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Rodgers: Liverpool problems 'mostly psychological'

The problems plaguing Liverpool's season are "mostly psychological" according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds face Ludogorets in Europe this evening with their Champions League campaign in doubt, while domestic results have been even more alarming of late.

Sunday's defeat at Crystal Palace was the club's sixth in 12 Premier League outings, the same amount of matches they lost during the whole of last season.

Liverpool confirm fresh injury blow for Sturridge

Sturridge is unlikely to feature until 2015. Credit: PA

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has suffered a new thigh injury during his efforts to recover from a calf strain, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The England striker, who scored 21 league goals for the Reds last season, has made just three league appearances in this campaign and had only returned to full training last week after a long injury layoff.

"The player will remain unavailable for selection but will be monitored and assessed during his recovery," Liverpool said on their official website.

The 25-year-old sustained a thigh strain whilst on England duty in September and picked up a calf injury during training with Liverpool in October.


Liverpool fan detained by police in Madrid

Liverpool fans have gathered in the Plaza Mayor, Madrid. Credit: PA

Spanish police have detained a Liverpool fan following an altercation in Plaza Mayor, Madrid.

Footage on the El Pais website showed the local police take a Liverpool fan into custody after he and other supporters were seen kicking a football around the square.

Police also took it upon themselves to puncture the footballs in order to put a stop to the activity.

Apart from this incident, it has been reported that visiting supporters are behaving exemplary.

Liverpool set to leave out Gerrard for Real clash

Brendan Rodgers is expected to make the bold decision to rest Steven Gerrard for Liverpool's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

The Reds' skipper will miss out on the game in the Spanish capital after Rodgers decided he needs his most experience player for Premier League games.

Steven Gerrard could be on the bench in Madrid. Credit: PA

Asked if Gerrard could cope with the frequency of games, Rodgers said: “It is something I need to look at. He [Gerrard] and I have spoken about that - three big games this week, Newcastle [last weekend], Real Madrid and then Chelsea. I need to look at a number of players to look at the games we want them to play in. We will see how that shapes up."


Steven Gerrard may leave Liverpool in 2015

Gerrard could move on after 18 years in the Liverpool first team. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will finally leave the club he joined as a seven year-old next summer if the Reds fail to offer him a new deal.

The 34 year-old made his senior debut in November 1998, and has turned down offers from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan to stay with Liverpool in the past.

Gerrard has played 678 matches for his boyhood team, but admits he will search for another club next year rather than retire if Liverpool don't offer him a contract extension.

"I’m only contracted until May, as it stands," he said.

"I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.

“We’ll have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else."

Liverpool striker thinks injuries are hereditary

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes his injury problems could relate to his Caribbean heritage.

The former Chelsea forward is currently sidelined with a muscle problem picked up while on England duty.

Daniel Sturridge has suffered thigh and calf problems this season. Credit: PA

Sturridge told TalkSport: “I play my game as best I can, but I’ve been unfortunate this season,

“Maybe it’s my body type, maybe it’s hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries, and my dad had them as well. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes, maybe I have speed but maybe it makes you more vulnerable because of the fast twitch muscles and the speed in which you’re moving.

“I am vulnerable to muscle injuries. As long as I continue to work hard everything will take care of itself.”

Balotelli will face no charges over threatening behaviour

Balotelli has one less thing to worry about. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will face no further action from police after being accused of threatening behaviour towards a woman.

A Greater Manchester police investigation was opened on Thursday last week when the woman complained that Balotelli had confronted her for taking photos of his red Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

The woman, who came across the 24 year-old's parked car on a Wythenshawe housing estate, has now dropped her complaint against the 24 year-old and decided against pressing charges.

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