A round up of the key news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen will all be part of his match day squad for the Newcastle United game this weekend. However, the match has come too soon for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool’s players have returned to first team training following the international break, ahead of the side’s match against Newcastle United this weekend. Right-back Glen Johnson played a full part in training as he looks to force his way back into the side following injury.
Liverpool head into the early kick-off this Saturday with a fantastic record in the North East, having won ten of their last 14 matches against Alan Pardew’s side, with only three defeats, which means confidence will surely be high as they look to stay joint top of the Premier League.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has cast doubt over the club’s ability to get into the top four by the end of the season. Carragher doesn’t name his former side as a top four candidate despite the fact they’re currently joint top of the Premier League.
“And because of the sides they are up against, I reckon they might just miss out on a place in the top four; it's hard to say United, City and Chelsea won't get in those Champions League spots and Arsenal have started like a house on fire,” said the former centre back.
Liverpool legend Ian Rush says he doesn’t think Brendan Rodgers will be afraid to approach Kenny Dalglish for advice. Dalglish was recently brought back to the club as a director and Rush’s comments dispel the notion Rodgers could feel undermined by the Scot.
“I’m sure Brendan will be made up that he’s back because if he needs any advice, Kenny will be the first to give it. It’s for Liverpool Football Club, not for the individual,” Rush told the Liverpool website.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he feels he’s matured as a player since he joined the club in 2011 from Sunderland.
“I think I’ve grown up a lot since then and I’m more mature. I’ve improved tactically since coming here too, but I think maturity is probably the one word I would use,” said Henderson.
Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson says Brendan Rodgers should slot Lucas straight back into the side ahead of this weekend’s match against Newcastle. Lucas missed out against Crystal Palace through suspension and is in line for a return to the team.
In a less mainstream story, Liverpool are 11th when it comes to pounds-per-points in the Premier League this season. Liverpool’s summer spending means they have spent around £2.74 million for every point they have secured in the league so far.
The Grandfather of Liverpool teenage sensation Harry Wilson netted £125,000 when the 16-year-old made his debut for Wales this week. Peter Edwards laid a £50 bet on the youngster representing Wales when he was just 18 months old.
Liverpool fans will have the chance to see some rare items as part of a new Anfield exhibit. The LFC Story exhibit will launch on October 23 and includes Bill Shankly’s passport as well as the club’s first ever issued medal.
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