This is bad news for everyone
Although Liverpool have so far remained mum on the news that Daniel Sturridge has withdrawn from international duty with a hip problem, England boss Roy Hodgson had no problem filling everyone in on exactly what’s ailing the striker this time around.
It’s believed that the 25-year old picked up the injury during the 2-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend despite him showing no ill-effects during the match. Sturridge, who pulled a goal back midway through the second half, met up with the national squad the next day with a view to making his first appearance for his country in the Euro-2016 qualifier against Lithuania later today, but he was sent back to Melwood after having a scan.
Not talking to anyone
With Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard set to move to Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy when his contract expires in the summer, who the Reds will bring in to replace their talisman has been a matter of debate for some time now.
While vice-captain Jordan Henderson looks almost certain to take over the armband when the 34-year old departs in June, the question of whether or not the Anfield outfit will be able to make up for the vacuum in quality and class that’ll surely follow remains to be seen. The names of a number of top class players, including AS Roma play-maker Miralem Pjanic and a shock switch for Everton engine Ross Barkley, have been thrown around, but in recent weeks it’s been highly rated Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic that’s been the most heavily linked with a move to Merseyside.
Martin pleads his case
After being banned for three matches for allegedly stamping on Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea during the closing moments of last weekends match, Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has maintained his innocence in an official statement that was posted on his website earlier today.
“It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban,” explained the Reds defender who has been steadfast in maintaining that any contact was accidental. “I didn’t want to stamp on him. It was an accident and I didn’t do it on purpose. I don’t feel guilty. It was a long ball and he went towards me and I wanted to jump over him. Simple as that.”
Skrtel is not amused.
Yesterday he denied the Football Association’s charge of violent conduct, but today Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel recieved a three-match retroactive ban after being found guilty of stamping on Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea during the closing seconds of Sunday’s meeting.
The altercation, which was not initially spotted by the ref or his other officials, meant the FA was open to review the incident following the match. The Slovakian responded in kind to the decision of the independent Football Association disciplinary panel by uploading a picture of three clowns to his Instagram account. The uncaptioned picture could have warranted a further ban, but the 30-year old will not be picking up any additional sanctions despite the obvious, petulant reference to the decision.