Liverpool Latest: Sturridge focused on England job, Barca stars call for Reina move

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A round up of the key news stories and gossip about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has piled the praise onto key striker Luis Suarez, paying tribute to his attitude since he returned to the team after a ten game suspension.

“With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his team-mates at all times, and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end when the game was won. You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box, and that’s what we want,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are the key factors behind whether Liverpool have a successful season.

“I think it's been good that they have both had periods where they've had their opportunity to play individually. I think everyone recognises that they really do have some kind of natural partnership there,” Ayre said at the Asian Football Awards.

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Sturridge’s focus right now is firmly on leading the England attack against Montenegro tomorrow night. England are close to securing qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next summer and need two big performances tomorrow and on Tuesday against Poland.

Barcelona midfielders Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas have urged Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to move to the Nou Camp. The Spaniard is due to return to Anfield at the end of the season after completing a loan spell under former manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says he’s been unfairly treated ever since his £50 million move from Anfield to Stamford Bridge. Several agree Torres has never been the same since he left Liverpool.

“There has been an overreaction about everything. Overreact when I did that miss or if I have a red card or I hit the crossbar instead of scoring a goal. They never talk about the good things. More or less from the beginning to this day,” said the Spaniard.

Former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko is training with Ligue One giants Monaco. The midfielder recently failed to secure a move to Championship side Reading and there is an outside chance he could win a contract at Monaco if he impresses.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy is set to retire from professional football. Murphy is a legend at the club for scoring the winner at Manchester United’s Old Trafford on three different occasions throughout his Liverpool career.

Brentford sporting director Mark Warburton has expressed his regret at not being able to offer Liverpool youngster Joao Teixeira a decent chance to demonstrate his talent. The midfielder was on a loan deal to January, which has been ended early.

Another player who has returned to the club is striker Michael Ngoo. The forward made just two starts and five sub appearances for Yeovil Town in the Championship which led to his loan agreement being ended early through mutual consent.

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