Liverpool Latest: Rodgers sweats over Sturridge fitness, Reds edge closer to £6m coup?

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

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club will monitor Daniel Sturridge’s fitness over the next two days leading up to the important game against Crystal Palace. Sturridge featured against Chelsea last weekend but didn’t look fully fit.

“We’ll see over the next 48 hours. He hadn’t trained since he got injured in the previous game. He’s certainly in a much better place,” Rodgers told the press.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The Frenchman is thought to be a target for Brendan Rodgers, who will be looking to fill a left midfield slot in his squad this summer. Ben Arfa could be available for as little as £6 million.

The Metro has suggested Barcelona are ready to make a serious attempt to sign Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. Barca apparently want Agger as Carles Puyol’s replacement at the Nou Camp, after speculation over a move which has been running for over a year.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho says the side mustn’t change their tactics despite the setback against Chelsea last weekend.

“We now have to focus on what’s ahead of us, meaning the next two games. And we mustn’t change anything, we should remain true to ourselves and play our own game,” said the Frenchman.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says his only regret from his time in Spain playing for Real Madrid, is that he didn’t go back to Liverpool afterwards. Owen had spells with Newcastle and Manchester United, never returning to Anfield.

“The only drawback from my decision to head to Madrid was, after a year in Spain, I didn't manage to rejoin my boyhood team, Liverpool,” he’s quoted by the Daily Star.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer says Simon Mignolet can’t be blamed for Demba Ba’s opening goal in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

“The difficult thing is Ba was given so much time to think about things. He [Mignolet] would be hoping for Gerrard to make a tackle, you can’t come too far out [of your box] because [Ba] would lift it right over you,” said McAteer.

Raheem Sterling has been voted as the FTBpro PFA Player of the Month for April. Sterling produced some of his best form this season over the course of the April, with a noteworthy and match winning performance against Norwich City at Carrow Road, where he bagged a brace.

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