Liverpool latest: Gerrard on England and priority winter signing revealed

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

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has joined England manager Roy Hodgson, declaring his certainty that England will qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next summer. England go into an important match against Montenegro this evening followed by a clash against Poland this Tuesday.

The club’s managing director Ian Ayre has paid tribute to Gerrard’s leadership and motivational skills, as he collected the Liverpool Post Sports Leader of the Year award in Gerrard’s absence at a ceremony.

Liverpool owner John Henry is backing club legend Kenny Dalglish to help the side back to the top. Dalglish recently returned to Liverpool as a director and it’s an appointment which Liverpool’s American owner has suggested can only be beneficial for the club.

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he is looking forward to a return to first team action. Allen has been struggling with a hamstring problem, which he picked up earlier this season.

“I tell myself it comes with the territory of this job, unfortunately. There are players who have had worse injuries than I have had and have been out longer - I'm really looking forward to getting my season up and running,” he told the Liverpool website.

Another Liverpool midfielder, Lucas, says he thinks his call up to the Brazilian national team will only boost and improve his club form. Lucas has been one of the most consistent midfielders for Liverpool so far this season.

“I think it will help Liverpool, myself, and if I do well with the national team, it will help my chance to play in the World Cup. That's what I'm prepared to do,” he told the club website.

In transfer news, it’s being reported that Derby County youngster Will Hughes is Liverpool’s top priority this winter. Liverpool were linked with the teenager over the summer and are expected to go in with an offer for the midfielder this winter despite the recent change in managers at the club.

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Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims that Liverpool are ready to go up against Chelsea to sign Benfica’s Nemanja Matic. The Portuguese news source claims that a bid of £30 million for the 25-year-old midfielder could be enough to force Benfica into doing a deal.

A survey has shown that over three quarters of Liverpool fans are satisfied with the club’s start to the season. The results from the Liverpool Echo have shown that 77.3% of fans who took part said the side is doing better than they were expecting so far this season.

In a slightly less mainstream story, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed he produces music and raps in his spare time. Sturridge told lifeandtimes.com he has a variety of musical talents away from the football pitch.

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