PHOTOS: Glen Johnson returns to Liverpool training, Rodgers has words with Balotelli

Glen Johnson

The best pictures and images from the Reds' training session on Thursday...

When Brendan Rodgers' was asked if Liverpool's current situation was the toughest challenge he has faced as a manager, the 41-year-old replied that it wasn't - and insisted it was an 'exciting' challenge.

In fact, the Reds boss's pre-match press conference as a whole was very impressive on Thursday afternoon. But it's time to stop talking and start acting.

Liverpool's performances so far this season have been nothing short of dire - and Rodgers said as much when talking to the press. This weekend, every single member of the Reds' squad knows that needs to change.

Providing a boost to their aspirations of getting a result against what can now be considered an in-form West Brom side on Saturday is Glen Johnson, who has returned to first-team training. Granted, he isn't a man who has impressed this season - but every familiar face will help during the current injury crisis.

It was another Liverpool star that drew the attention of Rodgers for the most part, though, and rightly so. Indeed, the Northern Irishman was pictured having a lengthy discussion with striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian has flattered to deceive since moving to Merseyside and Rodgers has said he needs to improve ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Anfield.

Here are the best photos from training... Enjoy!

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