Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool found themselves down by two goals and were forced to change tactics due to a key defensive injury early in their match with West Ham and they could not recover, losing their third match in four, 3-1.

The Reds were given a swift uppercut early and just could not get it right today after Javi Manquillo was forced off due to injury. It proved to be a perfect example however of how even when the Reds are struggling, Raheem Sterling has the special kind of flair that can create and score goals in any given match. Like last season, Pool look to have issues in defense and the signing of Dejan Lovren has yet to pay dividends, meaning their attack once again has to be leaned on, but in this post-Suarez team, those 4 and 5 goal games may be harder to come by
Sep 20 - 2:50 PM

A knee injury sustained over the international break did not heal in time for Joe Allen to make the squad in Week 4, and Brendan Rodgers since has announced that the midfielder will remain out for a few weeks more.

With Allen out for a stretch, Rodgers will likely ask for Jordan Henderson to focus more on his defensive responsibilities, assisting Steven Gerrard in central midfield, and should allow for Phillipe Coutinho to get an extended run in the starting XI until Allen's return. This makes Henderson as less attractive option in fantasy and Coutinho a potentially sneaky, rewarding investment.
Sep 19 - 7:29 PM

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has resumed full training but Brendan Rodgers confirmed during today’s press conference that the player will be unavailable for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Ludogorets.

Skrtel was one of three players to leave the Etihad injured almost a month ago after a disappointing loss to City with the defender damaging his knee during the final moments of the defeat - Glen Johnson (thigh) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) were the others – but despite initial concerns that he suffered a serious problem the Slovakian has returned to full training and should be back in game week five to face West Ham United. The news will come as a welcome boost to Coach Rodgers as Liverpool's ever growing list of injured players threatens to derail their Premier League title challenge before it has begun. Emre Can (ankle), Joe Allen (knee) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) all experienced injury problems during the last international break.
Sep 15 - 10:38 AM

Mario Balotelli and Liverpool looked extremely sluggish in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

With Luis Suarez now gone and Daniel Sturridge injured, Liverpool struggled to create any kind of danger and looked extremely slow and sluggish in their match today. Mario Balotelli has been extremely quiet in his first two Liverpool matches, with his only chances coming on a few headers which all failed to hit the target. We'd be weary of using Balotelli or any other Liverpool attackers until they prove they can work without Sturridge and Suarez.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 13 - 2:30 PM

Emre Can will be sidelined for up to six weeks after sustaining an ankle injury while playing for the Germany U-21s over the international break.

Can is a young, developing midfielder serving as a bench option for now so his absence isn't as detrimental as say, Daniel Sturridge's. That being said, another injury to the Red's midfield while Can is out would leave Rodgers rather thin at the position.
Sep 11 - 7:55 PM

Brendan Rodgers confirmed that his star striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for as much as three weeks after Sturridge injured his thigh while training with the England national team.

Rodgers apparently is upset with the Three Lions handling of Sturridge during the international break, feeling the injury was avoidable. With three weeks being the worst case scenario, there's a chance Sturridge could just miss one league match this weekend and be available for Week 5 against West Ham. This weekend's clash with Aston Villa will put more emphasis on Mario Balotelli and his ability to contribute up top.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 11 - 7:13 PM

Mario Balotelli tops the list of striker recommendations in Nik's Week 4 player picks column.

Reports are suggesting Daniel Sturridge is struggling to be fit for the weekend after picking up an injury on England duty, which would mean Balotelli leads the line against Aston Villa. The striker's movement caused Tottenham all sorts of problems in Week 3 and he should've scored at least twice, but perhaps the stage was being set for him to open his Liverpool account on his Anfield debut. At a price of less than £11million he should be in your fantasy team.
Sep 11 - 9:12 AM

Jordan Henderson has emerged as a late fitness doubt for England who take on Switzerland in Basel on Monday as they begin their 2016 European qualifying campaign.

The Liverpool midfielder rolled his ankle during the final practise session on Sunday and now faces a race against time to be fit for the match-up against arguably one of England’s toughest group opponents - Fabian Delph or James Milner are his likely replacements. Jordan Henderson became the fourth England player during the international break to suffer injury joining Jack Colback, Ben Foster and club teammate Daniel Sturridge; although the medical team remains confident he could yet be involved having walked unaided from the training pitch for further assessment and treatment.
Sep 8 - 9:31 AM

Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying game in Switzerland after suffering a training ground injury on Friday morning.

The Liverpool striker was said to have felt "a pain and discomfort" in his thigh during the session and was immediately taken for a precautionary scan by a member of the medical team. The full details of the assessment remain unclear although initial reports suggest a grade one tear which would rule the player out for around three weeks. The English Football Association have released a statement confirming Daniel Sturridge had been withdrawn from the squad to face Switzerland while further evaluation and treatment would be carried out by Liverpool. The news will serve as a huge blow for the Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson who is facing mounting pressure following a disappointing World Cup in Brazil.
Sep 5 - 6:04 PM

Liverpool forward Krisztian Adorjan has left for Italian Serie B club Novara Calcio.

The forward never had a future at Liverpool and the club have decided to part ways. Adorjan is unlikely to ever play a prominent role in the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 1 - 8:33 PM

Liverpool continued their recent dominance over Tottenham with a tidy 0-3 win in which Alberto Moreno earned a goal and a clean sheet on the day.

Taking into account the two matches between these two clubs last season, Liverpool have outscored Spurs twelve goals to none. Raheem Sterling was once again darting around like a flea on a hot brick, causing problems all afternoon for the Spurs defense and scoring the opening goal, which proved to be the game-winner. It was the Liverpool defense that stood out though, as they continue to keep Spurs out while seemingly conceding to anyone and everyone else. Moreno dispossessed a newly subbed-in Andros Townsend and sprinted down the left to score on a superb individual effort. We may see an unchanged backline when Pool host Aston Villa next. Oh, we are required by Mario Balotelli to mention that Mario Balotelli made his debut.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 31 - 10:26 AM

Martin Skrtel joins a growing list of injured Liverpool defenders as he will need to be assessed over the next 48 hours before Brendan Rodgers can decide on his availability against Tottenham.

With a plethora of defenders heading into the season, Rodgers is finding himself quickly going from having a selection headache to now needing to piece together a healthy back line for Spurs. Should Skrtel miss out, Mamadou Sakho would most likely make his first start of the season and partner Dejan Lovren in the center of defense.
Aug 29 - 10:38 AM

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Adam Lallana will be in the squad for Liverpool when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham this weekend.

Rodgers went on to say that the midfielder was still short of match fitness so you can rule out any chances of him starting. In fact, it is likely Lallana will not feature at all unless in an emergency situation as he is making a quicker-than-expected recovery from his knee injury.
Aug 29 - 10:24 AM

Alberto Moreno is one of a few doubts among Brendan Rodgers' defenders ahead of this weekend's match with Spurs as he attempts to recover from an ankle injury sustained during Liverpool's loss to Manchester City.

Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson are also carrying knocks but none of the trio of fullbacks have been formally ruled out as of yet for the trip to White Hart Lane. After seeming to have an abundance of fullbacks at their disposal, the Reds suddenly find themselves with only one that is fully fit, Javier Manquillo.
Aug 28 - 9:56 AM

Not only were Liverpool on the receiving end of a hugely efficient Manchester City performance leaving The Etihad pointless but the away side also left with a number of injury concerns following their disappointing defeat on Monday.

Brendan Rodgers' defensive problems deepened after his side conceded three sloppy goals against their fellow title contenders and finished the game with ten men, although conceivably things could’ve easily have been worse. Glenn Johnson picked up a thigh problem late into the game as the Reds foraged for some score-line respectability; the England full-back was unable to continue and having already made three substitutions Liverpool finished a man down. Debutant Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Martin Skrtel (knock) also suffered injuries and all three players will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s crucial game at Tottenham.
Aug 26 - 10:51 AM

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