Liverpool morning news, defender on 'biggest game of his career', Rodgers on psychologist

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Jon Flanagan has described Sunday’s title clash with Manchester City as the biggest of his career, and says Liverpool are ready for it.

Flanagan – who made his first team debut for Liverpool in a 3-0 win over City three seasons ago – told the Liverpool Echo has said there is a buzz around the squad going into the game.

He said: “We all know that City are a great side with top players. Going forward they are a real threat but we’re going into it with no fear.

“You could say there’s more pressure on them than us as they were expected to be up there.

“We know what they’re all about but we’re just concentrating on ourselves and what we do. We’ve got our game plan. We’ve done well in a lot of big games this season and this is another one we believe we can win.”

Daniel Sturridge has described the 15 months since he joined Liverpool as a ‘whirlwind.’ Sturridge has been getting more game time at the Reds – and this season he has hit the 20 goal mark in the Premier League.

He’s quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “I feel blessed that I’m at a club where I can push myself to the limit, always listening to my team-mates and especially the manager. This is a time in my life I’ll always remember because of everything that’s gone in the past.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the role of psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, but has insisted he won’t be widening his brief.

He said: “There’s no change and no need to change. It’s just about reinforcing things now, we don’t need to do anything different. It’s just a case of retaining the focus. The players are enjoying their work. I’ve seen the intensity and tempo keep going up a notch and that’s because of excitement. There’s certainly no fear.”

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