Liverpool latest: Including Sturridge out for two weeks and Reina's Barca agreement

A round up of the latest news stories connected to Liverpool.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has leapt to the defence of English football. Gerrard says he doesn’t think the England team is as weak as has been suggested following FA Chairman Greg Dyke’s call for big changes to be made earlier in the week.

Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s match this evening against Moldova, with reports suggesting his thigh injury is worse than first feared. The striker is now set to miss England’s match against Ukraine and Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Swansea City next weekend.

Gerrard has also received a positive response to his suggestion that he could one day manage the Liverpool first team. Gerrard is due to take his coaching badges in the near future and says his ultimate management dream is to take the top job at Anfield at some point in the future.

Meanwhile, new signing Mamadou Sakho has thanked Liverpool fans for the warm welcome he’s been given at the club so far. The central defender completed a switch from French club Paris Saint-Germain on the morning of transfer deadline day last Monday.

Former Reds favourite Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool’s success in signing Sakho this summer, along with several other targets, is proof of the backing Brendan Rodgers has from the club’s owners.

In a fresher transfer story, goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed he will not return to Liverpool at the end of the season. The Spaniard has reached an agreement with Spanish champions Barcelona to replace the outgoing Victor Valdes at the end of the current campaign. The move is set to happen if the clubs agree a fee.

On another transfer front, there have been numerous reports today suggesting Luis Suarez will be the subject of a £50 million offer from Arsenal this January. The Gunners tried to buy the striker over the summer and never produced a third bid following two failed offers.

Moving away from the transfer market, Jordan Henderson has piled praise onto boss Brendan Rodgers. The midfielder attributes his manager as the man who has helped him move his game forward at Anfield, gradually becoming one of the most important players in the first team.

Rodgers himself has dished out some praise, not to Henderson but to another midfielder, Raheem Sterling. Rodgers told the club’s official website that Sterling has worked hard to get over injury troubles throughout the summer to play a part for the first team this season.

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