Liverpool morning news: Suarez targets Arsenal win, defensive duo near fitness

A selection of the key stories surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Luis Suarez has been talking about the importance of a possible victory over Arsenal at the weekend, with the league leaders visiting Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

A win would close the gap between the Reds and Arsenal to five points – and to a maximum of six points to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Suarez is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: ‘Arsenal are the leaders in the table and victory would be good for morale, give the whole squad an enormous injection and reduce the points difference at the top.

‘It has been such a hard season. It’s rare that everything could be decided on the last day but we must keep going and to ensure that happens we need results against the other main candidates.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers yesterday played down Liverpool’s chances of winning their first top flight title in 24 years, saying: ‘I think for us, as a team, it’s too early for that. I was at the Manchester City – Chelsea game the other night and I look at the squads they have, which they have built up over the last few years, and it’s very difficult for us even though we have competed right the way through the season.’

Liverpool could receive a defensive injury boost with the return of Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho, but they won’t be returning for this weekend’s clash against Arsenal. They could, however, return for the FA Cup clash at the Emirates Stadium next week.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Daniel and Mamadou are not far off but I’m not expecting to have either of them back for the weekend.

‘They are not back in full training yet. Daniel will be back at some stage next week so he’s progressing really well. But Sakho is still a bit away from coming back training.’

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