Liverpool may end up missing out on the Premier League title, but they’re destined for Champions League play next season. As such, the Reds will need more depth, with Brendan Rodgers estimating the club needs to bring in about six players.
Playing in Europe’s top competition will require Liverpool to spend a little to plump up their numbers, but the Champions League brings significant benefits – mainly, the ability to attract star players to the club.
“We will need to bring in players over the summer, and the great plus about being in the Champions League is that it makes it easier to attract the top ones,” says Rodgers.
But it’s not just the tournament that will bring in the best signings. According to the manager:
[Liverpool] have developed a style of football over this past year that is already being recognised. We have a way of working and a way of playing that recommends itself to leading players. We have established a reputation as a creative, attacking team that wants to win games and that should stand us in good stead.
Rodgers certainly has a point. With 96 goals scored in 36 games played, the Reds, alongside Manchester City, lead the league on that particular stat. Where Liverpool might consider investing, however, is in defense, or perhaps by bringing in a central midfielder of the destroyer-type. So far this season they’ve conceded 46 goals. That’s not the worst in the league, but it’s worse than seven other sides.
And the defense could cost Liverpool the title. Should they wind up even on points with Manchester City, it’s goal difference, not goals scored, that breaks the tie. Currently, City have a +9 advantage in that area. The outcome of the final three matches just might determine which players – and which positions – Rodgers targets over the summer.
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.