INJURIES HIT LIVERPOOL
The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, hopes that Lucas Leiva doesn’t miss games because of the injury that he discovered while representing the Reds in a league game against Aston Villa last weekend.
Leiva had not been included in the starting line up of Liverpool for that game. He came onto the pitch at the start of the second half and was looking in fine touch, but, with about 25 more minutes remaining in the game, he collided with one of the Villa players and injured his knee. He was not comfortable at all while leaving the ground and that led to the speculations that it might be another spell on the sidelines for him.
In the post match press conference, when Rodgers was asked about Leiva’s injury, he said, “Lucas suffered a minor collision and will be assessed in about 24 hours. We are not sure about anything at the moment, but, I hope it doesn’t prove to be serious and he is available for the next game.”
Liverpool’s performance at their home venue this season has been outstanding. They had won 9 out of their 10 home games before Saturday, but, they couldn’t quite match the same standard against Villa and could secure just a solitary point which has now pushed them a bit behind in the league title race.
Liverpool will play their next league game too at Anfield against Everton and they would desperately be trying for 3 points in that game. They can’t afford another disappointing show; otherwise, it will become very hard for them to fulfil their dreams of league glory.
However, before that Everton match, there is a cup game coming up for the Reds against the championship club AFC Bournemouth. That’s an important game as well for them.