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BALO PROVES HIS WORTH

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli proved his worth by scoring the equaliser against Swansea to help his team get a winner in the League Cup and progress to the quarter-finals. This was only the second goal of his Liverpool career. The former AC Milan and Manchester City striker has struggled for form and his previous goal came in the Champions League several weeks ago. Balotelli is yet to open his account in the Premier League, but defender Kolo Toure says that the forward has been showing the right attitude in recent weeks despite not being able to find the back of the net.

Balotelli’s most frustrating afternoon came in the 0-0 draw with Hull City last week. He came close with fierce shots that needed the goalkeeper to produce his best, while the 24-year-old was also at the end of several penalty appeals that could have been given on any other day. Brendan Rodgers has been both critical and supportive of him in the last few weeks. Touré, who has played with some of the best strikers in the world like Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero, says that he has seen enough in Balotelli to suggest that this lack of goals is merely a blip.

Liverpool take on league strugglers Newcastle, who have just managed two wins in succession, during the weekend. “For strikers, goals are like food. Mario needs to feed himself by scoring goals. Now he’s got that one he will do that now, definitely. Getting that goal will be fantastic for his confidence. He is a great player, he has just been lacking goals. Mario is my mate and I’ve tried to help him like Stevie (Gerrard), the manager and everyone else in the dressing room. He is one of the best. He has just been missing goals but they will come now,” said Touré.

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Kinsmann has no problems with Donovan

The US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has claimed that he has no problems with LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who is due to retire from football at the end of the season. The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the best American players ever to grace the game. He has represented the likes of Bayern Munich and Everton during his stellar career, while he has also featured in 156 international matches for the US national team. Klinsmann is regarded as the manager who finally brought an end to Donovan’s career at international level.

The former Tottenham star left out Donovan from the World Cup 2014 squad despite many regarding the Galaxy forward as a crucial part of the team. Donovan also retaliated by criticising Klinsmann’s tactics several times during the World Cup 2014. However, it seems that the pair have made up their differences after Klinsmann said that he has immense respect for the 32-year-old’s achievements in the game. Donovan is set to receive a huge accolade when the US national team takes on Ecuador in a friendly match in October. This will be Donovan’s final appearance for the national team, while he is also set to retire from all forms of football at the end of the 2014 MLS season, which is fast approaching its climax.

“It’s not awkward at all for me. As a player, obviously he deserves every piece of recognition for an amazing career. [He's] done so much for the national team program. It’s a pleasure to give him that farewell match and give him that recognition. I decided the players in his position, whether it is forward or midfielder or whatever, are just ahead of him. That he is upset about that decision and not going to the World Cup is, for me, a good reaction. It means he cares,” said Klinsmann.

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