Liverpool have received a timely boost ahead of their Europa League last-16 decider against Braga on Thursday with the return of Daniel Agger and Jonjo Shelvey to training.
Both have been absent recently with knee problems, heading a long list of players Kenny Dalglish has had to do without since taking over as caretaker manager in January.
Whilst the duo are unlikely to feature against Braga on Thursday as Liverpool attempt to overturn a one-goal first leg deficit, their return is clearly cause for optimism. “Daniel Agger is improving. He is back training. Jonjo is back training as well,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s official website. Fabio Aurelio and Martin Kelly are still both absentees, but are “still progressing” the Scot confirmed.
Spanish wonderkid targeted.
Skysports.com reports that Liverpool head the list of clubs interested in Sergio Canales. Following an extraordinary breakthrough season in La Liga with Racing Santander followed by a starring role in Spain Under-19’s European Championship triumph, it looked as though Canales was ready to become one of Europe’s prominent talents with a transfer to Real Madrid.
However he has struggled for first-team football since moving to Los Galacticos, starting just one game under Jose Mourinho. Whilst Canales would prefer to fight for his place in Madrid, his father and agent Angel Canales said: “He wants to play here but in June we will speak with the club and find the best solution.”
Should it be decided that his future lies away from the Bernabeu, Liverpool look the most likely team to profit.
300 for Reina.
Pepe Reina will play his 300th game for Liverpool when he takes to the field on Thursday against Braga – a tally the Spaniard admits he could never have dared to dream of upon joining the Merseysiders from Villarreal in 2005.
“I’m really proud of the amount of gamers I’ve played. It’s not something I imagined,” Reina told the Daily Mirror. “I trust myself and I knew I could be a good ‘keeper here, but to play 300 games – I think I’ve been really lucky and I’m really proud to have played in each one.”
Despite overtaking the likes of Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar in the appearance stakes, Reina was reluctant to compare himself to the legends of Anfield past. “It’s difficult to compare us all,” he said.