What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop….
Liverpool top of the crocks
Liverpool have been plagued by injuries this season but the current casualty list is at an all-time high, with Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez among those currently sidelined. Reds fans are wondering if it’s down to the high-intensity pressing game they have adopted? Is it the harder training schedule? Or is it simply the congested fixture list? Supporters were delighted with Jürgen Klopp’s appointment but frustration is creeping in due to the extensive injury list. But a crocks crisis is nothing new to the German: in his final season at Borussia Dortmund his squad had more than 100 injuries throughout the season, with a third of those being muscle strains.
Howard nets 350th appearance
Tim Howard became the first Everton player to reach 350 games in the Premier League when he reclaimed his place in the starting line-up on Wednesday night. It’s a great achievement for the 36-year-old, who manager Roberto Martinez has been forced to defend after a number of the Toffees fans made it clear they would prefer to see Spanish goalie Joel Robles between the sticks after two solid cup performances. However, Martinez has kept his faith in Howard, believing his experience is invaluable to this young team as they bid for European football.
All-Merseyside final on the cards?
After the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-finals, fans on Merseyside are excited by the possibility of the old rivals playing in the Wembley showpiece in February. The second leg ties take place on January 26 and 27 when Liverpool, who are 1-0 up from the first leg, welcome Stoke to Anfield and Everton head to the Etihad with their 2-1 advantage over Manchester City. With neither of their seasons going as well as hoped, an all-Merseyside League Cup final could yet make it a memorable one for Liverpool or Everton supporters but they won’t be getting too carried away just yet.
Everton’s knockout starring role
Evertonians who were at Goodison Park last year for the filming of the new movie from the Rocky franchise, Creed, will be hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves on the big screen when it hits the cinema this week. Two very well-known Toffees fans EBU and former WBO International Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, helped turn the stadium into a Hollywood set during half-time of their Premier League fixture against West Brom last January. Goodison Park has never been so glamorous!
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