A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed earlier today that right-back Glen Johnson is set for a spell out of the side. Johnson has been playing with a number of injuries and the boss has also revealed that the first team squad only had 15 fit players training today.
“Glen Johnson is sidelined indefinitely – Glen’s got a really bad ankle, and one or two other issues which haven’t allowed him to be 100% this season - We’ve only got 15 players training at the moment, so there’s not a lot of choice with the line-up this weekend,” said Rodgers in his pre-Bournemouth press conference.
Liverpool have been handed an injury boost with the news that defender Jon Flanagan could be fit for the Merseyside derby against Everton. The Liverpool Echo has suggested the 21-year-old has made good progress on recovering from a hamstring problem and should be fit for the game.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas has played down original fears over his fitness. Reports suggested the Brazilian could be out of action for around two months with medical ligament damage but he’s said he’ll only be out for a few weeks.
“I would like to let you know that my injury isn't serious and I will be back in a few weeks. Thanks,” he said via Twitter.
Liverpool have missed out on FC Basel 21-year-old Mohamed Salah. News broke this afternoon that Chelsea had agreed a deal with the Swiss club to sign the Egyptian, with a medical still to be completed and personal terms to be agreed.
Reports suggest that any Liverpool plans to sign Martin Montoya from Barcelona hang in the balance. There have been conflicting stories that the young defender is ready to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp despite recent suggestions that negotiations had stalled in Spain.
Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed that several sides are interested in signing Liverpool youngster Suso. The Spaniard has been playing in La Liga with Almeria and the pro-Madrid publication has suggested that he’s open to leaving the club in the summer.
Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach has backed the under fire Simon Mignolet to bounce back from a recent dip in form. The Belgian is set to be rested for the FA Cup tie against Bournemouth following errors which have crept into his game.
“Sometimes in football, things don’t come off the way you want – Simon is a strong character and he will bounce back – it is just about doing the same things, being focused and switched on,” John Achterberg told Liverpool’s website.
Former Liverpool star and recently retired player Luis Garcia, has joined the masses who suggest a top four finish is the priority for his former side this season. Garcia took to his Twitter account to voice his opinion as the Reds continue their quest for Champions League football.
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