Liverpool latest: Sakho could return against Stoke, Borini future

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

Liverpool have been boosted by the news that defender Mamadou Sakho could be fit to face Stoke City this weekend. The former PSG man picked up a knock when Liverpool played Chelsea just before the New Year and initial fears suggested he could have been out for up to six weeks.

TalkSport has suggested that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will focus on Glen Johnson as a possible replacement for right-back Bacary Sagna. Johnson’s current deal at Anfield is set to expire in 2015 and as things stand, he’s yet to agree a new deal with the club.

Another Liverpool star linked with a possible move away today is on loan striker Fabio Borini. Football Italia has suggested that Udinese will move for the striker following the news earlier this week that the experienced Antonio Di Natale will retire in the summer.

One player Liverpool look dead certainties to miss out on is Fernando of FC Porto after AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani confirmed the Serie A giants are in talks over a transfer.

“There are talks for Fernando, a good player, but it’s not a done deal, we need to sell a player before,” he told Sky Italia.

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In other transfer news, multiple sources are now linking Liverpool with a move for Dutchman Ola John. The Daily Mail and TalkSport are the latest sites to have run stories suggesting the Reds are looking at John who currently plays for Benfica in Portugal.

In other news, Daniel Sturridge says he was unaware that he’d caught the attention of Brendan Rodgers before his move to Liverpool. Sturridge first came to Rodgers’ attention while playing for Chelsea in a youth game against Manchester City.

“I hadn't realised he was in the opposition dugout at the time. It's nice that I was on his radar at such an early stage,” he told FourFourTwo.

Sturridge has also spoken of his intention to help fire Liverpool back into the Champions League by the end of the season, saying it’s been ‘too long’ since the side were in Europe’s biggest club competition.

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