Liverpool latest: Sturridge defiant on England, boss on Flanagan

Some of the key stories surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Daniel Sturridge has defended his decision to play for England in the friendly loss to Germany at Wembley last week, which resulted in him starting the Merseyside derby on the bench due to lack of fitness. The striker had been playing with a dead leg for the best part of a month.

Sturridge is quoted in the press this morning saying: ‘The manager gave me an opportunity and it’s always a pleasure to put the England shirt on. Regardless of what condition you’re in, fit or not fit, if you are selected for England you go out there and do your best.’

Sturridge got an 89th minute equaliser in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Everton and has revealed to the Liverpool Echo that he might have to change supermarkets.

‘The guy on the checkout in the supermarket told me he wouldn’t serve me if I scored so I’m not going in my local Tesco for a while now. Maybe I’ll pop in next week just to check whether he’s okay and to see whether we can move on from this.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Liverpool have only received one concrete approach for the services of Jon Flanagan, which is surprising given his impressive performance at the weekend.

Rodgers said: ‘It’s been remarkable, really, that we haven’t had any clubs come in to take him on loan. We will always facilitate the wages, but we have had just one club come in for him, and that was a League One club. He’s a young player that needs to play.

‘There have been a couple of enquiries about him, but nothing concrete. I just felt that I needed to have him about, and in the end I needed him to play in the Arsenal game.

‘He’s done brilliantly, and that gives us something to think about.’

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