Liverpool news – Carroll to partner Suarez, Reina calms fears, Carra sees injury benefit

Carroll to partner Suarez.

Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez trained together for the first time ahead of Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off with Manchester United. Whether Carroll is fit enough to start remains to be seen, but it is looking increasingly likely that at some point on Sunday his debut will come.

Speaking to The Guardian, Suarez was champing at the bit to bring their partnership to life. “My impressions so far are that he is very tall, good in the air and has great feet,” Suarez said of his fellow January arrival. “You have to remember that defenders here are very tall; that’s why the duels between them are very good to watch, but I still don’t know how they are going to cope with him,” he said.

Reina calms fears.

Pepe Reina’s future has been the source of great speculation in recent months following the departures of compatriots Xabi Alonso, Rafa Benitez and most recently Fernando Torres.

Speaking to The Guardian, he moved to assuage any fears Liverpool fans have about his future by reiterating his happiness at life on Merseyside.

“Not exactly,” he replied when asked whether the departure of his fellow Spaniards had made him question his own future. “I have got 24 Liverpool teammates, you know. I’ve said lots of times that I am happy in England and comfortable at Liverpool,” he confirmed. However he would not profess undying commitment to the Anfield cause. “I’m not prepared to swear eternal love to anyone,” he warned.

Carra sees injury benefit.

Jamie Carragher hopes that his enforced injury layoff earlier this season means that he will be fresh enough to hit top form once more as the Premier League season approaches its climax.

The gutsy centre-back missed three months of football having suffered a dislocated shoulder against Tottenham in November and his return in February was the catalyst for a miserly run of form in which one goal was conceded in seven games, Sunday’s defeat to West Ham notwithstanding.

“Maybe the rest will prove between now and the end of the season that it has helped me,” Carragher told Skysports.com, whilst reiterating that he would rather have been playing during his prolonged absence.

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