Liverpool latest: Suarez fitness boost, Sturridge shakes off thigh problem

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

Luis Suarez is likely to be fit enough to start against England in the World Cup show down this Thursday. Sport Witness picked up on reports from Uruguay which suggest Suarez will take part in the game, which has effectively become a knockout match with Uruguay and England both losing their group openers.

Daniel Sturridge has shaken off concerns over his own fitness ahead of the game, suggesting he won’t be hampered from a thigh problem. Sturridge scored England’s goal in the defeat against Italy.

“Chiellini gave me a knee in the thigh and it was quite painful. I tried running it off and kept going - These things happen and I’ll be ready, I’ll be all right for Thursday,” said the striker.

The Daily Star claims Liverpool are fighting to keep a deal for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri possible. The £15 million rated winger has an inconsistent first game for Switzerland at the World Cup and the paper suggests that Serie A champions Juventus have come in to try and sign him.

TalkSPORT has claimed that Cristian Tello could move to Sevilla as part of the deal for Ivan Rakitic. Tello’s future has been the subject of speculation for some time and talkSPORT points to a report from Estadio Deportivo which suggests Tello could stay within La Liga.

ESPN claims ‘sources’ have suggested that any talk of a Liverpool move for Micah Richards is ‘wide of the mark’. The Manchester City defender has just been re-linked with a move to Anfield despite the fact the side have two quality right-backs in Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan.

Lazio have moved quickly to clarify the future of Antonio Candreva. The midfielder impressed in Italy’s win against England and has been linked with a high profile move to Merseyside. However, Lazio’s president ruled out any sale.

“Candreva is not for sale - we have not received any offers,” Claudio Lotito told Radio Due.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has defended England’s performance in the 2-1 defeat to the Italians suggesting the side did everything possible to try and get a result.

“What we will do is keep confident – I felt as though we gave everything and we worked really well as a team,” he told the Liverpool website.

Former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann has become the latest to shower Raheem Sterling with praise following his performance for England last Saturday against Italy.

“I think it will be the player who impressed me most last season - Raheem Sterling. The kid has got the world at his feet,” the German told Liverpool’s website.

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