Liverpool media round-up, Rodgers on rest of league campaign, updates on Gerrard and Lucas

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club in the media this Monday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said a total of 74 points should be enough to get the side into the Champions League.

The Reds currently sit in fifth place on 51 points with 10 games to play, with the side facing Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium tonight. 

A target of 74 points would mean Liverpool can only afford to drop seven points between now and the end of the season. 

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We have 30 points to play for so I am guessing it will be another 23 points.

“That is how competitive it has been this year. We have won nine and drawn two of the last 11. It has been a great run but now we have to be focused on these last 10 matches.

“Everything counts. We have to be aggressive in our game and now we have to nail it in the last 10. I know the players are focused on that.”

Lucas Leiva is closing in on a return to the Liverpool side according to the Daily Mail after being sidelined for a month with a groin injury.

Lucas hobbled off in the early stages of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, but the Mail reports that the Brazilian is now starting to look sharper in training, and should be available soon as the Reds face a crucial run in.

Steven Gerrard is available for the Reds this evening after being sidelined with a hamstring injury for a month but the Guardian quotes Brendan Rodgers suggesting that he won't walk straight back into the side and will have to earn his place.

He said: “I am respectful and this guy is one of the greatest players in the history of the Premier League and arguably the greatest player of this club. But what I do know is that Stevie always puts the team first. I have huge respect for him whether he is playing or not playing and huge admiration for him as a player and person.

“But I am not one that makes emotional decisions on whether I like someone or not. For me it is about picking and finding the right balance in the team and what makes the team function to ultimately win. He still has big qualities that we will need between now and the end of the season."

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