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The table toppers face their toughest test of the season on Boxing Day

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing

Stewart Downing hopes to have provided Liverpool selection dilemma

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing hopes he has given manager Brendan Rodgers “food for thought” ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby after scoring the winner in the 1-0 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala last night.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool can be 'real force' if defensive problems are addressed says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his team can be a “real force” if they address their defensive problems, with the Northern Irishman's sights still firmly set on a top-four Barclays Premier League finish.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with principal owner John Henry

Brendan Rodgers 'not concerned at all' by Liverpool's poor start to the Premier League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is not worried his side are in the bottom three after failing to win in the Barclays Premier League so far this term.

<b>Roberto Mancini v Paul Lambert</b><br/>
During Manchester City's surprise Capital One Cup defeat at home to Aston Villa, Roberto Mancini entered into an exchange with Paul Lambert when the latter seemed to object to the City manager questioning the fourth official over why a yellow card had not been shown. After the match, Mancini said: 'I am tired of these managers. I did not say anything to him, I only asked if it was a yellow card and he comes over [to argue] every time. I am tired of this, I am very tired.' Mancini then went on to warn others about such behaviour. 'Some managers had better shut up because I was only asking the fourth official because I thought the referee had left his yellow card in the dressing room. I don't like this behaviour. When they go to Old Trafford, they say nothing.'

When football managers attack: Notorious touchline bust-ups

During Manchester City's shock defeat to Aston Villa last night, Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert were involved in a dispute on the sidelines.

<b>Long, long shot</b><br/>
Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has been linked with a move across Stanley Park to Everton, after not seeming to feature in Brendan Rodgers' plans for the season. The Scotsman has failed to make a great impact following his move from Blackpool last summer, and has yet to feature in either of the clubs opening two Premier League fixtures, which has intensified rumours that he could on his way out before the transfer window shuts.

Stoke complete £4m deal for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam

Stoke have completed the signing of midfielder Charlie Adam from Liverpool on a four-year contract.

<b>Long, long shot </b><br/>
Interestingly enough, there have been quiet mutters that <b>Stewart Downing </b>could return to Villa Park after just a season at Anfield, most likely as a loan move. After forming a superb understanding with Bent in the second-half of the 2010/2011 season, he could provide Villa with some much-needed width. Whether fans would welcome him back after his £18m move last summer remains to be seen.

Stewart Downing willing to play at left-back for Liverpool

Stewart Downing is happy at Liverpool and willing to fight for a place in the team at left-back.

Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini in animated moods yesterday

Anfield and Brendan Rodgers begin the long journey out of the shadows of the reign of King Kenny

It had rained all week on Merseyside; wet enough for the Creamfields pop festival up the road in Warrington to be abandoned. It would, however, have needed a monsoon to wash the blood out of Anfield.

Gerrard:

Steven Gerrard refuses to panic after West Brom defeat

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says there is no reason to panic after their surprise opening-day defeat at West Brom.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers targeting Premier League top-four finish with Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the challenge of breaking back into the top four will be significant but one the club should embrace.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke

West Brom manager Steve Clarke bears no grudge, despite revealing he was sacked by Liverpool

West Brom manager Steve Clarke squares off with Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers tomorrow insisting he bears no grudge towards his friend's new club despite being sacked by them this summer.

Stewart Downing scored the winner for Liverpool last night

Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool winger Stewart Downing to start afresh

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes winger Stewart Downing can put his disappointing maiden season at Anfield behind him and start afresh at West Brom tomorrow.

Brendan Rodgers watches Liverpool win last night

Liverpool can qualify for Champions League says Kevin Keegan

Former Liverpool striker Kevin Keegan believes a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League is an achievable target for new boss Brendan Rodgers this season.

Cristian Tello

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopeful of confirming arrivals of Cristian Tello and Nuri Sahin in next 48 hours

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to learn in the next 48 hours whether his next two transfer targets will be coming to Anfield.

Lucas Leiva has played a pivotal role in Liverpool's midfield this term

Lucas Leiva gains confidence from support of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted the support of new manager Brendan Rodgers has helped to fuel his return from injury.

Brendan Rodgers

Steven Gerrard 'confident' Liverpool will finish in top four this season

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has backed new manager Brendan Rodgers to lead the club back into the UEFA Champions League at his first attempt.

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