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Rodgers hasn’t considered recalling Carroll


Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he hasn’t thought of recalling Andy Carroll from his loan at West Ham to help solve Liverpool’s striker shortage.

The Reds have just one senior forward available for selection, after Fabio Borini picked up an ankle injury on international duty with Italy, and many had expected the Anfield boss to cut Carroll’s loan deal with the Hammers short.

But Rodgers claims that thought hasn’t crossed his mind.

He said: “It isn’t something I have considered, to be honest. Andy has obviously gone out to get games. We have people watching when he plays and they report back on how he is doing. But with Fabio’s injury just coming up we will assess it from there.”

Luis Suarez will have to shoulder the goalscoring burden during the injury crisis, and Rodgers admits he’s disappointed he won’t be able to rest the Uruguayan star during that time.

“I’ve rested him a couple of times knowing the squad we have and the games we have, looking to prioritise, but like most footballers he wants to play every minute of every game,” said the Northern Irishman.

“It is something I need to assess. The most important thing is winning games – that is what we need to do and in order to do that as often as we can I need the best players on the field.

“Luis will absolutely love playing three times a week but I need to try to nurture him because there are still many games to play between now and January.

“And even in January if we bring someone in it may not be January 1, so that is something which, over time, I need to assess and we’ll look to manage the squad.”

Suso set to sign new deal


Spanish youngster Suso is set to sign a new deal to keep him at Anfield.

The 18-year-old, signed from Cadiz in 2009, made his senior debut in the 5-3 Europa League win over Swiss club Young Boys on September 20th, adn has made three Premier League appearances for the club.Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to secure him long-term following some assured performances.The Spain Under-19 international, who can play in an attacking role, is likely to get more opportunities to impress following news of Fabio Borini’s three month layoff with a broken bone in his foot.Rodgers spoke highly of the young Spanish midfielder, stating that he is a big part of future plans at Anfield.”I’ve been really impressed by young Suso,” he said. “He’s a good boy as well. He’s very keen to learn. He’ll sign a new contract, which shows our commitment to him and shows that he’s very happy here and has got hope, which is very important. He’s a wonderful technician.

“He’s very bright. He’s a thinking player, which I like. He needs to add goals to his game, but when you’re a young player coming into the team, you’re really just trying to settle in. He’s very creative and he works very hard, so he’s done very well. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s shown excellent progress.”

Reina injured on international duty


Liverpool face a goalkeeping headache with then news that Pepe Reina has been injured whilst on international duty with Spain. The Reds’ first-choice stopper will undergo a physical examination upon returning to Merseyside.

Manchester City’s David Silva was substituted in the game after picking up a hamstring injury, while Alvaro A
rbeloa was also withdrawn with a similar knock.Reina told reporters: “The injury is not serious. I go
t injured at half-time. Today [Wednesday] I will do more tests at Liverpool.”The goalkeeper has only missed four Premier League games for Liverpool since May 2007, with a run out of the team being e
nforced on him towards the end of last season due to suspension.

Liverpool 0 – 0 Stoke City


Liverpool had to settle for just the one point after a hard-fought clash against Stoke at Anfield ended in a goalless draw.

Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel went closest for the Reds but ultimately they failed to turn their domination of the game into a victory.
Suarez hit the post with 10 minutes to go after previously slicing wide from inside the area while Skrtel shot inches wide of Asmir Begovic’s far post in the dying minutes and Stoke held firm for a point.An early scare after early on in the game threatened to gift Stoke their first Anfield goal since 1983. Nuri Sahin under-hit his pass to Martin Skrtel after Pepe Reina caught him unawares with a short goal-kick. Former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam seized possession but after some frantic defending the ball was hooked to safety.

At the Anfield Road End, Suarez danced his way along the touchline in the manner we have all become accustomed to before poking the ball back for Sahin but the Turkish international’s side-footed effort crashed into a Stoke defender.

Whelan whipped an inviting free-kick across the blindside of a retreating Reds defence but Skrtel was strong and alert to scramble the ball clear as Peter Crouch stood poised to turn it home at the far post.

Stoke were the physical presence that everyone expected them to be; for better and for worse. The wall of claret and blue they formed ahead of the ball was mostly impenetrable and the Reds were unable to settle into a rhythm on the ball.

When the home side did look to retain possession, however, tough challenges came raining down upon them. First Robert Huth clattered Suarez off the ball and then Michael Kightly received a yellow card for a late, lunging tackle.

After the interval the Reds came out full of drive and determingation. Gerrard, Suarez and the excellent Suso connected with deft passes and flicks as Sahin dropped deep sporadically and Allen lurked patiently to pick up the pieces.

On 51 minutes Gerrard opened up the Stoke defence. Head raised, the skipper clipped a perfectly-weighted pass into the path of Glen Johnson, but the full-back blazed the ball over the bar.

Suarez let the ball roll across his body before embarking on a mazy run through the heart of the Stoke defence. But with a trail of floored defenders in his wake and the whole of Anfield on its feet, poised to explode in celebration, the Uruguayan sliced the ball wide.

Agger, who had carried the ball with real purpose from the back throughout the game, sprinted to the edge of the Stoke penalty area from where he crossed into the centre for Sahin to attack. The ball evaded him but broke for Sterling, who smashed it against Begovic’s near post.

Joe Cole, on as a second-half substitute whipped the ball into the box for Skrtel but he could only fire hide and the Reds were forced to settle for a draw.