Gomez-Sterling row & Robertson injury concern – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News

12 November 2019

Liverpool’s first team have departed on international duty, but if anything they’ve been in the news even more on Tuesday – on both sides of the border.


 

There’s a lot to be said for composure

Winning the game wasn’t enough. Going nine points clear of Man City, and eight clear at the top, wasn’t enough.

Those mean old folks at Liverpool had to keep rubbing City’s noses in it, didn’t they? On the net, no doubt in the streets, and definitely on international duty with England – where Raheem Sterling has almost been binned from the squad for all-but-attacking Joe Gomez.

The City man has apologised, but won’t be in England’s squad for Thursday’s match, for his part in the row with Gomez who suffered a cut to the face.

There’s no doubt Liverpool got under the City players’ collective skin at the weekend and, on a wider note, is that a specific improvement under Jurgen Klopp?

 

Early worries against Palace

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It’s getting difficult to know exactly who is the player we’d least like to be without for any particular fixture, these days.

Yes, we want Virgil in…and Mane…and Fabinho and Alisson and Bobby…oh, and we can’t be without those full-backs, either.

Well, we might be against Palace. Andy Robertson is out of Scotland’s utterly pointless qualifiers-they-can’t-qualify-with, which initially sounded like a significantly impressive case of cannotbearseditis.

But as it turns out there’s an ankle injury for the Scottish skipper.

James Milner might be turned to, then, when we face Roy Hodgson and his merry men in two weeks’ time.

Harvey Elliott is also out and there are concerns over Mo Salah‘s own ankle, too.

 

As they head off around the world…

RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ - 07.07.2019: BRAZIL VS. PERU - Firmino and Alisson celebrate title after the match between Brazil and Peru, valid for the Copa America 2019 final, held this Sunday (07) at the Maracan„ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, RJ. (Photo by Nayra Halm/Fotoarena/Sipa USA)

Two or three injuries to worry about already, then, but there are plenty more Reds in action over the coming couple of weeks.

European qualifiers, friendlies in far-flung places and a whole load of youth prospects are in action – and we’ve got everything you need to track the progress of every Liverpool player.

 

Quickfire LFC news

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk applauds the travelling supporters after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

Around the Prem

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 24, 2019: Arsenal's manager Unai Emery during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Arsenal boss Unai Emery is not having a good evening, with the news that he has six games to save his job (FourFourTwo)
  • Man City will react to dropping to fourth place by going on another £100 million spending spree in January (Mail Online)
  • Blue Sh- sorry, Everton, striker Moise Keane was left out of their weekend game for disciplinary reasons, not for playing terribly (Echo)
  • And a photo has emerged detailing how much Chelsea players will be fined if they break squad rules, including being late for training (£20,000), missing community duties (£5,000), being late for meetings (£500 per minute) and more (football.london)

 

Stupid story of the day

Remember the rumour from yesterday suggesting the Reds were interested in Ryan Fraser? Well, the Express have run a “how Liverpool would line up if they sign Fraser” piece.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: exactly the same as we did at the weekend, because there’s not a chance in hell he makes our XI. But no, they’ve gone for something rather different – Klopp dropping a midfielder to accommodate him as a No. 10.

Right. Can definitely see that happening, then.

 

Tweet of the day

 

What we’re reading

Leicester are lighting up the Premier League and the Independent‘s Vithushan Ehantharajah has taken a look at Jamie Vardy’s changed approach.

 

Worth watching tonight

Czech Republic take on England in a Women’s international friendly at 7:15pm.

Would-be Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan at Mainz, is playing for Nigeria U23s at 6pm.

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