Jack Wilshere studying Xabi Alonso, Andrea Pirlo in his footballing education
Jack Wilshere studying Xabi Alonso, Andrea Pirlo in his footballing education

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has been watching clips of Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo as he bids to fill the holding midfield void created by the international retirement of Steven Gerrard.

Real Madrid win late, Liverpool lose in UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid win late, Liverpool lose in UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid and Liverpool found their combined 15 European titles were no protection on the road in the Champions League.

Liverpool down but not out, insists Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool down but not out, insists Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to be downbeat about his side`s Champions League prospects despite a poor performance in Basel on Wednesday and with Real Madrid to come next.

Mamadou Sakho says sorry for Anfield exit
Mamadou Sakho says sorry for Anfield exit

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologised to supporters for leaving Anfield before the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Liverpool vs Everton: Phil Jagielka joy as wonder goal rocks Anfield
Liverpool vs Everton: Phil Jagielka joy as wonder goal rocks Anfield

Everton defender Phil Jagielka admitted his stunning late equaliser against Liverpool was simply a case of taking a swing and hoping for the best.

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers backs Steven Gerrard amid fears over form
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers backs Steven Gerrard amid fears over form

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about the form of captain Steven Gerrard after a series of ineffective displays prompted calls from fans and pundits that it is time to reconsider his role in the team.

Ludogorets remain upbeat despite defeat at Liverpool
Ludogorets remain upbeat despite defeat at Liverpool

Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets left Anfield empty handed after losing 2-1 to Liverpool in their Champions League debut on Tuesday but their disappointment was offset by continuing optimism for the future.

Liverpool face challenge to revive fluent form
Liverpool face challenge to revive fluent form

Without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a win but face a challenge to recover the free-scoring form that put them back among the European elite.

CL 2014: Steven Gerrard lights up Anfield with last-gasp Liverpool winner
CL 2014: Steven Gerrard lights up Anfield with last-gasp Liverpool winner

After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.

England must improve for Swiss test, says Rooney
England must improve for Swiss test, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney admits England will have to improve on their lacklustre performance against Norway if they are to avoid a dispiriting start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Switzerland.

New captain Wayne Rooney yearns for England glory
New captain Wayne Rooney yearns for England glory

As he prepares to lead England as captain against Norway on Wednesday, Wayne Rooney says he will not consider his tenure a success unless it sees him lift a trophy.

Tottenham Hotspur stroll gets Liverpool back on track
Tottenham Hotspur stroll gets Liverpool back on track

Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as Mario Balotelli made his return to English football.

Rooney is `natural leader`, worthy for England captaincy: Gerrard

Former England skipper Steven Gerrard has backed teammate Wayne Rooney to hold the captainship for the national team.

Arsene Wenger dismisses Steven Gerrard`s Luis Suarez claims

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that striker Luis Suarez was "too good" to ever move to the north London outfit.

Luis Suarez `too good` for Arsenal, says Steven Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he told former team-mate Luis Suarez he was "too good" to join Arsenal when the north London club came calling for him last year.

Steven Gerrard says last three months "worst of my life"

Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool`s title hopes and England being knocked out the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has been "probably the worst three months of my life".

Steven Gerrard leaves England with tears for souvenirs

As Steven Gerrard soaked up thunderous applause from England`s supporters at full-time in Belo Horizonte, he looked surprised and relieved by the generous response to his team`s dismal World Cup campaign.

Steven Gerrard retires from England duty

England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football on Monday after making 114 appearances for his country.

English need to shun salaries and play abroad: Hodgson

English football would benefit if more players went abroad but the Premier League`s huge salaries are a major deterrent to that, national team coach Roy Hodgson said on Tuesday.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica vs England - As it happened...

Costa Rica take on England in the World Cup Group D game at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

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