Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been captaining the team for much of the season due to the in and out nature of Steven Gerrard.
Brendan Rodgers has not been relying upon the legendary midfielder match this season. Hence, Henderson has had to fill in as the stand-in captain on more than one occasion. As Gerrard prepares to leave Liverpool permanently in the summer, concerns have been raised about the next captain. Defender Kolo Toure, though, says that Gerrard has taught enough to Henderson to be able to do this tough job.
After having learnt from the master himself,Toure says that Henderson is now ready to take on the mantle of leading Liverpool from here on. It is a far cry from the early days Liverpool for the former Sunderland midfielder. After arriving for £ 16 million, he was heavily criticised for his poor form early on. Yet, he remains as one of the much improved players at Anfield under the regime of Brendan Rodgers. Just as Gerrard gets ready to leave the club,Toure could also be on his way out. The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender is out of contract and there are no signs that Liverpool want to extend it. Read more »
Fulham manager Kit Symons felt that his team should have been given all three points in the recent encounter against Charlton Athletic. The match finished as a 1-1 draw with all of the goals coming inside the 20 minutes of the first half. Ross McCormack opened the scoring after just eight minutes on the clock but Charlton were level not too long after that goal.
Gudmundsson scored after just eight minutes but Symons says that Charlton should have been penalised for offside. The player was not directly outside, but Frederic Bulot was impeding play from an offside position. Read more »
Due to the suspension and unavailability of regular first-team defender Martin Skrtel, experienced campaigner Kolo Toure was brought into the starting line-up against Arsenal on Saturday.
Liverpool were going into the match with a real need of three points in order to keep their slim hope of top four qualifications alive. Another victory for Manchester United and a defeat for Liverpool will extend the gap further with only seven matches remaining. It proved to be the case after Arsenal ran riot at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. A 4-1 victory over the Reds has almost ended any hope of Champions League qualification for Liverpool.
After the match, Touré was not happy with the way the match went. Liverpool were second best in all areas of the pitch and they were particularly unhappy at the way Liverpool scored three of their goals in the last eight minutes of first-half. The only consolation for Liverpool came through a penalty scored by Jordan Henderson after Raheem Sterling was fouled in the box. It was always going to be difficult for Brendan Rodgers and his men, as they came into the match without two of their top players – Steven Gerrard and Skrtel – due to suspension. It is quite possible that Liverpool will now start focusing on the FA Cup. Read more »