Liverpool latest: Four stars in England squad, 'generous offers' invited for striker target

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

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been called up for the England squad to play friendly matches against Chile and Germany. He joins Liverpool teammates Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge in the side for the next round of friendly games.

The Italian press has suggested that a ‘generous offer’ will be enough to sign AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy. The 21-year-old could be available according to Corriere dello Sport with Liverpool one of the sides interested in snapping up the forward.

Brendan Rodgers has praised the progression of younger members of his Liverpool squad but has urged caution. Rodgers says the club don’t want to rush the progression of players like Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.

“Jordon is only 17 years of age and even Raheem is only 18. We can't forget that. We don't want to rush these young players' development, even though we want young players to come through and we want to put them in the first team. We've done that over the course of the last year or so,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

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It’s a difficult balance for Rodgers to achieve because in the case of Sterling, the winger has admitted that he’s not played as much football this season as he would have liked.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has showered current star Philippe Coutinho with praise. The Brazilian is expected to start this weekend’s home clash against West London side Fulham.

“I don’t think I need to tell any Liverpool fans what Coutinho is capable of as he just brings something different,” Molby told the Liverpool website.

Molby has also suggested that at some point this season, the fact Liverpool aren’t playing European football will be reflected through their performances. He suggests it will give the team a fresh edge for big matches later in the season.

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Steven Gerrard says he fears star striker Luis Suarez could leave the club in the summer, if Liverpool fail to finish in the top four this season.

“The team are playing well, so January won't be a problem. But come the summer, I think depending how Liverpool have done will determine what goes through Luis's mind,” Gerrard told the Independent.

Gerrard has said in a different interview that Suarez is the best player he’s played and worked with during his long career at Anfield.

Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel has been linked with a potential move to Liverpool. Some sources suggest the Reds will have to pay around the £6 million mark to do a deal for the 25-year-old.

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