Liverpool news – Gerrard return latest, Reds mourn Cohen, Babel loan rejected

Reds mourn Cohen.

After suffering serious head wounds following a motorcycle accident in his native Tel Aviv, former Liverpool left-back Avi Cohen has died. Cohen played for the Merseysiders between 1979 and 1981, scoring the goal which clinched the league title in 1980 under Bob Paisely’s stewardship. Tributes have been raining in to salute him.

Kenny Dalglish remembered Avi as, “A lovely man who will be remembered fondly by everyone at Liverpool who knew him.” He told the Daily Telegraph: “He quickly integrated himself into the football club when he joined us and spent a lot of time learning English which made him really popular.” A former Rangers player too, Cohen had a profound effect on his teammates north of the border, Ally McCoist speaking on behalf of his Rangers teammates: “He was an absolute gentleman. His football talent was obvious, but he was just a lovely, lovely man.”

Gerrard return latest.

Steven Gerrard is almost certain to be back in Liverpool’s starting line-up for the visit of Wolves this evening. An impromptu winter break brought on by the adverse weather conditions meant proposed comebacks against Fulham and Blackpool were aborted, meaning the Liverpool captain will be fit and fresh to face the Premier League basement boys.

The Daily Telegraph also reports that Daniel Agger is in line for his first start since September having finally recovered from calf problems. Liverpool as such look likely to start with a orthodox 4-4-2 formation, Gerrard slotting into central midfield and David Ngog partnering Fernando Torres in attack. Joe Cole is likely to find himself on the bench following a poor run of performances.

Babel loan rejected.

Skysports.com believes Liverpool have rejected Birmingham’s offer to take Ryan Babel on loan until the end of the 2010/11 season.

Birmingham have long since been admirers of the Dutch international who has failed to live up to early promise at Anfield. The bid follows up their interest which was first noted during the previous January transfer window. A bid was rejected then in the belief that Babel was capable of challenging for a regular first team spot at Liverpool. However since then little progress has been made, piquing The Blues’ interest. Babel has started just one Premier League game this season, impressing in a 3-0 dismantling of Aston Villa, but Hodgson wants to keep his squad intact for the rest of the season.

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