Don’t worry — Big Sam gets it
It’s nice to know that West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce feels Liverpool’s pain. On the back of a tough Champions League fixture on Tuesday, the Reds travel to the Boleyn Ground this weekend hoping to get their league campaign back on track after losing out to Aston Villa at home last Saturday.
After five seasons away from Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the upswing in both matches and the quality of their opponents could very well comes as a shock to the Merseysiders after enjoying a far less cluttered fixture list over the last couple of seasons. Playing in Europe midweek and then in the league on the weekend is hard for even top sides — a problem that Allardyce himself knows well enough.
Under the knife
Whenever there’s a positive, there’s more often than not going to be a negative lurking just around the corner. With the news that Daniel Sturridge has returned to light training lifting the spirits of Liverpool fans everywhere, confirmation that fullback Jon Flanagan is set to miss several months after undergoing knee surgery certainly comes as a blow.
The 21-year old has been struggling with fluid in his left knee since being sent home early from the Reds pre-season tour of North America, and though he was targeting last weekends clash with Aston Villa for his comeback, the academy graduate has now gone under the knife to correct the problem and will sidelined for the a number of months while he undergoes rehabilitation.
Almost ready to return
With news leaking out yesterday that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge had returned to training ahead of schedule, the striker has taken to social media to confirm that he’s inching closer to returning for the Reds.
“Pushing myself to my limit right now for real” the striker said on his official Twitter account. “Closer to fitness each day!!” The 25-year old, who has missed the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa as well as his sides first Champions League match in five years, injured his thigh while over the international break and was initially ruled out for up to three weeks — something Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wasn’t all too pleased about.
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It was a moment five years in the making; mere minutes away from kick-off against PFC Ludogrets in their first Champions League match since 2009, Anfield did their club proud with a racket that hasn’t be quite matched since the Reds bowed out of the competition against Italian side Fiorentina all those years ago.
It’s a great delight
It’s only his fourth match for Liverpool since trading Spain for Merseyside this summer, but fullback Alberto Moreno is already endearing himself to the Anfield faithful with a number of scintillating displays for his new side.
That fact that he’s less than a handful of matches into his time at Liverpool and has already put in two Man of the Match performances speaks volumes. His screamer of a goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Reds 3-0 win in London was more than enough to earn him that plaudit and his all action display against PFC Ludogrets — in which he provided the cross that saw Mario Balotelli score the breakthrough — only re-enforced why the youngster is keeping the far more experienced Jose Enrique on the bench.