After having his season ruined by injuries, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing the prospect of being ousted from his starting role at Anfield with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers saying he needs a top level player that’s going to be available week in and week out.
“He’s not fit and once he can show that consistency and fitness, you can see in his performance level that it’s a high one. But obviously he has missed a lot of the season so we need to assess it. Either way, if he’s not available, we need to have that support,” said the Liverpool boss. “We have to hope with Daniel that this year was just an unlucky season and he can come back super-fit and super-strong because he has an immense talent. You can’t argue with that. He can be as good as any striker in the world with his talent,” he continued, before getting blunt on what he needs up top. “I need one that is going to be playing and at a top level every week.”
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In the wake of Liverpool’s so far disappointing season, it’s easy to question the commitment and quality of the new signings the Reds brought in during the frenzied buying of last summer. While you could debate for hours who’s a flop and who’s not, one player that has undoubtedly stood out among the crowd is 21-year old Emre Can, who has earned himself a number of plaudits from players and pundits alike, as well as the top honour bestowed on any player — their very own song.
Captain in waiting Jordan Henderson became the latest high profile Liverpool star to put pen to paper on a new contract with a lucrative five year deal finalized on Thursday and the 24-year old has urged Raheem Sterling to follow suit and commit his long-term future to the Anfield outfit.
“I’ve known Raheem for a good few years now. He is a good friend of mine and my team-mate. He has just got to do whatever he thinks is best but, if I was giving him advice, of course I would say: ‘This is Liverpool’. I think this is the best place for him,” said the influential Reds midfielder when asked about the future of the 19-year old. “But at the end of the day that decision is up to him. He is a fantastic player for us.
Although his position in charge of Liverpool remains precarious at best, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he’s retained the backing of ownership group Fenway Sports Group amid rumours that he’ll be replaced this summer.
“I spoke with the owners this week and they were very clear with where we’re at. Our relationship is fantastic. They’re as disappointed as we all are when we lose games but they understand the model that’s in place here. Both myself and the owners have always been in it for the long term and that remains the case,” he told the Liverpool ECHO with speculation surrounding his future at Anfield cranked up. “They also know I’m very ambitious and want to win but so do they. They have been very supportive to me since the day I walked in and nothing has changed on that. The owners have done remarkably well here. They saved the club initially, brought stability to it and they understand for it to progress and develop it’s about sticking with the plan and that’s something they are keen to do.”
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When Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in the summer of 2012, Jordan Henderson looked almost certain to leave the club with the former Sunderland man resigned to the bench for much of the Northern Irishman’s first year in charge. Growing in leaps and bounds over the last two seasons, the 24-year old is now the favourite to take over the captain’s armband from the outgoing Steven Gerrard as he put a pen to paper on a lucrative five-year deal yesterday.