As Liverpool prepare to face Swansea City on Monday evening, both managers have had their say on the likely availability of Daniel Sturridge for the Reds.
Having missed England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, the in-form striker looks set to return for the league leaders; something Michael Laudrup is uneasy about.
In quotes published this morning in the Telegraph he said, “I am sure he would have played the other day in a crucial game but he didn’t as he was injured. But just 48 hours later and he is already fit to play against us.
“I was a little surprised about that. I thought there were some rules that if you were injured you couldn’t play for your team three or four days later.”
Clearly wary of Sturridge’s threat, Laudrup's concerns are likely to fall on deaf ears. International withdrawals have and will continue to be a contentious issue. Not that Brendan Rodgers believes that is so in this instance.
“Medical experts made the decision because they deemed him not fit enough,” the Liverpool boss said. “He hasn’t turned down playing for his country.”
Laudrup has also had his say on another Liverpool player – a man he knew only briefly before he moved from Swansea to the Reds last summer.
Speaking about Joe Allen’s disappointing start to the new campaign, the Dane told Wales Online, “The big part when you change from a small club to a big club is in the head, not about the qualities of a player, because you’ve seen many players in many countries make that step and they can’t do it.”
Given the way the Reds have started this season, and with increased competition for places, Allen will have to seize his limited chances if he wishes to play a big part in what could be a huge season for his club.
And finally, Everton's new signing James McCarthy has no regrets having turned down Liverpool as a 16-year-old.
Speaking to the Daily Mail as he prepares for his Everton debut he said, "The way it's gone, I'm really happy with how my career has developed."
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