Liverpool news and rumour round-up: Balotelli and Gerrard out, Austin and Song moves

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Gerrard struggling to hold down Liverpool place

Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool is in the ­balance just four weeks before he becomes eligible to sign for a foreign club. The Reds captain was left on the bench for yesterday’s win against Stoke, and manager Brendan Rodgers is not prepared to match his current £170,000 a week wages.

Rodgers also warned Gerrard that his days as Anfield’s 90-minute man are over. Rodgers confirmed it is now time to manage the workload of the 34-year-old, saying: “Always now he and I will look at when he can play and when he can’t.”

Gerrard enjoyed the 16th anniversary of his first-team debut yesterday, commemorated by a special programme cover. The Reds’ captain came on to good effect in the final stages, helping inspire the 1-0 victory at Anfield.

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