The boys get ready for Newcastle
With a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu just over the horizon and Chelsea coming to town next weekend, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers assurances that his team are only focused on this weekends meeting with Newcastle United sounds a bit hollow.
Maybe that isn’t fair at all; with table as tight as it is, the Reds will need to pick up points at St. James Park if they want to keep pace with the pack in the race for a Champions League spot, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve started to look ahead to what’s just around the corner. You can say that’s a bit disrespectful to the Magpies, but if the roles were reversed, I think they’d be whispering — and worrying — about Real Madrid as well.
Video courtesy of True Kop LFC
Liverpool may have gained a bit of momentum with their last gasp win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers knows that there’s still work to be done as his side look to bounce back following last weekends goalless draw with Hull City at Anfield.
As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, speculation continues to mount as to when Daniel Sturridge will be ready to return to the Liverpool set-up.
After injuring his thigh training with England back in September, and then suffering a set-back when he was on the cusp of returning to action earlier this month, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has hinted that its highly unlikely that hell be fit enough to feature for Liverpool, or for the Three Lions, until after the upcoming international break. “No, I don’t think so” said the Northern Irishman when asked if he’d play any part against Real Madrid or Chelsea before adding England duty will come too soon. “We will just see where he’s at with Liverpool over the next 10 days and then we’ll take it from there. But it’s highly unlikely.”
One win does not a revival make…
While there’s undoubtedly a lot of happy Geordie’s out there following Newcastle United’s win over holders Manchester City in the League Cup on Tuesday night, there’s quite a few grumbling Scousers about.
Liverpool may have knocked out Swansea City in the same competition to set up a quarter-final meeting with Championship side AFC Bournemouth, but there isn’t a Kopite around that is smiling about the Magpies rediscovering their knack for scalping the big-boys. Last month, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s side couldn’t buy themselves a win, and everyone was calling for both his head and hide, and now he’s taking City to the cleaners?
Video courtesy of Swansea City AFC
A goal a-piece from embattled pair Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren saw Liverpool sneak past a resolute Swansea City side and into the final eight of the League Cup. Although it was yet another workmanlike performance from a team that we’ve grown so accustomed to being a vibrant attacking force, Reds assistant manager Colin Pascoe was more than happy to see not only his side make it through to the next round, but to the see the Italian striker get his just rewards after almost missing out on the match altogether.