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Liverpool boss confirms failed talks with Sterling

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool winger is not interested in discussing a new contract until the summer.

Sterling is not interested in discussing a new deal just yet. Credit: PA

Speaking to the media in Friday's pre-match press conference ahead of Man United's visit on Sunday, Rodgers said:

"It's been made clear by Raheem and his representatives that he wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in summer."

Liverpool have been linked with a surprise move for Theo Walcott if Sterling decides his futures lies elsewhere beyond the current campaign.

Liverpool man predicts top four heartache for Man Utd

Liverpool and England midfielder Adam Lallana believes Man United will be the big losers in the Premier League's top four race.

Lallana believes Liverpool will finish above Man United. Credit: PA

Lallana's Liverpool team trail fourth placed United by two points heading into Sunday's crucial league encounter, but he remains confident they will leapfrog the Red Devils.

When asked by the Guardian which team he fancies to finish in the Premier League's top four places, the former Southampton man said:

Chelsea, City, us and Arsenal. I am confident we can finish in the top four, we just need to remain focused. The next game is obviously going to have a bearing on that but I don’t think it will necessarily prove decisive.

– Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana

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Liverpool man tells critics to 'shut up' in strange video

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has told his critics to "shut up" in a bizarre video posted on his Instagram account.

Balotelli addressed his critics on Instagram. Credit: PA

The Italian forward has received widespread criticism for his performances since joining Liverpool in the summer following an unflattering return of four goals in 20 games, and just one in the Premier League.

Speaking directly into camera, the 24 year-old said:

Do you know me, did you ever talk to me personally? Do you know what I've been through in my life? You just saw me play football in the pitch, so man, shut up.

– @mb459

Rodgers: Liverpool re-energised after break

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident fatigue will not hamper their bid for a top-four place despite a tough season so far.

European commitments and a run to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, in addition to their continued involvement in the FA Cup, means the Reds have played 46 matches this season.

That is already three more than in the whole of the previous campaign, which saw them fall agonisingly short of winning the Premier League.

Such a toll manifested itself in a sluggish performance last weekend in a goalless FA Cup quarter-final at home to Blackburn.

However, with an eight-day break, during which the players were given some much-needed time off, Rodgers believes they will be firing on all cylinders on his return to former club Swansea on Monday.

"Our last performance against Blackburn was at the end of a real tough period of games," said the manager.

"I've seen all the numbers and all the statistics on it and, physically, it was the lowest we have been for this season.

"Now we're re-energised and refreshed mentally and physically.

Liverpool 'relaxed' about Sterling contract

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is "relaxed" about Raheem Sterling's uncertain contract situation.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (right) gives instructions to Raheem Sterling. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The club have tabled what a couple of weeks ago Rodgers described as an "incredible" offer, reported to be in the region of £100,000 a week.

Llatest reports suggest there has been no movement in negotiations, however.

Sterling only signed an improved contract in December 2012 and his current deal does not expire until 2017, which is why Rodgers is content to wait.

"There is nothing new to report on it. I am quite relaxed about Raheem's situation," said Rodgers.

"He is not going anywhere in a hurry - he has still got this season and another couple of years to go on his contract.

"I think it is quite obvious when you look at Raheem's situation… anyone with Raheem's best interests would see Liverpool as the best option for his career."

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