Liverpool prepared well for their FA Cup semi-final clash

Liverpool prepared well for their FA Cup semi-final clash against Aston Villa by getting a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday. This victory was achieved without striker Daniel Sturridge in the team, but manager Brendan Rodgers remains hopeful that the England international will be able to feature for the team against Villa. The two back-to-back victories – against Blackburn and Newcastle – have been very important for Liverpool, as their confidence went perilously low after the defeats against United and Arsenal. This seemed to end their hopes of a top four place, but it has been rekindled this week after the win over Newcastle.

Sturridge was initially ruled out with a hamstring injury for the month of April. This would be a catastrophe for Liverpool, as they did not have a compliment of strikers capable of scoring goals on a regular basis. However, it appears that the 25-year-old has made rapid progress from his injury and could be available for the game against Villa. He has scored four goals in 12 league appearances this campaign. While speaking about the fitness of Sturridge, Rodgers was more tightlipped about the fitness of striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian international has not featured for Liverpool since his substitute appearance against Manchester United in the 2-1 defeat. Continue reading Liverpool prepared well for their FA Cup semi-final clash

Mario Balotelli scored his First Goal for Liverpool

A few days ago Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool when they played against Tottenham Hotspur and this could be the spark that the Italian forward needed in order to kick-start his career at Anfield as he has not been able to live up to the €16 million fee that Liverpool had to pay in order to lure him away from Ac.Milan back in August of 2014.

Even if Balotelli does not manage to ignite his career in the way that Brendan Rodgers and the supporters of Liverpool are hoping, the manager already has a backup plan as Rodgers has been searching around in the market for potential new signings.

The winter transfer window is already closed which means that Rodgers will have to wait at least until the summer before he can add any new players to his team. Continue reading Mario Balotelli scored his First Goal for Liverpool

Fernando Torres going through Tough Days

It’s certainly a very tough phase of the career of Fernando Torres, probably the toughest. Even some of his fans are now losing faith in him, but, there is one man who is constantly backing the Spaniard, the man who is in charge of AC Milan, Filippo Inzaghi.

According to Inzaghi, it can all turn around pretty quickly for Torres. He just needs to slot the ball in once.

Torres is no longer a starter for Inzaghi now. How can he be? No coach in the world would give him a place in starting XI the way he has played.

But, Inzaghi always has nice things to say about Torres. He has never tried to suggest in any of his interviews that he thinks he did a mistake by agreeing to that loan deal with Chelsea.

Inzaghi still reckons that Torres can help the Rossoneri a great deal this season if he starts feeling confident again, but, the confidence would come only when the goals come. They are just not coming at the moment.

Inzaghi talked about Torres in his yesterday’s press conference. He was quoted as saying, “I think with Fernando, it’s more about the psyche than the technique. If he gets a bit of confidence, he would be back to his usual self. He just has to get a breakthrough. He has to get it right once and he would be fine.”

“I have brought him here and not for a second have I doubted his potential to be totally honest. I am really hoping that the next time he steps onto the field, he gets the goal. We all want him to have success here and we will continue backing him.”

Torres still has that only goal in his kitty, which he had scored at the start of the summer, for Milan.

Brendan Rodgers happy after return of Daniel Sturridge

Brendan Rodgers has finally received good news as the Liverpool coach was notified that Daniel Sturridge is back in action and fully recovered from the calf injury that the English forward had sustained a few months ago.

The last time that Sturridge made an appearance for Liverpool was back in August 31 when his teammates defeated Tottenham with a convincing scoreboard of 3-0. Injuries have troubled Sturridge in the start of this season as he sustained a thigh injury on September 5 after playing at the international stage with England and the medical staff announced that he would be out of action for around 6 weeks but things took a turn for the worse as Sturridge sustained a calf injury during a warm up session with his team.

Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have not been able to step it up during the absence of Daniel Sturridge as neither of those players have managed to score goals consistently or make any real impressive performance for the Premier League club.

The return of Daniel Sturridge arrives in a much needed moment for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool as they have suffered their 2nd successive Premier League defeat after having lost against Newcastle United and Chelsea.

Liverpool is not only struggling in the Premier League but also in the Champions League as they are located in the bottom of Group B after only being able to collect 3 points from the 4 matches which has been played.

Raheem Sterling expressed his relief after being informed that Daniel Sturridge has been training with the rest of his Liverpool teammates and that he is ready to play in the upcoming Liverpool match which will take place on November 23 at the Selhurst Park as Liverpool faces off with Crystal Palace and Sturridge is expected to make his return after being sidelined for over 2 months due to injury.

“It will be a massive boost to have Daniel back playing. We have missed him and the more quality players you have fit and available the better. He gives us that threat in the box and he scores goals. We’re all really looking forward to having him back in the team’’ Raheem Sterling told the media as he stated just how important and the impact that Daniel Sturridge makes with Liverpool.