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Malaysian promoter blames Gerrard and Sterling absences for low attendance

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"After Steven Gerrard’s departure, the attendance certainly dropped as most fans wanted to see him and Sterling as well," Andrew Doh, marketing executive at the Kuala Lumpur-based Stream Empire Holdings, which worked with Pro Events, an Asia-based football promoter, to market the game, told the Guardian. "Based on the feedback we received, last season’s performance also contributed. If they can get some big names in, some players who are more prominent, they will become more popular again."

The Guardian

Actor Chris Pratt warns Steven Gerrard

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"Once you get there you’re going to see a ball of fire in the sky. Do not be alarmed. It’s called the sun."

Chris Pratt speaking to Match of the Day magazine

Souness believes Gerrard could've played for any team in the world

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"The way I would describe a great player is someone who could go and get into any team in the world," says Souness. "There were a good five or six years where Steven could have done that, and I think that says everything. "He could have gone to Real Madrid, he could have gone to Barcelona, he could have gone to Juventus or the big Italian teams at the time, and got in their team and would have been welcomed. "And that puts him down, in my book, as a great player - one of the world greats."

Graeme Souness talking to LiverpoolFC.com

Xabi Anfield Quote

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"Anfield makes a huge impression on you, it motivates you -- it's a place with a lot of charm and, for me, it's one of the temples of football," he said. "There aren't many but Anfield is one of them. It's a no-frills stadium but it's got a lot of soul."

http://www.espnfc.co.uk/real-madrid/story/1871537/real-madrid-star-xabi-alonso-on-liverpooljose-mourinho-and-eibar

England should play like Liverpool - Paul Scholes

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"It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool's attacking mentality," said Paul Scholes. "That means four - and possibly five - Liverpool players in the starting XI." "The thing I admired most was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best." "I'd definitely start with Gerrard, Sturridge, Henderson and Sterling," said Scholes. "The question mark is Johnson at right-back."

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27617201

QuoteShot

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"Of course, throughout the world every player will have a value, but you only have to look at the market and £40m and £1... Gareth Bale they are talking about nine figures. Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were arguably the two best players in the Premier League and you can't say Gareth Bale is valued at more than 100% more than Luis Suarez." "We are very strong in the belief in what we are doing and there will be no-one moving out of here."

Rodgers on the value of Suarez

Wanted - 2 tickets to the Mansfield game - £100 for the pair. Can collect at the Mansfield ground....

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Wanted - 2 tickets to the Mansfield game - £100 for the pair. Can collect at the Mansfield ground. 07742 635 642. Andy

His fling with Fernando Torres was a glorious, passionate affair -- a summer of countryside...

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His fling with Fernando Torres was a glorious, passionate affair -- a summer of countryside lovemaking and frolics across the Old Trafford turf -- but now the England captain must cosy up to his new Uruguayan clinch without the vitality and soft skin of his youth.

A bizarre piece of writing about Steven Gerrard from Soccernet.

Liverpool are to announce the creation of a "technical committee" of "football people" in an...

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Liverpool are to announce the creation of a "technical committee" of "football people" in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the transfer deadline day debacle that led to the club allowing Andy Carroll to go out on loan without a replacement striker being signed.

The Telegraph

"The reality is, financially, we need to repair, so the players being linked for the money...

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"The reality is, financially, we need to repair, so the players being linked for the money mentioned, I don't have the ability to sign in this window," Rodgers said. "I respect players and I'm precise with my information so they know where they stand. We all come into the profession knowing what the job is. Ultimately, it comes down to what your objective is as a player. "I can only be straight. I've made it clear I have a 1 to 11, cover players and development players. Some of the development players may become starters. If you fit outside that, I will tell you. Then it's up to the player. Does the player want to play football? "You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see Andy has been a cover player for us and has been excellent in terms of his attitude and acceptance of where he is at, but as a football club, I don't think we are in a position to have £35m players as third-choice strikers, or wingers who are on £5m-£6m a year. This is the challenge I have."

Brendan Rodgers