Liverpool media round-up, Coutinho relaxed about contract situation, Assaidi blasts Rodgers

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is a doubt for tonight's League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield according to the Guardian, with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the win over Aston Villa at the weekend, but Brendan Rodgers remains hopeful that his skipper will be able to play some part.

He also gave an update yesterday on the fitness of forward Mario Balotelli who missed the weekend's trip to the West Midlands because of illness.

The Liverpool manager said: “Hopefully Steven should be OK. Mario had a chest infection last week and wasn’t available at the weekend. He has come in this morning not feeling great, not feeling well, and so we will see how he is tomorrow.”

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho has given an interview to the Liverpool Echo which covers a variety of subjects including that of a new contract, with the 22-year-old's current deal expiring in the summer of 2018.

The Brazilian said he is 'relaxed' about the situation and is concentrating on this season, and trying to win his first trophy with the club.

He said: "They spoke about a new contract at the beginning of the season but it’s not something we’re speaking about at present.

“It’s not a hot topic at the moment because we’re all focused on the current season and what Liverpool can achieve on the pitch.

“I’m relaxed about it. I am very happy here. I have my family here and I want to stay at this club for a long time.”

Finally, former winger Oussama Assaidi has complained he was never given a fair chance at Liverpool, with the Liverpool Echo picking up on quotes he gave after completing his move to the United Arab Emirates.

Assaidi, who left for £4.7 million, said: “Liverpool is a big club that tries to buy and buy and buy, but they don’t always buy the right players. They look to big names but big names are not always the thing to look for because the small names are sometimes better.

“I had wanted to join Ajax after Heerenveen, and perhaps after Ajax I could have gone to a bigger club like Liverpool, maybe I made the wrong decision to go to Liverpool early.”

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