Mo’ posts, Mo’ problems
Following his decision not to contest a misconduct charge for his now infamous Super Mario post on social media, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been banned for one match and handed a fine of £25,000 by the Football Association.
Although he was always likely to miss out on Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal due to an ongoing groin strain, the 24-year is now definitely out of the match. “I am sorry that my team-mates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalised for something I did and now come to regret” said the Italian striker after the decision was handed down. “It is my intention to comply with the decision of the FA and make sure it never happens again.”
Not for sale
While Liverpool seem almost certain to sign a ‘keeper when the transfer window re-opens in January, the small matter of bringing in more firepower looks to be a problem just as pressing, though it looks like a move for Lyon hit-man Alexander Lacazette is off the table.
The 23-year old has racked up an impressive 15-goals in 18-appearances for the Ligue One side this season, creating 34-chances and providing 4-assists along the way. Speculation has been mounting that the 23-year old would be leaving France this winter, but if club president Jean Michel Aulas has anything to say about it, he’ll still be at the Stade de Gerland come February.
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A brace from Raheem Sterling was sandwiched in between a superb strike from Lazar Markovic as Liverpool downed Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth to move on to the semi-finals of the League Cup. Dan Gosling gave the hosts some hope of a comeback midway through the second half after bundling past Brad Jones, but much to the deligh of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, the Reds kept their heads to run out comfortable winners.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has already spent time in Los Angeles, California meeting with specialists and warm weather training as he looks to shake off the unfortunate spat of injuries that have kept him sidelined since the end of August, now the 25-year old is set to visit Boston on his road to recovery.
With an eye to an early return in the New Year, Sturridge will spend Christmas in the United States with the Boston Red Sox’s medical specialists. The baseball team, who are also owned by primary Liverpool owner John Henry, will work with the striker over the holidays as he tries to finally return to action. The Reds had a busy week, drawing Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League Round of 32 and setting up a choice League Cup semi-final clash with top-flight league leaders Chelsea after downing Championship pace-setters AFC Bournemouth — just a few of the many important matches they could use the striker’s help navigating.
After downing Championship pace-setters AFC Bournemouth quite comfortably at Dean Court earlier in the day, Liverpool have a stiffer test to come with the Reds set to face-off against Premier League rivals Chelsea in the choice tie of the League Cup semi-finals.
The Blues made quick work of Championship side Derby County yesterday at the iPro Stadium in their own quarter-final encounter, running out easy winners with goals from Eden Hazard, Filipe Luis and Andre Schürrle making Craig Bryson’s consolation strike midway through the second half irrelevant. Before finding out who they’d meet in the final four, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho played down talk of the league leaders winning an unprecedented four trophies in one season, insisting that his side aren’t dreaming big quite yet.