Liverpool morning news: Rodgers admits frustration, Sturridge close to new deal

A round up of news stories this morning about Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted frustration after his team’s 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

The Reds lost a goal from a set piece after a frustrating performance, which saw the side fail to back up a win against Ludogorets.

“I don’t think we’re anywhere near technically where we were at last year. I’m hoping with the return of the players coming back from injury that we will become better – It’s frustrating at times,” said the boss.

Daniel Sturridge is thought to be close to signing a new contract at Anfield.

The striker has been out of action with a thigh problem that he picked up during the last international break.

The deal is reported to be a five-year contract worth a staggering £150,000 per week.

Reported transfer target Isco has played down the idea of moving away from Real Madrid.

Liverpool have been linked with making a move for the Spaniard but he insists he’s happy despite not playing frequently at the Bernabeu.

“Like all players, I want to play but I am ready to be in the team whenever the coach wants. I’m playing very little and hope to play more. Last year was amazing, winning titles, and I am very happy at Real Madrid,” said the Spaniard.

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