Liverpool pre-game latest: Including Spurs build up and Sturridge

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Andre Wisdom is expected to return to the Liverpool back four for the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur. Wisdom missed the weekend draw away at Swansea City due to a knee problem but he has recovered in time and is available for selection.

Martin Skrtel has admitted he is looking to improve on his performance from last season against Tottenham Hotspur. Skrtel was sent off in the fixture last season and blames the red card on being played out of position. He also broke his jaw in the 2010/2011 season at White Hart Lane.

Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns over the form of midfielder Joe Allen ahead of the match with Tottenham. Recent reports have suggested that Allen may miss the match at Spurs due to inconsistent performances through recent weeks. However, Rodgers has stated that he isn’t worried about the player.

Brendan Rodgers says Spurs are the club Liverpool should look to copy in their quest for Champions League football. Rodgers has praised the blueprint used by Tottenham during the time that Harry Redknapp guided the club to football in Europe’s biggest club competition.

Fresh newspaper reports have suggested that Daniel Sturridge is eager to sort out a move to Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club were looking at one or two loan options for the January transfer window and the Chelsea striker is thought to be one of them.

Liverpool first team coach Mike Marsh has praised midfielder Lucas and has confirmed he is close to first team action. Lucas has been out for a large part of the season with a thigh problem but played for an hour in a recent youth team match. Marsh says the Brazilian is unlikely to feature against Spurs.

Brendan Rodgers has heaped the praise on versatile player Jose Enrique. Enrique has been forced to play at left midfield in recent matches and Rodgers has praised the way he’s taken to the new role. The Spaniard could continue in the left midfield role for the match away at Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has defend himself against criticism that he has hampered Steven Gerrard this season. Critics suggest that the way Gerrard has been asked to play has countered his natural aggressive instincts meaning he’s finding it more difficult to score goals.

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