Liverpool latest: Champions League boss denies rumours that he'll replace under-fire Rodgers

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De Boer refuses Liverpool speculation

Even after Liverpool's 3-1 win over Bournemouith in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, speculation persists over the future of under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer was recently linked with a summer move to Anfield as Rodgers' replacement, but the Dutchman says he has no interest in even discussing the possibility of such a switch.

"I don’t want to talk about Liverpool," said De Boer. "Also out of respect to Rodgers, who’s had a fantastic season and is struggling now."

"As long as no one contacts me, I don’t want and don’t need to think about it. I’m busy with Ajax and if nobody calls, I’m very happy to stay here. There is still a lot to accomplish. I might decide that anyway. The thought of coaching abroad doesn’t tickle me yet," he added.

Tim Howard offers support to Merseyside rival Mignolet

Ahead of Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, Rodgers decided to drop underperforming Simon Mignolet to the bench, starting reserve Brad Jones instead.

Belgian international Mignolet now has to face up to the prospect of being second choice for club and country, and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has offered some words of support for his Merseyside rival - but acknowledged that the former Sunderland goalkeeper faces and uphill struggle to reclaim his place in the side.

"I'll be honest and I think it's a hard road back now," said Howard. "I think when you get taken out of the team, sometimes there's no way back. It's unfortunate for a goalkeeper, but that's how it is. You can't come on and play the last 20 or 30 minutes and put a good shift in and win a few tackles. It's all or nothing with goalkeepers."

"I feel for Simon, even though he's a Red," he added. "It's hard for a goalkeeper. I think the quote is 'taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight', but I think it only sheds more light on him. I don't agree with it I think you have to go with a goalkeeper and appreciate there will be ups and downs, especially in this league. It's so fast, it's so rough, it's a tough league for goalkeepers."

Balotelli hit with fine and suspension

After a controversial incident on social media, The FA have chosen to suspend Mario Balotelli for one game and fine him £25,000.

The Italian striker has been charged with making racist or anti-semitic comments on Twitter, and has also been ordered to attend and educational course - just another layer to his dismal start to life on Merseyside.

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