Liverpool latest: Coutinho in line for starting return, Reina links increase

A round up of the key news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Philippe Coutinho could start Liverpool’s next Premier League game against Fulham. Coutinho made his return to the Liverpool side over the weekend against Arsenal, following a troublesome shoulder problem, which he picked up during the game at Swansea City.

The Spanish press has suggested that goalkeeper Pepe Reina has already agreed a move away from Liverpool. Mundo Deportivo ran a report this morning which suggested Liverpool had agreed to let Reina leave the club, with Barcelona the most likely destination, for a fee of just €5 million.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says he cut his career short to try and win some of the biggest races in horse racing. Owen is a keen lover of racing, with a deep interest in horse ownership.

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Coutinho’s return is so important that Kolo Toure believes it could help Liverpool in their fight for the Premier League title. Toure refers to the Brazilian as ‘his best player’ because of the difference he can make to big games.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool lack the depth to be able to fight for the Premier League title. Liverpool lost 2-0 to Arsenal over the weekend in one of their toughest challenges so far this season.

“Liverpool are probably the club with least resources because, while their team looks as strong as the others, their squad doesn’t look quite so strong,” said Mourinho.

His view contradicts that of central defender Kolo Toure who believes the Reds can still push for domestic glory, despite the setback in North London.

“Arsenal are not the title favourites. The season is long, we all want to be champions - both Arsenal and Liverpool definitely have what it takes to win the title. Two great teams, with great spirit,” said the defender.

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Brendan Rodgers has given his view on the title race, suggesting that his side are already playing catch up if they want to win the Premier League trophy by the end of May.

“They [Arsenal] are winning the race. These 10 games we’ve all played, people talk about it being early, but you don’t get them back. You don’t get to play them again so you’ve got to claim the points,” said the boss.

Liverpool are set to miss out on Barcelona youngster Martin Montoya. The Spanish club have opened up talks over a new deal for the 22-year-old which could tie him down to the Nou Camp until at least his mid-twenties.

Striker Luis Suarez has dismissed speculation over a January exit, insisting that he’s looking forward to a successful season with Liverpool. Suarez has been linked with potential January exits to Real Madrid and Arsenal.

“In the team we are all really excited, looking forward and looking forward to a good season. The Premier League is the best league there is. The stadiums, the atmosphere and the fans make football here so entertaining,” he told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890.

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