Liverpool morning news: 'Good progress' on finances, ex-striker claims Mourinho is 'scared of Reds

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning

Liverpool Football Club's accounts have been published, showing a £50m loss at the club towards the end of May 2013.

The accounts show that media and commercial revenue has risen during that period, turnover has broken the £200m barrier and net bank debt has been reduced by £20m.

There are a couple of rises included an £800,000 rise in interest payments, as well as a rise in administrative expenses.

Managing Director Ian Ayre is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: "These results demonstrate that the financial health of the club continues to make good progress as we continue our journey to transform the club on and off the pitch.

"Over the past four or five years, revenue has been consistently increasing from around £170m in 2009 to over £200m today - and external debt has decreased significantly to less than £50m."

Away from the accounts, ex-Liverpool forward John Aldridge believes that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is scared of the Reds as the title race hots up.

Aldridge said in his Liverpool Echo column: "He celebrated the win at Stamford Bridge in December in a way he hasn't celebrated any other victory this season. That is because he is concerned by Liverpool.

"Liverpool are going to have a massive say in this title race. If the Reds don't manage to clinch the championship, then they will influence who does."

Defender Jon Flanagan has told TalkSport that both Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling must go to the World Cup in the summer.

Both have been in terrific form for Liverpool this season, and Flanagan said: “I think they’ve been the best players in their positions in the league this year, they’ve both been outstanding.

“On current form they both deserve to be in the England squad and they both deserve to go to Brazil as well.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Sterling could be a key player for the national team and has earned the right to become a central figure, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rodgers said: "He’s a kid who’s just turned 19 but he’s a father now, that brings maturity into your life and he’s coping with that remarkably well.

“You see a young player who’s getting stronger and stronger every day; a young player who, tactically, has improved his level impressively.”

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