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Ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Crystal Palace tomorrow, in Reds boss Brendan Rodgers pre-match press conference, the Northern Irishman took some time to discuss the latest injury setback suffered by Daniel Sturridge and to rubbish reports that Lille striker Divock Origi — currently on loan from the Anfield outfit — would be recalled early.
Skretel and Sterling get ready for the Eagles
I think I’d be justified in saying that, after the events of last season anyway, I hate Selhurst Park. There’s no way to talk about Liverpool visiting Crystal Palace without talking about the last time we took a trip there, so let’s just get that out of the way, shall we?
With the title seemingly in our grasp, we chucked away a three goal lead to all but hand Manchester City their second title in only three years. Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea the week before may have been tagged for all eternity as the seminal moment that our title chances squirmed through our fingers, but if you ask me, that Monday night in London was really where the dream truly died. Did I mention how much I hate Selhurst Park?
Close to a new deal
A lot has changed since Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and young winger Raheem Sterling butted heads on TV documentary Being: Liverpool. The 19-year old is now one of the leading figures for not only the Anfield outfit, but the senior England team as well.
While that might sound like a whole lot of responsibility for a player that’s still so young, his manager is quick to point out that he’s no longer the same guy that had a pop at him in front of the cameras. “It is incredible to think that just two years later he is carrying all those hopes on his shoulders for country and club,” said Rodgers when asked about the new-found maturity of the youngster. “He is growing up and gaining experience all the time. This last period has been difficult for everyone but he has handled it really well. It is something I now expect from him because he has matured a lot.”
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With Liverpool mired in the bottom half of the table going into December, it might seem a bit pie in the sky to be dreaming of a fourth place finish in May, but Reds midfielder Adam Lallana isn’t about to give up hope of securing Champions League football for a second successive season — or bagging a trophy to go along with it.
Get well soon
Despite suffering one injury setback already during his ten week absence, the news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to miss another six weeks with a new thigh problem has come as a shock to both the club and Kopites everywhere.
The 24-year old, who had returned to full training with the club ahead of Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park, will now be on the treatment table for the foreseeable future — something that has devastated him according to Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson. “It is a big blow, not only for the team but for him as well” he told ESPN FC when asked about the striker. “He is devastated, at a really low point really because he was looking forward to getting back playing. He felt good so it is disappointing for us as a team and him personally.”