Liverpool latest: Swedish international opens up on failed Anfield transfer

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Liverpool clinched a much-needed 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, with midfielder Adam Lallana clinching his first goal for the club in the first half at Anfield. Lallana, a £25m summer arrival from Southampton, is now on England international duty, and says he's full of confidence after opening his Reds account following injury and fitness issues.

"It has been a good week, more so because we got the three points at the weekend," he said. "And to get a goal was nice. I'm starting to feel back to full sharpness now. It had been a tough start having been injured, but after a lot of hard work and putting the hours in I feel good now. I'm always looking to impress in training and for my club. We've got a lot of talented players and there's always competition for places out there. I'm hungry to do well and impress."

Another Liverpool player currently away with the England side ahead of their upcoming games with San Marino and Estonia is forward Raheem Sterling. Former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce says that the 20-year-old should be in the Under-21 side for their crucial European Championship play-off clash with Croatia rather than facing minnows like San Marino and Estonia, but Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate says Sterling would benefit more from playing in the senior side.

"Whilst as a coach you always want the best possible players available, sometimes I don't think it is the right or appropriate challenge for the individual player. Raheem is one who I don't say is finished at this level but, clearly, having played in the World Cup, he's now made himself pretty much a first choice for the senior team," Southgate said.

"What would we get back in terms of his feelings and his mood? He is a great professional, I have to say, so I am sure he would react to it in the right way because he did when he came back with us last year. His training was fantastic. But are you going to get exactly the same performance? He has got England seniors, he has got Liverpool with the league, he has got Liverpool with the Champions League."

On the transfer front, reports in Italy once again suggest that Liverpool's Spanish playmaker Suso will complete a deal with AC Milan in 2015, either in January or for free in the summer when his Reds contract expires, whilst Swedish international Ola Toivonen has opened up on his failed move to Anfield in 2010.

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