All the Liverpool news, views, and gossip you need to know from the last 24 hours.
There is bad news for Liverpool today, with Brendan Rodgers' revelation that Lucas will be out for 'two to three months'. There has yet been no indication that Liverpool intend to dip into the transfer market to replenish their midfield, and will hope Nuri Sahin can fill in.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard fears that his dream of winning a Premier League medal will never be fulfilled but still believes that the club are not ‘miles away’. However, the England international, now 32 years old, has been impressed by the improvements already evident under Brendan Rodgers and is still quietly optimistic of realising the dream sometime in the future.
When asked about the possibility of re-signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew replied ‘not as far as I’m aware, no’ according to SkySports.com. As the Friday deadline nears, the chances of signing the 6’4ft striker are slim with Liverpool unwilling to do a loan deal and Pardew not expecting any major moves in the market.
Charlie Adam believes that Raheem Sterling will become a Liverpool star and is adamant that the 17-year-old will remain grounded amongst his growing reputation. The Scotland international described his display in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City as ‘terrific’ then continued to allay any fears that the starlet could go off the boil: ‘When you are only 17 years of age it's easy to get carried away but he's at the right club and he's got the right people looking after him and that's important.’
Manchester City and Liverpool wait eagerly in the wings as Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott looks likely to become the club’s third high-profile departure of the summer after new contract talks have stalled. The contract is said to be worth £75,000-a-week but the 23 year old – who scored 12 and assisted 13 last season – has demanded up to £100,000 before he signs. Arsenal have given him 48 hours to sign the deal or he will be sold.
SportingLife.com reports that Downing has been handed an Anfield lifeline after agreeing to reinvent himself in a new full-back role. The former Aston Villa marauder has failed to live up to expectations on Merseyside since his £20 million transfer last summer but Rodgers has already tested him in the defence against Hearts in the Europa League. ‘When Middlesbrough reached the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla, Stewart played left-back on that run, and sometimes that can release pressure on players’ claims Rodgers and he cites the likes of Jordi Alba and Ashley Cole as successful transformation stories.
And finally, here on HITC Sport we take a look at whether the one-year loan of Nuri Sahin will prove a good deal for Liverpool, and ask whether Steven Gerrard can adapt to the 'new Liverpool' vision set out by Brendan Rodgers.
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