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Liverpool forward departs England squad

Raheem Sterling played against Lithuania. Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling has left the England camp after having an injection in his toe, but the Liverpool winger expects to be fit for next weekend's crucial Premier League match with Arsenal.

The 20-year-old impressed in Friday's 4-0 victory against Lithuania, netting his first senior goal for the Three Lions in a one-sided Euro 2016 qualifier.

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Three Liverpool players head out on loan

Liverpool U21's midfielder Jordan Lussey has sealed a youth loan switch to Championship side Bolton whilst academy duo Kevin Stewart and Jack Dunn have joined Burton Albion.

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Liverpool defender to escape FA action over clown instagram post

Skrtel will escape any further action from FA. Credit: PA

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is likely to escape further punishment from the Football Association after he posted a picture of clowns on his Instagram account - which has been widely viewed as his comment on those who sat on the panel and decided the outcome of the hearing.

Skrtel failed in his bid to overturn a three-game ban for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

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He will miss the crucial match at top-four rivals Arsenal, the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn and the visit of Newcastle on April 13 after his appeal against a violent conduct charge - on the grounds his action was accidental and not intentional - was rejected by an independent panel.

Skrtel was charged on the basis of video evidence after referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident in the last seconds of Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Skrtel to serve three-match ban

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has failed in his bid to overturn a three-match suspension for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Slovakia international appealed to an independent panel sitting in judgement on the matter on the basis his action was accidental and not intentional.

Martin Skrtel will miss the next three games. Credit: PA

However, the panel rejected the 30-year-old centre-back's submission and ruled the charge of violent conduct proven.

Skrtel will serve an immediate suspension, meaning he misses league games at Arsenal and home to Newcastle either side of the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn.

Learning language helped me settle at Liverpool - Sakho

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho believes learning English has finally allowed him to be happy at Anfield.

The Frenchman had an indifferent start to his spell on Merseyside, but now he thinks he has settled as he can understand his team-mates and vice versa.

Mamadou Sakho is happy on Merseyside. Credit: PA

"Do I finally feel happy at Liverpool? Yes, I feel good. The most difficult thing has been the language," he told L'Equipe.

"I am a man of strong character so when I can't express myself I am always frustrated, and if I cannot make myself understood it is even worse.

"Some people said that I should be speaking French and that would allow me to release the tension a bit, except that when I spoke in French on the pitch nobody understood what I was saying.

"I said to myself: 'This is useless - I really must learn'. It took time but now it is very good."

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