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.
“When he came on, he made some great runs and, to be honest, his goal was fantastic. When you see the ball from Fabio, to put the ball in and the way Mario got on the end of it, was terrific” the Welshman told Sky Sports news following the match before revealing that he almost played no part in the match. “He twisted his studs in the ground [in the warm-up] and he was sent in to see the physio to see if he was alright or not. We had to assess him, but he’s fine. It was just a precaution. I didn’t know until I came in at the end of the game, but the way he was moving about, I don’t think there was much wrong with his knee!”
With trips to Newcastle United and Real Madrid on the cards in the next couple of days, an injury to the 24-year old would have been devastating for the Reds who still have Daniel Sturridge laid up on the treatment table. Thankfully, it was the opposite and the Italian can now push forward knowing that at least a little bit of the weight has been lifted off his shoulders — for now, anyway.