Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania, The Liverpool Echo reports.
The Scottish Football Association posted on social networking site Twitter that ‘Charlie Adam definitely out’. Adam was forced off with 10 minutes to go on Saturday after a clash in the Czech Republic midfield. The former Rangers and Blackpool man is now carrying a hip injury and could be a doubt for Liverpool’s weekend fixture against Stoke City.
Adam’s absence further depletes Craig Levein’s squad, which has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions ahead of the Lithuania game. The midfielder will be gutted that he cannot play a part in a highly important game for the Scots as they look to get their qualification for Euro 2012 back on track after a disappointing 2-2 draw with the Czechs last weekend.
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Carra praises Reds management.
Jamie Carragher has praised the Liverpool hierarchy for quickly rebuilding the Reds squad to turn them into title contenders, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
The Reds have finished seventh and sixth in the last two seasons and following the January investment of Fenway Sports Group, the club’s fortunes have changed dramatically under Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. Seven players arrived during the summer, coupled with the January arrivals of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, and Carragher is excited at what the club can do.
Carragher said: ‘Normally when a new manager comes in, you’re building. You take it one step at a time. Now, the way we’ve started, the way we finished last season and the players we’ve brought in, I’m not saying we’re going to win the league, but if you feel as if we can give people a run for their money. It’s only been six months.
‘That’s what make it exciting for me. It’s a great credit to the manager and the staff, to the owners and Damien Comolli for changing things around and bringing in players’, the Liverpool veteran said.
Gerrard happy with Bellamy return.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed Craig Bellamy’s return to the club this summer and also hailed the decision to sell Raul Meireles, Sky Sports reports.
The Reds brought Bellamy back on Merseyside after his one season spell in 2007/08 and sold Meireles after he had one season at Liverpool. Gerrard is happy with the look of the squad and believes that the club know how to handle transfer business.
Gerrard said: ‘I’m delighted that Craig is back – I didn’t want him to leave in the first place. That pace and the fiery character he’s got will help us in our push for success this season. When he was here before, he was popular and one of the hardest working. Craig is a top professional’.
The Liverpool skipper also spoke over the Meireles sale and admitted that even though it was a surprise, the club handled it in the correct way. Gerrard said: ‘I don’t think Raul had been too happy, because he wanted more game time. It was probably the right decision and we got good money back for him’.