Liverpool Latest: Including Swansea team news as Sakho is set to miss out

A round up of the latest news and gossip about Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to start against Swansea City this evening. Liverpool’s in form striker was a doubt for the fixture with a thigh problem which hampered him during the international break but he is set to have a crack at making it four goals in four matches.

Liverpool head into tonight’s clash against Swansea City with a not overly impressive record against the Swans. Liverpool failed to score in three matches before the 5-0 win last February, with the Welsh side’s only defeat before that coming in 1990.

In the betting markets, Victor Moses is being tipped to have an impressive debut for the Reds. Moses has joined on loan for the season form Chelsea and is a best price of 10/3 with Ladbrokes to score at any point during his debut.

His chances of making his debut this evening are very good with Brendan Rodgers revealing he expects the attacker to have a big impact at the club. Rodgers has backed up claims from Moses himself that he is using Liverpool to prove a point to his critics and doubters.

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One player who won’t be making his debut this evening is £18 million signing Mamadou Sakho. There had been speculation Sakho would start at right back but he is not part of the squad which heads to Wales. Sakho’s lack of match fitness is thought to be the motivation behind Rodgers’ decision.

However, it may not be too long before we see Sakho in a Liverpool shirt, as Rodgers has described him to be like a ‘monster’ in training.

“Sakho is 23 but he is an experienced player, he has senior international caps and looks an absolute monster in training,” said the manager.

Jose Enrique has become the latest to play down Liverpool’s chances of competing for the Premier League title. Liverpool head into tonight’s game off the back of a perfect start to the season but the defender insists the ultimate aim is a top four finish.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has hit back at claims from Pepe Reina that Liverpool agreed to his loan deal to Napoli without telling him.

He had been at the club a number of years and done well but I didn’t do anything underhand. I looked him (Pepe Reina) in the eye and told him I was thinking of bringing in another goalkeeper good enough to be No1,” said Rodgers.

On the transfer front, Rodgers has made it clear the club will not be afraid to make several more signings in their quest for regular Champions League football.

“We still need to make improvements. Tottenham have spent £100million to try and get in the top four. It will take another few windows to get that quality in the group,” said the boss.

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