Anderson will visit the City of Liverpool College today to meet students who have benefitted from the scheme. He says "it's really important for the City that we are developing the right skills in the right sectors and that all young people have access to learning.

Elaine Bowker, the principal of the City of Liverpool College, says over the past three years the bursary scheme has "eased the impact of cuts in education funding and helped support learners with some real financial challenges."

Court rejects appeal over European funds for Liverpool

An appeal against the allocation of European funding between 2014 and 2020 brought by local authorities in Liverpool has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Liverpool and Sheffield brought a joint action that claimed funding reductions were disproportionate compared to other areas. It was rejected by four votes to three.

This is a disappointing result, but it is clear that the legality of the judgement has split the highest judges in the land, which shows that we made the right decision in appealing it.

We maintain that as Liverpool is one of the most deprived areas in the country, the Government should have fully assessed this to make sure there was no unfair discrimination when making its decision.

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

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Cheshire's bionic woman

A surgeon at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital has used new titanium technology to rebuild the ribcage of a Cheshire woman who was trampled on by her horse. Barbara Schofield ended up with nine broken ribs along with a punctured lung as a result of the fall in September 2014.

Barbara has been riding horses for 20 years. Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Only a handful of hospitals in the country use this latest technology where titanium plates and screws are used to help mend cracked bones. These make it possible for the ribs to heal faster with lower levels of pain for the patient.

X ray of Barbara's ribs after the pioneering surgery Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Barbara, who's from Northwich, is now back in the saddle attempting to regain her confidence. Barbara said " I am so fortunate to have been dealt with by such a talented surgical team .. I’ve not been through the security body scanners at an airport yet - they will probably never have seen anything quite like it!"

Selfridges to remove 'anti-homeless' spikes

Studs outside Selfridges

A department store in Manchester has agreed to remove a set of spikes from outside after it was accused of targeting the homeless. Bosses at Selfridges insist they were discouraging littering and smoking outside rather than targeting rough sleepers.

Thousand of people signed a petition calling for the studs to be removed describing them as ‘an affront to humanity’. A protest was planned at the store later this week.

Police apply for full closure of Liverpool nightclub

An application by Merseyside Police to close the Lomax club will be heard by magistrates.

The Lomax club on Cumberland Street, Liverpool Credit: ITV Granada

The club was raided on Valentine's Day and is was one of three shut down in by police in a drugs crackdown.

Read: Judge orders three month closure for Liverpool nightclub Garlands

Two people were arrested and bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.

A protest was held at the weekend to oppose the club's closure.

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Exclusive: The criminals who say sat nav-style technology is transforming their lives for the better

ITV News Granada Reports has had an exclusive look at the sat nav technology tracking criminals - rather than cars - in Lancashire.

Two offenders who admit they've committed thousands of burglaries have volunteered to have a tag monitored by a GPS system.

The force is one of the first in the country to use it and claims the new method is saving police time and money.

Matt O'Donoghue has this exclusive report:

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