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Odds slashed on former Liverpool boss joining QPR

Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a surprise contender to take over Championship club QPR, with his odds of becoming the next Loftus Road manager slashed down to 4/1 this afternoon.

Could Rodgers be heading to QPR? Credit: PA

The former Liverpool and Swansea boss is now second favourite to succeed Chris Ramsey behind Nigel Pearson following a flurry of bets.

Neil Warnock has taken temporary charge of the Super Hoops since Ramsey's departure this month, and he will travel with the team up to Middlesbrough for Friday's televised league fixture.

While it's unclear how long Warnock will remain in charge, the 66 year-old has made it clear he has no intention of taking over on a full-time basis.

Instead, Warnock – who is a great admirer of Rodgers – is believed to be advising the QPR board on who to appoint as their next permanent manager.

Last week, Director of Football Les Ferdinand interviewed Paul Lambert after returning from talks with QPR's board in Malayasia, but the ex-Villa boss was later unveiled as Blackburn's new manager.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge returns from injury

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has taken another step towards regaining full fitness by training with the rest of his team-mates.

Sturridge returned to training today. Credit: Reuters

The 26-year-old has yet to be available to Jurgen Klopp after sustaining a knee injury on the eve of the new manager's first match at Tottenham on October 17.

Sturridge has played just 242 minutes across three matches this season after recovering from hip surgery which ruled him out of the final six weeks of the previous campaign.

However, Press Association Sport understands the England international trained with the full group - those not involved in internationals - at Melwood on Tuesday afternoon.

It was the first time Sturridge had been part of the group since a collision with Jordon Ibe in training sidelined him in mid-October.

He was monitored by medical staff during and after the session to assess how he reacted and they will continue to keep a close eye on him for the rest of the week.


Klopp boosted by Liverpool pair returning to training

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's injury worries have been alleviated slightly after both James Milner and Jordon Ibe returned to training.

Milner and Ibe have returned to training. Credit: PA

Milner pulled out of the England matches against Spain and France after missing his first Premier League match for the club he joined in the summer with a hamstring problem sustained in the Europa League victory against Rubin Kazan 12 days ago.

Ibe withdrew from England Under-21s squad with a bruised knee but Press Association Sport understands both took part in full training at Melwood on Monday afternoon with the squad members not involved in internationals.

The pair were monitored during the session by medical staff to see how they reacted to their injuries but the fact they were able to participate means both are in contention for Saturday's trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City, providing they suffer no after-effects later this week.

It offers a small glimmer of hope for Klopp, who has had to deal with a growing injury list since taking over last month.

Liverpool the worst Premier League team at shooting

January cannot come soon enough for Jurgen Klopp, whose Liverpool team are the Premier League's least effective at scoring goals.

Liverpool have the Premier League's worst shot conversion rate. Credit: Oulala

The Reds are England's worst top flight team when it comes to converting shots into goals, with just 7.1% of their efforts proving decisive.

In stark contrast, a Jamie Vardy inspired Leicester team are top of the shot conversion table with 14.3% of strikes rippling the net.

Klopp's Reds have been cursed by injuries this season after losing Danny Ings for most of the season, and Daniel Sturridge again suffering continuous problems that have restricted his appearances to just three games.


Liverpool star feels like a 'new player' under Klopp

Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe admits he feels like a 'new player' under Jurgen Klopp.

Ibe is feeling like a new player under Jurgen Klopp. Credit: PA

The Reds recorded their first Premier League victory since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager last weekend, coming from behind to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

For Ibe, it's precisely that kind of response which epitomises the belief Liverpool's new manager has quickly instilled into the squad.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said:

It was one of the most important things the new manager has said - we need to be a team who can be 2-0 down and know there is still time for us to get a goal.

It could be in the last 10 minutes, so it's just about having a mentality that is like 'it's now up to us to go and get two goals and then a third one'.

It was great for the team to come back from 1-0 down because it is difficult to do that and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

With the new manager, everything is fresh. I feel like a new player and it's for me to keep improving and trying to stand out in training. I feel good - the whole team are feeling great and fresh.

– Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe

Klopp: Liverpool striker injury is 'not serious'

Sturridge was injured in training during Klopp's first week in charge. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp wants to take the focus off Daniel Sturridge as he bids to recover from his latest injury setback.

The striker's time at Liverpool has been blighted by injuries and what appeared to be a minor knock to his knee in training will keep Sturridge out again when the Reds take on Bournemouth in the League Cup.

Klopp understands the focus on Sturridge's fitness given his history and his importance to the Reds but he remains confident the problem is not serious.

He said:

I'm not sure I saw the one-on-one with Jordon Ibe in training but it's a knock. Now there's a little bit of fluid inside.

He can walk, he can swim, but that's not enough for playing football. There's not too much fluid so that's why we can say it's not serious. We don't have to think about surgeries or things like this but he needs time.

I know about his history with injuries of course. I have no experience with things with him, that's another thing I have to learn and to see but, if he can train, he can play. And until then we don't have to talk about it.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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