Liverpool have been handed an fitness boost ahead of their New Year’s Day clash with Hull City with both Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge likely to return to first team action ahead of schedule, the Mirror understands.
Reds’ skipper Gerrard has been out for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, while Sturridge was injured in training back in November and despite reports suggesting that they would be absent until around mid-January, they could make the match day squad for tomorrow’s match at Anfield, where Brendan Rodgers’ men are aiming to bounce back from two straight defeats.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager has played down links between the club and Barcelona forward Cristian Tello, according to the Independent.
The Spain international has regularly been linked with a move to Anfield in 2013, with him struggling to hold down a first team place with the La Liga champions.
The 22 year old has started two league games this season, with most of his appearances coming as a substitute, while his only goal came in a cameo appearance against Celtic in the Champions League.
Rodgers has insisted that no deals are imminent, though the club are working to identify targets as they attempt to get their top four challenge back on track.
Liverpool will be keen to keep pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal as they travel to the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds go in to the weekend five points off Arsene Wenger’s men who travel to Manchester City and joint on points with third place Chelsea who host Crystal Palace.
England manager Roy Hodgson has ruled out apologising for playing Daniel Sturridge in the recent friendly defeat to Germany, the Mirror understands.
The Liverpool striker played the entire ninety minutes at Wembley two weeks ago despite carrying a thigh injury, and has now been ruled out for up to two months after picking up an ankle problem.
Liverpool are preparing to sell Luis Suarez for £50m when the transfer window reopens in January, the Metro understands.
The Uruguay striker has made an impressive return to the Reds first team having missed ten games through suspension, scoring three goals in his two league appearances.
Liverpool are reportedly interested in taking Barcelona forward Cristian Tello as part a deal that could see goalkeeper Pepe Reina move in the opposite direction.
The La Liga Champions have long been linked with move for the Reds first choice shot stopper, who signed from Villarreal in 2005.