Liverpool morning round-up, potential rest for England internationals, Gerrard on penalties

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

Liverpool could see four of their stars rested for the international break according to some reports in the national newspapers.

England manager Roy Hodgson is considering whether he really needs the services of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge for the games against Lithuania, with the squad announcement expected later today.

The Reds have had their fair share of run-ins with Hodgson this season when Sturridge returned from international duty injured, which started a five month nightmare for the forward, who didn't return to action until late January.

Sterling is also said to be playing with a knock, while Hodgson has pledged to listen to the concerns of Brendan Rodgers over the fitness of his players.

Lucas Leiva has returned to training for the Reds after a month on the sidelines with a groin injury, with many outlets picking up on his post on social media saying he's back in full training.

The Brazilian may not feature until after the international break, however, with Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson seemingly forming an effective partnership in central midfield during his absence.

The Liverpool Echo have picked up on a video from Adidas which features Steven Gerrard talking about the secret behind taking successful penalty kicks.

Gerrard has an excellent record from the spot, with one miss in the past two seasons, while the others have found the net.

The Reds' skipper said: “It’s difficult to describe in a shoot-out situation, it’s proper nerve-wracking.

“Your penalty might be the penalty that you need to win a trophy or progress to a final.

“I think you have to give the players who have the bottle and the bravery to step up and put themselves in that position credit."

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