Liverpool has suffered another major blow in their pursuit of a Champions League spot, with the news that skipper Steven Gerrard will be out for up to seven weeks due to a hamstring injury picked up against West Ham on Saturday.
Coming into the busy Christmas period, the injury to Gerrard couldn’t have come at a worse time for Liverpool, with their captain likely to miss six and possibly seven crucial league games. Gerrard will miss: away games at Spurs, Manchester City, and Chelsea, in addition to home fixtures against Cardiff, Hull and Stoke.
Early signs suggest that Liverpool’s captain should be back in time for the Merseyside Derby against Everton at Anfield on January 28th. It is fair to say Gerrard doesn’t have the dominant influence on games these days as he did in his prime, however, the 33 year old is still, without question, the 2nd most important player at the club and Liverpool is lacking a suitable replacement for the coming weeks.
With Daniel Sturridge also likely to be out for another month, Liverpool will put even more reliance on their Uruguayan sensation Luis Suarez to spearhead their Christmas fixture list. If Liverpool’s no. 7 can continue his remarkable goal run, the Reds will not be far from the top when both Sturridge and Gerrard return.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury was a major blow however with Suarez’s form of late, Liverpool do not seem to be missing the England striker as much as initially expected. This is a different case for Gerrard’s absence though. The midfield, minus Gerrard, is still arguably Liverpool’s biggest weakness, and the next few weeks may confirm this.
If Liverpool can get through the next 6 games with a minimum 12 points, Brendan Rodgers will be more than satisfied, and their Champions League dream would be well and truly on.