Brendan Rodgers is likely to risk Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard for the Europa League match against Anzhi. Liverpool need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round but Rodgers has to decide whether it’s a risk worth taking, as the Merseyside derby against Everton is only three days away.
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has said he is not worried about the prospect of having to save shots from Anzhi striker Samuel Eto’o. Eto’o now plays his football in Russia having previously played for Inter Milan and Barcelona. Jones says his experience in training against the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard means he is prepared.
Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe says the team are focused on beating Anzhi in the Europa League and not on the Merseyside derby. There is much debate over whether manager Brendan Rodgers will risk some of his more important players with the clash against Everton this Sunday.
Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates is looking to turn around his recent performances for the side. The Uruguayan was criticised after the match against Udinese where he was at fault with an own goal which helped the Italians secure three group points at Anfield.
Real Mallorca striker Tomer Hemed has become the latest player linked with a move to Liverpool. The Israeli international is thought to be a cut price alternative to many other European based strikers that Brendan Rodgers is currently looking at. Hemed has scored six goals in eight league games for his club this season.
Lewis Holtby of Schalke has said he dreams of a move to the Premier League. The midfielder has an English father and has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks. Liverpool are thought to be considering a number of long term replacements for Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Brendan Rodgers will not be taking the Europa League seriously following the defeat to Udinese. Liverpool have only one recognised striker Luis Suarez who may be asked to lead the front line just three days before the Merseyside derby.
Former Liverpool striker and club legend Robbie Fowler is in talks with T-Team over a move to the Malaysian club. Fowler has had stints in Australia and Thailand during his football career and the reports suggest that he still thinks he has something to offer even at a much lower level.
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