Liverpool morning news: Beglin thinks Reds can still claim title, striker happy at club

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

Former Liverpool defender Jim Beglin believes that Liverpool can still claim the title in the closing stages of the season, just like they did in 1986 – a side that Beglin was part of.

The title was out of Liverpool’s hands going into the penultimate weekend of the season with Everton leading the way, but the Reds managed to overhaul the Toffees to win the title in Kenny Dalglish’s first season in charge.

This time, Liverpool are relying on Everton to take points off Manchester City in order to reclaim the initiative in the title race, and Beglin is optimistic.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “There’s no way any of the Everton coaching staff will let their players relax. They have a proud home record in big games and Martinez will want them to kick on. I expect them to give it everything.

“Understandably, everyone was down after the Chelsea game and the task for Brendan and his coaching staff this week will have been to pick everyone up.”

Several newspapers have picked up on an interview Luis Suarez gave to Uruguayan radio station, which expresses his desire to stay at Liverpool.

The striker said: “I’m very happy here and my family is happy here. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home, it would be incredible, a dream come true.”

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Steven Gerrard to bounce back from his costly slip against Chelsea last weekend.

His slip led to Demba Ba giving Chelsea the lead in what may be a crucial result in this season’s title race.

He’s quoted in the Daily Star, saying: “I’m not (concerned) because he’s very strong mentally.

“I know he’s a bit down because it was a big game and a very heavy defeat – when they were being built up to an extent – and, unfortunately, his mistake cost them the match.”

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