Liverpool latest: 21-year-old midfielder praised, double injury boost

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

Liverpool were boosted earlier with the news that defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger have returned to first team action. The duo are in line for returns to the match day squad for the FA Cup game against Arsenal this weekend but may struggle to be fit for tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Fulham.

“We will see how they go between now and Wednesday. They certainly look very strong in training. Whether the midweek game is going to be too soon for them, we will see. But it’s great to have them back and see their qualities,” manager Brendan Rodgers told the Echo.

That game at Fulham is likely to now go ahead after planned tube strikes were called off. The TSSA made the announcement, as one of two unions that planned strikes, which would have affected games in London tomorrow night.

Liverpool owner John Henry is reportedly furious over the fact the game could have been called off, questioning why Fulham couldn’t have been prepared for the game like Arsenal, West Ham United and Leyton Orient.

Joao Carlos Teixeira could feature in the game tomorrow after impressing during first team training. Rodgers revealed the Portugal under-21 star has been a consistent performer for the reserves and that he's seen a dramatic improvement from the last time he was on the fringes of the first team.

The Mirror has claimed that Rodgers is keen to get Jordan Henderson tied down on a new long term deal. The £20 million rated 23-year-old has started every Premier League game for the club this season and the boss has admitted he is one player in line for a new deal.

Rodgers has also confirmed that talks over a new deal for himself are yet to start and insists he’ll do his best for Liverpool, even if the owners decide to go with another boss.

“Nothing whatsoever. I have, after this year, one more year to go. I have always said I am very happy here and we're just over halfway through that contract and it is not something that comes into my thinking,” said the manager.

PSG striker Edinson Cavani has revealed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is loving life at the Merseyside club.

“I speak with Luis most weeks and he is loving and he is loving life at Liverpool. When I speak with him now it sounds like a different man to that of last season - He has always loved Liverpool. Things have not always gone well for him in England and he told me how humbled he was by the way the club and the fans stood by him,” said Cavani.

In other news, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he feels striker Daniel Sturridge can become a world class player during his time at the club. The forward has 29 goals in 36 appearances for the club.

“He’s a natural goalscorer. He’s a magnificent talent and I’ve always said that I think over the course of the next couple of years, he’s got the chance to make himself a world class striker,” he told the Liverpool website.

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