Liverpool latest: Including Southampton team news and Montoya deal in doubt

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is set to come back into the side at the expense of Mamadou Sakho. Sakho replaced Agger earlier this week in the 2-2 draw at Swansea with the Dane struggling with a knock. Sakho looked nowhere near his best which means Agger comes back into the side.

Forward Iago Aspas is being tipped to continue in attack, replacing play maker Philippe Coutinho who picked up a shoulder injury at Swansea, which requires surgery, meaning he won’t return until next month.

It’s an injury which gives Brendan Rodgers a big headache and something which former Kop favourite, Jan Molby, says he’ll have to get on top of quickly to stop results dipping.

Defender Sakho has responded to the criticism he’s received following his performance, suggesting that he needs to work on his strength and conditioning.

“Strength is one of my attributes. It is something that you have to work on. I do want to continue developing my strength as it is as a key part of my game. I am a defender and I need to use that but I also need to fill out more and bulk up to progress,” said the Frenchman.

Brendan Rodgers says he hasn’t thought about Liverpool’s league title hopes following their good start to the Premier League season.

“I haven’t even considered that (a title challenge) at all - the only focus is the next game. We’ll assess it after 10 games, see where we sit there, then the halfway point and we’ll probably have a more realistic idea,” said the Liverpool boss.

The Liverpool boss has also spoken out about the imminent return of striker Luis Suarez, describing the situation like having a world class transfer signing walk into the first team.

“As I said, we get Luis back next week which is a world-class signing coming back into the picture again,” he said.

Rodgers has also urged his side to be braver instead of looking to protect a narrow lead. Liverpool were overwhelmed in the second half against Swansea and Rodgers has urged his side to not sit back in future games.

In transfer news, Liverpool may now have a problem if they’re still interested in signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. There had been reports that Liverpool would try and sign the Spaniard on a free at the end of the season but reported interest from Inter Milan could now force their hand.

A former manager has hit out at his critics, with Kenny Dalglish insisting that Liverpool’s League Cup during his tenure is more valuable to supporters than had the side qualified for the Champions League.

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