Daniele De Rossi on Mario Balotelli
The former AC Milan and Manchester City star is back in the Italy fold and could feature against Croatia on Sunday.
“He’s not the kind of guy who causes problems in the dressing room,” Football Italia quotes De Rossi as saying. “He might be exuberant and sometimes go about his business in a particular way, but fundamentally he’s good-natured.
“After the World Cup I didn’t refer to anyone in particular – what I meant was that we needed real men to begin again and with Mario there is a good rapport.”
Jamie Carragher on Daniel Sturridge
One Liverpool striker who is currently injured is Daniel Sturridge. The England international has not played a competitive match since September because of a thigh injury.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned the fans that they should not expect too much from Sturridge once he makes his full recovery.
“You can’t just expect Sturridge to come in and fire on all cylinders,” Off The Post quotes him as saying. “He has been out for while so you don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but it looks like it is down to him because there is not much else there at the moment."
Praise for Marco Reus
One attacker who has been linked with a move to Liverpool is Marco Reus.
The Borussia Dortmund star is one of the best players in Europe, and a number of clubs including the Reds are reportedly interested in him.
German champions Bayern Munich are also said to be keen on Reus, and club legend Franz Beckenbauer has showered praise on him.
"They still have plenty of other great players, although Reus is obviously an important player for Dortmund’, The Daily Star quotes Beckenbauer as telling TZ.
"When there's so much talk about a player, it means that he is an extraordinary player and that's most certainly the case with Reus.”
Alberto Moreno's confidence
Summer signing Alberto Moreno has assured the fans that he and his Liverpool teammates will step up after the international break.
"I have a lot of confidence in [the squad] as they do in me," he told the club’s official website. “I think that's very important - the fact that, as a group, we all believe and share that same confidence within the dressing room.
"I think that sooner or later we will be back on the right track. We are a very young group of players and that's important because when the time comes to work hard, we will always be going all out at 100 per cent, which is also key.
"We also have some more experienced players like Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Glen Johnson, who help us all, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. I think that's vital too and I am convinced that in the end we will turn things around."