Melwood Today: David Amoo and our Player of the Month

It’s a cold Friday morning here following yesterday’s news that Lucas Leiva has anterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee requiring surgery which will ultimately keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

In Friday’s Melwood Today

  • Loan Watch: Amoo on form for Bury
  • Damien Duff Injury Doubt
  • November’s Player of the Month
  • Semi Final Date with Man City Set
  • Friday Mornings Premier League News

Loan Watch: Amoo on form for Bury

On Loan Liverpool youngster David Amoo is enjoying his loan spell at League One side Bury. The 20 year old produced an impressive performance last weekend when his first-half goal ensured a vital 1-0 derby victory over Preston.

Amoo scored 15 minutes into the game on the counter-attack when he outpaced the Preston defence to latch onto a perfectly-judged ball from Peter Sweeney before chipping the ball over goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

Speaking to Bury Times, David spoke of the experience he’s gaining playing for Bury…

“It’s 100 per cent better being here playing against men who are experience players, Getting kicked, like I was in the Preston game, there’s no substitute for that. In the academy and reserves, there’s not really that much physicality. It is played at a different pace.

“There’s not that hunger for three points like there was in the derby match. The difference in reserve team football is that I might get the ball, take a touch, turn and then run with it. But here I’ve got to be sharper, and you don’t get that extra touch or yard.”

shelveyFulham Team News – Damien Duff Injury Doubt

There’s early Fulham team news this morning after Martin Jol revealed Republic of Ireland’s Damien Duff could be out of Mondays nights Premier League clash with Liverpool following their 1-0 Europa League Group K defeat to FC Twente last night.

After missing Fulham‘s Saturday’s draw at Arsenal, Duff was passed fit to play their Europa League clash against FC Twente on Thursday evening. However, Duff’s comeback lasted just 34 minutes before he was replaced by teenager Kerim Frei. Martin Jol speaking ahead of Monday nights clash with Liverpool…

“ Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks. ”He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembele is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint (Dempsey) could return (from a thigh problem).”

November’s Player of the Month

November has seen Liverpool go undefeated in their last eleven games. Naturally, after a month when Liverpool conceded only two times, there’s plenty of representation from the rearguard while upfront we’ve scored five goals in four games…

Results in November

  • Liverpool 0 – 0 Swansea (Sat, November 5)
  • Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool (Sun, November 20)
  • Liverpool 1 – 1 Manchester City (Sun, November 27)
  • Chelsea 0 – 2 Liverpool (Tues, November 29)

Liverpool began the month enduring an afternoon of frustration as Kenny’s men were held to a goalless draw by Swansea City at Anfield. The following League game against Chelsea, Glen Johnson’s outstanding 87th minute solo effort won the game for Liverpool after another performance born of hard work and perseverance from the Reds. Pepe Reina was voted the TIA man of the match by forum members.

Against Manchester City, “After riding some early Manchester City pressure, during a spell which also saw the visitors take the lead, Liverpool fought back – albeit aided by a fortuitous equaliser – and their dominance in the second half was such that they should have taken all 3 points from the current league leaders.”

Finally, In the Carling Cup Quarter final against Chelsea, Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly both struck in a five-minute spell to maintain Dalglish’s unbeaten record against Chelsea in 13 matches as Liverpool manager. A game which saw Craig Bellamy hit the headlines by not only providing two perfect assists for the goals, he was at the heart of everything good happening to Liverpool that night…

We’ve whittled the contenders to a shortlist, so take a look through the options below and then cast your vote for TIA’s Liverpool Player of the Month….

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Results will be announced in next Monday’s Melwood Today Article

Semi Final Date with Man City Set

The first leg of our two-legged Carling Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City will take place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm.

The return leg will be played at Anfield on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (kick-off 7.45pm) and be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Friday Mornings Premier League News

  • Kenwyne Jones’s towering late header equaliser against Dynamo Kiev ensured Stoke made it through to the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday evening.
  • Fulham lost 1-0 to FC Twente last night following a late goal from substitute Marc Janko which means Fulham must now win their final game to guarantee a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.
  • Martin O’Neill is the front-runner to succeed Steve Bruce as Sunderland manager, BBC Sport understands.

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