Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes that the club’s absence for European competition this season has benefitted league campaign, Sky Sports understands.
The midfielder, who has arguably been the Reds’ most improved player this season, has said that the extra rest the team has been able to enjoy has helped them in their pursuit of a top four spot this time around.
The former Sunderland man is also keen to help the club conquer in the FA Cup, having tasted disappointment in the 2012 final when, under Kenny Dalglish, they lost to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the Reds are set to fail in their pursuit of Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand due to the lack of game-time Victor Moses has had since moving to Anfiled on loan in the summer, the Mirror understands.
The England international is likely to secure a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge this month, with Fulham also reportedly interested in securing his services.
Elsewhere, TalkSport understand that Arsenal will move for Glen Johnson in he declines to sign a cut-price deal to remain on Merseyside.
Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on the situation, as his current first choice right-back Bacary Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season.
Johnson’s current deal runs until 2015, though Brendan Rodgers may be willing to cash in following the emergence of Jon Flanagan.