A round up of the latest news and gossip about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken about the progress the club has made since last January. The Reds struggled at the start of last season, with Rodgers unable to improve the squad significantly until the last winter transfer window.
“It was a massive job, coming in here. The opening five or six months were difficult. But since January, I think in terms of points gained, we are in the top three in the country. Hopefully that is an indication that we’re doing well,” he told the Liverpool website.
Rodgers has also explained the absence of Spanish defender Jose Enrique from the side which drew 2-2 against Newcastle United over the weekend. Aly Cissokho slotted into the defence and Rodgers has revealed the decision was based on a knee problem with Enrique.
Rodgers has also revealed that his side have to improve their defending against set pieces if they are going to maintain a serious push for Champions League football. Rodgers’ side conceded a bad second goal against Newcastle, as Paul Dummett was allowed to ghost round the back of the defence.
His first goal for Liverpool in the top flight of English football came on December 5 1999. His most prolific spell was under Rafael Benitez where he scored 60 goals in 196 games and his first hat-trick came against Aston Villa in the 2008/2009 season.
In transfer news, Hellas Verona manager Andrea Mandorlini has revealed he fears it may be too difficult to try and keep Arsenal and Liverpool target Jorginho.
“I know, only too well, that it will be hard to keep the likes of Jorginho. But behind them we are already allowing others to grow and mature. We are making use of those youngsters who are given little space but who will have an important future,” he told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.
Derby County manager Steve McClaren is looking to take Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom on loan. Wisdom has been unable to force his way into the Liverpool first team this season, which could make a loan deal for the youngster very easy to secure.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he believes the title race is wide open. Liverpool currently occupy second place in the table after a solid start to the season.
“Hopefully we will carry this good start to the season onwards. There is a long way to go so we will definitely just be keeping our feet on the ground and keep working hard in training,” he told the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool’s challenge at the top of the table has surprised many, including Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian has suggested that Liverpool have to be considered one of the favourites for the Premier League crown.
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