Liverpool latest: Including Stoke team news and Cissokho

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Both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are expected to be passed fit for Liverpool’s first match of the Premier League season. Iago Aspas could make his debut for Brendan Rodgers’ side, with Luis Suarez suspended for the first six matches of the season.

Stoke City’s new manager Mark Hughes could give debuts to Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters, with the former Barcelona youngster likely to line-up in midfield.

Luis Suarez has returned to first team training at Liverpool amid rumours that he has agreed to apologise for his attempts to force through a move this summer. Brendan Rodgers previously suggested that Suarez would be forced to train alone until he apologised to his team-mates.

Former Liverpool player Stephane Henchoz has said that Liverpool should sell Suarez this summer. Henchoz believes it would be best for the club to let him leave in case he creates a negative atmosphere at Anfield.

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho on loan for the season. The 25-year-old could then be signed on a permanent basis next summer. Brendan Rodgers had also been tracking Granada’s Guilherme Siquiera, but failed to agree a fee with the Spanish club.

Rodgers is still apparently keen to add to his attacking options, and Liverpool have registered their interest in signing Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian. The 25-year-old joined the Russian club for around £30million in January, but could leave this summer as Anzhi attempt to cut their budget, with several Premier League sides expected to be in the race for the Brazilian.

Philippe Coutinho is hoping that a good season with Liverpool can push him into the Brazil squad for next summer’s World Cup.

"Of course, it is a dream of mine. I need to have a good season at Liverpool, take my chances here and hopefully that would give me a chance of being called up for the national team," he said.

"It would be my biggest step in football and I will do my utmost to be there.”

On HITC today we look at what the signing of Cissokho means for Jose Enrique, and we ask if Luis Suarez cares about the fans at Liverpool?

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