Live updates from the official site
We knew there was going to be collateral damage from the Reds 3-1 reversal at Hull City on Sunday, and today we get to see who the casualties are with Brendan Rodgers making three changes to the side for the visit of Norwich City.
Simon Mignolet retains the starting spot between the sticks despite allowing six goals in his last two matches, but Daniel Agger comes back into the side in place of Kolo Toure who drops to the bench. Martin Skrtel, who summed up Liverpool’s calamitous trip to the KC Stadium with an own goal as the match petered out, starts alongside the Reds vice-Captain in the heart of the defense and they’ll be flanked by Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan on the right and left respectively.
Suarez loves the Canaries
A must win match against Norwich City? Sounds ludicrous, doesn’t it? Coming off an embarrassing 3-1 reversal to Hull City
on Sunday, Liverpool go into their second match of a three match week having won only one in their last four league outings and needing three points against the Canaries to keep pace in the race for Champions League football.
Wednesday becomes all about responses – and not just for the points. To say that the Reds looked lethargic on Sunday would be a massive understatement; with crunch matches against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea peeking over the horizon, Brendan Rodgers will do well to show the opposition that his side will be able to cope without the injured Daniel Sturridge. That, of course, starts with making an example of Norwich City tomorrow.
Tiago could be finding first team action elsewhere
With the winter transfer window just around the corner, there’s been a lot of talk recently about the signings the Reds made during the summer and the impact — or lack thereof — that they’ve made since arriving on Merseyside.
Tiago Ilori, signed from Sporting CP following extended negotiations, is one of those hot button players that no one can seem to agree on. Stuck in that grey area between being ready for the first team and not being quite good enough to hack it, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the defender may be heading out on loan in the very near future, since the future is exactly what the player was so hotly pursued for in the first place.
Being Roy means never having to say you’re sorry
If England boss Roy Hodgson wasn’t one of the most hated figures around Anfield already then he’s certainly staking a claim for his place in the pantheon as the former Liverpool boss, in a recent interview, remained unapologetic regarding his decision
to play Daniel Sturridge for 90-minutes in England’s 1-0 loss to Germany.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was incensed when Sturridge, who was sent to the England camp carrying a knock, returned home worse for wear with the first Merseyside Derby of the year only days away. The 24-year old, who was only fit enough for the bench, went on to score the equalizer in the dying minutes of the match as Liverpool drew 3-3 with their neighbors, but having the influential striker fit from the get-go could have made a massive difference in a very important match. Hodgson, who fails to acknowledge the bigger picture despite his copious number of years in club management, isn’t that bothered though.
Phil will be fine
With the news that Daniel Sturridge will be out until mid-January
still resonating around the league, Liverpool fans were suffering some nervy moments in the buildup to the meeting with Norwich City, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has put our fluttering hearts to rest – well, somewhat at least.
In the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat to Hull City on Sunday, the Northern Irishman revealed that Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho was carrying a high-ankle sprain going into yesterdays match and that he required a series of injections just to be fit enough to make the bench after not training at all during the week. The 21-year olds introduction in the 65th minute certainly livened things up a bit, but even his influence wasn’t enough to turn the tide. Obviously, this left questions about Coutinho’s availability for our midweek match – something the boss was quick to clarify.