Liverpool: The Vital LFC News Roundup
Your easy to digest news update on all things LFC. Snippets this week include two loan departures and a landmark for Jamie Carragher...
Club captain Steven Gerrard has praised the qualities of new signing Daniel Sturridge and challenged the ex-Chelsea man to make a lasting impact on Merseyside. Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Gerrard commented: "Daniel's arrival will help the club. He's got power, pace, strength - he has got huge potential... It's all there for him. He just has to go and grasp it with both hands. He's at an age now where he should be performing week in week out."
In addition to the well documented departure of Joe Cole, a number of the club's younger players have made loan moves out of Anfield in the past couple of days. Most high profile of which is 18-year-old striker Adam Morgan who has moved to League Two side Rotherham United until February 9th. The local-born youngster has made three first-team appearances this season but with the arrival of Sturridge and the imminent return from injury of Fabio Borini, the move will hopefully better aid Morgan's development.
Another making a temporary exit from the club is 19-year-old goalkeeper Jamie Stephens who has joined Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton until the end of the season. Stephens arrived at Anfield in 2010 from Swindon Town and won the Barclays Premier Academy League save of the season award for a stunning stop against Manchester United during the 2010-11 campaign.
Jamie Carragher's appearance during the 3-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday night (2nd January) saw the defender overtake the legendary Billy Liddell in the Liverpool history books. The game was Carra's 493rd in the league for Liverpool and moves him into outright second place in the list of most league appearances for the club.
Another iconic figure from Liverpool's past, Kevin Keegan, has this week been discussing his old side's development under new boss Brendan Rodgers. Speaking to ESPN, the 61-year-old said: "Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard are both world class players but after that, I am struggling to find another one. There are players with potential in the squad, like Raheem Sterling who is one of the most exciting youngsters to come out of the club in a long time but there is no quick fix at Anfield. Hopefully throughout this month he [Rodgers] can move on some players who have big wages and bring in some new faces."
As well as being named Vital Liverpool's player of the month, striker Luis Suarez has collected the Standard Chartered LFC Player of the Month award for December. The Uruguayan topped the official website's poll with 34% of the votes cast to finish ahead of Steven Gerrard (21%) and Stewart Downing (14%).
Reds full-back Glen Johnson has been awarded the club's 'best goal' award for December. The England international's long-range strike against West Ham United topped the poll conducted by Liverpoolfc.com with 41% of the votes cast. Luis Suarez's opener against Queens Park Rangers came second with 18% while Martin Skrtel's effort versus Fulham was third on 12%.
On-loan Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin has expressed his preference for England to adopt a winter break inline with most of Europe's other top leagues. Speaking to the official Liverpool FC Magazine, Sahin said: "I think it would be good for every player, for the health of the player and the quality of the games, if there was a little break. That is just my opinion."
Liverpool U21s will face games against the Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur when the Barclays Premier U21 league resumes later this month. Alex Inglethorpe's side, who qualified for the Elite stage of the competition undefeated, begin the next stage on Monday 14th January with a home fixture against Southampton. Click here to see all the upcoming U21 and U18 fixtures.
Tickets are on sale for Liverpool U19s' NextGen Series game against defending champions Inter Milan next week. The youngsters need a win from their final group stage match to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the competition. The match takes place at St Helens Langteee Park on Tuesday night (8th January) and admission is just £5 for adults. The fixture, which will kick-off at 7pm GMT, will also be screened live on LFC TV.
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