A round up of the latest news and gossip connected to Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he feels Luis Suarez will be fully fit to return to first team action when his ban expires. Suarez is expected to make his first competitive return to action in the League Cup tie against Manchester United next week.
"The idea is that hopefully when he steps back in it will be seamless. Of course there will be a transitional period for him but I am really looking forward to having him back. He is working his socks off," said Rodgers.
Rodgers also has a significant problem on his hands over who should replace Philippe Coutinho against Southampton this weekend. Luis Alberto grabbed a hat-trick for the Under-21 side against Sunderland during the week, but Rodgers may choose to stick with a more experienced option.
Liverpool have been handed a boost following the admission of Marseille winger Andre Ayew that he wants to move to the Premier League. The 23-year-old is thought to be a target for the Reds along with Newcastle, with the player stating his admiration for the English game.
In another transfer story, Liverpool remain firmly connected with Derby County youngster Will Hughes. Liverpool reportedly had scouts at Derby’s recent match against Bolton Wanderers watching the 18-year-old ahead of a possible transfer move this winter.
However, Liverpool may not have it all their own way with local rivals Everton also thought to be interested.
One deal Liverpool may now struggle to pull off is the capture of Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan. The Turk has signed a new deal with the Spanish side which has seen his but out clause rise to around €40 million.
In other news, Iago Aspas has refused to set himself personal targets this season, throwing attention towards team goals.
“I've never been an out-and-out goal scorer. But it's true that over the last three seasons I have scored quite a number of goals but my being on target isn't so important as long as the team is winning,” said the Spaniard.
Defender Tiago Ilori says he is looking to build on his first performance for the club. The 20-year-old played in the Liverpool Under-21 side against Sunderland earlier this week as he looks to force his way into the first team. Ilori has also revealed the motivation behind his decision to join Liverpool.
“I was aware of a couple of other clubs that were interested but the way Liverpool dealt with it and spoke with me made it an easier choice. The club's history played a part but it was more about their approach and the way they dealt with me,” said the youngster.
Liverpool have won an award for customer service to fans. Liverpool will receive a Best Fan Innovation award for their Family Pack along with awards for Manchester United, Fulham and Wigan Athletic.
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