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Wasted playing at wing-back for Liverpool in the last few weeks, Raheem Sterling has been quiet on the domestic front with suggestions that his much protracted contract discussions with the Reds has put a damper on what was becoming a season filled with solid performances. Although he’s set to miss England’s friendly with Italy on Tuesday night with Three Lion’s boss Roy Hodgson confirming he’d been released early from international duty to return to Merseyside, the performance the 20-year old put in against Lithuania could be just the reminder that Brendan Rodgers needs. After all, this boy was made to play a bit further up the pitch.
This is bad news for everyone
Although Liverpool have so far remained mum on the news that Daniel Sturridge has withdrawn from international duty with a hip problem, England boss Roy Hodgson had no problem filling everyone in on exactly what’s ailing the striker this time around.
It’s believed that the 25-year old picked up the injury during the 2-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend despite him showing no ill-effects during the match. Sturridge, who pulled a goal back midway through the second half, met up with the national squad the next day with a view to making his first appearance for his country in the Euro-2016 qualifier against Lithuania later today, but he was sent back to Melwood after having a scan.
Not talking to anyone
With Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard set to move to Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy when his contract expires in the summer, who the Reds will bring in to replace their talisman has been a matter of debate for some time now.
While vice-captain Jordan Henderson looks almost certain to take over the armband when the 34-year old departs in June, the question of whether or not the Anfield outfit will be able to make up for the vacuum in quality and class that’ll surely follow remains to be seen. The names of a number of top class players, including AS Roma play-maker Miralem Pjanic and a shock switch for Everton engine Ross Barkley, have been thrown around, but in recent weeks it’s been highly rated Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic that’s been the most heavily linked with a move to Merseyside.
Martin pleads his case
After being banned for three matches for allegedly stamping on Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea during the closing moments of last weekends match, Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has maintained his innocence in an official statement that was posted on his website earlier today.
“It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban,” explained the Reds defender who has been steadfast in maintaining that any contact was accidental. “I didn’t want to stamp on him. It was an accident and I didn’t do it on purpose. I don’t feel guilty. It was a long ball and he went towards me and I wanted to jump over him. Simple as that.”