The gloss was taken off Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday when captain Steven Gerrard had to leave the field in the second half after picking up a hamstring injury.
Following the match, Brendan Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com, “We just need to assess that in the next day or so.
“It was definitely his hamstring. Hopefully it’s just a strain and we’ll see where we’re at in the next 48 hours.”
We all hope that it is not a serious injury and Gerrard will be fit to face Tottenham on Sunday.
If the injury is worse than expected then Brendan Rodgers is going to have some major tinkering to do in the Reds midfield as Gerrard has been ever present this season. When Gerrard was taken off against West Ham, Lucas Leiva came on for him and took up a role sitting deep in the midfield.
From the start of the season, there have been a lot of suggestions that Liverpool are thin on central midfield options and this could be further exposed if Gerrard is out for a long time. The current options available would be Lucas, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson. With the way Liverpool are lining up these days, all those three would now have to start and we have no options available if one of them gets injured or picks up a suspension.
Thankfully the January transfer window is around the corner and Rodgers may have to go into the market and bring in a quality central midfielder. There has been talk of Liverpool signing Derby’s Will Hughes but I am not sure if Hughes would be the immediate answers for the Reds in midfield. He is certainly one of the future and signing him, then thrusting straight into the first team when he has no Premier League experience could be a tough ask.
One player who would be perfect for Liverpool to bring in in January could be Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. It would be difficult to prize him away from Newcastle but it would be worth a try. Another possible option would be to try tempt Xabi Alonso to return to Liverpool from Real Madrid with his current contract ending in the summer. He may not be easy to sign in January but during the summer window he may be an option.