Liverpool round-up: Including Gerrard out and Suarez escapes international ban

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for the remainder of this season, as the club confirmed he is expected to undergo surgery on his shoulder.

The Reds’ skipper is, however, expected to be fit for pre-season training ahead of the beginning of next term.

The club’s statement read:

Steven Gerrard will undergo surgery on a recurrent shoulder problem this week. The captain's injury has progressively worsened in recent weeks and requires an operation to cure it.”

“Gerrard will now miss the final two games of 2012-13, but he is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season training this summer."

Meanwhile, The Guardian’s David Conn reports on the club’s policy of ‘buying up’ houses around Anfield with the intension of expanding the stadium has ‘driven’ the local area in to ‘dreadful decline’.

Reds’ striker Luis Suarez has ‘escaped’ a FIFA-imposed ban, following an incident where he allegedly ‘punched’ an opponent during Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier against Chile back in March.

"The matter in question does not require the intervention of the FIFA disciplinary committee and therefore the disciplinary procedure in question is declared closed," a FIFA statement read.

"It's very good news for Luis, the national team and for the whole group," commented AUF president Sebastian Bauza on the decision.

"We understand that from now on, Luis should realise that he will be watched from all sides and we hope that this experience, when added to others, will be useful, so that he becomes the player will all want him to be."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers attended court proceedings at the Old Bailey yesterday in support of his 20-year-old son Anton Rodgers who, along with four other Brighton and Hove Albion footballers, is accused of ‘voyeurism’ during an incident in which a 19-year-old girl was sexually assaulted.

Richard Barton, prosecuting, told the retrial: 'These were the actions of a group of arrogant young men.”

'They believed that as a result of their privileged position as professional footballers, they could do this to this young woman and she would not come forward and say what happened,” he added.

Elsewhere, midfielder Jordan Henderson has outlined him ambitions for next season, insisting he intends to improve on his goal tally.

“It's always important for midfielders to get goals. Hopefully I can keep working on that and get a few more next season,” explained the Englishman.

His teammate Daniel Sturridge revealed he has learned to relieve himself of pressure in front of goal and that adopting a new mental approach to his game has helped him improve as a player.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to score goals because that's the kind of person I am. I always put pressure on myself but I've stopped doing that so much now,” explained Sturridge.

Former Reds’ boss Roy Evans insisted there’s no one quite like Jamie Carragher who has announced his plans to retire at the end of the season.

“The trick is that you don't replace Jamie with someone like him; you replace him with somebody different, because there isn't another Jamie out there,” revealed Evans.

In transfer news, The Mirror claims that Athletico Madrid are lining up a ‘£40 million bid’ for Luis Suarez to replace current striker Radamel Falcao who they have reportedly ‘resigned’ themselves to losing this summer.

Meanwhile, The Guardian claims that Barcelona are targeting Pepe Reina as their replacement for goalkeeper Victor Valdes should he leave the Camp Nou this summer.

Whilst Reina began his career in the youth academy in Catalonia, he is contracted at Liverpool until 2016.

Elsewhere, the Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds are rumoured to be targeting Christian Tello and Jackson Martinez.

However, rumours of a return to Anfield for Xabi Alonso have been dismissed by the Spaniard who looks set to stay at Real Madrid.

"Of course I'm going to be here next season," said former Kop favourite when quizzed over his future.

Finally, Liverpool’s Women’s Super League team beat champions Arsenal 4-0 in the opening match of their title defence at the Emirates.

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