Liverpool latest: Cardiff team news and Rodgers confirms new deal to be offered to defender

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

Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s match against Cardiff City tomorrow. Mamadou Sakho and Lucas are both expected to remain on the bench following their return to the match day squad last weekend against Manchester United.

Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan will be given a new contract at the club. Flanagan’s current deal is due to expire at the end of next season.

“John will be given a new contract – no question. Come the summer he’s got another year so he will definitely be given a new deal, He has been outstanding. It’s great when you see a young player develop like that,” said Rodgers.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has confirmed several teams are looking at signing Rodrigo from the Portuguese side. The Reds are one of several sides to have been linked with moves for the £25 million rated star.

“The league is full of high quality players so it's normal for other clubs to be interested. Rodrigo is going through a good moment,” said Jesus.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho says the Anfield club can go down in history, winning a first league title since the 1989/1990 season.

“The last time Liverpool won the title was the year of my birth so I am up to speed with the history and know all about it. It would be fantastic to have the opportunity to go down in history, especially with it being my first season here,” he told Press Association Sport.

The boss has commented on the season, suggesting that the main aim is to make Liverpool fans proud of their team again and the style of play they display on a weekly basis.

“It's great for the supporters to be dreaming and they take great pride in what they're seeing. This group of players have great motivation. There is real consistency in our performance level now. It's a huge credit to them and how they're working,” said the boss.

Jan Molby has revealed his belief that Liverpool are the most entertaining side to watch in the country. Rodgers’ men have scored more goals than any other side in the Premier League this season with 76.

“Liverpool have scored more first-half goals this season than 16 other teams in the league have in total. For me, they are the team to watch in the Premier League,” said Molby in his Liverpool Echo column.

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he wishes he’d worked with former Liverpool striker and current Cardiff City star Craig Bellamy. The Welshman left Liverpool in the summer of 2012.

“It's one of my only regrets, really, that I never got the chance to work with Craig,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.

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