Liverpool morning news, Hodgson backs Sterling to shine on big stage, Alves links

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Raheem Sterling to benefit from Liverpool's return to the Champions League this season, the Daily Mirror reports.

Hodgson thinks more experience of big games will benefit the 19-year-old after his incredible rise over the past two years, which saw him become an integral part of the Liverpool side that challenged for the title last season.

He said: "These are the things you work on on the training field and I’m certain Brendan Rodgers is working on that all the time, just like we are when he comes to us.

"But it’s also games, and the big games.

"Now Liverpool are back in the Champions League they’ll have some big games coming up. That’s where you learn most and I’m excited for him. There’s more to come from him.’’

The Daily Express has linked Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves with a move to Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old is out of contract at the Nou Camp at the end of the season and Barca coach Luis Enrique is reportedly prepared to let him go.

However, it would represent an odd move for Liverpool given they have two young right-backs at the club in Jon Flanagan and Javier Manquillo - and an experienced right-back in the final year of his contract themselves in Glen Johnson, after failure to agree a deal to reduce his wages this summer in order to achieve a new deal.

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