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Summary

  1. Chelsea criticised over Courtois head injury
  2. Mike Watkinson quits as Lancashire director; Ashley Giles linked
  3. Jules Bianchi condition remains critical but stable, says FIA
  4. GET INVOLVED: Does the next England coach need to be English?

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thank you for all your posts for #bbcsportsday. That is that for Monday. Stay with BBC Sport for all the latest sports news.

  2. Get involved

    Ed in Bristol via text on 81111: "Until recently, I was completely against the idea of a foreign England manager. I am a little more open-minded now but agree with Greg Dyke in that any foreign England manager must have an encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of the English game and English football culture.

    "For that reason, Roberto Martinez is the only foreigner that I'd like to see lead the England team. I could possibly be convinced that Brendan Rodgers would also make a good England manager."

  3. Ipswich full-back Hewitt joins Colchester

    Football

    Colchester have made their second signing of the day, with Ipswich full-back Elliott Hewitt joining on a month's loan.

    Ex-Norwich midfielder David Fox signed a three-month deal with the U's earlier today.

  4. Coentrao to miss internationals

    Football

    Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao will miss Portugal's upcoming games against France and Denmark because of a left knee injury.

    In Coentrao's absence, Malaga defender Antunes will likely make his ninth appearance.

  5. Get involved

    Tom Heath: The problem for any England coach is the fans - they hated the old set up they wanted a young side they get one and still complain.

  6. Mackay & Jones linked with Bolton

    Football

    Bolton Wanderers say they have received a dozen serious applications to replace Dougie Freedman as manager, and hope to unveil a replacement by the time they host Birmingham City after the international break.

    The Bolton News is reporting that ex-Cardiff managers Malky Mackay and Dave Jones, and former Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray, are all interested in the post.

  7. Get involved

    Jordan Holdstock: I agree with him [Greg Dyke]. We're stuck with mediocre English players so we may as well get a top class foreign manager.

    Alexandra Quas-Cohen: I think the national teams should be the best that nation has 2 offer. All coaches and staff should be home talent.

  8. Premier League fixture changes

    Santa Claus

    Ho! Ho! Ho! - or not.

    A few changes have been made to Premier League fixtures in December and the festive period.

    Check out our Premier League fixtures page for amendments.

  9. Get involved

    Henry Ashman: Nationality of the national coach doesn't bother me would prefer they know international football due to reduced contact time.

    FA chairman Greg Dyke says the association would consider someone non-English in the future.

  10. Huddersfield release prop Kaufusi

    Rugby League

    Huddersfield Giants have released prop Antonio Kaufusi by mutual consent to allow him to return to Australia.

    The 29-year-old, who was 12 months into a two-year deal, joined the Giants from London Broncos last October.

    He told the club website: "I know I had next year at the Giants, but an opportunity appeared back home for us which we want to pursue at this stage."

  11. Get involved

    John via text on 81111: Downing best midfielder in the Premier League at the minute. What about Hazard or Di Maria?Haha good one big Sam.

  12. Miller's KP response

    Cricket

    It's been a busy day in the world of cricket, hasn't it? In case you haven't already heard, Kevin Pietersen has criticised Matt Prior and ex-coach Andy Flower in his first interview since being sacked by England, claiming there was a bullying culture in the squad.

    Former England national selector Geoff Miller has responded, saying: "My role was to chair a meeting which selected a squad to win matches for England. To my knowledge, there was no atmosphere of bullying within the England set-up. What we tried to do was pick the best squad to create the best atmosphere to win matches."

  13. More on Giles to Lancs

    Cricket

    Following on from Pat Murphy's tip (15:38), the Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult tweets:"Ashley Giles is to be announced new Lancashire coach. Story to follow..."

  14. Wenger for England?

    Football

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger as the next England coach?

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he is open to the idea of a non-English coach succeeding Roy Hodgson - as long as the person in question has a deep understanding of the game in England.

    "They wouldn't necessarily have to be English but they certainly would have to understand English football," Dyke told Press Association Sport.

    "You wouldn't rule out someone who is a Scot or Welsh or French but they would have to understand English football."

    Who would you have as the next England coach? Does it matter if they are English or not? #bbcsportsday

  15. Big Sam praises Downing

    Football

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Stewart Downing is the best midfielder in the Premier League on current form.

    Downing, 30, had a key role in West Ham's 2-0 win over QPR, and has been an influential performer in the club's rise to seventh after seven matches.

    "I don't think there is anybody playing in midfield that is better than Stewart Downing," Allardyce said. "He was my man of the match against QPR. The confidence is growing again in Stewart and he's showing his quality."

    Agree, football fans? Let us know via #bbcsportsday or send a text with your name on it to 81111.

  16. Jules Bianchi update

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport

    "An FIA spokesman says: 'Jules Bianchi's condition remains critical but stable'."

    The Frenchman had surgery on Sunday after suffering a severe head injury when his car hit a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Bianchi, 25, was unconscious when taken to hospital.

  17. Giles in at Lancs?

    Cricket

    Ashley Giles, Warwickshire

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy: "Ashley Giles could be in line for a return to county cricket as director of cricket at Lancashire following the resignation of Mike Watkinson.

    "Although Lancashire have been relegated, I understand the post appeals to Giles who has been out of work since losing his job as England's one-day coach in April.

    "Giles would be attracted by the opportunity to rebuild a major club on a Test match ground, a task he fulfilled with great success at Edgbaston with Warwickshire for five years."

  18. Benkenstein announces retirement

    Cricket

    Former Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein has confirmed his retirement from playing cricket to focus on coaching Hampshire.

    The 40-year-old, who played 23 one-day internationals for South Africa, scored almost 16,000 first-class runs in his career and picked up 100 wickets.

  19. Bebeto & Romario elected to parliament

    Football

    Bebeto (left) and Romario

    We sense a new series: 'Footballers and Politics'

    Former World Cup winners Romario and Bebeto were among the Brazilian footballers elected to parliament in elections this weekend.

    Romario, who was a deputy in the lower house, was elected Senator for Rio de Janeiro with 63% of the votes cast, while Bebeto, his striking partner when Brazil won the World Cup in 1994, was re-elected as a state deputy.

  20. Scottish Cup draw

    Football

    Billy Connolly

    Rangers have been drawn against Dumbarton as Billy Connolly helped pull the names out of the bag for the third round of the Scottish Cup.

    Ally McCoist's side will take on their Scottish Championship rivals away from home after the Scottish comedian picked out the home teams at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, where he is performing stand-up shows.

    No Scottish Premiership clubs were in the draw, neither were Hibernian and Hearts.

    The games will be played on 1 November.

  21. Contador's loss, Valverde's gain

    Cycling

    Vuelta winner Alberto Contador will sit out of the season-ending Tour of Beijing with a knee injury, his absence ensuring fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde finishes the season at the top of the UCI World Tour rankings.

  22. Get involved

    Zach in Exeter via text on 81111: Utd fan responding to Dominic's comment. Liverpool drew with Everton and lost to West Ham. Games Utd both won. We'll see when the dust has settled in May. It begins...

  23. McNair primed for NI call-up

    Football

    Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair is likely to be called into the Northern Ireland squad to replace injured club team-mate Jonny Evans for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Evans is set to miss the games at home to the Faroe Islands and away to Greece with an ongoing ankle problem. McNair, 19, has started Manchester United's last two Premier League games because of a defensive injury crisis.

  24. 'Calm down Arjen, the kids are sleeping'

    Football

    Arjen Robben and wife Bernadien

    Arjen Robben's wife and children might be pleased to see the Bayern Munich winger back in the Netherlands squad - because their husband/father cut a rather frustrated figure when he missed the two previous internationals with injury.

    As the Dutch began preparations for Friday's qualifier against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam, Robben said: "I'm glad to be back and want to set things right.

    "I was very cranky watching us lose in the last minute to the Czechs, I was sitting on the sofa like a supporter at home and could not believe how we gave it away, losing to such a clumsy goal. I was swearing so loudly my wife had to chide me. 'The kids are sleeping',' she said."

  25. Get involved

    Steven Ross: LVG is right. United have looked good in small doses. Will be lethal when everything clicks and defensive shape is sorted!

  26. Partizan punished for Spurs trouble

    Football

    Partizan Belgrade have been ordered to close part of their stadium for their next European home game following trouble at the match against Tottenham Hotspur last month, including an anti-Semitic banner.

    The Serbian club were also fined around £31,000 for the incidents, which Uefa said also included the setting off of fireworks, the use of a laser pointer and a pitch invasion by supporters.

  27. Shakira and her fun-gi

    Football

    Shakira (left) and Barcelona's Gerard Pique

    The movies? Trip to the mall? Maybe a walk down the promenade?

    Not for pop-sport super couple Shakira (left) and Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique (bottom). The pair went mushroom picking, as pictured on Shakira's Instagram.

  28. Watkinson gives up Lancashire role

    Cricket

    Former Lancashire and England all-rounder Mike Watkinson has stepped down from his role as the county's director of cricket after five years in the role.

    The 53-year-old's decision clears the way for a revamp of the club's coaching structure with club captain Glen Chapple having been in charge of the first team for most of this summer, following Peter Moores' departure to take charge of England.

    Watkinson was also assistant England coach on three tours under Duncan Fletcher.

    Lancashire were relegated from Division One of the County Championship last summer.

  29. Get involved

    Andrew Neil: Can any player beat Cisse's 4 goals in 151 minutes of Premier League football this season?

  30. Norwich boss unconcerned by home form

    Football

    Norwich City manager Neil Adams has warned against an overreaction to his side's frustrating home form, after failing to win any of their last four games at Carrow Road.

    Four days after Charlton snatched a 1-0 win there, the Canaries dominated their 1-1 draw with Rotherham in the Championship on Saturday, having 27 shots on goal against the Millers.

    "We have to be careful there's no knee-jerk reaction and think it isn't good enough," Adams told BBC Radio Norfolk. "We can't keep throwing points away at home, but it's fine margins again. How the ball stayed out, I have no idea."

    Norwich remain top of the table on goal difference.

  31. Get involved

    Richard via text on 81111: Of course Ryan Shawcross should get his chance. Over 200 appearances as captain of Stoke, still a young man.

  32. Flying Fragapane wows on World debut

    Gymnastics

    Claudia Fragapane

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope: British four-time Commonwealth gold medal-winning gymnast Claudia Fragapane qualifies for four finals on her World Artistic Championship debut in Nanning, China.

  33. Arc winner Treve retired

    Horse Racing

    Treve

    BBC Radio 5 live's racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "It's been confirmed that French filly Treve, winner of yesterday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the second year running, has been retired to stud.

    "Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek indicated that Treve, only the sixth horse to complete back to back successes in European flat racing's most prestigious prize, may now be mated with champion stallion Galileo."

  34. Get involved

    Southern Stokie via text on 81111: I do not understand why Ryan Shawcross continues to be ignored by Roy Hodgson. Probably the most consistent centre-back in the Premier League.

    England play San Marino and Estonia in the next set of Euro 2016 qualifiers - should Shawcross get his chance? #bbcsportsday or text on 81111

  35. Cech-ing out

    Football

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: Have a lovely day all EPL fans ... It is time to work for me ... National team duty

    Blues stalwart Cech replaced the injured Courtois - he now joins up with Czech Republic for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan.

  36. Colchester return for midfielder Fox

    Football

    Midfielder David Fox has returned to former club Colchester United on a three-month deal.

    The 30-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Norwich City in June and had been training with the League One side.

  37. Get involved

    Neelam Khan: Why is Wenger getting so much stick for shoving Mourinho?! Just goes to show passion in the game. We should be applauding him!

  38. Get involved

    Tomsk: Interesting listening to LVG talking about 'when Utd play well'...this IS Utd playing well! They haven't a hope of top 4

  39. Chelsea respond to Courtois criticism

    Football

    This is a bit of a hot potato at the moment - how to handle head injuries in sport.

    Chelsea have responded to criticism by a brain injury charity over their handling of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's head injury in Sunday's win over Arsenal.

    The Belgium international collided with Alexis Sanchez, but played on for 14 minutes before being taken to hospital for checks.

    Chelsea said Courtois suffered "a minor cut to the ear".

    They added: "Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our game against Arsenal yesterday for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear. He is expected to report for international duty later this week.‎"

  40. Harting withdraws because of Gatlin

    Athletics

    Justin Gatlin

    There was recently a bit of a social media storm when Justin Gatlin ran two very fast times in the 100m and 200m at the final Diamond League meeting in Brussels.

    It meant the United States athlete, twice banned for drug offences, went unbeaten all season and was the year's fastest man over the distances.

    Now Germany's Olympic, World and European discus champion, Robert Harting, has released a statement asking the IAAF to remove his name from their list of 10 nominees for Male Athlete of the Year because it also features the American.

  41. Chelsea criticised

    Football

    Brain injury charity Headway has criticised Chelsea over their handling of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's head injury in Sunday's win over Arsenal.

    Courtois collided with Alexis Sanchez, but played on for 14 minutes before being taken to hospital for checks. Under Premier League rules introduced this season, players must leave the pitch after suffering a head injury.

    Headway chief executive Peter McCabe said it was "hard to understand how a concussion was not suspected".

    Courtois has since been released from hospital (13:21).

  42. Burgess to have cheekbone surgery

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    Imagine fracturing your cheekbone after six seconds of the biggest match of the season, and then playing on through the pain while some of the biggest athletes in the world collide with you.

    That is the situation which faced Sam Burgess in Sunday's NRL Grand Final in Australia, which saw his South Sydney side lift the coveted title.

    It was his final game before switching codes and Burgess will now have surgery on his cheekbone, which will rule him out for six weeks and delay his rugby union debut at new club Bath.

  43. Leicester sign Jersey full-back Bell

    Rugby Union

    Jersey full-back Tommy Bell has joined Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

    The 21-year-old moved to Jersey from Wasps in June, but had a clause in his contract to allow him to leave if a top-flight side made an approach.

    "I think we knew that he would probably end up returning to the Premiership, although we'd hoped this wouldn't have been until the end of this season," Jersey chairman Bill Dempsey told the club website.

  44. Courtois 'feeling better'

    Football

    Thibaut Courtois

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who left the pitch with a head injury during Sunday's victory over Arsenal, tweets: "Thanks for all the messages! I'm already feeling better. Now I'm resting to be recovered and back on the pitch soon. Great victory yesterday."

  45. Non-league beats Premier League

    Football

    Have you watched the latest goal from the 'FA Cup top 50 goals' series? If not, why not?

    Fans of Norwich, time to take a tea break. Luton supporters - click on the inline link provided.

  46. Pakistan's batting worries Waqar

    Cricket

    Wahab Riaz

    Moving away from Kevin Pietersen's book for now, Australia and Pakistan are preparing for a three-match one-day series in the Middle East. Australia won the opening match of the tour, a Twenty20 match, by six wickets on Sunday after restricting the hosts to 96-9.

    And it's that poor batting display which is concerning Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, who told Cricinfo: "Full credit to the Australians, they bowled well, they bowled to the plan and they came out good. I think there was nothing wrong with the pitch, it just spun a little more than usual.

    "The major focus for us is how are we going to deal with 50 overs? We have to make sure that we bat 50 overs. It was disappointing what happened today."

  47. Get involved

    Chummie Onukaogu: Wenger shoving Mourinho showed how disrespectful he is even at his old age. Too bad for him.

  48. Wilshere's Chelsea verdict

    Football

    Arsenal supporters probably had mixed feelings about Sunday's game against Chelsea. They did enjoy some periods where they matched Chelsea but, ultimately, they ended up on the losing side. A fact echoed by midfielder Jack Wilshere.

    "We had periods of possession when it felt like we were on top and we had a few half-chances, but we didn't create a clear-cut opportunity - maybe on another day we would score one of those half-chances and create a few more," Wilshere told Arsenal Player.

    "They play with magic, they brought (John Obi) Mikel on and they were obviously worried about our threat going forward.

    "I thought we controlled the game in the second half until the goal, and then once that goes in, we threw everyone forward."

  49. Lampard 'not getting ahead of himself'

    Football

    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard says he will "not get ahead of myself" as questions continue to be asked about whether he might extend his loan deal at Manchester City beyond the end of the year.

    "I am here until January 1, basically, so I will focus on that and see what happens then," the midfielder said. "There has been a lot said about when the (MLS) season starts, but the only thing that can decide my future is how well I am playing. They will be kicking me out in January if I don't play very well!

    "I am just looking game to game and trying to play as well as I can."

  50. Real joy for Clement

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
    Image caption: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) scored his 22nd La Liga hat-trick

    Paul Clement: Nice feeling this morning after last night's 5-0 victory. The team played some excellent attacking football.

  51. Angry Fletcher back in form

    Football

    You don't want to be making Steven Fletcher angry. Or do you?

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet riled the Scotland striker earlier this season by dropping him from the Black Cats squad - and it's worked a treat after the forward ended a nine-month goal drought in Saturday's victory over Stoke.

    Fletcher told the Sunderland Echo: "I'm not going to say I was happy about it (being left out against Spurs). I was angry. But I think I've proven that I should have been somewhere near the squad, so hopefully that will continue.

    "The manager wanted a reaction and he got a positive reaction, which was good."

  52. Balotelli sidelined by Italy boss

    Football

    Liverpool's Mario Balotelli might be "privileged" to play alongside Steven Gerrard (11:30), but he's not going to get the honour of lining up alongside the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Southampton striker Graziano Pelle in the Italy squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifying matches.

    Manager Antonio Conte has said: "He (Mario) started on a new path, it's not easy. Let's give him time to integrate himself in this new league."

    Italy hosts Azerbaijan in Palermo on Friday, then makes a short trip to visit Malta three days later.

  53. Garth Crooks's team of the week

    Football

    X Factor chief Simon Cowell

    Doctor Who, Simon Cowell reality shows, tea and rain - all great British institutions.

    Another is Garth Crooks and his team of the week.

    There's no room for Falcao!

  54. Get involved

    James in Reading via text on 81111: Why all the snide comments about United? And de Gea is a member of the team, not some outside, fortuitous factor.

  55. Wise backs Newcastle chairman

    Football

    The Newcastle Chronicle reports an interview the club's former director of football, Dennis Wise, has done with beIN Sports TV in the Middle East.

    Wise is a close friend of Magpies owner Mike Ashley and believes the chairman does not have to explain himself to the club's supporters after spending "a quarter of a billion pounds" of his own money.

    "What he decided to do is run it in a structured way so there was no debt," said Wise. "So you can sell players with money, bring in and take out.

    "He's set the structure with the wage bill as well, he sticks by it as well. He thinks the club should be able to stay up. He's not going to go and spend £200million like Liverpool have."

  56. 'Bantams must use Mclean properly'

    Football

    Bradford City midfielder Gary Liddle has told the Telegraph & Argus that Bantams striker Aaron Mclean will thrive if he is used properly. The pair were both on the scoresheet in Saturday's 2-0 win over Crewe - to end a run of nearly two months without a Valley Parade victory in the league. Liddle said: "Azza plays on the defender's shoulder a lot and likes balls in behind the back four."

  57. Get involved

    Dominic O'Caollai: Considering the standard of opposition faced by LFC compared to MUFC, being one point behind is a relative success.

    And so it begins...

  58. Get involved (#bbcsportsday)

    Soccer Bob: Love Arsenal fans saying Wenger out. Who is better that would realistically take the job? Funny when they say Pep, Klopp etc.

  59. 'Pietersen personally bullied? No' - Cork

    Cricket

    Domini Cork and Kevin Pietersen

    Former England bowler Dominic Cork does not believe Kevin Pietersen was "bullied" by the England set-up.

    Pietersen, 34, says in his autobiography that former England team-mate Matt Prior was a disruptive influence on the team and that ex-coach Andy Flower "ruled by fear".

    Cork told Talksport: Do I think Kevin Pietersen was personally bullied? No, and the reason is because I have been so close to him.

    "I have captained him for Hampshire, I have been on an England coach with him in Bangladesh when I bowled at him for two hours when I was trying to get fit for Hampshire. Did he look the sort of person who looked like he was lost and in a bad place? No."

  60. Petrov back in action

    Football

    Here's a nice heart-warming tale from the Birmingham Mail...

    They are reporting that ex-Aston Villa player Stiliyan Petrov is turning out for a Solihull Sunday league side after retiring from professional football following a battle with leukemia, which is now in remission.

    The Bulgarian, who wears the number 10 shirt for Wychall Wanderers over-35s, said: "I've played 90 minutes and my fitness is improving, but I need to be patient. It's just really nice to be out there playing a proper game."

  61. Van Gaal isn't happy... yet

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side have got into the Premier League top four without playing well.

    They defeated Everton 2-1 on Saturday, although they had keeper David De Gea to partly thank for the victory for a string of great saves.

    "I told my players, 'We are not playing well but we are fourth in the table - so what will happen when we do play well?'" said Van Gaal.

  62. Bolt enjoys Oktoberfest

    Athletics

    Athletics superstar Usain Bolt has been enjoying some time off at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The fastest man on the planet has been posting images of his stay in Europe on his Instagram account, adding: "Vacation over but was crazy fun... now back to training #newgoals #moregold #newseason #alottocome #newheights #foreverfaster #SeriousFace."

    Usain Bolt
  63. Watson ends poor run

    Tennis

    Heather Watson

    British number one Heather Watson beat Jovana Jaksic in the first round of the Japan Women's Open to end a run of defeats.

    Watson prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-2 against the Serb world number 102. The 22-year-old, ranked 46, had lost in the first round of her last four tournaments.

    She will now face Yulia Putintseva or Risa Ozaki in round two.

  64. Get involved

    Miracle Roch: I'm deeply sorry but Wenger has to go, not because he is incompetent but because his time is just up. Pep or Dennis will do.

    Ahh, it's 'Wenger should go' this week, I guess?

  65. Falcao wants extended Man Utd stay

    Football

    Staying in Manchester, on-loan United striker Radamel Falcao says he wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.

    The Colombian scored his first goal for the Reds in Sunday's victory over Everton, and said: "Me and my family are happy here, and we would like to stay for many years at Manchester United."

  66. Pellegrini stuck on two

    Football

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Tactics, tactics, tactics. We love debating them, don't we? Well, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not for budging on his two-up-top formation, despite seeing his side beat Aston Villa on Saturday after they went to a five-man midfield.

    "We have statistics of how many games we play with two and with one and the most amount of games we win is with two strikers and four midfielders," the Chilean told the Manchester Evening News.

  67. Rugby is Googled

    Rugby Union

    It's changed since Bill Beaumont's days.

    Google has signed a deal to host European club rugby's first online question-and-answer sessions between supporters and top stars.

    Google Hangouts, used in Premier League football, will be launched for the first time in this term's new-look European competitions.

    YouTube has also secured rights to online highlights from European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action.

  68. 'It's a privilege to play with Stevie G'

    Football

    Mario Balotelli & Steven Gerrard

    Let's kick off our round-up of the big regional newspapers by looking at a story in the Liverpool Echo, in which Reds manager Brendan Rodgers says it is a "privilege" for the club's players to line up alongside skipper Steven Gerrard.

    "He is a superstar player," said Rodgers. "This guy is world-class. I think for anyone playing alongside Steven Gerrard it is a privilege for them.

    "He is a player that makes the game look simple and Mario Balotelli knows he is playing with one of the greats of the game. You have an outstanding player in Steven feeding a player who needs certain types of passes and he can provide that."

    We love this... "Mario Balotelli knows he is playing with one of the greats of the game."

  69. Sporting birthdays

    Richie Benaud
    Image caption: Richie Benaud is 84 today

    Richie Benaud (cricket) - former Australia captain who scored 2,201 Test runs and took 248 wickets before moving into television commentary, born 1930.

    Bruce Grobbelaar (football) - former Liverpool goalkeeper, born 1957.

    Niall Quinn (football) - former Arsenal, Manchester City and Republic of Ireland striker, who was also a player and chairman at Sunderland, born 1966.

    Alan Stubbs (football) - Hibernian manager and former player at, Bolton, Everton, Sunderland and Celtic, born 1971.

    Mark Schwarzer (football) - Chelsea and former Australia goalkeeper, born 1972.

    Morne Morkel (cricket) - South Africa fast bowler, born 1984

  70. Ex-Man Utd midfielder joins non-league side

    Football

    Former Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Ronnie Wallwork has joined Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Ashton United.

    The 37-year-old, who made 19 appearances during a seven-year spell at Old Trafford, also had spells at Carlisle, Stockport, Royal Antwerp, Bradford, Barnsley and Huddersfield, before ending his career with Sheffield Wednesday.

  71. Get involved

    David Kerry: Don't honestly see why Pietersen is even still relevant anymore. He's gone, we've moved on. Get over it

  72. Brabin replaces Foyle at Southport

    Football

    Earlier, you might have read that Russell Slade is set to be announced as the new manager at Cardiff.

    It is not such good news for Martin Foyle, who has left Conference side Southport after only five months in charge. The club have appointed ex-Luton boss Gary Brabin as his successor.

    Southport have won three of their 14 Conference matches this season and are in the relegation zone following a 5-2 home defeat by Woking on Saturday.

  73. Cameron returns

    Football

    Geoff Cameron

    Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron: I'm back! All good back to full fitness, feeling good!

    Great to know. But Geoff, how's the hair looking these days?

  74. Get involved

    Rob in Newbury via text on 81111: United don't need to buy centre backs - they just need their centre-backs to stay fit. Our injury record last year and this is ridiculous.

    They could still do with centre-backs though Rob

  75. Jose's big day out

    Football

    Knowsley Safari Park in response to Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique's visit (see 10:22 entry): We're glad you liked our baboons - they can be quite cheeky! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your day with us, too.

  76. Cardiff set to name Slade

    Football

    We have just learnt Cardiff City are set to announce ex-Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade as their new manager today.

    What do you make of that Cardiff fans? #bbcsportsday

  77. Jules Bianchi reaction

    Formula 1

    Former BBC Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker on the Jules Bianchi accident:

    "The obvious thing to say is that you shouldn't allow tractors on the circuit perimeter to recover stricken cars, but then the cars themselves would be left out there and they're a hazard, and that would mean stopping the race. The only thing you can possibly say is 'Don't allow any recovery vehicles on the circuit,' but it's easy to say that and it's very difficult to implement it."

  78. Jules Bianchi reaction

    Formula 1

    Jules Bianchi

    Former FIA chief Max Mosley:

    "It's very sad and very worrying, but of course it was a freak accident, in the sense that he went off under waved yellow flags and happened to go into the back of the tractor. So he was very, very unlucky.

    "What everyone has to understand is that you can never make Formula 1 or any form of motor racing safe, any more than you can make flying safe. You can reduce the probability of an accident that will kill or injure somebody to a very, very small percentage, but you can't make it zero. If you go back to the 1960s, one in every eight accidents resulted in a death or serious injury - now it's one in several hundred."

    You can read the latest on Jules Bianchi's condition on the BBC Formula 1 page.

  79. Accies flying high

    Football

    Have you looked at the Scottish Premiership table recently? Well, Hamilton Academical are sitting pretty at the top after beating Celtic 1-0 this weekend - their first win at Celtic Park for 76 years. The Glasgow club? Well, they are sixth.

    Hamilton player-manager Alex Neil described the victory over Celtic as "the pinnacle" of their season so far.

    "It really was David versus Goliath," said player-manager Neil, 33. "It's a magnificent achievement. Having such a young group, I was extremely proud of them. They were magnificent, right throughout the team."

  80. MOTD 3 on Wenger

    Staying with Wenger, we have ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown, former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville and former QPR midfielder Trevor Sinclair discussing the French manager.

    Who said that his philosophy at Arsenal "needs tweaking"?

    Watch MOTD 3 on the BBC Football page.

  81. Wenger likely to escape punishment

    Football

    What was your highlight of the Premier League weekend? I'm sure plenty of you enjoyed Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho's confrontation. The Arsenal manager shoved his Chelsea counterpart in the touchline spat, but the Press Association is reporting that it's unlikely the Frenchman will face any disciplinary action from the Football Association.

  82. Get involved

    Matthew Smith: Two centre backs and a defensive midfielder in January will ensure top 3, back to the top next season

    We guess you are talking about Manchester United, Matthew? Very optimistic.

  83. Jose's big day out

    Football

    What have other Premier League players been up to during any spare time they might have had this weekend? Well, Liverpool defender Jose Enrique went to a safari park... and it looks like he had a good time, too.

    Jose Enrique
  84. Happy Carrick

    Football

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick: Good win for the boys, a really good vibe at OT today, @D_DeGea was world class, @FALCAO with what I'm sure is his 1st of many. Good signs

  85. De Gea's lucky haircut

    Football

    So how did Manchester United's superstars celebrate victory against Everton? If you're Juan Mata, you blog...

    In his latest column on his personal website, the Spanish playmaker says: "It was a key game but we know there is still a long way ahead. We won the match but once again we suffered until the last minute, and perhaps we should have controlled the game better.

    "David De Gea (produced an) amazing performance. First he saved Leighton Baines' penalty. In the second half they tied the game and later on Radamel Falcao scored. And then David did several extraordinary saves to keep the three points at home. What a superb performance! It seems his new haircut brought him luck!"

    If only David Moyes had sent De Gea to the barbers shop earlier.

  86. Man Utd back in the high life

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (left) and Falcao

    Back to football. Take a look at the table. Just take a look.

    In fourth spot we have plucky Manchester United, who have moved above the mighty Swansea with a 2-1 win over Everton.

    Angel Di Maria and Falcao, who earn around a Euromillions jackpot every year, both scored.

    United are only eight points behind leaders Chelsea. There, we said it.

    Post your thoughts to #bbcsportsday

  87. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Kevin Pietersen paints the picture of a dysfunctional and factional dressing room ruled by fear. The man responsible for that he claims is Andy Flower, while the bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, in particular, forced the players to apologise to them if they dropped a catch. Matt Prior, the wicketkeeper, is accused of being a backstabber and bad for the environment.

    "Pietersen claims that Flower had it in for him for attempting to have him sacked in 2008. But it was Flower who brought Pietersen back into the team following the scandal over texts he sent to the South Africans."

  88. Pietersen on Graham Norton

    Cricket

    Neil Diamond
    Image caption: Will Neil Diamond talk cricket with Kevin Pietersen?

    By the way, if you haven't had your fill of Kevin Pietersen already, then he will be appearing on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One this Friday - along with Taylor Swift, John Cleese and Neil Diamond. Sweet Caroline!

  89. Reaction to Pietersen claims

    Cricket

    Daily Telegraph writer Paul Hayward, who interviewed Kevin Pietersen recently: "My main thought after interviewing Kevin Pietersen was that he had his England career taken away - and is entitled to tell his side of that."

  90. Prior 'sad' about KP's comments

    Cricket

    Matt Prior is also keeping his counsel on Kevin Pietersen's comments for now, with the wicketkeeper posting a brief statement via his Twitter account. He said: "Obvs sad to see the accusations against me this am and I WILL have my right of reply! However today is not the day and Twitter is not the place for it! Now back to my Achilles rehab and learning to walk again! have a great day everyone."

  91. ECB's KP response

    Cricket

    Following Kevin Pietersen's comments about Andy Flower and Matt Prior (09:44), the England and Wales Cricket Board said it is "impossible" for them to comment as they had yet to see the book.

    The ECB added: "We have not had an opportunity to see the book yet as the publishers have declined to provide us with a copy before the official release date."

  92. KP's claims of 'bullying culture'

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen's autobiography is released this week, and the former England batsman has given his first interview to the Daily Telegraph in which he has accused Matt Prior of being a disruptive influence in the dressing-room, and said former coach Andy Flower "ruled by fear".

    "He (Flower) built a regime, he didn't build a team," said Pietersen. "He was the boss. He wanted me to fear him."

  93. QPR 'will work hard to put it right'

    Football

    Rio Ferdinand

    QPR woke up bottom of the Premier League this morning after Sunday's 2-0 loss at West Ham, and defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: "Not the result we wanted yesterday! The next two weeks we will be working hard as a team to put things right. Thanks for all your support."

  94. Support for Bianchi

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Japanese Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton: "Our first thoughts go to Jules - it overshadows everything when one of our colleagues is injured and we're praying for him."

  95. Berger on Bianchi incident

    Formula 1

    Former Austrian F1 driver Gerhard Berger has been on BBC Radio 5 live talking about the Jules Bianchi accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Berger was in the 1991 Australian GP called off because of rain and the 1994 San Marino GP when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed.

    He said: "In my view the conditions were difficult, no question, but F1 races in wet conditions and the wet conditions were not extreme so I don't see any wrong decision by the stewards to go on with the race.

    "It's always difficult in wet conditions to see something. You always face aqua-planing but these are conditions you have to deal with and I don't think the injury is connected to the wet conditions. It's very unlucky - the tractor shouldn't be there and this is why it happened."

  96. Get involved

    Bennett Akwuegwu: Would love a friendly match where Mourinho and Wenger exchange teams to see if outcome can be different.

    Maybe, they can sit down over a cuppa to discuss it Bennett?

  97. Cheadle frown

    Football

    Now, the village of Cheadle was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, but it was more doomsday when Cheadle Town lost 22-0 to Russia Under-19s.

    "I can't even say that any of their goals were flukes or should have been disallowed. In fact, every one was from inside the box, and they just about walked them all into the net. Our lads couldn't get anywhere near them at times," Cheadle secretary Stuart Crawford said.

    Read more about that extraordinary match.

  98. Same old Ronaldo

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Anybody know much about this Cristiano Ronaldo fella? Apparently he scored his 22nd La Liga hat-trick for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

    It was the Portugal forward's 13th goal in six La Liga games and his 17th of the season in all competitions.

    I can imagine there will be some Premier League clubs sniffing around soon.

  99. Get involved

    Pete Garrett: I liked John Hartson's comment on Wenger & Mourinho on 5live. "I have one word to say to them: grow up!"

  100. Top of the Tweets

    Football

    Bruno Brookes

    It's time to go all Bruno Brookes on you because we have the top 10 most-followed athletes on Twitter.

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hit 10m followers, which makes him the fifth most popular footballer - but where is he on the sports list?

    1. @Cristiano (Cristiano Ronaldo) 30.3m

    2. @Kaka (Ricardo Kaka) 21m

    3. @KingJames (LeBron James) 15.2m

    4. @NeymarJR (Neymar Junior) 14.6m

    5. @10Ronaldinho (Ronaldinho Gaúcho) 10.8m

    6. @WayneRooney (Wayne Rooney) 10m

    7. @andresiniesta8 (Andrés Iniesta) 9.66m

    8. @3gerardpique (Gerard Pique) 9.53m

    9. @KDTrey5 (Kevin Durant) 8.25m

    10. @XabiAlonso (Xabi Alonso) 8.23m

  101. Wenger v Mourinho

    Football

    John Mikel Obi and Diego Costa (right)

    Away from the squabbling, former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville gave his thoughts on the actual match. Yes... THE MATCH.

    He said on MOTD2 that the crafty Blues frustrated the Gunners with their "gamesmanship" in the 2-0 win.

    "You might think Chelsea were not playing by the rules but, actually, they were, which is why a lot of things that were happening at Stamford Bridge were not being given as fouls," Neville said.

    "It is more like gamesmanship, and I would describe it as being cute and clever rather than cheating."

    What do you think? #bbcsportsday

  102. Get involved

    Tunde Akere: Arsene is clearly frustrated, winning one out of 21 matches against your rivals is not good enough. Jose is a master tactician.

  103. Wenger v Mourinho

    Football

    Arsenal manager Arsener Wenger and Jose Mourinho

    This is how Arsene Wenger, who clashed with Jose Mourinho after a match incident involving Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Alexis Sanchez, explained his actions:

    "What is to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me without any sign of welcome.

    "B was get to Sanchez to see if he was injured. Was it a push? A little one. You can see when I really try to push."

  104. GET INVOLVED

    Steve Howes: Poor frustrated Arsene, yet another defeat against a top team and then he gets wound up by the master of wind-ups.

  105. Wenger v Mourinho

    Football

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa

    Not quite something from the archives of John Rambo, but the incident which saw Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shove Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during Sunday's 2-0 win by the Blues took up a lot of space on Monday's backpages.

  106. Jules Bianchi

    Formula 1

    We will bring you further updates on Jules Bianchi's condition throughout the day on Sportsday.

  107. Marussia statement on Bianchi

    Formula 1

    From the Marussia website:

    "Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday's 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.

    "With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules' medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules' care, they will remain our highest priority. Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.

    "Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family."

  108. Jules Bianchi update

    Formula 1

    Jules Bianchi's team, Marussia, have just released a statement which we will have for you in a few moments.

  109. Scheckter on F1 safety

    Formula 1

    Jody Scheckter

    The 1979 F1 world champion Jody Scheckter has been speaking on BBC Radio 5 live. The South African was racing behind Frenchman Francois Cevert, who was killed in qualifying for the 1973 US Grand Prix.

    Scheckter said: "We had one-two people killed every year [in the 1970s and early 1980s] and when I was watching [on Sunday] I felt this thing inside of me reminding me of when I was racing when there were a lot of people getting injured or killed.

    "It's been talked about that rescue vehicles are dangerous because they haven't got guards around and they can go underneath."

  110. Andrew Benson column

    Formula 1

    Our chief Formula 1 writer Andrew Benson has looked at what lessons can be learnt from the accident at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

    He writes:

    "The sense of taking man and machine to the limits of the laws of physics and human capability is at the heart of the appeal of F1. Top drivers are the best in the world with the most advanced, challenging and fastest cars science can produce within the limits imposed on them by the rule makers.

    "Those limits are there because the people who run F1 are fully aware of the dangers, and want to limit them as much as possible while maintaining the essence of the sport.

    "How to strike that balance is a debate played out, in rather less sombre circumstances, at virtually every race during a grand prix season."

    Read more from Andrew on the BBC F1 page.

  111. Jules Bianchi update

    Formula 1

    Jules Bianchi

    We start with an update on the condition of Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi.

    The 25-year-old Marussia driver is recovering following surgery after suffering a severe head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Governing body the FIA said the Frenchman would be operated on before being moved to intensive care.

    Bianchi was injured after hitting a recovery vehicle, prompting the stoppage of the rain-affected race in Suzuka after 44 laps.