Liverpool News: Latest Comments, Media Reports and Team News

Dan Brett@@DanBrett90Contributor IIIMarch 16, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Daniel Sturridge (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on February 23, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has saluted his side's rise this season, and he has backed the club to claim victory at Old Trafford.

The Reds could move within four points of league leaders Chelsea with a win over Manchester United, and with a game in hand, they could pile further pressure on Jose Mourinho's side.

As tweeted by OptaJoe, Liverpool will glean confidence from the Red Devils' showing against fellow top contenders this season:

Today's visitors had Daniel Sturridge to thank for his fourth-minute goal that sealed a 1-0 win over David Moyes' men at Anfield earlier this season.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the England striker can fire his side to glory once again and hope that he can bag the headlines that seal the striker's place at the World Cup.

There are plenty of pre-match headlines, though, so let's take a look at what has been coming from the Liverpool camp ahead of kick-off.

Rodgers Talks Of Reds' Rise

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The Liverpool manager will be pleased with his side's campaign so far, after finishing seventh in last season's Premier League.

A number of factors have seen a marked improvement from the Reds, with a swagger about the Merseysiders going into the match at Old Trafford.

Luis Suarez and Sturridge have led the line for Liverpool and their 42 combined league goals has jettisoned the side up the league ladder and transformed the club back into title contenders. 

Speaking at a press conference, Rodgers spoke of how his side have progressed to mount a serious title challenge, according to the Guardian's Paul Wilson:

If you look at the last 38 games, the 10 from the end of last season and the 28 we have played in the league since, which would be a full season worth of games, we would be 12 points ahead of Manchester United with 91 goals scored opposed to 64.

So over that period, including Fergie's time as well, we have shown progress. That's all I'm saying. We are going there to win, not to kill off their Champions League hopes or open up a bigger gap. We are looking upwards rather than downwards and we feel we have a great chance in every game we play.

Rodgers, dignified in his managerial style as he continues to grow in the Anfield hot seat, isn't a man to enter mind games like we've seen with Mourinho.

When dealing with the press, the former Swansea boss highlighted that he wouldn't be drawn out of dignity and into becoming Liverpool's title cheerleader:

I'm not going to be shouting about winning the league. That is not the dignified way to do it. It's not mind games or anything like that. It's just letting the players do the talking. That's what they have done.

A marked improvement from Liverpool this season sees them in with an excellent chance of winning their first ever Premier League title.

The manager has been central to the Reds' success as he laid his attractive, attacking football stamp at Anfield's door, while utilising the squad's younger members as he stabilises the club's long-term future.

Plenty of talk surrounded Suarez's contract in the summer but with Rodgers entering the final year of his contract, per Telegraph's Jason Burt, Liverpool's greatest signing at the end of the season could be to tie Rodgers down for the long term.

Suarez Key To Old Trafford Win

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Suarez isn't usually far away from the headlines for one reason or another but, this season, the forward has let his on-pitch performances do the talking rather than any wrongdoings.

The Uruguayan international's importance for Liverpool continues to grow on a weekly basis.

His rise to form and fame looks to have had a positive impact on Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, with both of his team-mates in contention for a place in Brazil.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Daniel Sturridge (R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammates Luis Suarez (C) and Raheem Sterling (L) after scoring his team's third goal as dejected Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard looks on during the Barclays Premier Le
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Liverpool's three-pronged attack has been a menacing force this season as the side look to regain Champions League football—something that their Manchester counterparts may fail to do this term.

The forward will, no doubt, receive some abuse from the home section today, after his infamous bust-up with Patrice Evra, but Rodgers believes that his front man has broad shoulders to bear the brunt of what Old Trafford has to offer, Per Wilson's report:

Don't underestimate Luis. He's a hard man. We've seen plenty of hard men in football over the years but they are usually tough, aggressive centre-halves or midfield players who put their foot in.

Luis is a striker but he is a hard man. He gets battered, he gets kicked, he gets baited by opposing supporters but he is the toughest player mentally I've ever come across and I've worked with some big players. He is relentless in his desire.

We've all seen that in his time here and now he is more mature as well, which is great. There's not much rattles him and playing at Old Trafford will only inspire him.

A happy Suarez, plus plenty of service from those around him, equals a very happy combination for Liverpool.

Per, one of Suarez or Sturridge has scored in the side's last nine Premier League matches and, going into the match at Old Trafford, Suarez will be hoping that he's the man to continue that run.

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jose Enrique of Liverpool passes the ball past Steven N'Zonzi of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brun
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According to BBC Sport, the Reds will be without Jose Enrique at left-back, who remains sidelined through a knee problem.

Liverpool may have Mamadou Sakho and Lucas back after the pair returned to action for the development side, meaning Enrique could be the only notable absentee.

The terrifying trio of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling could be set loose at Old Trafford, as they look to build on the Reds' title hopes with 10 games to go.

Sturridge has scored the Merseysiders' last two goals against United and will be hoping to make it, at least, three from three, with Suarez scoring just once against the champions.


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