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It wasn't a scintillating match but Simon Mignolet made a key save on James Morrison when it counted to keep Liverpool even in the nil-nil draw at the Hawthorns.

The draw effectively dropped Liverpool out of the Champions League running with Manchester City six points ahead with a match yet to play against Aston Villa this week. Even if Liverpool win their make-up match in mid-week they will be hard pressed to make up the gap to fourth. Mario Balotelli got a rare start and didn't contribute much while Jordan Henderson and Philipe Coutinho at least had decent chances. Overall, the loss showed all of the same issues as the Reds FA Cup semi-final loss to Aston Villa last weekend. Not a good way to be closing out the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:26 PM

A hip injury threatens to rule Daniel Sturridge out for the remainder of the season after Brendan Rodgers admitted he was "unsure" when the striker would return.

Sturridge has battled a number of injury related problems throughout this campaign [calf / thigh / hip] restricting the England international to just 7 league starts and his absence has been reflected in his sides indifferent season. Missing a striker to deliver at the "top level every week" Rodgers will need to consider his options if he hopes to challenge for the Premier League title. Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert look surplus to requirements while striking duties have fallen to Raheem Sterling with varying degrees of success. Divock Origi will of course return after his season long loan deal at Lille but the young striker has struggled in Ligue 1 and was recently voted the leagues most overrated player.
Apr 25 - 6:35 AM

Liverpool received a fitness boost this week with the return of Adam Lallana to training, though there is still a doubt as to whether he will make the squad for the trip to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

It has been an injury-plagued first season for Lallana at Anfield, but he appears to be on the verge of returning from his latest setback, a groin strain. He cannot be looked at from a fantasy perspective for the weekend but may offer something for investors in the final weeks of the season.
Apr 24 - 11:54 AM

When asked about the status of Daniel Sturridge, Brendan Rodgers admitted he was unsure when the striker would be ready, but has ruled him out for Liverpool's trip to The Hawthorns tomorrow.

Sturridge would have been in the majority of fantasy teams this weekend had he been healthy, but despite the Reds' double gameweek, there won't be any recommended plays at the forward position from their club. Those who play in leagues where you already own him, at least there is some hope that he could play a part in midweek when Liverpool face Hull. Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are unavailable the West Brom match as well.
Apr 24 - 11:46 AM

A training ground injury for Lucas Leiva ruled the midfielder out of Sundays’ FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa handing Steven Gerrard an opportunity to return to the side.

Lucas has been in great form since returning from a muscular problem but the Brazilian suffered a thigh injury on Thursday opening the door for Gerrard who was available again following his 3-game suspension. A Wembley appearance in his final Liverpool game – before a move to MLS side LA Galaxy – was seen by many as the perfect end to a wonderful Liverpool career but after 700+ matches spanning over 15 years it wasn’t meant to be. Despite Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring it was Villa who hit back with goals from the in-form Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph; although Mario Balotelli had an equaliser wrongly disallowed for off-side it was the Claret and Blues who thoroughly deserved the win.
Source: Football 365
Apr 20 - 7:51 AM

Daniel Sturridge has not been ruled out of Liverpool's FA Cup semifinal match against Aston Villa this weekend, but signs are not positive as the striker had been absent from training as of yesterday.

After seeming to have gotten over his hip issue in time to face Blackburn Rovers nine days ago, it appears he may have come back too soon. He then missed the league match against Newcastle United entirely and now looks to miss this crucial cup tie. For fantasy managers, it puts a wrench in any plans of investing in him for the upcoming double gameweek, as it seems safe to assume Rodgers will not want to start him in both of those games. Raheem Sterling looks the best bet to play up top against the Villans on Sunday.
Apr 17 - 10:32 AM

Mamadou Sakho will need two to three weeks to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up in the FA Cup replay against Blackburn Rovers back on April 8th.

There is no fantasy impact with this news heading into this weekend as the Reds will be participating in the FA Cup semifinal and will make up their PL fixture with a double gameweek 34. That is where this news becomes relevant to fantasy managers. With Martin Skrtel back from suspension, we have a pretty clear indication of who from defense will be worth investing in for the upcoming double - Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno. Emre Can should start both games of the double as well in defense, though his midfield classification denies owners of potential clean sheet points.
Apr 17 - 10:23 AM

Mario Balotelli has returned to training this week and could play some part in Liverpool's FA Cup Semifinal match against Aston Villa this weekend.

So the mysterious undisclosed illness is behind the Italian striker, a well-timed return for the Reds as Daniel Sturridge has struggled to reach fitness this week, and is looking a major doubt for the Cup. One wouldn't expect Brendan Rodgers to name Balotelli to the XI. Instead, expect Raheem Sterling to play up top and Mario to play a substitution role if the Reds are behind in the match's latter stages. Even if Sturridge were to miss Pool's double gameweek in Week 34, Balotelli is not a recommended fantasy option.
Apr 17 - 9:50 AM

Liverpool got back on track with their win over Newcastle United yesterday evening but there is no need to rush out and grab any for your fantasy XI as their scheduled match in the league has been moved to allow for their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

Another clean sheet for the Reds, with Dejan Lovren enjoying one of his better days since arriving to Anfield. Perhaps more key to their defensive success was the absence of Kolo Toure, who was at fault more often than not in their defeat against Manchester United. Fantasy managers will have to decide whether any of their Pool players purchased at a discount is worth stashing in a truncated Week 33. Anyone cut will likely come right back for Week 34, when they make up for this blank with a double against Stoke and Hull.
Apr 14 - 10:40 AM

Liverpool climb to within four points of Manchester City for the final Champions League spot with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

Liverpool's domination of Newcastle continued this evening though for a while the Magpies game them a fight. The stage was set early though as Raheem Sterling scored in the 9th minute. Jordan Henderson sent a long pass to the speedster who had space on the left. Defenders closed down quickly but he sliced his way between them and lifted a shot into the far corner. He and Phillipe Coutinho were causing the Magpies problems for a stretch but eventually Newcastle showed some threat, especially toward the end of the half but couldn't finish. Sterling missed a chance to go up 2-0 in the 50th minute but a goal from Joe Allen and a sending off of Moussa Sissoko quickly put the Reds into a comfortable position. They have a blank in the PL for Week 33 but have a nice set of games lined up for the run in.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 13 - 4:59 PM

Mario Balotelli may have kicked his last competitive ball for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers chose his words very carefully during a post-match interview when providing an update on the missing Italian striker following the loss at the Emirates.

Rodgers confirmed Balotelli picked up a "slight knock" to his knee in training but the Italian refused to travel to London because "he was too injured." With Daniel Sturridge benched following his hip problem and Rickie Lambert out of the match-day squad striking duties were left to Raheem Sterling who seemed unfazed by the whipped media frenzy from the past few days. But Liverpool looked out of sorts from the very start lacked the intensity of their recent performances and the contest was effectively over in the first half as Arsenal cruised into a 3-goal lead. Martin Skrtel was a huge miss [suspended] as a nervy Kolo Toure struggled to get to grips with the game – a performance which may see a return for Dejan Lovren next time out.
Source: The Express
Apr 4 - 12:54 PM

Liverpool were spanked by a well-oiled Arsenal attack and were beaten thoroughly, 4-1 at the Emirates, though Jordan Henderson's goal keeps him a top fantasy producer.

Daniel Sturridge was fit enough to make the squad but not enough to start, and by the time he was introduced to begin the second half, the match was pretty far out of reach. The defense that had been as solid as any for months now were poor today. Goals were conceded where Kolo Toure was beaten, Alberto Moreno was beaten and Emre Can was beaten. Raheem Sterling got the nod to start up top and drew a penalty in the final quarter hour. Henderson was able to convert, though he just managed to squeak it past David Ospina. Regardless, Henderson continues to prove that this is a breakout season for him and can put up Gerrard-esque numbers in the Gerrard role. He will certainly be talked about heading into next season. The loss is a major blow for the Reds hopes of a top 4 finish, as the gap between them and Manchester United look set to widen.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 4 - 9:56 AM

Brendan Rodgers provided good news for Liverpool heading into their weekend clash with Arsenal by declaring Daniel Sturridge fit and available for Saturday.

It was only this time last week that initial reports pegged Sturridge to miss upwards of a month but instead, he appears to not be skipping a beat in league play, missing out only on international duty. It is a major boost for the Reds, as the notion of depending upon Mario Balotelli can be squashed. It will be tough going regardless, with a trip to the Emirates against an in-form Arsenal side, but his presence should increase their chances of a positive result.
Apr 2 - 5:02 PM

Raheem Sterling expects to be available for Liverpool's important match against Arsenal this weekend despite an early exit from the Three Lions for a toe injection.

The injection is supposed to heal damaged tissue in the area around the speedster's toe. Unless there is an unexpected setback between now and Saturday, one would imagine that based on the crucial nature of the upcoming match, Brendan Rodgers will name Sterling to his XI. With Daniel Sturridge already sidelined, the odds of Mario Balotelli getting a start are increasing by the day.
Mar 30 - 3:11 PM

Jordon Ibe is hoping to be available for first team selection well ahead of schedule following a return to light training less than a month after knee surgery.

Ibe strained his lateral collateral ligament during a Europa League tie in Turkey and despite Brendan Rodgers initially confirming 3/4 weeks further tests revealed the damage was far worse than originally feared with his surgeon advising a realistic time-frame of up-to 3 months. However it now looks like Jordon Ibe could return in GW32 for the visit of Newcastle to provide the Reds with a welcome boost. Having impressed during his loan spell at Derby earlier this season Ibe arrived at Anfield in great form and made his first league start during the Merseyside derby draw at Goodison in February. Long-term Ibe could go head-to-head with Markovic for a place on the right in a 3-4-3 and this emerging talent will almost certainly see Javier Manquillo return to the La Liga following his loan move from Atletico Madrid.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 29 - 4:02 PM



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