Liverpool latest: Including Lucas and Gerrard

All of the latest Liverpool Football Club news from the last 24 hours.

Midfielder Lucas has called 2012 the worst year of his career. The Liverpool middle man picked up a serious injury towards the end of 2011 and had to wait until August to re-appear for the club where he has been consistently in and out of the side. He is one on a growing list of injury troubles for manager Brendan Rodgers as he continues to bring younger players into the team as cover.

John Terry has been banned by an FA panel for four matches after being found guilty of using a racially abusive term. It is half the ban handed to Luis Suarez last year, leading to many, including Joey Barton, publicly criticising the FA's inconsistency.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is relishing the chance to compete against former club Swansea City in the next round of the League Cup. Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 to advance to the next stage of the competition against the club where Rodgers was previously manager. He has described the decision as one of the most difficult he will ever have to make in his professional career.

Jerome Sinclair has broken the Liverpool record for youngest ever player when he appeared in the League Cup win over West Brom. Sinclair appeared for the club aged 16-years and six days old which beats the old record held by Jack Robinson by 244 days. Sinclair appeared regularly for the under-16s and under 18s and is proof of the developing faith in youth Brendan Rodgers has at the club.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that he could have signed for Manchester United as a youth player. He has revealed that United showed heavy interest in signing him as a teenager but he chose Liverpool instead when the Anfield club increased their interest in the player when they realised United were trying to sign him.

Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin says it was special to open his domestic account for Liverpool as he scored both goals in the 2-1 League Cup win against West Brom. The player, on loan from Real Madrid, has revealed that he is focused on getting regular first team football from Liverpool after appearing regularly over the last two weeks for the club.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has urged manager Brendan Rodgers to take his time with the youth players at the club. The last two weeks have seen a surge in the number of players under the age of 20 playing for the club and Barnes wants the manager to think carefully over how he uses these players over the rest of the season. Jerome Sinclair became the club’s youngest ever player when he appeared against West Brom in the League Cup. Barnes has also complained that Suarez gets an unfair deal because of his reputation for diving.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has stated that Brendan Rodgers is getting Liverpool to play football in ‘the right way’. Agger picked up a bruised knee injury during the Premier League defeat at Manchester United and he has suggested that Rodgers is building the team to play some of the best football that the Premier League has ever seen.

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