Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss a month of football after undergoing surgery to cure a long-standing groin problem, The Guardian reports.
The midfielder had only played once since Liverpool’s 1-0 victory away to Chelsea – risking aggravating the problem to help the Merseysiders to a 3-1 defeat of Manchester United – and will now miss crucial fixtures for club and country.
His absence was keenly felt as Liverpool slumped to defeat against Braga, and missing the return leg as he recovers from surgery seriously denudes Liverpool’s chances of qualification to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. England too will miss Gerrard as they attempt to reinvigorate their European Championships sojourn against Wales. A return in early April is however anticipated.
Torres bemoans ‘Pool chaos.
In a frank and revealing interview given to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, Fernando Torres revealed that his heart had been set on a transfer away from Liverpool long before the move to Chelsea became reality.
Liverpool, the Spanish striker said, were in ‘chaos’, and the transfer to Stamford Bridge was necessary because the remaining six months of this season being spent at Anfield would have seemed like another three years of futility.
His discontent can be traced back to the departure of compatriot Xabi Alonso – the first signification that Liverpool were on the wane. “I had made up my mind a long time before,” he admitted. “In the summer in which Xabi Alonso left (2009) I started to wonder.
“The club was not the same. It wasn’t heading in the direction I thought it should head in and I could see a change was needed.”
Segura given reserves role.
Liverpool academy technical director Pep Segura has replaced the departing John McMahon as reserve team coach with immediate effect, Skysports.com reports.
Segura, it seems, will act as a stop-gap until the summer, whence more permanent changes to the coaching structure at the Melwood training ground will be implemented.
The Spaniard brings a great pedigree to the position. Having previously worked within the youth set-up at Barcelona’s famous La Masia training ground, he has been responsible for the blossoming of such young talents as Cesc Fabregas and will hope that his change in role will help nurture those on the fringes of Liverpool’s first team into the match day squad.