Steven Gerrard could miss Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Fulham

Liverpool could be without Steven Gerrard for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Fulham after the midfielder took a knock to his hip.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 2, 2013: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard during the Premiership match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds skipper sustained the injury in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers admitted later that he didn’t know about the injury at the time, and that assessments were still ongoing to decide Gerrard’s eligibility for the weekend’s visit from Martin Jol’s Fulham.

The Reds will be looking to get their Premier League season back on track – you can check out the latest odds at the online sportsbook as Liverpool look to take three points.

Rodgers is quoted in the Daily Star as saying, “He took a knock towards the end, with his hip.

“I’m not sure the complete diagnosis on it.

“Stevie’s been brilliant for me, it was a tough game for him, but we’ll assess his injury and see where he’s at.

“Roy (Hodgson) has always handled Stevie really well, both when he was Liverpool manager and now the player is England captain, so I’m sure that will be fine.”

Should Gerrard miss the game at Anfield on Saturday, it will be interesting to see how Rodgers covers him.

Joe Allen watched on from the bench against Arsenal as Liverpool’s midfield pairing of Gerrard and Lucas Leiva delivered an under-par performance.

Gerrard’s injury is the latest in a running line of problems for Liverpool, having lost the likes of Allen, Aly Cissokho, Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger for large periods of the season so far.

Liverpool vs Fulham gets underway at 3pm on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Stay tuned to This Is Anfield this week for pre-match build-up, previews and team news.

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  • CARR71

    henderson lucas coutinho and alberto or moses or ibe or sterling as a midfield four fulham will sit deep we need to attack and in my opinion allen just slows us down with negative passes ,if allen does get the nod fine but for gods sake try and be a bit creative ,pass stats mean nothing to me goals and assists do

    • Ben Perry

      I think you need to read this article about Allen from The Bib Theorists. http://thebibtheorists.com/2013/08/01/dispelling-the-allen-myths/ I think Allen has plenty of creative ability, that just wasn’t the job Rodgers was asking him to do at the time.

      • Maninder Singh

        Exactly….Allen can bring that calm in the midfield that is required when we are under the cosh. People do a lot of Allen bashing which in my opinion is totally uncalled for. Its just that he needs to be played in a more suited position.

        • allaboutanfield

          If only Allen can rediscover his form when he first joined Liverpool prior to his injury , I would be very happy.

      • CARR71

        sorry mate i do not need to read anything i prefere to make my own opinions with what i see with my eyes ,no assisits for us last year and a dreadful scoring rate wether it be for us or swansea even in the championship,like i stated i do not expect him to create a chance every game ,but if he never attempts one hes never going to create one

    • Maninder Singh

      I think BRod might just go with 3-5-2 again.

  • James

    Seriously doubt your English

    • Maninder Singh

      Allen is not that poor. He still has a lot to offer. His sideways passes last year were due to the position in which he played. He was deputising Lucas.

      He will do better in a more advanced role. Not “No.10″ ofcourse but not DM either.

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  • Graeme Smith

    Really quite happy about this actually. Life without Gerrard is going to become a reality eventually, but it’s a big ask for BR to make the call and begin to start him from the bench. A match off to see how Hendo/Allen can do in that role could be very useful in the context of the whole season.

    • Breaking Bad

      gr8 news, its reality check weeks ahead. We have problems in mid-field which was overshadowed by SAS. It will be clearly visible now. Brendan can evaluate his fav boy Henderson properly now. (Atleast Joe Allen can tackle!!)

      • Maninder Singh

        Hendo can be the ideal partner for Lucas in the sense of doing all the running(thats what he does best) but I am not sure about his distribution skills. Bt we have coutinho back and he can surely take the ball from almost from our half and start the orchestra.

    • Maninder Singh

      I think against Fulham we can still go with 3-5-2 with Hendo in Right wingback role(If GJ is not fit yet) and Lucas and Allen in the middle (agree, less physical presence) and Coutinho in middle and SAS uptop.

  • allaboutanfield

    This would probably the best time to try other players. I hope BR will give Allen and Henderson a chance in the midfield. Drop Lucas to the bench. Moses on the left wing.Coutinho in the center and Suarez on the right. Sturridge upfront.Liverpool should use 4 defenders at the back with Agger back in .Cissoko on the bench.If Allen is given a chance to play , I hope he takes the opportunity and play like the way he played when he first join us.

    • Maninder Singh

      Not sure if BR will drop Lucas but got ur point. I also feel that Allen should be given a chance. See how Skrtl re-emerged from ashes and no matter what people say, i personally feel, Allen has a lot to offer to our team.

      • allaboutanfield

        Based on Lucas’ last performance , I highly recommend him to be dropped to the bench. A defensive midfielder job is perhaps one of the most important job on the team. He had failed miserably in the last game.

    • Goh Jun Ling

      I agree with you. While I admire gerrard for being one of the most influential players of this generation, I’ve always think that we need to start nurturing fresh batch of midfielder while he could still kick a few. At his age, especially in English game top flight amongst the top team, most other players has retreated to the rotation system, with the exception of lampard, scott parker and so. Good chance for allen, and probably some of our younger lads to show that they’re good enough. YNWA!

    • Rederik

      Hope Brendan reads your comments mate, it,s not easy for him with our woefully thin squad, a few injuries and we find ourselves clutching at straws.

      • allaboutanfield

        Thanks mate. If any one had close contact with Liverpool , you are welcome to forward my comments to BR. :) A good manager needs to know how to fully utilize the players he has available to the benefit of the team.He also needs to be flexible in his approach towards tactics depending on who is your opponent. It is a very difficult job to get the right balance mix. Hopefully our lads will bounce back in the next game.

  • BEAST

    What the ARSENAL game highlighted is our midfield isn’t good enough.We have a slow midfield that lacks skill and imagination in opening up defenses, we need a change.LUIS ALBERTO should be given a chance to show what he can do from the start, not coming off the bench.
    With COUTINHO in the team too we’ll look much better creatively.In SAS we have the best attacking combination in the league but they’ve been coming up with the goods with individual brilliance or setting up each other, they need quality support.
    I think top four will go down to the wire.What we do in the Transfer Window will probably determine whether we make CL or not.Our scouts have to pull another couple of rabbits out the hat like they did last January.

    • Maninder Singh

      With Coutinho back, I am not sure if Alberto will get any gametime but he should have been utilised in his absence atleast.

      • BEAST

        I was giving my view on what i’d like to see.What actually happens will be completely different.If everybody’s fit i think BR will persist with the uncreative 3 that were outclassed by ARSENAL.
        Some will say our midfield was out numbered but even if we except that, take any three from the five midfielders that started for AFC and compare creativity and they win hands down.
        LUIS ALBERTO gets hardly any game time when PC’s injured and it looks unlikely they’ll play together in the same team.It’s looking like more wasted money.Although the little i’ve seen of LA has impressed me!

  • Redblooded Male

    Do we really need a DM (Lucas) @ Anfield vs struggling Fulham?

    • allaboutanfield

      Yes. If BR continues with his back 3 defenders.I only hope that Liverpool don’t underestimate Fulham. I am sure Martin Jol will be studying how Arsenal defeated Liverpool in greater detail.

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  • Steve

    This could very well be a blessing in disguise. Though Stevie is one of the greats but against Arsenal our midfield performance was dismal. Would like to see us play 4-4-2 with Agger back. Would love to see Alberto. Has hardly for any playtime but looks as if the kid’s got potential. And no Moses this time pleeeaaassseee. He tries to do a lot of stuff on his own.

  • Abyss

    Blessing in disguise. This might finally give a chance for the likes of Allen and Alberto to make their mark this season. We will end up losing a fair bit of creativity, but atleast our midfield might finally have some legs and engine to it.