Liverpool latest: Awards for Rodgers and Sturridge and Swansea build up

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A round up of the latest news concerning Liverpool.

Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho are all likely to miss Monday’s Premier League clash against Swansea City through injury. Daniel Sturridge should play after shaking off a thigh problem while Mamadou Sakho is set to make his debut for the club at right back. Kolo Toure and Joe Allen should both feature.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been awarded the manager of the month award for August with striker Daniel Sturridge picking up the player of the month award. Rodgers has guided Liverpool to a perfect Premier League start, thanks largely to the goals from Sturridge in every game.

Rodgers has given an insight into his thinking behind how he’s managed to keep Steven Gerrard near the peak of his fitness. Gerrard will captain Liverpool for the 400th time this Monday and Rodgers says a careful plan helps him recover from one game to the next.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler says he knew Sturridge was destined to be a top player when the pair worked together at Manchester City.

“I was lucky enough to train with Daniel when I was at Manchester City. He was a young lad and about 15 at the time. You could see then how good he was going to become. He had a little bit of everything,” said Fowler.

Latest reports suggest Barcelona defender Martin Montoya will consider a move away from the Nou Camp if talks over a new deal stall. The defender is out of contract next summer and he reportedly wants assurances over first team football. Liverpool are one of the side set to pounce if he’s available.

Montoya’s arrival would further increase the competition for places at Liverpool, something Kolo Toure says he is relishing ahead of the rest of the season.

“It’s fantastic - The competition will be really tough and we need to work extra hard. Nobody will be expecting to play, we’ll all have to fight, but I love the competition,” he told the Mirror.

Another player feeling highly optimistic at the moment is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Liverpool’s number one says his good start to the season with the club has boosted his confidence as he seeks another clean sheet against Swansea this Monday.

Another former Reds striker has spoken about the club with Michael Owen tipping the current side to finish in the top four. Owen predicted Liverpool would finish fourth on Twitter before the season began only to be met with widespread abuse on the social network.

In other news, former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson says it should be a no brainer for Brendan Rodgers to play Luis Suarez when he’s available again.

“To be honest, Suarez is too good to leave out and with the striker now only a few weeks away from a return, it will be a massive bonus for Rodgers,” he told the Liverpool Daily Post.

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