23 Sept 2015

Broken Bone? Anfield nightmare as Firmino and 'nervous' £20m Liverpool star suffer injury woe

Things go from bad to worse for Liverpool. Carlisle United are currently 64 positions below LFC in English football, but after another risibly ineffective performance, the Reds still couldn't beat a team that collectively cost less than 10 weeks of James Milner's wages (!) To add injury to insult, Liverpool's injury crisis is deepening, with Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren both sustaining knocks during the game.

Firmino landed awkwardly after contesting an aerial duel, and went off after 42 minutes.

Then, in extra-time of stoppage time, Lovren - described last month by Mark Lawrenson as 'nervous and error-prone' - landed heavily after another aerial challenge, and had to be stretchered off the field.

Rumours are abuzz that the Croatian may have suffered a broke bone, but Liverpool surely can't suffer two bone injuries in a week...right?

The loss of Lovren is no great shakes, and if it transpires that he's got a broken leg/foot, it'll probably signal the beginning of the end of his Liverpool career.

In his absence, Sakho and Skrtel will probably form an effective partnership, and Liverpool will almost certainly bring in another centre-back, either in January, or next Summer.

There's also the possibility of managerial chance whilst Lovren is on the sidelines.

After tonight's lamentable performance (plus five further games without a win), Rodgers' position is utterly untenable.

Everyone on the planet can see that...except FSG, of course.

If a new manager comes in, the squad will inevitably face a shake-up, and Lovren could be one of the first casualties, especially if he's out injured.

As for Firmino - the Brazilian has endured a miserable start to life at Anfield, and this injury has come at the worst possible time.

Hopefully, it's just precautionary, as Liverpool need him over the next few weeks.

Whatever happens, the club's senior players are dropping like flies, and there's precious little real quality in the squad to compensate.

On a related note: Hendo is probably glad that he's injured right now; he isn't part of the alarming regression taking place at Liverpool right now, and unlike Rodgers, his reputation remains intact.

Author: Jaimie K


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