Liverpool latest: Alonso return still mooted and Reds prepare for Suarez return

Xabi Alonso

A round up of the latest news and gossip related to Liverpool football club.

Liverpool are thought to be mulling over a possible January move for former player Xabi Alonso. Media reports suggest it could be a straight up duel between Italian side Juventus and Brendan Rodgers’ team to sign Alonso, who is likely to be let go by Real Madrid.

One player who continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield is central defender Martin Skrtel. According to online sources, former Reds manager Rafael Benitez is refusing to give up on the chance of signing the Slovakian for Napoli.

Luis Suarez is likely to make his return to the Liverpool first team against Manchester United tomorrow night. Suarez has been missing since he was banned for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and could start against United in the League Cup match at Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers has moved quickly to sure Liverpool’s fans that Suarez will work hard to prove his commitment to the club after rows over his future during the summer.

“All you can do now is judge him on his performances on the field. For the many millions of supporters around the world, the measure and test for Luis is on the field. One thing I have learnt about the Liverpool supporters here is that whilst the player wears the shirt, they are behind him,” Rodgers told the Colin Murray show.

However, former Liverpool favourite Phil Thompson has suggested some fans will find it extremely difficult to forgive Suarez for his actions in that match against Chelsea and during the transfer saga over the future.

Rodgers has also given an update on the fitness of right-back Glen Johnson, revealing the defender should be back to full fitness within the next couple of weeks. Johnson has been missing since he picked up a knock during the Premier League win against Manchester United.

“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will be back,” said Rodgers.

Philippe Coutinho has revealed he is desperate to get back playing for Liverpool as soon as possible. Coutinho picked up a shoulder injury in the recent draw away at Swansea City.

“It’s annoying to get injured, especially when you are playing well, but that happens. I now want to focus on my recovery and do everything right to be back as soon as possible to help Liverpool in the league,” he told Globo Esporte.

Another Liverpool player to have spoken out is defender Jose Enrique, in praise of teammate Luis Alberto. Enrique has suggested that his fellow Spaniard will blossom into a special player for the club after he bagged a hat-trick against Sunderland for the club’s Development Squad.

In further transfer news, the club have been linked with a January move for Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez. Local paper, the Liverpool Echo, has suggested that Liverpool may be able to pull off a deal for the Palermo striker worth as little as £4 million.

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