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A goal a-piece from embattled pair Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren saw Liverpool sneak past a resolute Swansea City side and into the final eight of the League Cup. Although it was yet another workmanlike performance from a team that we’ve grown so accustomed to being a vibrant attacking force, Reds assistant manager Colin Pascoe was more than happy to see not only his side make it through to the next round, but to the see the Italian striker get his just rewards after almost missing out on the match altogether.
It seemed almost a too convienient excuse to say that Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho was injured in the wake of his poor decision to leave Anfield prior to their meeting with crosstown rivals Everton after not being selected for the match-day squad, but as the weeks passed without seeing hide nor (crazy) hair of the Frenchman, it now appears that he is, in fact, injured.
Heading into the meeting with Swansea City in the League Cup later today, Reds assistant boss Colin Pascoe has not only confirmed that Sakho is still struggling with his thigh injury and that he suffered a set-back in training, but that it would be a few weeks until the 24-year old would be fit enough to return to the side.
Rickie Lambert has found his chances few and far between since trading Southampton for Merseyside over the summer, but after an impressive cameo appearance on Saturday, the big man could get some much needed time on the pitch when Swansea City visit in the League Cup later today.
“It is a chance to impress if I am playing and I hope I am. It’s a chance to shine and do well and try to get on the scoresheet. I’m not going too deep on how it has gone so far here. I’m just looking forward to Tuesday” explained the striker, who has yet to break his duck, in the build-up to the match. “Obviously you want to hit the ground running and you want to score and for it to go in. The longer it goes on [without a goal], sometimes the harder it is. It depends how you are mentally. If you are OK and stay calm, sometimes that is hard to do, it will come and I’m confident it will come.”
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Despite pulling both a point and a clean sheet from the meeting with a resurgent Hull City side earlier on in the day, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers cut a bit of a dour figure in his post match interview as he tried to talk up the positives on display at Anfield during the goalless draw with Steve Bruce’s side.