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Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.

Rodgers: Sterling didn't refuse to start for England

Rodgers says that Sterling didn't tell Hodgson he was tired. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Liverpool and England winger has been embroiled in the middle of a club v country row after it was reported that he told Hodgson he was 'tired' before the game against Estonia last week - leading to the England boss dropping him for the match.

Rodgers has now denied that Sterling ever said that: "What has been disappointing in the whole affair is it has been grossly unfair how the kid has been put on the back pages for something he clearly did not say."

The Liverpool boss also insists that the club is always happy to work with England and there is no 'barrier' between the two.

"We are club and country here, not club v country. Liverpool are no barrier to England."

Rodgers also said messages have been exchanged between himself and Hodgson after the incident but the two have yet to meet.

Read: Rodgers says Sterling is being hung out to dry

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Owen hits out at Sterling for being 'tired'

Michael Owen insists the concept of 'burnout' is a myth. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen insists the concept of 'burnout' is a myth and believes Raheem Sterling will think twice about complaining of tiredness after this week's furore.

Teenage forward Sterling has come under fire this week for telling Roy Hodgson he felt tired ahead of England's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia, with the national boss subsequently dropping him from the starting line-up in Tallinn last Sunday.

"We're surmising how he was feeling but I never felt like telling the manager I was tired because I never felt particularly that I needed a rest," said Owen, who was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester where he was being inducted into the English Hall of Fame.

"I know people will say, 'Well, we don't want anyone having burnout'. But I'll ask you now - can you name one player who has ever been burned out? I don't know of anyone."

"I can only speak from experience of me being in that situation and we always used to have a bit of a joke at Liverpool because the manager Gerard Houllier would always come around and ask everyone if they're fine, If they're tired.

"You'd always be saying, 'No, no, no, I'm totally fine' because you didn't want to get rested."

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17-year-old 'new Gerrard' Jordan Rossiter scores on Liverpool debut

Liverpool's 17-year-old prodigy Jordan Rossiter scored on his debut for the first team in a League Cup match against Middlesbrough.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler once compared the young midfielder, who was born in 1997, to club captain Steven Gerrard.

Fowler tweeted tonight:

Toddler in serious condition after falling from balcony

A toddler is in a serious condition in hospital after falling from a balcony at a hotel.

The Hilton Liverpool. Credit: Google Street View

The two-year-old boy fell from the mezzanine floor to the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool's city centre on Saturday evening.

The child sustained serious head injuries in the incident, Merseyside Police said.

Hilton Liverpool said it was liaising "closely with the child's parents, police and local hospital", adding that the safety of guests was of "paramount importance".

Everton star donates tickets to unemployed people

Everton striker Steven Naismith is to donate tickets to the club's matches to unemployed people across Liverpool throughout this season.

Steve Naismith has previously helped homeless centres in Glasgow. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

The 27-year-old Scotsman, who has already been involved in a number of charitable causes, said he hoped the "small gesture" would "bring some joy to many people".

I come from Ayrshire in the West of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow - a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.

Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket.

– Steven Naismith

The tickets will be made available through JobCentres around the city each week at Naismith's request, selecting people "who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match."

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