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Rodgers on skipper's international future, Arsenal game decided by 'fine margins'

A round-up of the stories involving Liverpool this morning ahead of their clash with Fulham at Anfield tomorrow

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he expects the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to be Steven Gerrard’s England swansong.

Gerrard has picked up 107 caps for England and was appointed captain of the national side when Roy Hodgson became the manager in 2012.

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Rodgers said: ‘For Steven, he probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished then and he will have lots of time to rest.’

Jordan Henderson has been called up to the England squad for the friendlies with Chile and Germany and the Liverpool boss says the 23-year-old has earned his place.

‘As each games goes on, he’s getting better and better. Tactically he has improved, physically he’s very good – his agility and mobility is excellent.

‘He’s gaining confidence from playing with good players as well. He’ll make a lot of improvements over the next couple of years and can become a really top player.’

The Liverpool boss also insisted that last week’s defeat to Arsenal was decided by fine margins and that overall the Reds are closing the gap on the sides that finished above them last season.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Having analysed it I thought okay, they had better control of the game than us, but you would expect that with them being at home and with the gifted players they’ve got.

‘In terms of chances we could have got a result and that gives us great hope. On reflection, it was a close game right the way through to the end.’

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Glen Johnson is expected to return to the Liverpool side tomorrow for their game against Fulham at Anfield, with Jose Enrique also in contention after recovering from a knee injury.

Winger Raheem Sterling may be allowed to leave the club on loan in January according to the Daily Mirror. The Mirror also reports that Liverpool want an experienced winger to come in to allow Sterling to go out and get regular first team football - namely Diego Capel from Sporting Lisbon following yesterday's reports.

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