Player News - Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers had some very positive things to say regarding the return of Daniel Sturridge to his XI.

According to the boss, "He has looked outstanding in training. He looks in top class condition." That quote should give fantasy managers reason to watch carefully this weekend to see if the striker can make the bench. If he does, then he looks poised to start Week 24, perfect timing as the Reds travel crosstown to Goodison Park for the reverse fixture of this year's Merseyside derby. With a few days left in the transfer window, perhaps now would be a good time to cut losses on Mario Balotelli.
Jan 29 - 1:17 PM

Liverpool were full of promise and hope having acquitted themselves well against champions elect Chelsea at Anfield a week ago, their high pressing game and searing pace on the break caused numerous problems on the night earning Thibaut Courtois the man-of-the-match award.

But all hopes of a cup final appearance were dashed as Branislav Ivanovic headed home Willian’s cross early in extra-time to seal the win. Liverpool are almost unrecognisable from the side which stuttered through the early weeks of their Premier League campaign and now look assured and something like the side which pushed Manchester City hard last season. However Wednesdays’ misery was compounded by the loss of Mamadou Sakho not long after half-time to an unspecified injury – the defender has excelled since his return from a thigh injury in December and last night was the first time he has tasted defeat in 12 games. Dejan Lovren could return should the Frenchman miss the visit of West Ham on Saturday.
Jan 28 - 7:26 AM

Liverpool's recent defensive improvement may have more to do with the presence of Lucas in the XI than anything else.

Liverpool kept only two clean sheets in their first twelve league matches this season, with Lucas starting just one of them. He has started the following ten matches since and the Reds have racked up five cleanies, with their most recent coming on the road at Villa Park. His defensive efforts combined with Phillipe Coutinho's creative contributions has given the Reds midfield the necessary spark to compensate for what as been disappointing production at the striker and defender positions. Unfortunately, Lucas' style does not translate to fantasy production and will probably remain an afterthought for those purposes.
Jan 26 - 3:32 PM

Raheem Sterling is back from his break and ready to trouble Aston Villa this weekend.

Brendan Rodgers will be delighted that Liverpool were able to win both their matches while Sterling took a nice winter holiday in the Caribbean, and the striker is back in training and should take back the striker spot from Fabio Borini for the trip to Aston Villa. As always, Sterling’s pace, direct running and trickery will present the opposition’s defenders a host of problems and we expect a big week from the young man.
Jan 16 - 4:36 AM

Dejan Lovren, one of the significant signings for Liverpool over the summer, appears to have to wrestle his job back from Mamadou Sakho if he wants to partner Martin Skrtel in the heart of the Reds defense.

Lovren was one of the very best center backs in the Premier League for Southampton last year, but as is the case for many bright young stars that get brought into Anfield, the move has been a disappointment so far. Despite a near 2 to 1 advantage in pitch time over Sakho, he has only been involved in two clean sheets to Sakho's three. He made his first appearance since Week 16 as a substitute to replace Steven Gerrard at halftime this past weekend and promptly was booked within 10 minutes. Surely there are better days to come for Lovren, but for now he is not a fantasy option.
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM

Oussama Assaidi has left Liverpool FC on a permanent transfer to Al Ahli Club of the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

Assaidi made just 12 appearances for the Reds since his move to Anfield in the summer of 2012 and has been on loan to Stoke City for the past season and a half. The wide man was useful to a sluggish Potters attack last year but could not earn enough pitch time since the arrival and production of Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf. Being surplus to needs for his parent club as well, Assaidi will get the playing time he is yearning for in Dubai.
Jan 12 - 3:10 PM

Steven Gerrard was removed from Liverpool's win over Sunderland at halftime due to tightness in the leg.

The extent of the injury is yet unknown but Brendan Rodgers indicated that the decision was a precautionary one, suggesting the Anfield legend will not stay sidelined long, if at all. He assisted the lone goal of the day and the Reds cannot afford to lose him long as their attack looked considerably weaker without him and that was with a man advantage for the most part.
Jan 10 - 11:48 AM

A goal by Lazar Markovic in the first 10 minutes was enough for Liverpool as Sunderland would be down a man for much of the second half and the Reds held on to a 0-1 final.

Markovic collected his first league goal as a member of Liverpool and made his biggest impact yet for his club. While on a counter attack, Markovic sent a long pass into Steven Gerrard and continued his run forward. Gerrard held the ball up for a second and fed the ball back to Markovic who dribbled through two defenders and squeaked one past Costel Pantilimon. Later on, he almost scored a cracker, as he went airborne with a scissor kick that Pantilimon was just able to stop. Liverpool will be happy to secure three points on the road but they should have put the game to bed when Sunderland went down to 10 men. Instead, they nearly cost themselves the win late on. Still, they are collecting points in five straight.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 10 - 9:53 AM

Raheem Sterling is enjoying an extended break in Jamaica and will not play against Sunderland this weekend.

The England starlet has been in the West Indies recharging his batteries after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers gave him a midwinter holiday. Sterling was born in Kingston on the Caribbean island and lived there until moving to England at the age of four. He has already missed Monday’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon and he will not play against Sunderland this weekend. The 20-year-old forward is due back at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground next week, with Rodgers hoping he will be re-energized after a gruelling season for club and country. Sterling’s absence means there have been no further talks on his new contract offer from Liverpool. Rodgers is desperate to persuade him to stay and fend off strong interest from Real Madrid.
Source: Mirror
Jan 9 - 7:47 PM

Phillipe Coutinho has been one of Liverpool's more consistent attacking weapons in recent weeks and can be trusted for starts in fantasy due to the Reds current injury woes.

Coutinho has played well enough where a spot in Rodger's XI should be earned regardless of his squad's health but with Adam Lallana now sidelined for a month, even more responsibility falls on the Brazilian's shoulders. In Pool's last four league contests, Coutinho has collected either a goal or an assist, the consistency and form fantasy managers crave. With a rested Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard impressing in his final days with the club, there is plenty of potential spark to come from the Reds midfield at the Stadium of Light in Saturday's early kickoff.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

As we all know, Steven Gerrard announced last week that he would be moving to America when his existing contract with his boyhood club expires at the end of the current season, and it has now been confirmed that the 34-year-old midfielder will join the LA Galaxy on an 18-month contract in July. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena confirmed the deal, telling the LA Times: "Steven Gerrard arrives in July. He's a player of quality." Galaxy club president Chris Klein added "Steven Gerrard is the perfect fit with what he brings to us on the field and the character that he has off it." Gerrard himself added: "One of the reasons I chose LA Galaxy was because of the success they've had recently. I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some medals and trophies to my collection."
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 7 - 8:37 AM

Adam Lallana as been ruled out of action for a month following a thigh injury he picked up on New Year's Day.

It is a big blow to the Reds who were rounding into their best attacking form of the season over the festive period. Lallana bagged a brace against Swansea and limped off on 55 minutes against Leicester and the Foxes proceeded to come from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Anfield. Needless to say, it was a hit to team morale. Steven Gerrard has begun to heat up on fantasy radars and looks the best source for goals at the moment, perhaps inspired knowing his days at Anfield are nearing an end. The better value could be Phillipe Coutinho from all this though. Guaranteed pitch time is the biggest flaw for his fantasy prospects but he should be nailed on for the foreseeable future. He has either scored or assisted in four straight league matches.
Jan 5 - 7:28 PM

Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season and join another club to be named within the next 24 hours.

Gerrard, who scored two penalties in today’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City, has not decided which club he'll continue with just yet, but a move to Major League Soccer is all the buzz right now and several clubs are interested, including LA Galaxy. Liverpool offered Gerrard a new deal in November, but the former England captain has decided the time is right to move on and experience something different.
Source: Express
Jan 1 - 5:30 PM

Leicester City made a huge comeback to earn a point at Anfield in what turned out as a 2-2 draw.

Steven Gerrard hit two penalties to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead but Leicester came back through goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and David Nugent. This was a huge flop from Liverpool, who should have had the game under control but looked weak and deservedly lost their lead. They now sit in eight place and are at big risk of missing out on European competitions next season.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:42 PM

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will miss game week 20 after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the thrashing of Swansea City at Anfield on Monday.

The Reds have responded well since losing out at Old Trafford [3-0] and it was Skrtel himself who grabbed a goal in the dying moments during the draw with Arsenal in the following game – the Slovakian central defender has flourished in Rodgers’ newly adopted 3-4-3 formation and his absence will be a miss having established a good understanding with Mamadou Sakho since his return. Liverpool will be hoping that Dejan Lovren can overcome a groin problem [late fitness test] with Glen Johnson ruled out – Emre Can is another option having replaced Kolo Toure at Turf Moor – a possible tactical move ahead of his impending absence in the African Cup of Nations. Joe Allen [knee] and Brad Jones [thigh] are out but Suso is now available after recovering from groin surgery.
Source: Squawka
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:41:00 PM

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