The News Desk knows for a fact that working too hard just leads to problems down the road and we saw that play out in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday when two of their most important outfield players ended the match all crocked up.
The Reds already have Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique on the treatment table, and they’ll be in good company with Steven Gerrard about to join in the festivities after scans on his hamstring confirmed that he’ll be sidelined for six weeks and potentially missing eight matches. Gerrard, who started every Liverpool match so far this season, was subbed off early in the second half after pulling up with the problem – something nobody wanted to see.
The skipper has an unparallel six assists already this season, and with the hectic Festive Fixture list just over the horizon, Brendan Rodgers side will embark on a run that will bring them to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad Stadium; matches that could very well define our top four challenge this season. If having Gerrard sidelined wasn’t bad enough, Liverpool are currently sweating the fitness of another player who’s started all 17 of their league and cup encounters this season — Jordan Henderson – for this weekend’s trip to White Hart Lane.
The 23-year old was the victim of a rash Kevin Nolan challenge late in the match that saw the Hammers captain handed a straight red card. Henderson left Anfield on Saturday wearing a protective boot and he continued to wear it as he hobbled around training yesterday as the Melwood medical staff wait on the results of a scan to assess the extent of the damage. While they remain hopeful that it’s only bruising to the ankle, this is Liverpool and the holidays that we’re talking about – it probably won’t be good. Someone get Luis Alberto ready, please…