Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho Close to Liverpool Returns

Almost back in the frame
While Liverpool works behind the scenes to strengthen their squad during the January transfer window, they’re about to be handed a boost in their ranks with midfielder Joe Allen and center half Mamadou Sakho on the verge of returning to the land of the fit and healthy.

The pair, who were injured during the Reds 2-1 reversal at the hands of Chelsea over the festive period, have both returned to full training with their fitness being closely monitored by the Melwood medical staff. In his pre-Aston Villa press conference, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that both players were on the mend and could return to the team in the very near future.

“We’ve got Joe Allen back,” said the Northern Irishman. “Joe returned in training and we’ll just wait and see how young Sakho is over the next day or so.” It was expected that Sakho would be fit for last weekend’s trip to Stoke City, but with the Frenchman still sidelined and Daniel Agger also on the treatment table, Rodgers was forced to call upon Kolo Toure to partner Martin Skrtel in the heart of the Reds defence as they ran out eventual 5-3 winners.

We also saw a shift in the middle of the park with captain Steven Gerrard, who had just made a return from an injury of his own, playing a more withdrawn, holding role – a position that Allen could be employed in upon his return. Although it sounds like the skipper will continue in that role for the foreseeable future, the Reds have been linked with a number of defensive midfielders over the past month which could make competition for spots in the midfield that much more interesting.

3 thoughts on “Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho Close to Liverpool Returns

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    having these too back is a real boost. Personally I would rather see Gerard as a super sub and not as sole holding player as it seems he many not have the knowledge to play there…

    Even when he did it in the past he did it as a partner for Harman.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    How I miss Didi…we could use a player like that.

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Yeah I think people forget how epic he was in that, CL win.

    I know I want an upgrade on that position because I want to see more power (to aid the CB’s and win headers) and more hollywood pass’s from that DMC position but it is going to be hard to find better then Lucus given how high his whoscored stats are… Matic is gone, M’Vila is a risk,

    And we simply Don’t know if Gerrard will have the right mental attributes to play the role…

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