Roy Evans believes Brendan Rodgers will be delighted to be shot of Mario Balotelli.The Liverpool boss hoped to help the maverick striker find his best form after landing him in a £16million deal from AC Milan last summer.But the gamble backfired last season and Rodgers has decided to cut his losses, with the 25-year-old heading back to Milan after just one year on Merseyside.Evans feels Balotelli only has himself to blame for his failure to make an impact at Anfield and says it is the right call to ditch the Italy international.“We all know he has got a lot of talent, but he has got to start thinking it is not just about Mario, it is about the team,” the former Liverpool manager told talkSPORT.“I would have liked to have seen him come to us and be a success but he didn’t seem to have the mentality to do that.“From Liverpool’s point of view, if they can get him out they will be delighted.”
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Liverpool face Sion in their second game of the 2015/16 Europa League, but it’s not the first time the Reds have faced the Swiss club at Anfield.Almost 20 years ago, Liverpool took on Sion in the second round of the old European Cup Winners’ Cup, on October 31 1996.The match at Anfield was a return leg, with the Reds protecting a 2-1 lead earned away from home two weeks’ previously.But just as they did in Switzerland, Sion took the lead in the second leg, although at Anfield they raced in a 2-0 lead after just 23 minutes.Liverpool pulled one back before half-time to make it all square on aggregate, and equalised on the night on 54 minutes, to edge ahead 4-3 overall, only for Sion to grab a seemingly crucial third away goal on 64 minutes.Fortunately for the Kop, John Barnes made the aggregate score 5-4 almost straight away, and a Robbie Fowler brace in the 70th and 71st minutes put Liverpool 7-4 up on aggregate, before Patrik Berger finished things off with a late goal.So the Reds ran out 6-3 winners on the night and 8-4 on aggregate, before cruising through the quarter-finals against Norwegian club Brann.Sadly for manager Roy Evans, Liverpool were knocked out 3-2 in the semi-finals by holders Paris Saint-Germain, losing the first leg 3-0 and narrowly failing to turn it round at Anfield, succumbing 3-2 on aggregate.It remains the only European trophy Liverpool have never lifted and since the competition was ended in 1999, there’s more chance of seeing the Reds win a Premier League title than the Cup Winners’ Cup!
Anthony Martial 1 Manchester United fans have reacted in shock after it was revealed Anthony Martial had been named the Premier League’s player of the monthIt’s mainly underdogs who have starred so far this season with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet and Andre Ayew amongst the top performing players.But Martial, who hit three goals and made one assist in three appearances across the month, was the man picked for the award, and Red Devils supporters are enjoying the last laugh.The French starlet’s astronomical fee drew plenty of critics and as he proves the doubters wrong you can see what the Old Trafford faithful said on Twitter below…
1 Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury.The 26-year-old was stretchered off just eight minutes into Saturday’s goalless draw with Liverpool at White Hart Lane.Scans have since shown Chadli suffered ligament damage and the Belgian is expected to be sidelined until December.A Spurs statement read: “Further assessment and investigation has confirmed that Nacer Chadli suffered ankle ligament damage during our draw against Liverpool.“The Belgium midfielder was forced off with the injury early in Saturday’s game and is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks.“Our medical staff will continue to monitor his progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to training.” Nacer Chadli
Wayne Rooney missed his spot kick in the shootout 1 [View the story “‘I would rather see Ryan Giggs start this weekend!’ – Manchester United fans react to Wayne Rooney’s penalty miss” on Storify] Manchester United have crashed out of the League Cup on penalties to Middlesbrough and fans have identified the reason.Wayne Rooney started on the bench but replaced James Wilson at half time before missing the first penalty in the shootout following a goalless 120 minutes at Old Trafford.And the miss has proven one misstep too far for Red Devils fans who want their captain dropped from the starting line-up immediately.See the best reaction from social media below …
Can Arsenal recover from their humbling at Bayern Munich to go top of the Premier League?We’re asking the former Crystal Palace, Leeds United and QPR midfielder Shaun Derry whether this is the Gunners’ year. It’s the North London derby this weekend, as ten-games-unbeaten Tottenham travel to the Emirates.After their abject performance against Spurs on Monday… bottom of the table Aston Villa host Man City. We’ll be asking if new boss Remi Garde can save the Villains from relegation this season.Also on the show; Sports Breakfast host and former Man Utd & Ipswich striker Alan Brazil gives us his ‘three to watch’ and talkSPORT’s Spanish Editor Alvaro Romeo plays the talkSPORT Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.
Jonathan de Guzman Bournemouth are set to reignite their interest in Jonathan de Guzman in January.The Cherries have been hit by a number of long-term injuries to key players this term and chairman Jeff Mostyn is ready to splash the cash.De Guzman was on the club’s radar in the summer and the Cherries are planning to make a fresh move for the 28-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Swansea midfielder is eager to return to the Premier League, with his first-team opportunities at Napoli limited.The report claims Napoli will not stand in the Dutchman’s way should they receive a sufficient offer from Bournemouth and a deal could be agreed in principle before the transfer window opens.Bournemouth want to add Premier League experience to their squad as they battle to avoid relegation back to the Championship and see De Guzman, who has been capped 14 times by the Netherlands, as an ideal player to bolster the centre of their midfield. 1
Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino is concerned Jose Mourinho’s second Blues tenure could come to an end if they lose at home to Norwich on Saturday.The Premier League champions have suffered an insipid start to the season, losing seven of their 12 Premier League games while languishing down in 16th in the table.Mourinho was handed the dreaded vote of confidence last month after a series of disappointing results but, while the performances have improved somewhat, a reverse against the Canaries would make it four successive defeats.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has built a ruthless reputation with his managers in the past, and Cascarino is concerned the Russian billionaire could wield his axe again if their season ambitions continue to unravel.“If they were to lose to Norwich at home I can’t keep thinking that he [Abramovich] will stick by him [Mourinho]. You can’t keep losing football matches,” Cascarino told the Sports Bar.“I think it would be madness to assume that Roman wouldn’t sack him. History has told us he has sacked lots of people for less.”While Mourinho has faced the brunt of the scrutiny for the Blues poor start, his players have looked a shadow of their title-winning selves from last season.Chelsea have 33 players currently out on loan, and Cascarino has accused Mourinho of ignoring and neglecting that pool of talent while his more established stars struggle.He added: “I think one of Jose’s bigger mistakes is that he’s let players like Nathan Ake [currently with Watford] go.“He’s stayed very loyal to the group that had done him so well. One of his biggest faults is that he doesn’t introduce youth into the team.”
Trevor Francis at home in Italy 18 Ryan Giggs the schoolboy John Barnes liked his shorts to be short! Some light reading for Tottenham’s Glenn Hoddle 18 Diego Maradona donning a Spurs kit for Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial at White Hart Lane 18 Chas & Dave at White Hart Lane with Keith Burkinshaw in 1984 18 Peter Taylor and Brian Clough, a very successful combo – Brian Clough, Man City players celebrate in the team bath after earning promotion to Division One getty Yes, that’s Aston Villa with the European Cup 18 18 18 Vinnie Jones with the 1988 FA Cup after Wimbledon beat Liverpool 18 18 18 Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas in classic 80s pose – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more great pictures from British football in the 1980s 18 Merry Christmas!Pass the time until dinner by checking out these retro pics. Charlie Nicholas and Ian Rush Bob Paisely salutes the Liverpool fans having won the league for final time as manager 18 Mark Hughes poses in Bayern Munich colours Kevin Keegan with the dogs 18 18 18 18 Paul Allen was an FA Cup winner at the age of 17 Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, two of Britain’s finest strikers in the 80s, in Barcelona colours – Lineker had a significantly better time in Catalonia than Hughes getty Man United player Alan Brazil 18 18
1 Liverpool starlet Jerome Sinclair Jerome Sinclair, the youngest player to ever pull on a Liverpool shirt, is all set to leave Anfield and join Watford, according to reports.The forward, now 19, was highly-rated by Brendan Rodgers and scored his first senior goal for the club in their 2-2 draw with Exeter in the FA Cup third round, but, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he is set to move on.The Hornets are the frontrunners, with a deal likely to be confirmed soon and while some Liverpool fans are disappointed he’ll be leaving, others have quickly turned on the youngster.You can see how Liverpool fans reacted to news about Jerome Sinclair’s future below…