Liverpool round-up: Early team news and Rodgers on top-four finish

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

Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield this afternoon to kick-off a huge day of football.

The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League, three points outside the top four, while City are second, five points behind current leaders Chelsea.

With Jose Mourinho’s side in Capital One Cup action today, City have the chance to close the gap to just two points, but Liverpool have been impressive in 2015 and will not have given up on a top-four finish themselves.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Philippe Coutinho is back in contention after being rested against Besiktas on Thursday.

Jordan Henderson is being assessed due to an ankle problem but Glen Johnson is likely to be back after injury and Lazar Markovic returns from suspension.

In other news, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to FourFourTwo magazine about the Reds’ ambitions this season.

Just 12 months ago Liverpool were pushing hard for the Premier League title, but their boss believes finishing in the top four this season will be a bigger achievement than last year’s exploits.

“If you look at where we were last season, having one game a week and going so close, it was an incredible achievement, but making the top four this year would certainly be better,” he said.

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