The prognosis for the injury sustained by Steven Gerrard during England’s friendly defeat to France last night does not look good. Gerrard pulled up clutching the back of his thigh having stretched to try and dispossess former Liverpool teammate Alou Diarra with five minutes remaining of the friendly. The injury sent Liverpool’s medical staff into orbit, The Guardian reports.
Using Twitter, Liverpool’s head of fitness and conditioning Darren Burgess called the English F.A ‘unbelievable’ and ‘completely amateurish’ for going back on a deal agreed to play Gerrard for just one hour. England, he wrote, “Completely ignored agreement and past history. Completely amateurish and now we pay for their incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful.” Liverpool’s fury will be compounded if, as feared, their captain will miss up to a month of football.
Juventus want Aquilani.
Alberto Aquilani has impressed during his loan spell with Juventus thus far, helping the underachieving Turin giants clamber back to semi-respectability and fourth spot in the Serie A table. His performances have earned admiration back in Italy and consequently Juventus are eager to tie up a permanent deal for the midfielder who struggled for fitness and form during his season at Anfield.
Juventus’ sporting director Giuseppe Marotta told skysports.com, “From our side there is the complete resolve to do this. He’s doing better than expected. (But) we have time, until June next year to do this.”
Reds in for Kranjcar.
The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool’s interest in Niko Kranjcar may be revived after the Croatian playmaker admitted that he may need to leave Tottenham in a bid to gain regular first-team football. The skilful midfielder has rarely featured this season, finding his path to the team blocked by the scintillating form of Gareth Bale on the left wing and Luka Modric adapting to his role in centre-midfield with aplomb.
His father Zlatko, currently Montenegro national team coach, confirmed: “Niko is definitely leaving Tottenham. That’s his choice and I totally agree with him.” Liverpool have long since been linked with Kranjcar and could be tempted to make a bid in January.