Some of the news and reaction coming out of Liverpool.
Young defender Andre Wisdom is set to go on loan to Derby County for the rest of the year. Brendan Rodgers has said he would like the 20-year-old to go on loan to get some experience – with new Rams boss Steve McClaren keen on bringing in a defender.
Liverpool Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe has backed Joe Allen to produce his best form after overcoming several injuries during his time at Anfield.
Pascoe told the Liverpool website: ‘Joe is a great talent, a great player. We haven’t seen the best of Joe yet; he’s had a couple of injuries.
‘He had his shoulder last year, then a hamstring – he had to battle through that. I’m sure, when he has come through all these now, we’ll see the best of Joe.
‘He’s a great manipulator of the ball. He always wants the ball, that’s the thing; he always wants to get the ball. He’ll want to score and get goals for the team.’
Captain Steven Gerrard admitted he came away from St James’ Park disappointed after the Reds 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, despite the skipper notching up his 100th league goal for the club – something he said he’d swap for an extra two league points. Liverpool currently sit third, two points behind Arsenal who are currently top.
Gerrard said: ‘After the sending off the game changed in our favour and we took control from there. With the chances we created I thought we were going to go on and win the game comfortably.
‘We played some great stuff but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. In hindsight, it was missed opportunity.’
Manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that finishing outside the top four this season would be a disappointment even if progress is made.
Rodgers told the press after the weekend’s game: ‘Sixth would be an improvement but it would be a disappointment. Especially when there are five places above you.’
The Liverpool boss has also said the side need to improve defensively from set-pieces, after Newcastle’s second goal was an example of some poor defending which has cost Liverpool on occasions.
He said: ‘It’s something we need to address, for sure. We have to be more aggressive and more switched on. It’s concentration.
‘The goal at home to Crystal Palace was disappointing. That was a poor goal to give away, but thankfully it never cost us.
‘Here, conceding from a set piece put us on the back foot. We were looking forward to the second half at 1-1, and suddenly we were behind.’
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