Positives and negatives
After the 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Monday saw Liverpool leave the Etihad Stadium with a number of injury concerns, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been left with some tough choices to make going into this weekend’s trip to White Hart Lane.
Injuries to Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno means that their already shaky back line could be in for a little more re-adjusting, but there was more positive news farther up the pitch. “We’ll see closer to the game. Young Moreno twisted his ankle, which was unfortunate, but he has been recovering well this week” said the Northern Irishman when asked about the fitness of his fullbacks. “Glen Johnson is probably the one that it could be difficult for, with a thigh problem. Jose Enrique has been back training for over a week, and looks very strong and fit. But, again, he hasn’t had a lot of game time. We’ll see over the next 48 hours.”
Don’t remind me.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino remembers what happened the last time Liverpool lined up at White Hart Lane — you don’t have to remind him.
Even though the Argentine was in charge at Southampton when it happened, the Reds 5-0 win over a new look Spurs side announced the Anfield outfit as real title contenders and ended up being the catalyst for then manager André Villas-Boas eventual sacking. Although history isn’t likely to repeat itself when Liverpool return to the scene of the crime on Sunday, there’s the faint scent of déjà vu in the air as the London side recover from a tough Thursday night in Europe.
Best of luck Jordon
It looked to be on the cards for a little while now and today Liverpool have confirmed that winger Jordon Ibe has joined Championship side Derby County on a season long loan.
The 18-year old, who looks to have a bright future at Anfield after impressing during the Reds busy pre-season fixture list, will join Steve McClaren’s side immediately as they try to push for promotion to the Premier League. Last year another Liverpool youngster in Andre Wisdom — currently on loan once again, but this time at fellow top flight side West Bromwich Albion — helped the Rams reach the play-off final where they narrowly lost out to Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium.
Flanno wants to stay for as long as possible
There’s really no question that Liverpool fullback Jon Flanagan proved a lot of people wrong last season. With both Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson struggling with injuries, the youngster stepped up and showed Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and Kopites everywhere what he’s made of.
Now, the 21-year old is set to extend his stay at Anfield by signing a new contract with the club. “There have been some talks and I should be signing a new contract soon,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It would be reward for all the hard work I’ve put in. It would be great for me and great for my family as well. All I’ve ever wanted is to play for Liverpool and I want to stay here for as long as I possibly can.”
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Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t always welcome at Anfield during his time with age-old rivals Manchester United, but the Portuguese winger is looking forward to lining up against Liverpool on that famous patch of grass again when Real Madrid meet them in the Champions League group stages.