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Balotelli’s antics are just part of Brendan Rodgers’ greater struggle at Liverpool

Balotelli’s antics are just part of Brendan Rodgers’ greater struggle at Liverpool

October 23, 2014

LONDON, Oct 23 — Under-pressure Liverpool taskmaster Brendan Rodgers will tackle troubled striker Mario Balotelli over both a half-time shirt-swap and a pedestrian effort as Real Madrid ran rampant at Anfield yesterday. Rodgers himself is also coming under scrutiny, with Liverpool struggling in the Champions League and sluggish in the Premier League since the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona. At 3-0 down at half-time yesterday, Balotelli had shown none of the bite or... Read more

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More