Liverpool morning news, Rodgers on Sterling's contract situation, Balotelli out of Bournemouth tie

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

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is relaxed over the contract situation involving Raheem Sterling, and has backed him to be a talismanic figure at the club for years to come. 

It has been mooted that contract talks have stalled in recent weeks, and that Bayern Munich could be interested in the 20-year-old, but the Reds' boss seems confident of keeping hold of one of his most promising talents for years to come. 

He said: “He’s been a great example of the progress a lot of the players have made here – gone from a youth team player to becoming one of the top young players in European football.

“The club I’m sure will work very hard. Raheem’s happy here and loves being a Liverpool player.

“I’m sure between them and the representatives that we can get a deal done that sees him go on and continue to develop what is an exciting career.”

The Reds are in action against Bournemouth in a crucial Capital One Cup quarter-final tie on the South Coast this evening, in what is billed a massive game for the Liverpool manager.

The Liverpool Echo reports that he will be without Mario Balotelli, who aggravated a groin injury after he came on in the second half of the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend. 

The Italian will stay at Melwood for treatment on the injury in the hope he can be fit for the Premier League clash with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

He joins Glen Johnson in the treatment room, who has been ruled out of the festive period after sustaining a groin injury against United.

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