With the last win against West Ham at 4-1, Liverpool is left yet again counting the cost of victory.
In the match Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard suffered a hamstring injury while Jordan Henderson suffered from an ankle injury thanks largely to Nolan’s horrific challenge on Henderson. In the aftermath of the match, it is now clear that Steven Gerrard will miss at least 4 to 6 weeks of action while the fate of Henderson is still unknown. Henderson is a doubt for the up and coming match at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool’s squad had been left relatively thin with only Allen and Lucas as the recognized senior midfield players. In the coming weeks, it seemed that these two players will become important components of the Liverpool midfield setup. However questions will remain as to whether these 2 players are ready to take over Steven Gerrard’s role.
It also remains to be seen if Brendan Rodgers will decide on the formation for the visit to Spurs. Will he continue with 4-2-3-1 or will he revert back to 3-5-2 or even 4-4-1-1.It all depends on which players are available for his selection.
Definitely Joe Allen and Lucas Levia is fit and ready for selection. Joe Allen so far this season had already made 6 appearances. He is coming back from a shoulder injury sustained in the last season. Since his comeback his performance had steadily improved despite the missed at derby match. In the last match against West Ham, he had created two chances .He had made 88% passing accuracy. He had won 49% of the duels. (Stats according to squaka com).In his defensive duties he had made 62.5% clearances and 37.5% of interceptions.
Lucas Levia on the contrary had a mixed bag of performances. Sometimes good sometimes bad. When it was bad the manager dropped him to the bench. In this season so far, Lucas had already played 12 matches for the reds. In this 12 matches he had already accumulated 5 yellow cards and 1 match suspension.
Lucas Levia completed 100% passing shot accuracy. His pass accuracy is also pretty impressive scoring at 91%. His defensive duties comprise of 50.7% clearance, had 2.8% blocks and 46.5% interceptions. And of course who can forget his error that led to a goal. He incurred the wrath of referees when they issued 5 yellow cards to him , 1 for verbal which I think is really stupid of him and 4 for bad tackles on the opponent players resulting in free kicks situation.
Clearly Lucas needs to improve on his discipline on the field. If he does not he will certainly receive a red card pretty soon and that will cost Liverpool the match.
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