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Liverpool morning news, Real step up Sterling interest, reaction to shootout victory

A selection of the main stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has been linked with a sensational move to Real Madrid yet again by the Daily Mirror.

The Mirror reports that Sterling is the number one target for the European Champions and that they're encouraged by Liverpool not offering him a new contract after the World Cup.

Sterling's deal currently runs out in 2017, and the report suggests Liverpool are to give him another pay rise after his progress over the past year or so, which has seen him become a member of the first team, and an England international regular.

Last night saw Liverpool progress to the fourth round of the League Cup after a record breaking penalty shootout at Anfield, as the Reds beat Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalties, with the game finishing 2-2 after extra time.

Jordan Rossiter became the second youngest Liverpool goalscorer of all time as he scored the opening goal on his debut for the first team, with Suso scoring on his first appearance since his loan spell at Almeria.

Jordan Williams also made his first team bow and manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the younger players.

He told reporters after the game: "Young Jordan Rossiter could walk to Anfield; he just lives round the corner. I was delighted for him. He got the opportunity and showed wonderful composure to get his finish.

"I was also impressed with young Jordan Williams, he came on and showed really good stature and composure in the game. He is a wonderful footballer and a young player that is developing well.

"I think all the young kids from our U8s and U9s at the Academy now - and all the Academy coaches - will look at that tonight."

Rodgers added that despite Liverpool's slow start to the season, the side are showing their fight as they still compete on all fronts.

"We haven't started great this season, but whilst we've still been finding our form, I think we've shown in the cup games and in the tournaments that we certainly have that character and fight.

"I was obviously pleased to get through and that experience, even though it was a long night for everyone, was great for our young players. It's good to win, no matter how you win."

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