Liverpool’s inconsistent form continued after they could only manage a 0-0 draw in the Europa league match against Augsburg.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was expected to get the best out of his team against a German outfit, who he knows very well from his time at Borussia Dortmund. This much also witnessedKlopp returning to Germany for the first time as a manager is leaving Dortmund. The return, though, was not a happy one since Augsburg appeared to be handed the advantage after Liverpool failed to score an away goal or even get a positive result.
An away goal would have been crucial with the return leg at Anfield in a few days. The impetus has now shifted to Augsburg, who will hope to score away from home. Such a possibility will leave Liverpool searching for two goals in response. The club are in a precarious position as far as European football is concerned, but this has largely been the status since the arrival of Klopp a few months ago. The German has been unable to make a major impact on results, as Liverpool continues to struggle in the league. The weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of relegation threatened Aston Villa was bound to give some much-needed confidence to the team, but they were not able to imply that in the Europa League game. Continue reading
Liverpool will have the chance to close the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City to four points when the take on West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.
With the three teams above them not playing until after their game at the Hawthorns, the Reds have a great chance to put pressure on their rivals should they be able to make amends for last season’s disappointment in the West Midlands.
Liverpool will be without Mamadou Sakho and Joe Allen for this evening’s match against Everton – the 222nd Merseyside derby.
The pair are both nursing hamstring injuries and will miss out, along with Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva and Daniel Agger.
Liverpool go in to tomorrow afternoon’s match against Aston Villa looking for an eight consecutive home league victory, and three points which will keep them in the top four.
Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho should be available after recovering from their respective injuries, though defensive foursome Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan, Jose Enrique and Sebastien Coates all remain side-lined.
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Liverpool may welcome back Daniel Sturridge for Sunday afternoon’s trip to Stoke City.
The England international hasn’t played since the Meresyside derby at Goodison Park back in November, where his eighty-ninth minute equaliser salvaged a point for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may choose to rotate his squad for Sunday afternoon’s visit of Oldham Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Reds had a less than ideal Christmas period, losing back to back fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea in between home wins over Cardiff City and Hull City to leave them in fourth place in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Arsenal despite themselves being in top spot just eight days ago.
Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for up to six weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham United, according to Sky Sports.
The 33 year old, who has appeared in all fifteen of the Reds’ league game so far this season, underwent a scan on Monday afternoon which confirmed that he will be out for at least a month.
Liverpool have been left with just two fully fit senior midfielders in the lead up to Christmas, with Jordan Henderson now joining their already extensive injury list, the Mirror understands.
The England international had his ankle damaged in a nasty clash with Kevin Nolan in the Reds’ victory over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, and joins captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger and Sebastien Coates on the side-lines.
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Liverpool could welcome back Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen for tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle United.
Lucas returns after suspension though the game has come too soon for fellow Brazil international Philippe Coutinho.
Steven Gerrard has denied claims that he sent a text message backing Harry Redknapp for the England job before Roy Hodgson was appointed, BBC Sport understands.
The Liverpool skipper has said that he doesn’t have Redknapp’s personal number, but admitted that he did contact his former teammate, and Redknapp’s son Jamie giving his support should the current Queens Park Rangers manager, who was favourite to be appointed at the time, get the nod.