Injuries, potential transfers and a tribute to Shankly
Liverpool may well have Daniel Sturridge fit for Monday night’s Premier League trip to Swansea City. The striker missed England’s 4-0 win over Moldova on Friday night, and will not travel to Kiev ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Ukraine. He has been struggling with a thigh injury since last weekend’s 1-0 win over Manchester United, where he said he was a bit afraid to shoot on the leg.
However, it’s not so good news for Glen Johnson as he could face up to 10 weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury, meaning it could be mid-November before he plays again. This could mean either Martin Kelly or Andre Wisdom will get a lengthy spell at right-back in Johnson’s absence.
Today's front page of Spanish newspaper Marca links Luis Suarez with a move to Real Madrid in January as Real Madrid are bidding to get the 'best number nine's' in the Uruguayan, or possibly Radamel Falcao. It could also depend on the form of current striker Karim Benzema according to the story.
Napoli haven’t given up hope of eventually signing defender Martin Skrtel in a move that would reunite the defender with former boss Rafa Benitez.
SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedulla wrote on his blog:
“Napoli decided not to take the defender at the last minute, but they will try again in January.
“There were never any serious negotiations, at most a couple of friendly phone calls between the player and the coach.
“There is a half-promise that they will get back in touch in the next few weeks in the hope that something will happen in January.”
Former player and manager Kenny Dalglish has expressed his gratitude towards the late Bill Shankly as the club continued to celebrate the 100th birthday of their former manager.
Dalglish said that none of the dominance that Liverpool experienced would have been possible were it not for Shankly laying the foundations.
“The club is where it is and we are what we are today because of what he did, and I don't think anybody will ever forget that. We'll always be appreciative of what he did.”