No chance for Aly
With Glen Johnson back in the starting eleven, on-loan fullback Aly Cissokho has dropped back to the bench and may have played his last match for Liverpool with reports out of Spain indicating that the Valencia man won’t be making a permanent move to Anfield.
The 26-year old has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League since trading the Mestalla for Merseyside in August and it looks like he’ll be heading back to Valencia when his loan expires with Brendan Rodgers reportedly passing up the chance to take up a clause which would have made the fullback available for a mere €4mil. Although nothing has been officially announced quite yet, this looks to be par for the course.
The Kop loves Bill
He made the people and Bill Shankly’s home town is looking to honour the memory of the great man with a memorial planned to mark his 101st birthday.
The 10ft monument, which is being designed by John Crosby and is set to be unveiled in September, will be placed in Muirkirk, Scotland — four miles away from his birth place in the mining village of Glenbuck. It will be made of 120 steel sheets and resemble one of the trade union banners that were commonly flown at Anfield during Shankly’s time in charge on Merseyside — a fitting tribute to a true man of the people who believed that everyone should reap the rewards of working together.
We’ll see how they do in the summer
With a total of twelve players out on loan, it goes without saying that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the system. Although there’s one or two players out that we’re fairly certain won’t be back
in the famous Red shirt ever again, you have to wonder about the likes of Fabio Borini and Suso.
The Italian striker, currently plying his trade at Sunderland, has played an important part at the Stadium of Light this season. He’s been the man for the big occasion — especially during the Black Cats run to the League Cup final — and the Northern Irishman has taken note of the 22-year olds prolific record on Weirside.
While the Arsenal faithful demand an eye for an eye, Denmark captain – and Liverpool defender – Daniel Agger
has rightfully defended his challenge on Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere during his side’s 1-0 loss to England on Wednesday night.
Both players went in hard for the ball early on in what was a somewhat subdued first half, but the 22-year old came out worse for wear with scans revealing a hairline fracture to his foot which have ruled him out for the next six weeks – a massive blow to Arsenal’s title chances. You’d be remiss not to say that the tackle was robust, but in the wake of supporters of the North London club calling it a deliberate, calculated attempt to hurt the midfielder, Agger has felt the need to speak out.
On the way back
With this weekend’s meeting with Sunderland postponed, Liverpool have been afforded some extra time off to prepare for their upcoming meeting with Manchester United
– and they could have injured duo Lucas and Mamadou Sakho back in the side by the time they travel to Old Trafford on March 16th.
Lucas, who has been out of action since the middle of January, confirmed via his Twitter account that he’ll be playing with the reserves as he makes a comeback from a knee injury he picked up in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. Joe Allen has done well to deputize in the Brazilian’s absence when given a chance, but it’s expected that experience will trump promise when Brendan Rodgers side face off against the Champions later this month, restoring Lucas to the starting eleven immediately.