Liverpool morning news, still talk of title race ahead of Cup game, new academy chief to be named?

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

Midfielder Jordan Henderson has said Liverpool are just focussing on their football instead of mind games in this season’s title race as the focus moves away from the Premier League to the FA Cup this weekend.

Henderson is quoted in the Mirror saying: ‘There has been no talk of the title with us. We’ve just got to take it like we have been – taking each game as it comes.

‘Everybody says we weren’t in the running a couple of weeks ago and now they’re saying we are, so it’s going to go up and down throughout the season.’

The Reds travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal – whom they demolished at Anfield 5-1 last weekend in the Premier League.

Henderson added: ‘We were very good at the weekend, and hopefully we need to do that again. But Arsenal are at home, so I’m sure they’ll want a bit more of the ball and try to dominate it that way, but we’ve got to make sure we go with our game plan and stick to it.’

Despite the cup tie at the weekend, the focus seems to still be on Liverpool being in the running for their first title in 24 years – and Jon Flanagan has said the pressure isn’t on the Reds as much as other sides – and that top four is still the priority.

‘All the lads are just looking for the top four and if we’re in and around there with five games to go, maybe.

‘We’re just concentrating on trying to get top four, so anything above that would be great for us.’

Ex-striker John Aldridge has said that it is amazing Liverpool have got themselves into such a position but has said it should come down to either one of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Aldridge told TalkSport: ‘It’s not impossible. I’ve had a look at their run-ins and Manchester City’s and Chelsea’s is better than Liverpool so it is theirs to lose.

‘But if that’s the case and they lose and slip up, what Brendan’s got to do, and the players, is just knock on the door and be ready to take full advantage.’

Away from talk of the title – Liverpool are searching for a new academy director, and Goal claim they have interviewed Chelsea’s Jim Fraser.

Fraser is currently working under Neil Bath at Chelsea’s academy, but has not yet been offered the post.

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