He just can’t get enough — goals, that is.
If Luis Suarez’s lead in the race for the Golden Boot wasn’t good enough already, he’s now been handed a boost by the Dubious Goal’s Panel who’ve ruled that he second strike against West Ham United
wasn’t an own goal after all.
The Uruguayan – who has been completely unplayable since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last April – made Liverpool history earlier in the week by becoming the first Reds player to complete a hat-trick of hat-tricks against the same side with a stunning 4 goal display against Norwich City, and now, his tally against the Hammers in the Anfield outfits pasting of the London side on Sunday got doubled up earlier today.
Martin is ready to go
After almost a year and a half on the sidelines, Liverpool defender Martin Kelly feels he’s finally back to full fitness and ready to challenge for a spot in the starting eleven.
A rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament in September 2012 during a match against Manchester United put the local lad on the shelf and he’s struggled to find the kind of fitness and form that made him such a promising talent – something that’s not uncommon to major injuries. “Ask anyone who has had a long-term injury and they’ll tell you it’s tough to get back to that level you were at before the injury” said the defender. “It takes time and it comes back slowly. Now I’m back nearly to peak fitness and I’m ready to go.” Given the Reds fixture list over the coming weeks, any player returning to squad is a major boost.
I’ve got a secret…
The winter edition of the Silly Season is almost upon us, and as you spend money you don’t have to buy presents for people you don’t really like, football clubs all over Europe are getting their checkbooks out and fax machines tuned up to do pretty much the same.
The January window has always been associated with wild rumours and even wilder prices, but Liverpool have apparently been hustling since forever and the latest has the Anfield hierarchy schmoozing with the representatives of FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah during the Reds 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers side has been linked with the “Egyptian Messi” for the better part of the season after missing out on a number of high profile attacking players during the summer; though it’s safe to say that we’re not the only one weighing up a bid.
The News Desk knows for a fact that working too hard just leads to problems down the road and we saw that play out in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Ham United
on Saturday when two of their most important outfield players ended the match all crocked up.
The Reds already have Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique on the treatment table, and they’ll be in good company with Steven Gerrard about to join in the festivities after scans on his hamstring confirmed that he’ll be sidelined for six weeks and potentially missing eight matches. Gerrard, who started every Liverpool match so far this season, was subbed off early in the second half after pulling up with the problem – something nobody wanted to see.
Sakho scores his first of many
Who Liverpool’s best center-half pairing is has been a point of contention for some time; not only between bickering armchair managers, but it would also seem, for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers as well.
After signing Mamadou Sakho from mega-rich French side Paris St. Germain on transfer deadline day, the 23-year old has been in and out of the side and has occupied a few different roles in a few different formations. With Liverpool vice-Captain Daniel Agger returning to the squad in place of Kolo Toure following the Reds complete and utter capitulation against Hull City last Sunday, a resounding 5-1 win over Norwich City almost ensured that the Dane would keep his spot in the side – until illness struck. “Daniel felt sick this morning when we arrived at the training ground. But a more than capable replacement came in, who I thought was excellent” said Brendan Rodgers; by this point you know exactly who that replacement was.