Liverpool latest: Ex pro calls on Reds to step up without Gerrard & more

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Some of the key stories involving Liverpool Football Club on this Wednesday evening.

Ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge has called on Liverpool to step up to the challenge without their captain Steven Gerrard, who has been ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring strain.

Aldridge also said that Liverpool need to start grinding out results away from home, having only won two games on their travels so far this season.

Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo: ‘Losing the inspirational skipper was like going down to 10 men. Everyone else has had to put a bit more and in the end we finished the game [against West Ham United] really strongly.

‘We need to start grinding out results when we play away. I just think we’ve been far too open in away matches so far this season.

‘First and foremost, it’s about defending. It’s about getting players back behind the ball and being compact and well organised.’

Luis Suarez has been awarded a second goal in the game against West Ham United after it was reviewed by the dubious goals panel.

The deflected strike originally went down as a Joey O’Brien own goal after it had deflected off the Hammers defender.

Liverpool legend and former manager Kenny Dalglish has told the Liverpool website that Luis Suarez is a joy to watch.

Dalglish said: ‘Luis has been fantastic. He’s a great entertainer and he’s a humble guy. He’s somebody that really enjoys working in training, he is never a problem in training. And he’s fantastic on the pitch.’

Dalglish also had praise for Jon Flanagan describing him as ‘a good lad and a good player.’

Flanagan said himself that he was proud of the praise he received from one of his heroes in the form of Steven Gerrard after filling in at left-back for the past three Premier League games.

He told the club’s website: ‘It’s always good when your teammates recognise what you have done on the day. It does give you confidence going into the next game.’

Liverpool target Javier Pastore looks certain to be leaving his current club, PSG, on loan during the January transfer window according to TalkSport.

The report says that sources in Italy say the 24-year-old midfielder wants regular first-team football ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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