Liverpool Could Miss Gerrard in Anfield Encounter vs Manchester United
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard might sit out tonight’s Premier League contest against Manchester United at Anfield. It is said that he experienced yet another chronic groin problem in team practice yesterday.
Kop boss Kenny Dalglish was hopeful Gerrard might play in the highly anticipated home game with their giant rivals especially after making several remarks with media people that seemingly intended for United manager Sir Alex Fergusson and his use of verbal strategies to obtain preferential treatment from game officials.
Dalglish hit back at BPL clubs who don’t adhere to FA’s Respect drive. This is in light of a charge meted by the FA versus the multi-titled manager for making tough criticisms of referee Martin Atkinson following a defeat by Chelsea in Tuesday.
Back in January, in Dalglish’s opening match returning as Liverpool manager, the team lost a 1-0 decision to United after a controversial premature penalty was given to Ryan Giggs and in which Gerrard was dispatched off after being penalized with two yellow cards.
Dalglish’s comments has added energy to the fire for the game where United striker Wayne Rooney is expected to play despite elbowing Wigan’s James McCarthy in a midweek fixture. Rooney prevented potential suspension after referee Mark Clattenburg insisted to the FA that he already completed necessary actions regarding Rooney’s conduct.
With Gerrard’s probable absence, Jamie Carragher is eager to appear out from a two-month injury layoff beginning in tonight’s Liverpool-United game. In the team’s web page, the 33-year old defender states he is back in full competitive health and anticipates to be called up for battle now that the season has entered a critical stage for the club.
Manchester United is in quest of a historic 19th English title this season, which would essentially overshadow Liverpool’s earlier record of 18. They currently sit top of the Premier League, three points ahead of second-running Arsenal. Liverpool is currently ranked seventh.