Liverpool latest: Including England call ups and Wigan swoop?

All of the news and information regarding Liverpool from the last 24 hours.

Daniel Sturridge could lead the England attack against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil this summer. The Liverpool forward was one of the first names down as Roy Hodgson revealed his squad for the summer friendly matches. Sturridge has scored six goals in his last four Premier League games.

Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a £15 million double swoop for Wigan players James McCarthy and Callum McManaman. Rodgers was at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the week as Wigan lost 4-1 to Arsenal, confirming their relegation down to the Championship.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has been re-called to the England squad for the summer friendly games against Ireland and Brazil. Carroll has been on loan with West Ham United, producing the form which Roy Hodgson has deemed enough to be called back into the national squad.

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has said he’s determined to use the last game of the season against QPR to finish the season on a positive note. Shelvey was recently dropped to the Development Squad at the club and he’s struggled to get back into the first team ever since.

Jamie Carragher has received support in the surprising form of outgoing Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson has described Carragher as a player he completely admires and respects, someone he describes as a rock in the Liverpool defence throughout his career.

Brendan Rodgers could consider a cut price deal for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The Brazilian is expected to leave the club this summer to ease the wage bill at Loftus Road with Liverpool in need of a high profile goalkeeper should Pepe Reina leave for Barcelona.

Liverpool remain linked with a £3.5 million deal for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori. Liverpool were initially linked with the player before interested grew, seemingly force his price above the £2 million mark which Liverpool could have snapped him up for.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says his career has exceeded all of his expectations. The veteran defender retires at the end of the season having won pretty much every trophy with the club other than the Premier League, which he says is his biggest regret.

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson has said there is no point in Brendan Rodgers trying to replace Jamie Carragher. The former Kop favourite has suggested it would be naïve to try and do so considering the quality, consistency and experience that Carragher guarantees.

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