Liverpool latest: Including injury boosts and Napoli confident over Skrtel

A round up of the latest Liverpool news and gossip.

Liverpool have been handed a double fitness boost over Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge. Defender Johnson is thought to be on track to recover from an ankle injury four weeks earlier than expected while centre forward Sturridge is in line to feature against Swansea this Monday following a thigh problem.

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says it was his choice to leave Liverpool and insists he wasn’t pushed out of Anfield.

“Brendan (Rodgers) told me I could stay there and see what happened. It really was my choice. I wasn't pushed,” he told the Daily Mail.

Italian daily newspaper Tuttosport has claimed Napoli are extremely confident of signing Martin Skrtel this January. Rafa Benitez is thought to be keen on signing the defender he originally brought to Anfield although the Serie A side may be very hopeful with a €10 million valuation of the Slovakian.

Liverpool will not be signing Lacina Traore from Anzhi Makhachkala this January, with the forward nearing a move to Serie A giants Juventus. Liverpool were strongly linked with the player last winter and some reports had suggested the Reds would go back in for him.

A more realistic transfer for the club could be that of Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda. AC Milan were unable to secure a deal for the 27-year-old over the summer, which means he will be available on a free transfer when he leaves CSKA Moscow this January.

Another midfielder Liverpool have been strongly linked with is Derby County teenager Will Hughes. Several reports have suggested that Liverpool will submit a big offer for the youngster this January, which could be in the region of £10-15 million.

Meanwhile, away from the transfer rumour columns, club legend Ian Rush has said Luis Suarez should be excited about his imminent return to the Liverpool first team.

“Suarez, when he sees Sturridge and he sees Coutinho and he sees Gerrard, he will be thinking: ‘Hang on, I quite fancy this!” said Rush.

Club captain Steven Gerrard has piled a little bit of pressure onto Daniel Sturridge suggesting the striker needs to perform at international level.

“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,” said Gerrard.

Central defender Kolo Toure says the club’s fans boost him and give him the motivation to work doubly hard each time he plays for the club. Toure says he enjoys feeling the love from Liverpool fans he sees on a daily basis.

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