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Liverpool morning news including internationals, Ilori and Montoya

Wisdom in Under 21 action, Gerrard ahead of Ukraine, Ilori on England and Portugal, Montoya linked, Costa staying at Atletico Madrid.

There doesn’t seem to be much to write about given the international matches, but there is a little bit of news regarding the players on international duty.

Defender Andre Wisdom was sent off during England Under 21’s 1-1 draw in Finland last night. Wisdom, who was captaining the side was shown a straight red card for an altercation with Tim Vayrynen.

To the senior side, and Steven Gerrard will equal Billy Wright’s number of appearances for England tonight as receives his 105th cap against Ukraine, on a night when there will be three England players who have received 100 caps or more. Gerrard believes that his experience along with that of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole could lead England to victory in Kiev.

Keeping with the international theme, new signing Tiago Ilori has told the Liverpool Echo he would like to stay loyal to Portugal.

Ilori is eligible to play for England as he was born in London, but playing for Portugal is the defender’s desired option.

“I think I would like to stay loyal to Portugal as I’ve played in every age group for them.”

Away from the internationals, there is still some transfer talk going on beyond the window, and believe it or not, it doesn’t involve speculation surrounding a certain striker.

Liverpool could well be in the hunt for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. The Daily Express reports that the 22-year-old concerned that Daniel Alves will prevent him from getting a place in the side according to his agent, potentially with a free transfer at the end of the season. Arsenal are also said to be interested.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has ruled out a January move to Liverpool according to reports in the Metro. The striker was subject to a bid by the Reds during the summer transfer window, with Brendan Rodgers rumoured to make another bid in January.

Costa said: "I will stay at Atletico.

"I think it is important for me to keep growing here and playing here for many years to come." 

On the injury front, Kolo Toure is confident of shrugging off the groin injury he picked up in Liverpool's League Cup win against Notts County in time to face Swansea City on Monday. The defender missed Liverpool's win over Manchester United, where Martin Skrtel replaced him.

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