Liverpool Latest: Rodgers' tough decision, Suarez wins second award

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

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still has hope that his team can beat Manchester City to the Premier League title. City are in the driving seat ahead of Liverpool’s game against Crystal Palace this evening.

“It is a tough ask for City. To play three games at this stage of the season that really, really matter is a real tough ask - If we can win our two games then it could go a long way to deciding whether we finish top or not,” said Rodgers.

Palace boss Tony Pulis has played down his side’s chances of getting a result later, suggesting Liverpool are on a different level to his side, with Luis Suarez the man his team have to keep quiet.

“He’s unbelievable, he’s got unbelievable balance - people always talk about what he can do technically but great players have great balance,” Pulis told the press.

Rodgers has a tough decision to make ahead of the game over whether to risk Daniel Sturridge from the start. Sturridge took part in full training over the weekend following a hamstring injury.

The striker’s importance is demonstrated perfectly by a Daily Mail report, which shows Sturridge’s goals this season have physically won more points and turned games in Liverpool’s favour than Suarez’ efforts.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. The award goes with his recent PFA trophy, where his colleagues and opponents voted him the player of the season. Suarez has a staggering 30 goals in 35 appearances.

In transfer news, the Reds are being linked with a move for Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo. Brendan Rodgers will reportedly have around £60 million to spend this summer and the centre-back is apparently on his radar. He can also fill a problematic left-back position for the side.

Another player Liverpool are reportedly after is Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi. Brendan Rodgers has been linked with making a move for the player, with interest appearing last summer and winter and he is appealing with a market value of around the £10 million mark.

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson has admitted that he thought the side would struggle to qualify for the Champions League this season.

“Their Premier League title challenge could very well end in glorious failure. But failure is the wrong word. How is this season a failure? The objective back in August was to qualify for the Champions League. I was one of many people who thought they would fall short in the battle for fourth place,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

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