Liverpool morning news: Gerrard praise for Sterling, midfielder to extend loan spell

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

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been full of praise for Raheem Sterling, saying the youngster is the toughest player they have in the squad and if he continues his recent good form then he should be on the plane to Brazil as part of England’s World Cup squad in the summer.

Gerrard said: ‘The Arsenal game was an unbelievable performance from a guy of that age. I was just disappointed that he didn’t go on and get his hat-trick.

‘He just needs to keep learning and listening to Brendan [Rodgers] and the experienced players in the dressing room and believing in himself. If he does that, he’ll be alright.’

Reds target Yevhen Konoplyanka has said he is putting interest the club had him behind him for now as he is part of the Dnipro side who will take on Tottenham in the Europa League this evening.

The Ukrainian winger is quoted, saying: ‘Everything that happened is in the past.’

Young midfielder Conor Coady, who is currently on loan with League One side Sheffield United, looks as if he will be spending the rest of the season at the Blades.

Coady has been in pretty good form for Nigel Clough’s side recently, having scored in their FA Cup fifth round win over Nottingham Forest and in last night’s League One win over Gillingham.

Finally, there’s good news for Liverpool’s youngsters as they progressed through to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup after beating Watford 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

Goals from Daniel Trickett-Smith and Harry Wilson ensured Liverpool will make the trip to Reading in the last eight.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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