Andy Carroll's Liverpool future looks to be at an end after he was left out of the squad for the Anfield club's Europa League qualifier in Belarus tonight.

The official reason given is a slight groin strain, but a number of reports in the media today suggest it is to shield him from possible injury or being cup-tied, ahead of proposed moves to West Ham or former club Newcastle United.

Gareth Bale has been defended by team-mate Michael Dawson; he insisted the Welsh winger was not faking the injury that forced him off in a pre-season friendly against Liverpool, despite playing most of Spurs' friendly win over New York Red Bulls just three days later.

Bale had been walking on crutches after a late challenge from Reds midfielder Charlie Adam, and even went so far as to call the Scotland international 'a coward'.

Young Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has reportedly told the Stamford Bridge club he will only go to another Premier League side if the Blues allow him to leave on loan.

The 19-year-old struggled to make an impact last season following his £20million move from Belgian side Anderlecht and he is now adamant that he needs to be playing regularly.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been fined £6000 by the FA for a post on Twitter that aimed at a Tottenham supporter who had been goading him on the micro-blogging site.

The 20-year-old admitted a charge of improper conduct and was warned about his future behaviour; an FA statement claimed Frimpong had made a comment "amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute" and that it had included a reference to faith".

Great Britain's men's football team secured their place in the Olympic quarter-finals following a 1-0 win over Uruguay last night, the victory also meant that the South Americans were eliminated from the competition.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez was critical of the Millennium Stadium crowd after the match; the striker was heavily booed throughout the game but he claimed GB fans showed a lack of respect by booing when his image appeared on a big screen during the Uruguayan national anthem.

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