Liverpool morning round-up: Early team news; £10m man speaks

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

Liverpool take on Aston Villa later today, with Brendan Rodgers’ side currently eighth in the Premier League table and Paul Lambert’s men 10 points worse off in 13th place.

While Liverpool have struggled at times this season they are currently just four points outside the European places and it could be a very promising 2015 if they can build on their recent momentum.

A 1-0 win against Sunderland last time out will stand them in good stead, as they face a Villa side that have only won a single home game against the Reds in their last 16 attempts.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Carles Gil could get an immediate run-out for Villa having signed last week.

Liverpool have Raheem Sterling back in the squad while Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana could feature.

In other news, £10million summer signing Emre Can has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the latest encounter.

“We can’t afford to let up just because we haven’t lost for a few games,” he said.

“We need to remain focused and continue to play the way we have over the last few weeks.”

Liverpool have beaten Swansea City, AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland in recent weeks and they could continue that fine form this afternoon.

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