Sakho scores his first of many
Who Liverpool’s best center-half pairing is has been a point of contention for some time; not only between bickering armchair managers, but it would also seem, for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers as well.
After signing Mamadou Sakho from mega-rich French side Paris St. Germain on transfer deadline day, the 23-year old has been in and out of the side and has occupied a few different roles in a few different formations. With Liverpool vice-Captain Daniel Agger returning to the squad in place of Kolo Toure following the Reds complete and utter capitulation against Hull City last Sunday, a resounding 5-1 win over Norwich City almost ensured that the Dane would keep his spot in the side – until illness struck. “Daniel felt sick this morning when we arrived at the training ground. But a more than capable replacement came in, who I thought was excellent” said Brendan Rodgers; by this point you know exactly who that replacement was.
Suso gives Chuck the slip
Despite spending the season plying his trade at relegation fodder UD Almeria, Suso has been one of sides most consistent performers with his increased match time reaping obvious rewards.
With injuries to Philippe Coutinho and striker Daniel Sturridge hampering the Reds this season, many were questioning why the youngster — an obvious attacking threat — was allowed to leave on loan when he could be playing a part back on Merseyside. In a recent chat with the official site, the Spanish youngster revealed that Brendan Rodgers didn’t want to let him leave on loan — but the Spaniard insisted that spending the season in his home country developing his skills was the best thing for him right now.
Those are my kind of numbers
After the 3-1 reversal at Hull City last weekend left the Liverpool faithful with visions of a complete campaign melt-down, the Reds have averted any need for the big Red panic button by scoring 9 goals in their last two matches — picking up 6 out of a possible 9 points on offer in the last 7 days.
Still, it’s strange times around Anfield with the scorelines not exactly reflective of the run of play. A number of cracks in the Liverpool game need to addressed — and if we’re seeing that, then Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is seeing it as well. “It was a difficult game, West Ham are a committed side,” said the Northern Irishman following the win. “We started slowly but once we got the goal, it allowed us to flow better.” Still, it didn’t prevent West Ham United from giving us a scare.
Let’s forget this…
It’s December — that means it’s almost FA Cup time, and with the draw for the third round
taking place earlier today, the Reds have a familiar set of opponents on offer with either Oldham Athletic or Mansfield Town ready to make the journey to Anfield at the beginning of January.
Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Oldham’s Boundary Park set up a replay between the two sides who squared off against the Reds in last seasons competition. Mansfield Town will host the next encounter at Field Mill on December 18th with a glamour meeting with the Merseyside outfit the reward for the winner.
Waiting is the hardest part
With the busy Festive Fixture list just around the corner, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers won’t be the only one tossing and turning at night until we find out the fate of Reds midfield combo Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
The skipper — assisted Mamadou Sakho’s second-half goal from a free-kick only two minutes after the break in yesterday’s emphatic win over Premier League strugglers West Ham United, but he limped off the pitch eight minutes later with an apparent hamstring problem. Although the Reds found a way to cope without Gerrard on the pitch, having their Captain ruled out with the matches coming fast and furious will be a major concern for the Anfield outfit who already have Daniel Sturridge on the treatment table until mid-January.