Liverpool morning update: Early team news, star’s four key skills identified

A select round-up of the latest news relating to Liverpool

Liverpool take on Sunderland at Anfield this weekend with the Reds hoping to build on their two recent league victories.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Philippe Coutinho is fit while Jose Enrique could also feature, but Steven Gerrard could sit the match out if Brendan Rodgers feels he should be rested ahead of a vital Champions League clash.

Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are set to return for the Black Cats, who have lost their last three meetings with today’s opponents.

In other news, Liverpool boss Rodgers has revealed a conversation he had with Raheem Sterling that has helped turn his form around.

In comments published by the Daily Post, he said, “For Raheem, it’s about realising what those standards are and that is for him being direct, being quick, being aggressive and pressing the ball really hard.

“And in the last three games he’s been good at that.”

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