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Ancelotti: I wanted Gerrard at Milan

Steven Gerrard could have been an AC Milan player after Carlo Ancelotti admitted he dreamt of pairing the former England captain with Andrea Pirlo during his time at the Rossoneri.

Ancelotti, who won the Champions League twice during his eight-year spell at Milan from 2001 to 2009, revealed that he made failed overtures to sign the 34-year-old.

He said: "We had sounded him out but Gerrard's bond with Liverpool was unbreakable.

"I don't remember exactly what year it was but we did try. Of course, I wanted to pair him up with Pirlo, it was a fantastic combination. Putting Gerrard in midfield with Pirlo. It would have been fantastic."

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Barton to miss Liverpool clash

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Joey Barton. Credit: PA

QPR midfield duo Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch will miss the visit of Liverpool on Sunday as they both remain sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Despite having extra time to recover over the international break, the pair will not be fit to line up at Loftus Road as the Hoops look to move off the foot of the Premier League table.

Manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful Niko Kranjcar will be involved despite the Croatian midfielder suffering a broken toe in training but Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Provisional QPR squad: Green, McCarthy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Traore, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Zamora, Vargas.

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Liverpool coach defends recovery methods

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Mike Marsh is very hands on. Credit: PA

First team coach Mike Marsh insists Liverpool's approach to training and recovery will not change despite their approaching busy schedule.

The club's training methods were criticised by England manager Roy Hodgson in the continuing fall-out from teenage forward Raheem Sterling's telling the national team boss he was tired ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

It's a tough fixture list with the amount of games and the quality of the opposition so we know it's going to be tough, but the more players we have available the better.

With England there has been a lot of discussion recently. We don't really change. Our fitness programmes have been well documented.

We try to recover the players as best we can to prepare for the games.

We have a couple of days' recovery after the game and we work with the group that don't start (the previous match) and we build up to the next game and once one game finishes we try to recover as soon as possible.

We try different ways. We do quite a lot of analysis with the players so we break them up into smaller groups and get players' feedback in different ways.

– Liverpool first team coach Mike Marsh

Suarez has no regrets over Evra incident

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Suarez will make his debut against Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez has told fcbarcelona.com he has no regrets about the incident which resulted in an eight match ban after he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.

Speaking less than two weeks before he's expected to make a competitive debut for Barcelona, having sat out the season's first two months after biting Giorgio Chiellini, the former Liverpool striker said:

When I say I’m sorry it’s because I regret something. Being sorry implies regret. But they have also sometimes judged me on things that aren’t true, such as the racism thing. I was accused without evidence and that’s what grieved me the most. The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me.

– Barcelona striker Luis Suarez
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