Liverpool news and rumour round-up: Gerrard, Balotelli and Johnson to leave, Brendan Rodgers chasing teenage striker

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Liverpool news and rumour round-up: Sunday’s biggest stories for the Reds…

Why is Mario Balotelli in the news again?

It’s both good and bad news for the Italian this week. First, Liverpool are facing a striker crisis after Balotelli suffered a hamstring injury with Italy.

The forward was hurt ahead of Sunday’s European Championship qualifier with Croatia and has been sent back to Merseyside, and is a big doubt for this club’s next league fixture against Crystal Palace.

However, Roberto Mancini has ruled out an Inter Milan return for Mario Balotelli, as the Italian takes charge of the San Siro club for a second time.

Balotelli, who had a high-profile bust-up with Mancini at Manchester City in 2012, is said to be happy at Liverpool and is not looking for a move away.

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