Sport Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man

Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Louis van Gaal will be looking for an improvement from his side

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A look ahead to the weekend's football and which matches are on TV

Roberto Martinez announces Ross Barkley has agreed a new four-year deal with Everton

Ross Barkley injury latest: Everton anxiously await news

The England international is expected to be out for at least two months

Roberto Martinez announces Ross Barkley has agreed a new four-year deal with Everton

Ross Barkley out for TWO months, not five, says Everton manager Roberto Martinez

The England midfielder suffered the injury prior to the opening day 2-2 draw with Leicester City

Leicester City vs Everton analysis: How did Nigel Pearson's Foxes fare on their Premier League return?

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson will be buoyed by his side's second half performance against Champions League chasing Everton

Substitute Chris Wood came off the bench to score a late equaliser for newly promoted Leicester City

Leicester City vs Everton match report: Chris Wood performs supersub role to perfection

Leicester City 2 Everton 2: Striker comes off the bench to snatch a point on Foxes return to the big time

Leonardo Ulloa shone on his debut for Brighton on Saturday

Leicester City vs Everton team news: Romelu Lukaku starts as does Foxes new boy Leonardo Ulloa

Roberto Martinez names settled side for Premier League opener

Romelu Lukaku (left) is presented by manager Roberto Martinez after joining Everton for a club-record £28m

Leicester City v Everton: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the King Power stadium

Ross Barkley has contributed seven goals from midfield this season

Ross Barkley injury: Everton youngster could be out for up to six weeks with knee injury

20-year-old limped out of training on eve of Premier League season

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Premier League: Transfers, predictions and key information – your essential guide to the new season

Jack Pitt-Brooke and James Mariner run through all 20 clubs

Romelu Lukaku is presented by Roberto Martinez as an Everton player following his £28m move

Everton transfer news: Roberto Martinez rejects idea that Chelsea have first refusal on star players after summer dealings

Martinez has overseen moves for Romelu Lukaku and Christian Atsu this summer but rejected any talk of giving the Blues preferential treatment in the future

Christian Atsu pictured after completing his loan move to Everton

Christian Atsu 'focused on Everton' after admitting he isn't sure when Chelsea chance will arrive

The 22-year-old has joined on a season-long loan deal

Diego Costa scored twice in seven minutes as Chelsea beat Real Sociedad 2-0

Manchester United will finish above Liverpool in Premier League, predicts Michael Owen

In the battle of his former sides, Owen expects the Red Devils to come out on top, but both will finish above Arsenal

Christian Atsu at the World Cup

Everton transfer news: Christian Atsu 'deal is done' with Chelsea

Roberto Martinez says loan deal should be completed tomorrow

Christian Atsu at the World Cup

Everton transfer news: Christian Atsu deal 'agreed' with Chelsea, reveals Roberto Martinez

The 22-year-old winger looks set to move to Goodison Park on loan

Everton transfer news: Loan move for Christian Atsu falls through with Chelsea concerned he won't play

The Blues pulled the plug on deal for the highly-rated Ghanaian winger

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape