Liverpool latest: Sturridge set for return, £15m alternative to Salah identified

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

Striker Daniel Sturridge is in line to make a return to competitive action against Stoke City this weekend. Sturridge picked up an ankle injury at the end of November and has been out of action since, but he could be named as a substitute by Brendan Rodgers for the trip to Stoke.

A big piece of transfer news today suggests that Liverpool will turn to Andriy Yarmolenko of Dinamo Kiev as they’re likely to miss out on signing Mohamed Salah from FC Basel. Early reports indicate that Liverpool may have to pay up to £15 million to land the Kiev wide man.

Liverpool may also choose to mount a serious push for Hellas Verona star Jorginho this month, as his agent has confirmed he could be available if a side comes in with an offer the Italian side can’t turn down.

“He can leave Verona now if he receives a great offer - if an important proposal arrives it is fair that the player is allowed to leave,” Joao Santos told Tutto Mercato Web.

Daniel Agger took to his Twitter account to confirm that he’ll be out of action for at least four weeks. The Dane was forced off with a calf problem as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend against Oldham Athletic.

Agger has also dismissed rumours linking him away from the club with a potential move to play under former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Luis Suarez has vowed to help Liverpool secure Champions League football after being named December’s Premier League Player of the Month. Suarez became the first player in Premier League history to score ten goals in a single month and he says the aim remains a top four finish.

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has piled the praise on the club’s star striker, suggesting that the experience of coaching Suarez is something which will stay with him for the rest of his life.

“The experience of working with Luis is something which will stay with me for a lifetime. Just to be able to work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win,” Rodgers told TalkSport.

Midfielder Lucas has said 2014 is the year where Liverpool need to get back to where they belong. Liverpool are in a very strong position to achieve that ultimate aim of a top four finish.

“But there is still a long way to go. This year the challenge is to get Liverpool back where they belong. There is so much to be achieved,” said the Brazilian.

Lucas has also revealed that he thinks Luis Suarez signing a new contract with the club will help Liverpool to attract better players. The Brazilian says top players would love to have Suarez on their side.

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