Liverpool latest: Rodgers in hot water and Lallana battle commences with United

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After last night's outstanding game at the Etihad that saw Liverpool fall just short of a positive result against Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his team, and slightly more damning of the officials - something that could leave him facing an FA charge.

The Liverpool boss told BBC Sport: "I thought we were outstanding. I thought the aggression and quality of our passing confidence, we showed against a very very good side, I was delighted with."

The former Swansea boss was particularly critical of the officials' performance in his post-match conference, hinting that Lee Mason's role as referee was strange considering he lives in nearby Bolton.

"I never go on about officials but I thought today they were horrendous," Rodgers said.

"Hopefully we won't have a Greater Manchester referee again with Liverpool-Manchester games"

Former referee Graham Poll thought the outburst could mean trouble for Rodgers, writing in his Daily Mail column: "For Brendan Rodgers to bemoan a referee from Bolton officiating a Manchester team smacks of sour grapes and should result in an FA charge."

In other news, following on from Rodgers' recent comments about Sterling being in line for a recall to the England setup, the Mirror has speculated that the winger, excellent against City, is the perfect fit alongside Luis Suarez for the reds, and more than capable of having an impact for the national team in Brazil.

Moving on to transfer news, the Metro reports that David Moyes is set to rival Rodgers for the signing of Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

The Saints' captain has had a fantastic season so far, breaking into the England squad and scoring 4 goals as his team have surprised many by getting amongst the battle for Europe.

A price of £15 million has been mooted for the playmaker, though that could rise if United engage Liverpool in a transfer tug-of-war.

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