Liverpool morning news, Rodgers backs Lovren to bounce back, explains recent team selection

Dejan Lovren

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

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed centre-back Dejan Lovren to seize his opportunity when he returns to the side.

Lovren was signed for £20 million in the summer but has been in pretty poor form, with Rodgers opting to play Kolo Toure ahead of him in the past few games, and Toure is expected to keep his place in the side for tomorrow's game against Sunderland at Anfield, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds' boss said: “Dejan has been brilliant. He has taken it like a man.

“He is working hard in training. He knows he will get an opportunity and hopefully he can then take it.”

Rodgers has said he thinks there has been a significant change of mood in the camp after the past three games as the Reds ended a four game losing run to keep themselves in with a chance of making it to the knockout stages of the Champions League, and climbing into the top half of the Premier League.

He explained the reasons for his team selection in recent weeks by bringing in Toure and Lucas Leiva, where he said: “After the Palace game, I felt I needed to go back to what I knew from the players who were here already. A lot of the other guys who have come in will get their opportunities to demonstrate their ability."

Teenager Martin Odegaard has been training with the club according to the Daily Telegraph.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the 15-year-old, who has been linked with the likes Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Odegaard was reportedly accompanied on Merseyside by his father as he weighs up his next move.  

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