Liverpool morning news, Gerrard offered coaching role, McManaman on successful campaign

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

Liverpool have offered captain Steven Gerrard a coaching role as part of his new contract according to the Daily Telegraph as the Reds' captain considers his future.

The Telegraph reports that the 34-year-old could be considering a move abroad where he could get more game time, as he is likely to be in an out of the side Reds' side moving forward.

Gerrard is expected to return to the starting line-up for tonight's game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium after coming off the bench in Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke City at Anfield.

Manager Brendan Rodgers used yesterday's pre-match press briefing to once again speak highly of his skipper, where he said: “To captain this club for the length of time he has, and to take on the ambassadorial role like he has, is incredible.

“For me there will always be a position for Steven here as a player. If he ever went away from here then I’m sure there will be a time later on in his life where there will be a role for him back here."

Former midfielder Steve McManaman has said that qualification for the Champions League will be regarded as success for Liverpool this season. 

He's quoted by several newspapers, saying: “I think Liverpool fans are realistic and after finishing second last season they are not expecting their side to win the league.

“So a successful season would be if they get back into the Champions League.

“But that is hard, especially with the number of games this year and with the number of inexperienced players they have brought in.

“But if they can finish in the top four again then you would have to regard it as a successful season.”

Striker Mario Balotelli is facing an FA investigation after allegedly posting an image which stereotypes ethnic groups.

The post has since been deleted, but if found guilty of any kind of misconduct, the Italian forward could face a ban, with five game the figure that has been bandied about. The striker has since apologised for any offence caused from the post he made on instagram and twitter. 

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