With the arrival of £9mil rated Simon Mignolet from Sunderland early in the window, and the departure of Reds veteran Pepe Reina not long after, Aussie ‘keeper Brad Jones has continued to play second fiddle at Anfield as the only obvious backup on the books. That may no longer be the case though if the media has it right; apparently Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking towards the 37-year old, who has lost his starting place at Villa Park to American shot-stopper Brad Guzan, to provide an experienced option between the sticks should Mignolet be unavailable. Though it seems a bit far-fetched that the Reds, who have failed to bring in an attacking player of any substance and are currently having a centre-back injury crisis, would be focusing on bringing in a back-up ‘keeper, whatever kind of logic is at play here is certainly eluding us.
Rumour has it that the Reds are still in for a number of players as deals – real or imagined – for central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori are mooted, as well as bids – phantom or otherwise – for Victor Moses and Andriy Yarmelenko could be tabled, but the news – from reputable sources no less – that a move for Given is imminent seems to be the only concrete piece of transfer business floating around out there. The trials and tribulations of the Reds in the transfer market have been well documented this summer with a number of high profile targets choosing not to make the move to Merseyside. Although Brendan Rodgers has said they will fight to bring in more players before the window closes on Monday, if the last one to come through the entrance is a backup ‘keeper, the word “underwhelming” won’t do the situation justice.
Daniel Sturridge was the match-winner for the second week running as the English forward found the net for the eighth time in only seven matches as Brendan Rodgers side extended their unbeaten league streak to 10 matches. This is the first time the Reds have won a pair of opening league matches since the 2008/2009 campaign and the boss will be looking to build on that winning mentality in the Cup as his side enter the competition with dreams of lifting the trophy for a record ninth time.
Morgan Schneiderlin side-footed home from close range to open the scoring in only the 6th minute and boyhood Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert scored his thirteenth goal of the campaign with a deflected free kick to double it up. Philippe Coutinho would pull one back for the Reds on the stroke of halftime, but Jay Rodriguez would produce a run any player in the world would be glad to call their own and wrap up the points for Southampton on a slick St. Mary’s pitch.
Last season, Reds legend Jan Molby expressed concerns that his old side were becoming a “Cup team” after stuttering in the league, but reaching both the League Cup and FA Cup finals. It’s safe to say the Danish midfielder can throw those concerns by the wayside; a Matt Smith double and towering header from on-loan Manchester City midfielder Reece Wabara sent Liverpool back to Merseyside with their heads hung low. Luis Suarez and Joe Allen both found the back of the net for Brendan Rodgers side, but even an surprisingly strong, attacking line-up couldn’t stifle a resolute Oldham side that never stopped running.
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