Klopp says Lucas is out for 6 weeks

Klopp says Lucas is out for 6 weeks

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that midfielder Lucas will be out for up to six weeks after damaging his thigh in the Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

The Reds are still in with an outside chance of finishing in the top four but would have to go on a winning streak if they are to be in with a shout.

The Merseyside outfit were beaten in a dramatic penalty shootout in the final, but they got their revenge in the Premier League fixture against Manual Pellegrini’s men in midweek, winning 3-0 at Anfield.

Lucas sat out the victory over the title chasers and is set to miss almost the entirety of the remainder of the campaign.

“Lucas is more serious. After the shot (in the penalty shootout at Wembley), he’ll be out for five to six weeks,” Klopp is quoted by The Daily Mail as saying.

The Brazilian has been a regular feature since the German manager has moved to the English club, but his long-term future at Liverpool has been questioned, with scope for a summer exit.

Liverpool FC: Triple injury boost

Brendan Rodgers

Ahead of the Fixture against Crystal palace Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has given an update on team news and the fitness of Glen Johnson, Philippe Coutinho, Aly Cissokho, Joe Allen and Sebastian Coates.

Fullback Johnson has been on out nursing an ankle sprain that he picked up against Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United while Cissokho and Allen got injured against Notts County in the Capital one cup.  Rodgers said:

“Glen’s out on the field and hopefully after the international break he’ll be ready to come back into the squad.  We’re okay. Aly Cissokho has trained over the course of the last week or so, so I think after the international break he’ll be fine and fit. Joe Allen likewise – he should be ready for the Newcastle game.”

Rodgers also mentioned that is should not be too much longer after that until we see the return of Coutinho. So for now it looks like Liverpool will have Johnson, Cissokho and Allen returning after the international break.

“Obviously Sebastian Coates will be that bit longer and has a bit more to do yet, but apart from that we’re getting back to our numbers now.”

Liverpool’s new 3-5-2 formation looks tailor made for the retuning Johnson and Coutinho as Johnson can make full use of his attacking talents playing as a wing back and Coutinho, playing behind the front two can provide even more ammunition for Sturridge and Suarez .

Liverpool still need to sort their midfield problems as both Lucas and Gerrard being very similar in their playing styles these days is one of the main reasons the Reds are finding it hard to keep the ball. With Allen and Coutinho returning soon let’s hope Rodgers can find the best midfield combination.

Who would be your best midfield combination?

Liverpool FC: Lucas extends stay at Anfield

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool football club yesterday announced midfielder Lucas Leiva has committed his future with the club by signing a new “long term” contract extension.

The 26-year-old was signed from Gremio in 2007 and has since become a regular at Anfield, playing 143 matches in the Barclays Premier League. Lucas’s previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but the new contract will extend his stay on Merseyside 2018.  The Brazilian couldn’t hide his happiness in front of the reporters and admits that he is delighted to have put pen to paper.

“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here.  I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.  It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.”

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre hailed the impact Lucas has had at the club:

“He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it.  He just goes from strength to strength.  We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.”

Transfer Rumour: Reds to cut short Nuri Sahin loan deal

Nuri Sahin Liverpool FC

The Reds are reportedly considering bringing an end to Nuri Sahin’s loan spell with the club. The Turkish international joined Liverpool on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid but has failed to impress, making just seven appearances in the league and scoring one goal. Sahin was also not in the squad for the FA Cup third round victory over Mansfield last weekend which really says it all.

It is understood Liverpool will be able to cancel his loan this month but it is believed will only do so with the player’s and Real Madrid’s agreement.

It is rumoured that the 24-year-old might go on loan to Inter Milan or Borussia Dortmund who are both interested in securing the service of the player.  Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc said recently the Bundesliga club,

“Of course we are following Nuri’s career – he’s one of our lads.  We said to him back then (when he left), if Nuri says that he wants nothing other than to play in Dortmund, then we will deal with the issue.  But it has got to be manageable, and nothing has changed in that regard.”

Sahin clearly has all the talent but seems to lack the hunger to fight for his place. Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay £70,000 a week for a player to have him sit on the bench.  The Reds already have good depth in the midfield department with Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Lucas, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen and frankly I don’t see a place for Sahin in the starting XI.

What does everyone think of Sahin and how he has performed in a Liverpool shirt this season?

Gerrard Vows to Return to His Best

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Skipper Steven Gerrard says he is getting back to his best after describing his form over the first half of the season as “mixed”.

The 32 year old has played every minute of Liverpool’s 21 Premier League games so far this season and scored four goals, three of those coming in the last five league appearances a sign that means Gerrard’s peak performance level is about to return.

Gerrard told Liverpool FC magazine:

“I’ve had mixed experiences this season. I’ve passed some unbelievable landmarks for club and country, getting to the 600 games mark and winning my 100th cap for England.  But with the slow start we made and being where we have in the league it’s been a bit mixed for me.

There’s my form as well. I’ve played well in some games but I’ve been disappointed with myself in others and I’m not happy with my goal tally at the moment.  I think my performances are getting closer to where I want them to be so if I can add goals to those performances then maybe people will start saying the old Steven Gerrard is back.

I don’t think the manager’s asked me to do anything different in terms of the way he wants to me to perform but because of certain injuries, situations that have happened to the team and formations that we’ve played, I’ve naturally played a little bit deeper.

I’ve maybe gone into protection mode rather than playing the old Steven Gerrard way with the shackles off and going for the jugular.  When you’re one of the experienced players in the team, the team’s more important than yourself and maybe I’ve sacrificed myself in certain games and tried to protect by playing deeper and be a controller with Joe [Allen] but now that Lucas is back, he gives me the licence to get forward a lot more so hopefully I can add some goals to my performances.

But I’ve got the buzz that the team’s improving and it’s going to get better. I’m confident that come the end of the season I will be satisfied with myself and the team because I do believe we can finish the season really strong.”

Steven Gerrard is top of the Premier League’s assist chart, with 8 assists and has scored 4 goals for Liverpool this season. Let’s hope our Captain fantastic continues his form against Manchester United this weekend.