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Liverpool vs Southampton: What System Should Brendan Rodgers Employ Following Coutinho’s Injury?

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With Coutinho now sidelined for up to six weeks with a fairly random shoulder injury, Liverpool have lost their main creative spark and Brendan Rodgers now has a huge dilemma regarding who to put into the team whilst attempting to maintain the great momentum the Reds have built up since January.

The Ulsterman has a good number of options to consider with the Reds brimming with young, attacking starlets such as Moses, Sterling, Ibe, Henderson and Alberto, as well as the more experienced Iago Aspas. Let us also not forget the imminent return of the infamous Luis Suarez, too.

As well as the cover afforded by the growing squad, Rodgers has also brought in players with fantastic versatility and this means the Reds could line up in one of any number of formations from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to 5-3-2. These two factors make Liverpool’s clash with Southampton this weekend all the more interesting. A number of questions need answering and whether or not Liverpool remain top of the league come Saturday night rests solely on Rodgers’s shoulders.

Here are some of the potential options available to BR come Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick off, with capital letters in the line ups denoting a change in personnel or starting position:

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Liverpool Transfer News: Victor Moses Joins On Loan From Chelsea

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Liverpool have completed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea attacker Victor Moses, according to reports

The 22-year-old former Wigan Athletic winger/forward becomes Liverpool’s third transfer deadline day signing, after the Merseysiders confirmed the 25 million capture of central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori earlier today.

Moses was quoted as saying;

First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool.
“The manager has done very well. There are a lot of quality players here – they’re winning games and creating chances. It’s a massive thing for me to be here

He went on to say;

The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League. I just want to gel in, the formation and players here will help me

Moses scored only a solitary goal in 23 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit following his 9 million move to Chelsea from Wigan last year. He has yet to play this year, as Chelsea have signed a glut of midfielders this term, including Van Ginkel, Schurrle, and De Bruyne, which may have initiated the move.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also allowed Italian forward Fabio Borini to join Sunderland on loan for the season, with the Moses capture perhaps a direct replacement. Borini is currently undergoing a medical at Sunderland and that deal is expected to be complete before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight (Monday).

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Liverpool Transfer News: Real Madrid Preparing £45 Million Luis Suarez Bid?

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Liverpool are bracing themselves for a 45 million transfer deadline day bid from Real Madrid for striker Luis Suarez, according to the Metro.

The Reds have battled tooth and nail to retain the services of the Uruguayan, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield all summer.

They have already rejected two bids – one of 30 million and a second worth 40 million and 1 – from Premier League rivals Arsenal, but may have to fend off interest in their prized asset a third time as Real prepare their late offer.

The Spanish giants have just broken the world transfer record by landing Gareth Bale from Tottenham for 86 million, but their spending spree may not end there, with just a little under eight hours of the transfer window left to run.

Suarez scored 33 goals for club and country last season and was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award, while his good form earned him a series of admirers from some of the continent’s leading clubs.

As well as Real and Arsenal, European Champions Bayern Munich have shown an interest in the striker in the past, and Liverpool remain under heavy pressure to sell despite their official stance that the player is not for sale.

Suarez has in the past made no secret of his ambition to play for a Champions League club and recently admitted that he dreams of playing for Madrid.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Rodgers Must Fend Off Red Devils In Rakitic Race

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Liverpool are set to face competition from Northwest rivals Manchester United over Sevilla captain and Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

The Daily Express revealed both Premier League heavyweights are interested in Rakitic, 25, but must pay his reported release clause of 33 million to land him.

Sevilla do not need to sell during the winter window, however, as they let Spanish pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas join Manchester City this past summer for big money. On the other hand, Rakitic is their only remaining prize asset.

La Liga side Sevilla have gone from European successes, including back-to-back UEFA Cups under Juande Ramos in 2006 and 2007, and top four finishes to being the best of the rest in Spain. They finished ninth last season, but still managed to get into the Europa League.

Rakitic, who has a year-and-a-half left on his contract, is Sevilla’s skipper and top scorer with seven goals in La Liga this term – the same number Gareth Bale has for Real Madrid so far.

Both Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes have been alerted by Rakitic’s recent admission that he has become frustrated with a lack of success at Sevilla. Liverpool seek a long-term replacement for captain Steven Gerrard, who is currently injured. United too are looking for a dynamic and creative central midfielder.

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Alternatives To Luis Suarez Now He’s Unavailable

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Luis Suarez has signed a new contract at Liverpool.

The controversial Uruguayan striker put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Anfield club this afternoon, thereby quashing any rumours of a January exit.

Arsenal were heavily linked with the 26-year-old forward over the summer, making two offers – one of 30 million and another, a club-record bid, of 40 million and 1.

Both were rejected and, despite Suarez threatening to take his club to arbitration in an effort to force through a move, now looks set to see out the twilight years of his career on Merseyside.

The South American has been in menacing form this season since returning from a 10-match biting ban, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 11 appearances.

And his decision to stay at Liverpool will come as a hammer blow to the Gunners, who have until recently had to rely on Oliver Giroud as their only fit senior striker due to an injury pile-up.

Manager Arsene Wenger was hoping to bring in a new forward in January to take some of the burden off the overworked Giroud, but will now have to look elsewhere following Suarez’ snub.

And here, we take a look at 5 Alternatives To Luis Suarez Now He’s Unavailable.

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Liverpool vs Fulham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Liverpool will be hopeful of putting the Arsenal defeat behind them as they continue to keep themselves in contention with Arsenal at the summit. Coutinho is hit and miss whether he will indeed start against a Fulham side greatly lacking in confidence, but Brendan Rodgers’ men are heavy favourites to dole out another defeat for the Cottagers.

Martin Jol and Fulham look to be in another relegation dogfight this season as they cannot stop conceding goals. The side are surrendering chances far too readily in the Premier League this campaign, and the manager’s job is on the line as a result. They’ll do well to keep Liverpool quiet, as only two other sides have scored more league goals than the Reds this season.

Team News

Liverpool will be without Iago Aspas, Jose Enrique, and Sebastien Coates, but Steven Gerrard who was a doubt is expected to start.

Fulham have Hugo Rodallega out on a long-term injury, and Matthew Briggs is also out of action. Brede Hangeland is doubtful. Sascha Reither is undergoing action on a violent conduct charge, and is undergoing a three-match ban.

Recent Form

The Reds have been sent back down to earth following a 2-0 away to Arsenal, but the side are still in 3rd place in the league. They’ve lost just once at home this season, which incidentally was the only time they haven’t scored at Anfield this campaign.

After back-to-back wins against Stoke City and Crystal Palace respectively, Fulham have recently succumbed to back-to-back defeats to Southampton and Manchester United. As a result, the Cottagers are now just two points ahead of the drop zone.

Likely Lineups

  • Liverpool (3-5-2) – GK: Simon Mignolet, DC: Sakho, Skrtel & Toure, LWB: Cissokho, MC, Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva & Jordan Henderson, RWB: Glen Johnson, ST: Daniel Sturridge & Luis Suarez
  • Fulham (4-4-1-1) – GK: Maarten Stekelenburg: DL: Kieran Richardson, DC: Fernando Amorebieta & Philippe Senderos, DR: Aaron Hughes, ML: Patjim Kasami, MC: Scott Parker, MC: Steve Sidwell, MR: Alex Kacaniklic, AMC: Bryan Ruiz, ST: Dimitar Berbatov

Source: BBC Football

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Liverpool News: Luis Suarez Denies Saying He Wants To Stay

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has taken another twist after the Liverpool striker denied making comments saying he could stay at Anfield this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Yesterday, the 27-year-old was quoted by a Uruguayan newspaper saying he could stay at the Merseyside club for the “affection of the people”.

But it seems as though Suarez has now performed an amazing U-Turn, saying after Uruguay’s 4-2 win over Japan yesterday:

“I didn’t say that. Maybe someone else did and the main thing is that I am here now with the national team.”

Suarez’s original (alleged) comments to Uruguayan newspaper El Observador were:

“For now, due to all of the people’s affection (for me), I will be staying.”

Uruguayan journalist Martin Chaquero also claimed he had been told Liverpool would keep the club’s top goalscorer last season.

Chaquero even claimed Suarez could sign a new contract at Anfield.

“Luis Suarez confirms to me he will not leave Liverpool. The support of the fans has influenced his decision.

“Suarez see it as likely that he’ll sign a renewal (extension) to the contract that binds him to Liverpool.”

However, a contract extension appears unlikely at best considering the way the striker has behaved in recent times, with his efforts to force through a move to Arsenal leading to manager Brendan Rodgers barring him from training with the first team.

Suarez has been the subject of two failed bids from Arsenal, the most recent being an offer of 1 over 40 million, which was instantly rejected by the Reds, who maintain that the player is not for sale.

And Rodgers has since refused to answer questions on the ongoing transfer saga and will not be making any more public comments on the issue.

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