Liverpool transfer news: Reds in Mersey battle for mini-Messi and concerns over Gerrard fitness

Steven Gerrard

Some of the key stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning, including transfers, injury news and reaction to their 4-1 over West Ham United at Anfield.

Liverpool may be battling it out with Merseyside neighbours Everton for the Dundee United starlet dubbed a mini-Messi Ryan Gauld according to a report in the Daily Express.

Chief scout Alan Harper was there along with his Everton counterpart Kevin Reeves to watch three of Dundee United’s promising teenagers in the form of Gauld, Andrew Robertson and John Souttar in their 4-1 over Hearts at Tannadice.

Winger Oussama Assaidi, who is currently on loan at Stoke City, hopes he can still have a future at Anfield on a weekend where he scored a stunning winner for the Potters in a 3-2 win over Chelsea.

Assaidi is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: ‘I hope I still have a future there. I have two years more and we will see, but I’m now at Stoke and I will do my best.

‘Brendan [Rodgers] texts me sometimes and I speak sometimes with him, but we will see what the future brings.’

Liverpool could be without captain Steven Gerrard for the festive season, with a couple of reports indicating he could be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up in the 4-1 win against West Ham United on Saturday.

If the Reds fears are confirmed, the Liverpool skipper could miss trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea over Christmas, but right-back Glen Johnson is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying that Liverpool can cope without their captain as they look to improve their form on the road.

‘Any team without Stevie is going to miss him and hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks but we’ve got a good squad.

‘If we can start scoring a few more goals away and pick up a few more points it will blend in nicely with our home record.’

After Liverpool’s win over the Hammers at the weekend, which moved the side into second place and trailing Arsenal by five points, Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for a number of players including Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

Though Allen was praised for his technical ability and Sterling for his pace and pressing, it was Coutinho that got most of Rodgers’ praise, and thinks the Brazilian can be part of their World Cup squad.

‘Philippe is such a talent now, he is an absolute joy to watch, and I have been on to [Luiz Felipe] Scolari constantly about him because I know Luiz from my Chelsea days.’

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