Liverpool latest: Including Udinese team news and Gerrard injury

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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is ready for a move to Liverpool according to latest reports. Sources suggest the clubs have agreed a £15 million deal which will see the transfer go through as soon as the January transfer window opens. Sturridge has been linked with a Liverpool move for weeks.

Liverpool have decided not to include Steven Gerrard, Lucas or Daniel Agger in their squad for the final Europa League match against Udinese. The news means that some Liverpool youngsters will get the chance to impress against the Italian giants with Liverpool looking to secure second place in the group.

Steven Gerrard is a doubt for the weekend match against West Ham United. The Liverpool captain misses the mid-week trip to Udinese in the Europa League and may be forced to sit out at the weekend as he recovers from a bout of the common winter illness.

Liverpool assistant boss Colin Pascoe says the club missed midfielder Lucas while he was injured. The Brazilian has just made a return to the first team fold and Pascoe says the extra quality he adds in the midfield will be valuable over the rest of the season.

Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross says he is flattered to be linked with a move to Anfield. The central defender is valued at around the £18 million mark by Stoke which could go up if they get him to commit to a new six-year contract. Liverpool previously tried to sign Shawcross when Kenny Dalglish was manager.

Asmir Begovic has brushed off speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool. The early season form of the Stoke City goalkeeper has attracted interest from Anfield with Brendan Rodgers mulling over a number of options as possible replacements for Pepe Reina.

Birmingham city shot stopper Jack Butland is the number one goalkeeper target for Liverpool this January. Butland has been linked with a move to the club for a number of weeks and reports are stating that a deal is close now that Brendan Rodgers knows what sort of budget he has to work with at the club.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for former Manchester United youth goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. The goalkeeper currently plays for Hannover 96 in Germany and Liverpool are reportedly keen to sign him to provide competition for the number one place at Anfield.

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