Liverpool latest: Balotelli agent comments on transfer rumours, Lallana demands unity

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Lallana urges team to stick together

Liverpool slumped to yet another defeat on Sunday, with Crystal Palace the latest beneficiaries of the Reds' poor start to the campaign. The Eagles ran away with a 3-1 win, but it had all started so well for under-fire Brendan Rodgers, with Rickie Lambert giving Liverpool the lead after just 90 seconds from a superb Adam Lallana pass - and Lallana says the squad must stick together ahead of Wednesday's crucial Champions League clash with Ludogorets.

"It was disappointing, especially after going in front so early," said Lallana. "It was a great platform for us to push on and control the game. But we didn’t do that – we take full responsibility for that. We need to stick together. It’s as simple as that. When you’re having a tough time as a team, you all need to stay together – you can’t start becoming individuals."

"We win and lose as a team; we need to stay together, keep fighting and keep working for each other. We have got a tough game on Wednesday so we all need to be together for that one," he added.

Thompson doubts Champions League hopes

Whilst Liverpool need to beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets this week, Reds legend Phil Thompson says he doubts that the club will be in the competition for next season given their recent form.

"The only thing going in Liverpool’s favour is that the so-called big teams have been average and you look at what Southampton are doing and they show there's still a possibility," he said.

"However, the odds don't lie and it's hard to see where the next win is going to come from. It's going to be extremely difficult with a lack of points, form and confidence," Thompson added.

Balotelli won't be leaving, says agent

One of the big disappointments in Liverpool's start to the season has been Mario Balotelli, with the summer signing scoring just twice in all competitions - which isn't good enough for a £16m addition.

Rumours have linked the controversial forward with a move back to Italy with either Inter Milan or Napoli, but his agent says there is no chance Balotelli is leaving Anfield.

"Not even the return of [Robert] Mancini [to Inter] can make us change our mind,” Mino Raiola said. Mario won’t play in Italy, even if we get offers from Inter and Napoli."

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