Monthly Archives: November 2013

Liverpool confirm Sturridge suffers ankle injury

The 24-year-old limped out of training on Friday and will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Hull City as he undergoes further assessment from the club’s medical staff

Liverpool have confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge will miss Sunday’s clash with Hull City after suffering an ankle injury in training.

Sturridge limped out of training on Friday will undergo assessment from the club’s medical staff to determine the extent of the problem, with some reports suggesting he has suffered ankle ligament damage.

The news is a blow to boss Brendan Rodgers, who had planned to start the 24-year-old alongside Luis Suarez against the Tigers after revealing he had trained “exceptionally well” this week.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Daniel Sturridge will be assessed by the club’s medical staff today after the striker rolled his ankle in training,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

“Sturridge returned to training at Melwood this week; however, he sustained an ankle sprain which will require further assessment.”

Gerrard: I was gutted by Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments

The Reds skipper says he was saddened by the former Manchester United’s manager remarks about his ability as a footballer

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he was “gutted” to hear that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not regard him as a world-class footballer.

The England international has revealed Ferguson twice tried to bring him to Old Trafford, but in the Scot’s recent autobiography he had commented that Gerrard was “not a top, top player”.

“I went on trial at Manchester United when I was 13 and had a letter off them wanting to sign me on a seven-year-deal,” he told ‘The Clare Balding Show’ on BT Sport 1.

“I’m a huge fan of Alex Ferguson and what he’s done in the game is fantastic, that’s the reason why he’s sold that many copies in the first week, I was generally a little bit gutted when I read that, the reaction of the papers, when he said I wasn’t a top, top player. But I won’t lose sleep over it, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

“He tried to sign me in early 2002-2003, he tried to sign me again to play for United, I obviously refused, so I can’t really take it to heart too much. But I’m a bit gutted because I’m a big fan of his.”

The Liverpool captain famously came close to a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2005, but says he is glad he decided to reject west London in favour of an Anfield stay.

“They [Chelsea] tried on two occasions in 2005 and 2006,” he added.

“I am Liverpool man through and through but I have to admit it did turn my head, because big things were happening at Chelsea.

“They were spending huge amounts of money and at Liverpool at the time we were struggling and my relationship with Benitez was a bit up and down.

“I have openly admitted that it did turn my head, but now I can honestly admit from the bottom of my heart the best decision I have made was to stay at the club that I love.”

Hull City – Liverpool Preview: Reds sweating over Sturridge fitness

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of in-form striker Daniel Sturridge as they prepare to take on Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Sturridge limped out of training on Friday with reports suggesting he has sustained ankle ligament damage and could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Any such news would be a big blow to Brendan Rodgers, who had planned to include the England international in his starting XI after admitting he had trained “exceptionally well” this week.

Liverpool sit second in the Premier League after losing just two of their 12 games, although they have failed to win any of their last three away top-flight fixtures.

Rodgers’ team have averaged two goals per game this term, though, with strikers Luis Suarez and Sturridge responsible for 18 of their 24 strikes.

The duo have each scored as many Premier League goals as the whole Hull squad (nine), and both were on target in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Everton last Saturday.

Suarez scored a stunning free-kick in the first half at Goodison Park, while Sturridge came off the bench to grab an 89th-minute equaliser despite struggling with a thigh injury.

Iago Aspas (thigh), Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates (both knee) also all remain long-term absentees for Liverpool as Rodgers prepares for the trip to Yorkshire

Hull City, meanwhile, are looking for their first every victory over Liverpool, having failed to triumph in any of the 16 previous meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

Hull did manage to hold Liverpool to a 0-0 stalemate in their most recent clash on the final day of the 2009-10 campaign, but that came after they had suffered a 6-1 reverse at Anfield – their record Premier League defeat.

The Tigers go into the game on a run of four defeats from their last five Premier League outings, including the 1-0 reverse to Crystal Palace last week – their first home loss of the season.

Paul McShane (hamstring) is sidelined for the hosts, although manager Steve Bruce expects Curtis Davies to be fit after picking up a knock against Palace.

Robbie Brady is available, while Bruce could also recall James Chester to the squad after the defender spent more than two months out with a hamstring problem.

Hull City – Liverpool Betting Preview: Deadly duo can trouble Tigers

Brendan Rodgers’ side are warm favourites to win at KC Stadium this weekend and our tipster is backing the free-scoring Reds to enjoy a comfortable victory

Liverpool were forced to settle for a point in last weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Goodison Park and Brendan Rodgers’ men will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Hull City at KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds have failed to win any of their last three Premier League matches on the road but are warm favourites here offering odds of just 8/13 (1.62) for an away win this weekend.

Such a short price can be attributed to Steve Bruce’s side have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions – a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at KC Stadium – and can be backed at a chunky 9/2 (5.50) quote to shock Brendan Rodgers’ men. The draw is rated as a 3/1 (4.0) chance with the same firm.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to rescue a point for Liverpool at Goodison Park but Brendan Rodgers may opt to restore the England striker’s prolific partnership with Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez this weekend.

Sturridge and Suarez have scored an impressive 18 Premier League goals between them already this term and will be keen to add to that tally when they face the Tigers.

Hull have kept just one clean sheet in their last six matches and, having slumped to a dismal 1-0 defeat against ten-man Crystal Palace last weekend, Steve Bruce’s side will surely enter the clash with the free-scoring Reds filled with trepidation.

Liverpool have managed to score at least three times in no fewer than five of their last seven matches and can be backed at a hugely tempting 11/5 (3.20) to net more than two goals against the Tigers.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have scored 19 goals in their last seven games and it seems likely that they will have too much firepower for a shot-shy Hull City side that has managed just three goals in their last six Premier League encounters.

Therefore, there looks to be value in backing Liverpool (-1) at 13/8 (2.63) in Paddy Power’s handicap market this weekend and punters are encouraged to snap up that generous quote accordingly here.

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Gerrard could play as a centre-back, says Rodgers

The Liverpool manager believes the veteran midfielder could extend his career even further by adopting a defensive role in the future, and is confident ahead of the trip to Hull

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers can see Steven Gerrard playing as a centre-back in the future.

The 33-year-old made his debut for the club as a 90th-minute substitute in a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on November 29, 1998.

Gerrard has gone on to win several honours with Liverpool, including the Champions League and FA Cup, but Rodgers believes the midfielder can prolong his career by moving into a deeper role.

“I think he can play as a No.2 centre-half late in his career,” Rodgers told reporters. “You’re playing against certain teams where they’ve got one up [in attack], I think he can play as a centre-half – as a right-sided centre-half – and build the game from behind.

“How he passes the ball is as good as anyone in the world, short and long, so it’s a possibility that he could go on.”

Liverpool face Hull on Sunday, with Rodgers confident of picking up a win at the KC Stadium, despite being impressed with Steve Bruce’s side.

He added: “The teams promoted, they’ve done really well, so they look to be heading on course to be a team in the middle of the table, so that will tell you it’s going to be a very difficult game for us.

“But our confidence is high and our spirit is very strong at the moment, so even though it’ll be tough we hope we can go and get the points.”