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Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool for Champions League club this summer

Suarez warns Liverpool he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs this summer

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:28 GMT, 20 March 2013

Luis Suarez has warned Liverpool that he would consider any offers in the summer from clubs that can offer Champions League football.

German Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Italian giants Juventus head up the chase for Suarez, who has scored 29 goals in 40 appearances for Liverpool this season.

However, Brendan Rodgers' team have too often relied on Suarez's talents and lie in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League – in danger of missing out on European football altogether.

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

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Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but did not rule out the idea of a big-money move at the end of the season.

'I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

'If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome.

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'

However, Suarez also recognised Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.

Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the same structure at Anfield.

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.

'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.

'We have to realise we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can.

'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: match report – James Collins own goal seals win

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: Old boy Cole and Collins' own goal help Rodgers strike Hammer blows

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 9 December 2012

Liverpool proved they could win without talismanic striker Luis Suarez as they fought from behind to take three points from Upton Park.

Uruguay international Suarez was serving a one-match ban but the Reds struck twice late in the game to seal a win that sees them leapfrog West Ham in the table.

Former Hammers' defender Glen Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors with a tremendous effort before a Mark Noble penalty and Steven Gerrard own goal turned the game in West Ham's favour before the break.

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (McCartney 46), Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Taylor (Maiga 86), Diame (Tomkins 73), Nolan, Noble, Jarvis, Cole.

Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur.

Booked: Taylor.

Goal: Noble 36 (pen), Gerrard og 43.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Cole 27), Allen (Coates 86), Lucas (Henderson 71), Gerrard, Sterling, Shelvey, Downing.

Subs not used: Jones, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Morgan.

Booked: Gerrard, Shelvey.

Goals: Johnson 11, Cole 76, Collins og 79.

Att: 35,005.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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It was another West Ham academy
graduate in substitute Joe Cole who pulled the visitors level in the
second half with a James Collins own goal completing the comeback for
Liverpool.

Gerrard, returning to captain the
visitors after recovering from illness, saw an early effort deflected
behind for a corner following some good work by Jonjo Shelvey.

West Ham then had a few minutes of
dominance and Mohamed Diame, a one-time Liverpool target, saw his shot
deflect off the back of team-mate Carlton Cole and drift just wide of
Jose Reina's goal.

West Ham's Matt Jarvis was getting a
lot of the ball down the left flank but was soon found wanting when he
was tested defensively.

Gerrard played the ball out to Johnson
on the touchline and the England full-back cut inside Jarvis with ease
before arrowing a strike past the out-stretched hand of Jussi
Jaaskelainen.

Johnson did not celebrate out of
respect for his former club but the Liverpool bench was up in unison as
the visitors grabbed an early lead.

Raheem Sterling had two chances to
double Liverpool's advantage, firstly firing wide of Jaaskelainen's near
post as Gerrard's shot was cleared straight to his feet.

Moments later Johnson again got the
beating of former Wolves winger Jarvis and rolled the ball into
Sterling's path, but the 18-year-old's low drive was just off target.

West Ham started to get more into the
game after 25 minutes and again began testing the Liverpool defence with
a number of high balls into the area, with their equaliser duly coming
nine minutes before the interval.

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

A West Ham set-piece was cleared as
far as Guy Demel whose shot hit the arm of Joe Allen as the former
Swansea man closed him down.

Referee Lee Probert deemed the block
to be intentional and pointed to the spot, with Noble stepping up to
coolly convert the penalty.

Matthew Taylor, recalled to the
starting line-up by Sam Allardyce after making an impact as a substitute
against Chelsea last weekend, then headed high and wide from close
range as West Ham started to take control.

The spell of pressure yielded a second goal for Allardyce's side, albeit it in fortunate circumstances.

Liverpool switched off after conceding a free-kick which Noble took quickly and found Jarvis in space on the left.

Sam Allardyce

Mark Noble and Carlton Cole

Topsy turvy: Sam Allardyce (left) saw his side fall behind, go ahead and then fall behind again

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

The 26-year-old produced yet another
fantastic delivery into the box and the ball was sent flying past Reina
off the head of Gerrard.

Shelvey then had a good opportunity to
level on the stroke of half-time when he was picked out by Stewart
Downing but his shot was well wide.

The second half started with both
sides looking to be more creative in possession although neither Reina
nor Jaaskelainen was tested before the hour-mark.

Sterling came close to levelling as
his left-foot effort from the edge of the penalty area forced
Jaaskelainen to flick the ball over his bar for a corner.

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal... but later scored one himself

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal… but later scored one himself

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Shelvey had worked hard in an
unfamiliar attacking role all afternoon and saw a header flash wide with
20 minutes remaining before Rodgers introduced Jordan Henderson in
place of the ineffectual Lucas.

A serious looking leg injury suffered
by Diame made Allardyce's afternoon even worse, with the in-form
midfielder replaced by James Tomkins after pulling up hurt.

Joe Cole had been introduced by Liverpool before the game was 30 minutes old and was warmly received by the home fans.

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

The former Chelsea playmaker has
struggled during his time with Liverpool and had little impact on the
game until he struck a venomous equaliser after being played in by
Sterling and, like Johnson, he refused to celebrate the goal.

The turnaround was completed just 12
minutes from time as Henderson swung in a low cross that Shelvey and
Collins competed for with the balling looping up off the boot of the
West Ham defender and over a helpless Jaaskelainen.

Sterling almost burst through to wrap
up the game for the visitors, who saw out the five minutes of stoppage
time to creep into the top half of the table.

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Lance Armstrong doping affair: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson lands role investigating links with UCI

Baroness Grey-Thompson lands role investigating Armstrong's links with UCI

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UPDATED:

16:42 GMT, 30 November 2012

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been named on a three-person panel to assess the Lance Armstrong affair and the role of the International Cycling Union in the scandal.

The UCI in October ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, who conducted an investigation which concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

Allegations of complicity and insider knowledge were levelled at the UCI and its leadership – all of which have been denied – and 11-time Paralympic champion Grey-Thompson forms part of the independent commission set up to establish the facts.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Australian John Coates, the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport assembled the commission, which is independent of the UCI and will be chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC will join Lords peer Grey-Thompson on the panel.

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has been banned for life and stripped of all results from August 1, 1998, including seven Tour de France titles.

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: match report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: No happy return for Rodgers in first game back at Liberty Stadium

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UPDATED:

00:14 GMT, 26 November 2012

There were warm handshakes, applause for both sets of supporters and slaps on the back for players past and present.

At first glance, it appeared Brendan Rodgers was a content soul after an intriguing game between Swansea and Liverpool.

His first return to the Liberty Stadium was always going to be a big deal and leaving with a point and a clean sheet could be construed as a positive.

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Michu, Pablo, Routledge (Dyer 67), De Guzman (Agustien 85), Shechter (Ki Sung-Yeung 46)

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Lita

Booked: Chico

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson (Shelvey 77), Downing (Cole 77), Allen, Sterling, Suarez

Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Sahin, Suso

Attendance: 20,621

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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To see the look on Rodgers' face,
though, before he headed down the tunnel told another story. His lips
were pursed, his gaze was wistful.

This was a game that, with some extra
quality in the right areas, Liverpool would have won. As it was, it was
the same old story: nearly but not quite.

'We wanted to keep our run going,' said Rodgers, whose side are unbeaten in their last eight Barclays Premier League games.

'I'd never say it was two points
dropped here. This is a difficult place to come. We are chipping away,
climbing the league and continually improving.

'If we can get the quality in the
final third to support what we have, then we have enough to keep the
team moving forward. It is a team who are coming together. I can see
improvement all the time.'

The improvement, however, will only
be slow unless Fenway Sports Group, the club's American owners,
appreciate what could potentially be gained with the right expenditure
when the January transfer window opens.

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

WILLIAMS V SUAREZ

Pre-match: The feuding pair were all smiles as they shook hands

8mins: Williams uses his experience, and considerable frame, to block a Suarez run into the box. The Uruguayan half-heartedly pleas for a penalty.

16mins: Suarez wriggles away from Williams, but is flagged offside, rightly, from Jose Enrique's pass.

23mins: Suarez is again free, this time at the near post, but fails to make good contact.

58mins: Suarez shows excellent skill to work a yard for a shot, which goes through Williams' legs and draws a smart save.

64mins: Williams sees a header cleared off the line by old Swansea team-mate Joe Allen.

71mins: Chico Flores gets the first yellow card of the day for bringing down Suarez.

83mins: A stray Raheem Sterling pass robs Suarez of the chance to shoot uncontested at goal.

Liverpool, after all, are only four
points behind an Arsenal side that Arsene Wenger still believes can
qualify for the Champions League.

That deficit might have been down to two had Rodgers been able to call on that extra quality to his forward line.

Luis Suarez cannot keep carrying
Liverpool on his own and the fact that only two of his team-mates have
scored in the Premier League since September 29 – Raheem Sterling and
Jose Enrique – shows where the team's deficiencies are.

That is where we need to improve,'
said Rodgers. 'We had 18 shots on goal, nine on target. But we need to
finish them when we arrive in good areas.'

It was Sterling and Enrique who went closest to breaking the deadlock here, though.

The former rattled the bar with a
thumping volley after 33 minutes, while the latter had an effort ruled
out for a marginal offside devision 60 seconds later after being picked
out by Suarez.

'I thought it was a goal,' said
Rodgers. 'But we played well. It was emotional returning to where I
spent a great time in my life.'

It looked for much of the opening 45
minutes that Rodgers would enjoy the happiest of returns with the
outstanding Glen Johnson and Sterling running amok down Swansea's left.

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Johnson was denied by a fine stop by Gerhard Tremmel after exchanging passes with Suarez and also went close with a header.

Angel Rangel flung himself in front
of a Suarez blockbuster, while Enrique got in a tangle after another
superb cross from Johnson.

Yet Swansea were not without chances.
Pablo Hernandez bent an effort round a post after a rare mistake by
Steven Gerrard not long after Wayne Routledge had tested Pepe Reina.

They certainly contributed to a spectacle that contained 1,055 passes.

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Whack: Both players stayed down after the challenge, but were on their feet within minutes

'Was it a point gained or two lost I think it was a good point,' said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.

'Maybe Liverpool had more chances more than us but we had them. I'm pleased with my team.'

Laudrup was especially pleased in the
83rd minute when Suarez and Sterling failed to administer the ultimate
punishment after a quick break, and he remains more than content with
the way Swansea have started the campaign.

Rodgers left the impression he will be truly content only when reinforcements have arrived.

'It will evolve,' said Rodgers. 'The
guys are working well but you need to get your own type of players in
before you can say, “This is my side”.

'We will look to work with the players we have and hope to do some business in January.'

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

Brendan Rodgers hails Luis Suarez

Rodgers lauds Luis after brilliant brace: 'Suarez is absolutely outstanding'

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 17 November 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his 'master marksman' Luis Suarez after the striker produced another devastating display to defeat Wigan 3-0.

After a surprisingly flat first half by his own high standards, the Uruguay international scored twice and assisted with the third for Jose Enrique as the Reds registered only their fourth Barclays Premier League win of 2012.

Suarez now has nine league goals this season – making him England's top scorer – 12 overall and 26 in 56 league matches since arriving from Ajax in January 2011.

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger (Carragher 82), Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez (Shelvey 87), Fernandez Saez (Henderson 36).

Subs Not Used: Jones, Sahin, Cole, Coates.

Goals: Suarez 47, 58, Jose Enrique 65.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell (Gomez 69), Figueroa, Boyce, Watson (Jones 32), McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo (Miyaichi 69),Kone.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Booked: Figueroa, Caldwell, Di Santo.

Attendance: 44,913

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

'Luis is a very big part of the team.
His first goal was a wonderful finish with a great weight of pass from
young Raheem (Sterling),' said the Reds boss.

'He finished it great and for the
second one there was a lovely pass from Enrique and a nice little
off-the-shoulder run and finish.

'He is a master marksman, absolutely outstanding, and we are thrilled to have him.'

Suarez, the club's only fit senior
striker, has scored more than half of Liverpool's 17 league goals but
Rodgers is not concerned the burden may become too much on the
25-year-old.

'Not at all. Of course we want other support around that but you can see he thrives on it,' added the Northern Irishman.

'If you look at his goal return this
season already he is enjoying playing in the system and enjoying the
freedom of being that loose striker.

The Liverpool manager has seen a precedent in the Premier League already and hopes the left-back can emulate it.

'If you look at (Tottenham's) Gareth Bale, he played at left-back and then moved forward and showed his strengths,' he added.

'Jose is someone I think can do that role with his power and pace.

'I said to him yesterday him and Raheem can get goals if they get (positionally) inside the frame of the goal.

'If you watch the replay he makes up a lot of ground to get in there and anticipate the rebound.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt
fatigue from the midweek international fixtures played a part in their
second-half performance but losing Ben Watson to a broken leg did not
help.

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

'If you look at (Tottenham's) Gareth Bale, he played at left-back and then moved forward and showed his strengths,' he added.

'Jose is someone I think can do that role with his power and pace.

'I said to him yesterday him and Raheem can get goals if they get (positionally) inside the frame of the goal.

'If you watch the replay he makes up a lot of ground to get in there and anticipate the rebound.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt
fatigue from the midweek international fixtures played a part in their
second-half performance but losing Ben Watson to a broken leg did not
help.

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

The 27-year was caught just above the shin by Reds winger Raheem Sterling's knee as they jumped for a ball in the first half.

'He has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery,' said the Spaniard.

'If he needs surgery he will probably be out for four months and that will be a major blow for us.

'The injury affected us too much because I thought we started quite sharp and controlled the game in the first half.

'I thought we were the team who looked like being a real threat and I thought we stopped Liverpool completely.

Put it there: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Wigan counterpart Roberto Martinez

Put it there: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Wigan counterpart Roberto Martinez

Net gains: Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal in nine minutes

Net gains: Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal in nine minutes

'Unfortunately in the second half we suffered too much from the international fixtures.

'The first goal we gave it away – it was one of those days as nothing went our way.

'The second goal went in and the third goal came from a throw-in which should have been our ball.

'We attracted all sorts of bad decisions and bad luck.'

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

Liverpool 3 Wigan 0: Luis Suarez scores brace

Liverpool 3 Wigan 0: Suarez at the double as hosts cruise to victory over Latics

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17:28 GMT, 17 November 2012

Striker Luis Suarez proved just how valuable he is to Liverpool with two goals and an assist to help secure only a second home win of the season.

The Uruguay international struck twice in nine second-half minutes and also played a part in the third which saw Jose Enrique score his first goal for the club.

Reports this week that Manchester City were ready to make a 40million bid for the striker in January were dismissed by Roberto Mancini and Brendan Rodgers, with the latter confidently stating his prize asset was not for sale.

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger (Carragher 82), Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez (Shelvey 87),
Fernandez Saez (Henderson 36).

Subs Not Used: Jones, Sahin, Cole, Coates.

Goals: Suarez 47, 58, Jose Enrique 65.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell (Gomez 69), Figueroa, Boyce, Watson (Jones 32), McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo (Miyaichi 69),Kone.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Booked: Figueroa, Caldwell, Di Santo.

Attendance: 44,913

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

And in any case, scoring in five
successive matches to take his tally to 10 in as many appearances would
appear to have boosted Suarez's price tag by several million more.

Not that Liverpool would consider –
or could even countenance – selling a player who is so vital to any
chance of success in the short- to medium-term.

Without the 25-year-old's input this
season – from goals and assists – the Reds would be in the bottom three.
It is difficult to put a price on exactly how much that is worth to a
team still growing into Rodgers' way of working but it is safe to say it
would likely take much more to replace what he has brought to the side
this campaign.

Yet Suarez was strangely subdued in a
first half which had very few talking points. With goalkeeper Jose
Reina making his first appearance since October 7, Rodgers reverted to
back four having opted for three centre-backs at Chelsea last weekend.

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

Somewhat surprisingly he selected
Enrique on the left of midfield but before the half was out he had
tinkered with his tactical line-up having seen his side fail to get a
grip on the game.

The hosts began well with Suarez's
cross turned behind by Ben Watson and Daniel Agger's header from the
corner tipped just wide by the outstretched hand of Ali Al Habsi.

After Reina shrugged off some of the
rustiness with a routine save from Arouna Kone's long-range effort both
Agger and Suso headed over.

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

It was virtually the young
Spaniard's last involvement as just past the half-hour he was replaced
by Jordan Henderson with Gerrard moving forward to play in the hole by
Suarez in an attempt to get more support for the Uruguay international.

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Net gains: Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal in nine minutes

Andre Wisdom's pass into space gave
Sterling, who had also had an uncharacteristically quiet 45 minutes, the
chance to nip in front of Maynor Figueroa and run at the Wigan defence.

When he crossed for Suarez the
Uruguayan's first-time shot, assisted by a slight deflection of Ivan
Ramis, beat Al Habsi. If the goal energised the home side it ignited
Suarez, who was rampant after that.

Enrique drove infield from the left
and poked in a through-ball which still required plenty from Suarez but
in his current form there was only going to be one outcome and he easily
beat the goalkeeper. The third goal had a touch of fortune but only in
its origin.

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

A throw-in down Wigan's left should
have gone to the visitors but the officials awarded it to Liverpool and
it was from that they finished off the game.

Suarez again had major part to play,
sliding a pass through the inside-right channel to Sterling whose shot
was parried by Al Habsi into the path of Enrique who could not miss from
a few yards out.

The Spaniard, benefiting from his
advanced position, celebrated only his second goal in five years in
English football, his first coming for Newcastle against Nottingham
Forest in March 2010.

Confidence was now surging through a
Liverpool side who had previously been so timid and reticent in front
of their own fans in 2012 – having previously only won three league
matches at Anfield all year.

That was typified by Glen Johnson's
run, starting on the halfway line close to the left touchline, which saw
the England defender drive just wide with his right foot from the edge
of the area.

Suarez eventually departed to a
well-deserved standing ovation late on as Rodgers protected his
investment on the back of seven-match unbeaten run.

Tony Pulis says says he won"t stand in the way of Ryan Shawcross leaving Stoke

Pulis admits he can't stop Shawcross leaving Stoke for United… but Potters line up six-year deal for defender

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 8 November 2012

Tony Pulis admits Stoke cannot stand in the way of Ryan Shawcross if a top-four club make a move.

Chairman Peter Coates insists he would like to keep the centre half for a decade. But his manager says they are powerless if the 25-year-old wants to move to one of the Premier League big boys.

Will he stay or will he go Stoke City could struggle to hold onto Ryan Shawcross

Will he stay or will he go Stoke City could struggle to hold onto Ryan Shawcross

Manchester United are monitoring his progress, after they sold him for an initial 1million four years ago.

Now, there is talk of a 12m move to Old Trafford or one of the other title contenders. Pulis said: ‘If a top-three or four club came in and they paid the money, there’s no way in a million years we’d be able to prevent Ryan from going.

‘It’s a natural progression for players to play at the top level.

'If a top-four club came along and the money and everything was right for both the club and the player, then it would be very difficult to stop the player from going. Ryan is a fantastic man but he has to do the best he possibly can for himself and his family.’

Stoke are prepared to offer Shawcross, who is in England’s squad for the Sweden friendly next Wednesday, a new six-year deal.

Brendan Rodgers confident Liverpool"s Raheem Sterling can cope with England Under 21 call-up

Rodgers confident Liverpool teen star Sterling can cope with England U21 call-up

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22:42 GMT, 7 November 2012

Liverpool team to face Anzhi

Jones: Flanagan, Carragher, Coates, Robinson: Shelvey, Henderson, Cole: Assaidi, Morgan, Downing.

Brendan Rodgers will have no concern if Raheem Sterling is selected for England next week as he insisted the Liverpool midfielder is not being overexposed.

England head coach Roy Hodgson is giving serious consideration to selecting Sterling for the friendly with Sweden on Wednesday and is expected to include him once again, having initially picked him to experience the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s success stories this season but he has become such an integral figure that he has played 781 minutes of a possible 900 in the Barclays Premier League. He and Steven Gerrard have made the most appearances, with 16 in all competitions.

An old head on young shoulder: Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling can handle and England U21 call-up

An old head on young shoulder: Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling can handle and England U21 call-up

The 17-year-old, however, has been spared a trip to Moscow for this evening’s Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala, as Rodgers wants to rest him for Sunday’s game at Chelsea but Liverpool’s manager would be happy to see Sterling travel to Sweden.

‘It’s very difficult to hold him back,’ said Rodgers. ‘This is his dream. I’m sure he wants to play for his country, he has played through the age levels. I’ve always believed if you are good enough, it doesn’t matter how old you are.

‘Raheem is one of the top young players in the country at the moment. I wouldn’t have any worries (if he is selected). He’s in capable hands and would have senior players around him. If you look at how he has coped this season, he’s getting better every week.

Spared Anzhi trip: Sterling

Spared Anzhi trip: Sterling

‘His biggest thing is his courage. I’ve seen him grow from a young kid into a young man these last three months. He works hard every day and has a real challenge up against the senior players here but he embraces it.’

Liverpool top Group A after beating Anzhi 1-0 at Anfield but the team Rodgers selects for this match will be vastly different to the one that was successful two weeks ago and it is likely that Adam Morgan, an 18-year-old Academy graduate, will lead the attack.

‘We want to get into a position where we can compete on all fronts but with the delicacy of the group, we have to be careful,’ said Rodgers.

‘Our priority is the league. Unfortunately if I have to sacrifice other competitions and manage that the best I can because we aren’t maybe in a strong enough state as a squad, then that’s what I’ll have to do.’

Gerard Houllier lauds Brendan Rodgers" Anfield revolution

Former Liverpool boss Houllier lauds Rodgers' youthful Anfield revolution

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10:15 GMT, 30 October 2012

Gerard Houllier has hailed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for showing faith in youth as he looks to rebuild the Anfield club's fortunes.

The likes of winger Raheem Sterling, 17, attacking midfielder Suso, 18, and defender Andre Wisdom, 19, have all worked their way into Rodgers' first-team this season.

And former Liverpool boss Houllier – who was in charge at Anfield from 1998 to 2004 – believes that Rodgers' approach will pay dividends in the long run.

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

'I am pleased with the way Brendan makes the team play,' the Frenchman told Liverpoolfc.com.

'He plays the right way and I’m pleased he’s given a chance to some of the young players. Some are very good.

'Sterling could be a major player for the club in the future and at the moment he just needs to be a little more composed, particularly in the final move of his game.

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

'Suso, Andre Wisdom and Joe Allen are all good players and it’s very good for the future of the club.'

Houllier was at Goodison Park for Sunday's 2-2 Merseyside derby draw and he feels that the Reds were unlucky given that Luis Suarez had a late winner wrongly ruled out for offside.

'Liverpool posed a major problem to Everton in changing the system in the second half and I thought Brendan was very clever,' said the 65-year-old.

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

'It really helped the team and in the end they probably could have won it.

'It was a goal. I don’t know what the referee saw there because it wasn’t offside. I thought initially he had given a foul for a push by Coates but the flag was for offside. It wasn’t offside.

'Sometimes things even up. I mean, we’ve got to remember we were lucky that time Sander Westerveld’s clearance hit Don Hutchison in the last minute and went in the net, and that was disallowed.'

David Moyes says Luis Suarez"s winner should have stood

Moyes admits Suarez's winner should have stood… but says striker should have been sent off

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20:11 GMT, 28 October 2012

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was once again the major talking point after the 219th Merseyside derby ended in a controversial 2-2 draw.

The Uruguay international, whom Everton manager David Moyes claimed should have been sent off for a foul on Sylvain Distin, poked in Sebastian Coates' header in added time only to be denied by an incorrect linesman's flag for offside.

Suarez's shot, deflected off Leighton Baines, produced the opening goal and celebration of the season so far as he ran and dived full-length in front of Moyes in response to the Everton manager's pre-match comments about him going to ground easily.

Should have stood: Luis Suarez's late goal should have been allowed, according to David Moyes

Should have stood: Luis Suarez's late goal should have been allowed, according to David Moyes

The Liverpool striker then glanced in a header to put his side 2-0 up inside 20 minutes only for Leon Osman and Steven Naismith to respond before half-time.

In the second half Suarez was booked for standing on Distin's Achilles tendon after the ball had gone before being denied a dramatic winner.

'I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that – it is the sort of thing I would have done had I scored,' said Moyes of Suarez's celebration.

'But I think he was a lucky man to stay on the pitch with his tackle.

'The one down the back of his (Distin's) leg – he's topped him, definitely.'

Making a scene: Suarez celebrated his first goal by diving in front of David Moyes

Making a scene: Suarez celebrated his first goal by diving in front of David Moyes

Brendan Rodgers, in his first Merseyside derby, disagreed.

'I didn't think it was a red card,' he said.

'Sometimes you get that with strikers, sometimes it is just a fraction and he is trying to time the ball as he's playing it.'

The managers, however, were in agreement in relation to Suarez's disallowed goal.

'We're so disappointed that it didn't count because for me it's an easy decision,' said Rodgers, who has regularly complained about his side not getting decisions from referees.

'I'm not going to keep going on about officials because it's been happening to us all season.

Comeback: Leon Osman netted for Everton

Comeback: Leon Osman netted for Everton

'The ball's in the air for a long time, the official's just looking across the line so he's clearly onside and when Coates heads it Luis is minimum level and it's a wonderful finish.

'He should have had a hat-trick and it would have been a brilliant win for us.'
Rodgers also complained about Everton's equaliser, adding: 'If you watch any of the replays and David even admitted it himself in the game, it was our throw.

'They took the throw, go up and score but it has gone so I'm not going to get too heated over it.'

Moyes admitted the linesman made the wrong call for Suarez's late strike, although he argued Liverpool should not have been awarded the free-kick which led to it.

In the book: Andre Marriner shows Phil Neville a yellow card

In the book: Andre Marriner shows Phil Neville a yellow card

'It was a goal – but I didn't think it was a foul on Gerrard in the middle of the pitch,' he said.

'That was the wrong decision but it was the wrong decision not to give the goal.'
Ironically, considering Moyes' comments about Suarez, Everton captain Phil Neville was booked for diving in the first half.

Moyes refused to enter the debate, saying “Just don't start me”, but to his credit pointed out his player's error.

'I said at half-time it was completely wrong, you don't do that and hopefully he won't do it again,' said the Scot.

Setting for a point: Brendan Rodgers David Moyes had to make do with a draw

Setting for a point: Brendan Rodgers David Moyes had to make do with a draw

Neville admitted his culpability by telling Sky Sports 1: “It was a stupid thing to do.

'I don't often find myself at that end of the pitch and I actually thought Daniel Agger was coming to take me out.

'Rightly so I got my butt kicked at half-time, put myself under pressure with the yellow card and I couldn't really commit to tackles in the second half.

'I won't do it again, that's for sure.'