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Defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Philippe Coutinho are available to face Fulham tomorrow. Left-back Jose Enrique is also in contention to start the game while Fulham will be without Sascha Riether who is suspended after stamping on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj last weekend.
Coutinho says he’s happy he’s made it through a difficult period following the shoulder problem he picked up against Swansea earlier in the season.
“I'm very happy to be back. I had six very difficult weeks, and thank God I've made my comeback, but on the other hand I was sad due to the result [at Arsenal]” he told the Liverpool website.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named as the Reds’ player of the month for October. The striker has been superb since he returned from a ten game suspensions and netted a hat-trick in the recent win against West Brom.
The club’s manager Brendan Rodgers has also revealed that Suarez is happier than he’s ever seen the centre forward, rubbishing speculation of a possible move away this January.
“Looking and speaking to him, Luis is as happy as he has ever been. He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there (the top four) this season, said Rodgers.
Rodgers has also spoken about Jordan Henderson, suggesting he could be key to the future of the England midfield. Henderson earned a recall to the England squad for matches against Chile and Germany.
“It’s a big credit to him that I have been able to play him in a couple of positions because he is that type of player that he can play in those positions really well,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
Rodgers has revealed that defender Martin Kelly is still not ready to return to full first team duties. Kelly has been unable to play regular football for over a year due to a cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up last season.
In transfer news, Diego Capel continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool while Raheem Sterling could be on his way out of the club in a loan deal. Sporting Lisbon star Capel has been reported as a target for the club for some time, while Sterling is keen to play regular first team football.
Liverpool will face competition from Chelsea if they harbour interest in signing Schalke youngster Max Meyer. The 18-year-old has been in good form for the German side this season where he’s under contract until the summer of 2017.
The Reds may also face competition if they still want to go after Benfica star Nemanja Matic. The Serbian is thought to be a player of interest to Liverpool and local rivals Manchester United, although he has a huge release clause in his current contract of €50 million.
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