A round up of the Liverpool news stories and transfer rumours from the past 24 hours.
Brendan Rodgers has urged his side to improve their performances away from Anfield. Liverpool go into the game against Fulham this evening off the back of an impressive 5-1 win at home against Arsenal.
“We can play away just like we have done at home. If you look at the nature of our game at the weekend that’s the qualities you want to see in every match – super organisation, the compactness of the team,” he told the Echo.
Kolo Toure has joined his manager in trying to shift focus away from the Arsenal result and onto the game this evening. The experienced central defender has urged his teammates to put in the same effort levels they produced against the Gunners despite the lower profile of this match.
Another Liverpool defender, Mamadou Sakho, is currently at a French medical centre receiving treatment on a thigh problem. Liverpool are trying to give Sakho every chance of recovering quickly with the spell at the Clairefontaine National Technical Centre, in the hope that he could feature against Southampton on March 1.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that Liverpool are the least likely of the top four sides to make further slip ups over the rest of the season because they are playing fewer matches.
“People are asking if Arsenal might fall apart after what happened at Liverpool, but it can happen to any one of the three of us - any one - but not Liverpool, because they have this stability of playing one match a week,” Mourinho told the Mirror.
Liverpool centre back Martin Skrtel has admitted that he did think about leaving the club last season. Skrtel was dropped to the bench over the second half of Liverpool’s season.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about leaving. It wasn’t easy for me after last season. I was on the bench in the second part of the season and that was something new for me,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
Jon Flanagan has revealed he’s delighted with comparisons between himself and Brazilian legend Cafu. Cafu was one of the most consistent full backs that Brazil have ever produced.
“There's been a few comments going around the training ground about that. But it's just brilliant having him [Cafu] commenting,” Flanagan is quoted by the Express.
Flanagan has also been backed by manager Rodgers to break into the England senior side, potentially after the World Cup in Brazil which could prompt Roy Hodgson into making changes.
In other news, Merseyside MPs have asked the government to release all documents ahead of a new Hillsborough disaster inquests. The request was made earlier this afternoon as Prime Minister David Cameron held his usual Wednesday Prime Minister’s questions in London.
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