At age 33, the career of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be coming to a natural end. That, or the midfielder could see much less minutes, as his seemingly superhuman strength starts to wane with age. But Brendan Rodgers has a solution: shift Gerrard to defense.
“I look at Steven and I think he can play as a number two centre-half later in his career,” said the Liverpool manager. “[He could] build the game from behind,” Rodgers continued, “How he passes the ball is as good as anyone in the world, short and long.”
Earlier this year, Gerrard signed a contract extension that will keep him at Anfield another two years. With the captain, who has spent his entire career as a Red, set to stay at Liverpool until after age 35, it’s natural for the manager to be contemplating ways to use him effectively. Yet the course of Gerrard’s career will, obviously, be determined by his fitness levels, as Rodgers himself admitted. But as of now, there are no issues with Gerrard’s health: “He is 34 at the end of this season, and I look at his fitness and I look at how he is playing and he is as fit as he has ever been. He is looking after himself,” said Rodgers.
That’s good news for Liverpool fans, who likely want to see their captain playing as long as possible — and to finish out his career in a Liverpool kit. If it means a shift to defense, well, it matters little. At least Gerrard will be playing, and most likely, playing effectively.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.