Liverpool morning news, tension with Balotelli? Mignolet seeks improvement

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

Liverpool players are said to be unhappy with Mario Balotelli according to a report in the Daily Mail, when the Italian forward was photographed ringside at the boxing match between Nathan Cleverly at the Echo Arena.

Balotelli had every right to be at the event given he was ruled out of contention to play against Crystal Palace through injury, with the piece suggesting he has created tension in the dressing room - though if you see many of the images from training with the Italian it paints a pretty different picture.

The piece also says that captain Steven Gerrard wasn't happy about starting the Champions League game against Real Madrid from the bench in the Bernabeu as Brendan Rodgers made several changes to the side.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said he is working hard to turn around his form and says he is his own fiercest critic, as he has come under fire for his performances along with the rest of the Liverpool defence.

He has been explaining how he reviews his own performances after games, telling the Liverpool Echo: “We look at every little detail. We look at some things that people wouldn’t even think a goalkeeper was featuring in at that moment, Like a cross that goes out of play or a throw that is 50 yards from goal. We’ll look at my positioning.

“There’s no point looking or worrying about what anyone else is saying or analysing because we’re doing everything we can to make sure we improve. We all have to make sure we do our best and the performances will come.”

Injured forward Daniel Sturridge has said he will come back from his injury nightmare even stronger having not kicked a ball for the Reds since August.

Sturridge has been sidelined with thigh and calf injuries, and the Reds have been struggling without him, but he took to twitter to say: "Through all this I'm growing as a man and an athlete.

"Everybody goes through things in their life that can make or break them. This for me is just another hurdle to jump over. Another door to break down.

"I'll be back soon enough strong and ready to play. Thanks to everyone for your support." 

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