Liverpool morning news: Rodgers selection surprise? CB derby dream

Martin Skrtel

Some of the key stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning ahead of tomorrow's Merseyside derby.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could surprise people this weekend by selecting Jon Flanagan in the left-back role for the Merseyside derby.

Jose Enrique has been ruled out for the clash with Everton as he needs an operation on a knee problem, and Rodgers has the option of playing Flanagan, Aly Cissokho or Mamadou Sakho in the left-back role tomorrow lunchtime.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: ‘With Jose out, I’ve got Aly who came in as cover but I’ve also got other options like young Jon Flanagan. Jon is a young player who will never let you down. Of course it’s disappointing if you lose your No 1 left-back for a few months but it’s an opportunity for someone else to come in and do well.’

Defender Martin Skrtel has dreamed of scoring in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, and that the reception Liverpool players get from the blue half of Merseyside spurs him on.

Skrtel visualised a derby goal, saying: ‘Have I pictured it? You think it will be a header from a Stevie [Gerrard] cross, don’t you? Put it this way: if I score, I will be running around the city and you won’t catch me.

‘The atmosphere is special and can affect you. I love it when the Everton fans boo us. It pushes you on, make you work even harder.’

Midfielder Lucas Leiva has spoken about the relationship with fellow South American and teammate Luis Suarez. Lucas is quoted in the Daily Mirror talking about the Uruguayan’s character as well as his talent on the pitch.

He says: ‘Emotion is part of him, and part of his make-up as a player. But it’s not the only thing. Being an emotional guy won’t take you to the very top. His incredible talent is the most important thing.

‘He has such an instinctive talent, he is so different in what he does, and that is what people maybe sometimes don’t appreciate. But it is why we are so happy to have him here.’

On the injury front ahead of tomorrow, Brendan Rodgers thinks Gerrard is raring to go whilst Daniel Sturridge is being assessed after playing with a dead leg for England in midweek.

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