All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
The right-back put in a man-of-the-match performance that day, but his early withdrawal was due to a knee ligament injury that could see him miss all of England’s remaining World Cup qualifiers and two-and-a-half months of action for Liverpool.
Andre Wisdom is now likely to feature prominently in Johnson’s absence.
“I always wanted to stay at Barca,” he said in quotes published by the Express.
“I knew that Liverpool were interested in me, but I never planned to leave.”
A prodigiously gifted young man, Tello is likely to show what Liverpool missed out on in the coming seasons.
“I would tell any player to go to the Premier League,” he said. “You get a different feeling, especially compared to Spain.”
“I’m very happy,” he added. “Especially because we are leading the league.”
Aspas’s teammate and captain Steven Gerrard has also had plenty to say in the last few days. After revealing on Friday that he hopes to one day manage the club he has served so well, he has now been speaking about Frank Lampard as the Chelsea man prepares to win his 100th cap.
We looked into his quotes in more detail during our morning news report, but what has not been so widely reported are Gerrard’s comments on the MLS.
During the uncertainty over Lampard’s future last season, he was heavily linked with a move to America. And yet Gerrard claims that would have been the wrong move.
“(Lampard) is too good for LA Galaxy,” he said. “You have seen his form for Chelsea at the back end of last season. It would have been sad if he had moved away, he’s a great player.”
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