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Liverpool morning news including Sturridge and Johnson injury update

Also, warning signs come from Swansea, Shelvey explains reasons for leaving, and Toure on team spirit.

It looks as if Daniel Sturridge will be fit for Liverpool’s clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night. Sturridge missed England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh injury.

Captain Steven Gerrard has said he would like to see the in-form striker to fire for England as well as his club. Speaking about Sturridge’s role in the national side, Gerrard said: “It’s down to Daniel to get himself fit and available. The manager has picked him quite a few times now and he hasn’t been available. Everyone is waiting.”

Ahead of Monday’s clash, Pablo Hernandez has fired a warning shot to Liverpool saying the Swans can beat anyone at home with Liverpool heading to South Wales with a 100% record after three games.

Hernandez said: “Liverpool are top but we are at home and we can beat all teams there. Only Arsenal and Tottenham won at the Liberty last season. That shows other teams don’t do it.”

One person who will come up against Liverpool for the first time since leaving the club is Jonjo Shelvey and he said he wasn’t pushed out of the club, but just wanted to play regular first team football.

He told the Daily Mail: “I wanted to play football. I would hate to be one of those sitting on my money."

Shelvey along with Sturridge feature in our players to watch this weekend

In other injury news, it appears that Glen Johnson’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared and will be back sooner than was initially thought.

Johnson was initially ruled out for ten weeks with an ankle injury sustained in Liverpool’s win over Manchester United, but now it is thought to be five or six weeks, meaning he will miss the next round of international games in October.

Legend Ian Rush has said that Liverpool fans still love Luis Suarez and that he would like to see him on the bench when he returns from the ban, because it will mean Liverpool are still winning. 

He told the Daily Mirror: "Then you have to fight for your place. That's what Liverpool is all about. The team rather than the individuals."

There are still some transfer rumours circulating despite the window only closing last week but the Metro has reported that Liverpool will attempt to sign Derby County midfielder Will Hughes for a fee around £6m.

Kolo Toure has earmarked team spirit as a reason for Liverpool’s good start to the season. He was full of praise for Martin Skrtel after his performance against Manchester United, which Toure had to sit out through injury.

“Skrtel had a fantastic game and we worked as a team really, really well. That is great for the team spirit of the group.”

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