A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Daniel Sturridge has handed Liverpool a fitness boost at the best possible time with the news he could start against Chelsea this weekend. Sturridge has been suffering with a slight hamstring problem.
“Hopefully, this weekend I'll be back. I'm not too sure if the manager will play me or not. We'll have to see,” said the striker.
The Reds have been handed a further boost with Chelsea unlikely to risk key star Eden Hazard this weekend. The Belgian is suffering from a hamstring problem but Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to hold him back for the Champions League semi-final next week.
Luis Suarez has taken a thinly veiled stab at the Blues ahead of the game, suggesting his side’s potential Premier League title win would be something few predicted or expected considering the difference between Liverpool’s squad and those of their rivals.
“It [winning the Premier League] would be something that no one would believe. We have good players but if you look at the complete roster, we don't have [players] to be up there. The truth is that we are surprised ourselves at how well we're playing,” he’s quoted by ESPN.
Liverpool have outlined specific plans for their expansion of Anfield. Changes to the Main Stand and the Anfield Road Stand are expected to take the capacity of the ground to around 60,000, with work expected to be finished by the start of the 2016/2017 season.
In transfer news, talkSPORT has reported that Ligue One giants Monaco have entered the race to sign Liverpool target Juan Iturbe from Hellas Verona. Iturbe is on loan from FC Porto, but Hellas have an option to sign and then sell him for £15 million at the end of the season.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says there’s a long way to go yet before the Reds can start celebrating the Premier League title. Henderson is guarding against complacency as Chelsea prepare to visit Anfield this weekend.
Former Liverpool star John Aldridge claims his former employers would be too good for a full strength Chelsea this weekend. The Blues are expected to field a weakened side with their Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid next week.
“I think Liverpool will give Chelsea lots of respect, but I think they will have too much for them on the day. Even if Chelsea had their first team out I think Liverpool would have too much, and I’ll think they will win by the odd goal,” said Aldridge.