Liverpool have suffered a major setback at a crucial stage in the season with the news that midfielder Steven Gerrard has suffered a potential hamstring injury that could keep him out for a few weeks of action.
This injury comes at a time when Liverpool are awaiting crucial matches in the Europa League and FA Cup. Gerrard is in his final season at Liverpool as it has already been announced that the iconic midfielder will be joining LA Galaxy at the end of the season. Liverpool are hoping to send him out on a high by lifting the FA Cup. The 2-1 win over Crystal Palace has put the club in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Steven Gerrard still has it in him. The Liverpool skipper was the star of the show the previous Tuesday in the Champions League home game against FC Basel.
The Reds could not win, but, the way they played in the second half especially in the final 10 minutes or so, it was superb and Gerrard was responsible for that.
Right through the game, the energy level of Gerrard was right up there. He had stepped on to the field with some determination. His shoulder did not drop at all when he saw the comparatively weaker opponent side going 1-nil up. That actually motivated him more. He was screaming, trying to charge his teammates up.
Steven Gerrard reckons that his boys did not have enough hunger in the European Cup fixture against the Swiss club FC Basel the other day.
The Reds lost that match by 0-1 to slip to no. 3 in Group B. With a win versus Ludogorets Razgard, they had made a great start, but, the outing against Basel did not seem to have impressed Gerrard even a single bit.
In the post match interview, Gerrard said, “I think they were hungrier than us. We were not up to the task. It’s gutting obviously.”
“You’ve got to be tough playing in big games like these, but, that was not the case with us. We were loose on a number of occasions. We conceded again and unfortunately, this time around, that one goal was the difference.”
One of the biggest signings of this summer transfer window is without doubt Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona for a price tag of £75 as the Spanish club wants to win major titles in the next season which was something that Barcelona failed to do in the previous season.
But even before Barcelona displayed interest in signing the Uruguayan phenomenal there were a number of clubs that were willing to go deep in their pockets and sign Luis Suarez including Arsenal as the team of Arsene Wenger launched an offer of £40m hoping that it would be enough to sign Luis Suarez but it never happened.
The iconic figure of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has now revealed that he suggested Suarez to not join Arsenal as Suarez is simply too good for them.
Along with Luis Suarez, there has been another dominant figure throughout the entire season which is one of the main reasons on why Liverpool still continues making a genuine charge at the top of the Premier League and that player is Steven Gerrard.
Steven Gerrard’s performances can be evidenced by one of his recent pieces of silverware as he was awarded with the PFA Player of the Month Award in March. The veteran midfielder had to share the award with Luis Suarez.
Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers failed to secure any new players during the January transfer window and while other of their main rivals of the Premier League did manage to strengthen the squad, it is not the case of Liverpool which are fighting on the top 5 spots of the top tier league in England.
Mohamed Salah and Yevlen Konoplyanka were the 2 main targets that Liverpool was attempting to bring into the squad but both deals ultimately collapsed. Liverpool did manage to offload some of their players including: Adam Morgan, Tiago Llori, Craig Roddan and Michael Ngoo either on loan to a different club or simple released on a free deal.
Brendan Rodgers has hailed the return of Steven Gerrard from injury, as he claims that the 33-year-old is still one important members of the squad. Gerrard missed important matches against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Even though Liverpool enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Tottenham, they lost in the subsequent two matches to finish in the fifth position on New Year’s Day. The victory over Hull city on New Year’s Day was marked by the return of Gerrard to the first-team action and Rodgers reckons that Liverpool could not have had a much better news.
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said that this is too early in the season to start thinking about titles. Liverpool have not finished in the top four for the last four seasons, but they have made a tremendous start to this campaign.
They are second in the table only a couple of points behind Arsenal, which has given their fans hope that they can lift the Premier league title for the first time in their history. Liverpool have won numerous league titles, but never the Premier league title in their illustrious history.
Steven Gerrard has said that England should go into their next World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine with self belief.
England is currently at the top of the Group H points table. They have got 15 points in 7 matches. Montenegro also has got the same no. of points, but, they are no. 2 on the basis of goal difference.
Ukraine which is at the 3rd position is also not too far behind. They have managed to secure 14 points in 7 games.
So, the game between Ukraine and England is extremely vital. The outcome of this game can change the positions of the top 3 teams in the points table and Gerrard admitted that.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the game, the England captain said, “This is a huge match; no doubt about that. But, we will have to back our abilities and go onto ground with the belief that we can win. If we manage to secure 3 points, we will be in a commanding position.”
England will enter the match against Ukraine without its two main strikers i.e. Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Welbeck is out because of suspension, while, Rooney is not 100% fit.
In the absence of these two players, the 31 years old Rickie Lambert is going to be the leader of the visitors’ attack. The Southampton striker has already found the net a couple of times in the 2 matches that he has played for England so far.
When asked about Lambert, Gerrard said, “He has been terrific in his first couple of appearances for England. He is in great nick and I think he is going to play a big part in tomorrow’s game.”
After this game against Ukraine, England will play two more World Cup qualifiers. Both of them will be the home games.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has said that he could be in his final year of international football and he wants to make the most out of it. The 33-year-old is likely to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
However, he has conceded for the first time that it could be his last involvement with the national team. He does not see himself part of the national team in three years time when he will be 36 years of age. The midfielder recently made 100 appearances for the national team, thus putting him amongst the elite group of players to have achieved this record.
He is regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and England will certainly miss him once he retires. Gerrard has said that he is aware that he does not have a long time left in football. Hence, he wants to enjoy the current run of matches more than ever. The midfielder, though, is confident that England will be able to find a suitable replacement for him. In fact, he has suggested that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could be the very replacement. After coming through the ranks at Arsenal, Wilshere has already made his debut for the national team.
“I’ve got to assume it’s my last year. I can’t assume I’m going to be here in two or three years’ time. I’ve got to make the most of every single game. For all I know, I might be out of the picture in a year’s time. I want to make the most of it. Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player. I’ve got no doubt he can (be the man who succeeds him),” said Gerrard.