Steven Gerrard’s recovery from undergoing surgery to cure a groin problem is progressing quicker than first thought, The Guardian reports.
Gerrard was initially expected to be missing for a month following surgery, but is now targeting a return to the first team on April 2 against West Brom, and former manager Roy Hodgson.
Gerrard is likely to be joined in first-team training again next week by Martin Kelly, whilst Fabio Aurelio and Jonjo Shelvey – both longer-term absentees – are recovering quicker than expected.
“They’re all improving,” first-team coach Steve Clarke confirmed. “They’re our four longer-term injuries, the ones that have been causing us a bit of concern recently, but hopefully they’ll all join in training next week.”
Comolli gets promotion.
Damien Comolli has been promoted from his Sporting Director title. The former Arsenal scout, who has also overseen transfer policy at St. Etienne and Tottenham Hotspur, now assumes the role of Liverpool’s Director of Football as part of a boardroom shake-up under Fenway Sports Group.
The internal changes also see Ian Ayre replace Christian Purslow, who left last October after helping oversee the sale of the club, as the club’s new managing director.
Ayre has been with the club since 2007 in the position of commercial director, whilst Comolli joined initially to team up with Roy Hodgson. His role in securing the transfers of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January has impressed the Anfield hierarchy, leading to his promotion, Skysports.com reports.
“I am delighted to have been offered this promotion and very proud that I am going to be able to make significant contributions to the development of this great club,” Comolli said upon accepting his promotion.
Reds in for Ayew.
Liverpool are set to make a Summer move for Marseille wing-back Andre Ayew, according to a report on Tribalfootball.
Ayew has impressed in Marseille’s Champions League campaign this season, which came to a halt when defeated by Manchester United in the last 16, and the Ghana international has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool.
Ayew, 21, Has only recently signed a new contract with the French side, so is unlikely to come cheap, however the Merseyside club are thought to be willing to place a substantial bid at the end of the season.