The Uruguayan – who has been completely unplayable since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last April – made Liverpool history earlier in the week by becoming the first Reds player to complete a hat-trick of hat-tricks against the same side with a stunning 4 goal display against Norwich City, and now, his tally against the Hammers in the Anfield outfits pasting of the London side on Sunday got doubled up earlier today.
A rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament in September 2012 during a match against Manchester United put the local lad on the shelf and he’s struggled to find the kind of fitness and form that made him such a promising talent – something that’s not uncommon to major injuries. “Ask anyone who has had a long-term injury and they’ll tell you it’s tough to get back to that level you were at before the injury” said the defender. “It takes time and it comes back slowly. Now I’m back nearly to peak fitness and I’m ready to go.” Given the Reds fixture list over the coming weeks, any player returning to squad is a major boost.
The January window has always been associated with wild rumours and even wilder prices, but Liverpool have apparently been hustling since forever and the latest has the Anfield hierarchy schmoozing with the representatives of FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah during the Reds 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers side has been linked with the “Egyptian Messi” for the better part of the season after missing out on a number of high profile attacking players during the summer; though it’s safe to say that we’re not the only one weighing up a bid.
The Reds already have Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique on the treatment table, and they’ll be in good company with Steven Gerrard about to join in the festivities after scans on his hamstring confirmed that he’ll be sidelined for six weeks and potentially missing eight matches. Gerrard, who started every Liverpool match so far this season, was subbed off early in the second half after pulling up with the problem – something nobody wanted to see.
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.
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