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Liverpool legend praises 'brave' goalkeeper Joe Hart

Ian Rush believes Joe Hart's "brave" move abroad will benefit him in the same way that it did Gareth Bale.

Hart has joined Torini on loan for the season. Credit: PA

England goalkeeper Hart joined Italian club Torino on deadline day after his playing opportunities became limited under new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Former Liverpool striker Rush knows Turin well as he spent one season at Torino's city rivals Juventus in the late 1980s, and he believes Hart should be applauded for making the surprise switch to Serie A.

"I don't like people who are happy being there for the sake of it," Rush said of the situation Hart found himself in at the Etihad Stadium.

"At Man City he had most probably become third choice.

"He wants to play and is England's number one. I think it will make him better for the experience.

"Since Gareth Bale went to Real Madrid he became a better player for Wales because of what he has learned, and Joe Hart will be exactly the same.

"It is a brave move for him, but it is one where he wants to play and hopefully he will do okay."

Liverpool manager branded 'a piece of s***' by agent

Raiola has hit out at Jurgen Klopp for his treatment of Mario Balotelli. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp has been branded "a piece of s***" over his treatment of former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli made a deadline day switch to Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Wednesday after failing to force his way into Klopp's plans at Anfield.

And the Italian forward's agent Mino Raiola has hit out at the way he believes Balotelli was treated by the German manager.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Raiola – who also represents the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba – said:

In the end, the higher-ups at Liverpool admitted that Klopp was wrong. I'm not trying to judge him as a coach – although, for me, he's not a good coach – but he didn't understand that Balotelli is, whatever else, a person.

Mario has been exemplary. He never complained about training alone. To say that it was wrong of Klopp would be an understatement. He was a piece of s*** about it.

– Mino Raiola


Liverpool manager explains plans for cup competitions

Klopp won't make wholesale changes for cup competitions. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned some players to expect to be disappointed as he does not intend to use cup competitions to give fringe players a run out.

With no European football this season there is less pressure on the squad than there was during the 63 matches they were involved in during their run to the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals in the previous campaign.

Klopp is keen to establish some rhythm having seen his side fire blanks in losing at Burnley just a week after beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but wants his players to fight for their places.

It means changes will be kept to a minimum for Tuesday's EFL Cup at Sky Bet Championship side Burton, leaving some players frustrated.

He said:

We will make changes but not big changes, it is not really likely we change seven or eight positions. Of course we respect the opponent but it is not the moment to rest someone but we have a few players who are now in a good shape and they have two weeks' more pre-season, if you like, more to train.

I cannot give all players together the opportunity to play. Sometimes we have to work longer to change the situation. Of course each week in which they can't or didn't play it is not too good for a player but that is how it is in football, you accept this when you start playing the game.

The only thing a player can do is work as hard as possible, to perform in each session and then the manger has to make a decision.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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