Liverpool Latest: Gerrard confident of England win, Agger plays down talk over future

Daniel Agger

A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard says he and the rest of the England side are ready to face Poland this evening. Gerrard is expected to start and says there is belief England can pull off a solid win.

“It's coming to the critical stage of the group where qualification is just around the corner. So yeah, there is big pressure and huge expectation, but the belief and the confidence is there with the boys - and certainly with myself!” said Gerrard.

In transfer news, central defender Daniel Agger has played down chat over his future, insisting he’s happy at Liverpool. Agger has two-years left to run on his contract from next summer, which means the Anfield side will more than likely start negotiations over a new deal after this season.

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Agger has revealed that it was the club’s decision not to sell him to Barcelona over the summer and insists that he’s fully focused on trying to win some silverware with the Reds this season.

Reports from Spain have suggested that striker Luis Suarez is not the main priority for Liverpool. Marca ran a report earlier today suggesting that Suarez is only viewed as a back up option by Los Blancos if they fail to get their hands on FC Porto star Jackson Martinez.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler says Daniel Sturridge’s promise was obvious when he was at Manchester City. Liverpool signed Sturridge for £12 million last January and he’s never looked back since his Anfield switch.

“Daniel has always been a good player. I was lucky enough to play with him at Manchester City when he was only 15 or so and you could see how good he was then,” Fowler told FourFourTwo.

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Sturridge has rejected claims that he cares more about his club career with Liverpool than he does about playing for England.

“The fans had a perception of me that I cared more about my club than my country. But the reason I'd said that was because the games you play for your club are the groundwork for becoming an England regular,” he told the Life+Times website.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has suggested Glen Johnson should go straight back into the Liverpool starting line-up. Johnson is back in full first team training following an ankle injury and could feature in this weekend’s match against Newcastle United.

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Another Liverpool youngster with a lot of promise is 16-year-old Ryan Kent. The young forward bagged a brace for the England Under-18 side as they beat Hungary 4-0. Kent played for the Liverpool Under-16 side and Under-18 side last season, featuring in the NextGen series.

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will play his last match for Wales this evening against Belgium. The forward has been suggested as a possible successor to Chris Coleman for the Wales job. He played for Liverpool across two spells between 2006 – 2007 and 2011 -2012.

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