Liverpool latest: Duo to return next week, Sakho out for prolonged spell

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

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defenders Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger will miss this weekend’s mega clash against Arsenal through injury.

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,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

The gaffer also confirmed that right-back Glen Johnson continues to make solid progress in his return from injury and will hopefully return to the squad at some point next week.

Rodgers has told fans they’re better off forgetting about Premier League title glory. Liverpool were near the top of the league for much of the opening part of the season but have since slipped off the pace.

“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,” he told Sky Sports.

On the transfer front, there is a small piece of good news for the club with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ruling out further interest in star striker Luis Suarez. The Gunners tried to buy the Uruguayan last summer but saw two bids of £30 million and £40 million turned down.

The man himself is focused on the match against the Gunners this weekend, suggesting it will give everyone a lift around Anfield if they can pull off a victory.

“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,” Suarez is quoted by the Daily Mirror.

The latest TalkSport update on the future of Barcelona suggests Martin Montoya isn’t interested in leaving the Nou Camp. The 22-year-old is yet to agree a new contract with the Spanish champions but ‘sources in Spain’ suggest he won’t be going anywhere at the end of the season.

Liverpool central defender Martin Skrtel has revealed he’s planning a long stay at the club despite speculation linking him with a move away. The 29-year-old was tipped for moves to Zenit St Petersburg and Napoli last month.

“We will see how many more years I’m at the club but I hope it’s for a long period – Every time I play it’s a special feeling because I’m proud to be a Liverpool player,” he told the Liverpool website.

Olympiakos have beaten Liverpool to the signing of 27-year-old goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez. Brendan Rodgers was thought to be interested in the shot stopper as back up to Simon Mignolet but he’s signed a permanent deal with the Greek side after playing for them on loan last season.

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