Luis Suarez craves plaudits, like so many in the strikers' union

Luis Suarez talked up by Mamadou Sakho as Liverpool open contract talks with striker

The Uruguayan has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal

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Victor Valdes could be out for six weeks as Barcelona injury list lengthens

Xavi and Cristian Tello are doubts for the weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to be out until the new year

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of the season with his likely destination being Monaco

Transfer news: Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to turn down Arsenal summer move in favour of Monaco switch - reports

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Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool talks with Victor Moses

Brendan Rodgers defends decisions in face of criticism, insisting they are for the greater good at Liverpool

The Reds' manager has made some questionable transfer and team selection calls

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Le Tissier, who spent his whole career at Southampton, scored a total 48 out of 49 spot kicks. The only time he ever missed from 12 yards was when Mark Crossley famously saved for Nottingham Forest in Saints' 2-1 defeat at the Dell in the Premier League in March 1994.
Iker Casillas

Borussia Dortmund enquire over availability of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas following Spanish captain's demotion - reports

Casillas is yet to play this season and reports in Spain have claimed that the Champions League runners-up have enquired over is availability

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his match-winner against Aston Villa

Daniel Sturridge reaps rewards for Liverpool thanks to extended run

England striker has qualities of a Brazilian, according to manager Brendan Rodgers

Jordan Henderson celebrates with Simon Mignolet after the keeper saves a penalty against Stoke

Jordan Henderson admits competition for midfield places at Liverpool is increasing

The England midfielder welcomes the battle for a place

Daniel Sturridge fired Liverpool to victory against Stoke

Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 match report: Daniel Sturridge fires Liverpool to opening day victory but Simon Mignolet takes the plaudits for late penalty save

Reds get off to a good start but had the Belgian goalkeeper to thank after they failed to convert their dominance in to more goals

Brendan Rodgers looks on as his side drew 0-0 with rivals Everton

Brendan Rodgers hoping for more from Joe Allan

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful a rejuvenated Joe Allen can help his side challenge for the top four this season.

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Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain completes move from Real Madrid to Napoli

Arsenal had been hopeful of signing the striker

Gonzalo Higuain

Transfer news: Napoli manager Rafael Benitez delighted about signing Real Madrid player Gonzalo Higuain

The striker had at one stage appeared destined to move to Arsenal

Luis Suarez meets fans after the match between Melbourne Victory and Liverpool in Australia

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Striker wants to play in Champions League and believes £40m plus £1 offer obliges Merseysiders to sell

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