Liverpool latest: Newcastle team news, Aspas could be out for five weeks

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

Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen are all in contention to feature in tomorrow’s match against Newcastle United. Philippe Coutinho continues his recovery from a shoulder problem but will not be fit to play any part in the match day squad.

Brendan Rodgers says his side are ready for a difficult match at Newcastle, without a goalless draw between the two clubs since 1974. Rodgers says his side are aware of Newcastle’s passion and desire to play aggressive football.

Rodgers has also commented on teenager Harry Wilson, who made his debut for the Wales senior side this week. Rodgers says the youngster is not anywhere near being ready to make first team appearances for the club in the harsh environment of the Premier League.

One player who won’t be featuring is forward Iago Aspas. Aspas is expected to be out of action for around five weeks. The forward used twitter to announce that he’d picked up a problem in training and is likely to be unavailable for over a month.

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is closing on a unique record of scoring 100 league goals for the club. Gerrard is currently on 99 goals in the Premier League and will have the chance to bring up his century in tomorrow’s early kick-off as Liverpool travel to Newcastle United.

Former Liverpool favourite Jan Molby has urged his former players to take the chance to pile the misery onto Newcastle United.

“Newcastle fans aren’t happy and I fully expect Liverpool FC to pile on the misery at St James’ Park tomorrow - All the unrest will work to Liverpool’s advantage,” wrote Molby in his Liverpool Echo column.

In transfer news, Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is reportedly close to leaving the club on a loan deal with La Liga side Valencia. The 20-year-old signed for the club from Sporting Lisbon over the summer but hasn’t been able to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first team plans.

Daniel Sturridge has spoken of the relationship he shares with strike partner Luis Suarez. The pair have looked dangerous this season when playing together and Sturridge says it’s all down to a great relationship.

“It’s a beautiful thing to have the relationship on the field with him. We have a good understanding, have assisted each other on different occasions and it’s a great feeling. We help each other and improve each other and we also get along off the field,” he told KICK OFF magazine.

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Simon Mignolet has made it his aim to displace Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the Belgium number one. Courtois currently holds the position due to his form with loan club Atletico Madrid.

“That’s what I try to do – I want to play again, not only here but for Belgium. My performances with Liverpool can only help me get back into the team,” Mignolet told the Liverpool website.

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