Gerrard Injury Is Massive Blow For Liverpool

Wembley Stadium England v France (1-2) Friendly International 17/11/2010 Steven Gerrard (England) feels his hamstring and has to be substitiuted Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Gerrard grips his hamstring after over 80minutes against France...

Liverpool were already in the midst of a struggle and after poor performances against Stoke and Wigan the fixture against West Ham doesn't necessarily look as pleasing as it should be.

West Ham are currently bottom of the table with just 9 points. Pressure is on Avram Grant and with a goal difference of -11, things aren't going well for the Londoners.

West Ham have injuries to Ben Haim and Hitzlsperger. Three of their players are also out due to knee injuries - Collison, Kurucz and Hines. However the team regularly fielded by Grant should not be affected.

For Liverpool we are without Lucas Leiva who received a red card against Stoke so will have to serve a one match ban. Also out are Joe Cole and Daniel Agger and of course Captain Steven Gerrard. Furious Liverpool staff blew their tops after Gerrard was played for longer than the agreed time, it wouldn't feel as bad if it wasn't a friendly but to see our number 8 limp off the field with a bad hamstring injury at Wembley was horrible. Bloody England! Cheers Capello!

This is the Hammers worst ever start to the season and although we aren't quite at that level we are extremely close. Usually the added stability of being at home would be something to be positive about but this time out, it's not. Despite West Ham clearly being beatable i have seen nothing in the last two matches from the Reds that backs up us being able to get three points, let alone deserve it.

With Gerrard out there is also the scary possibility that Poulsen will be brought into some sort of shaken up midfield. One plus side is the newly fit Fabio Aurelio who i would gladly welcome into tomorrow's starting line up, his skill and ingenuity will be a refreshing burst for a drab looking Liverpool side.

Lucas out too will only cause more problems in the possession and supply sector. Assuming Torres starts tomorrow, the weight is going to be fully on his shoulders, perhaps unfairly so but when Liverpool need a talisman they're only going to look to one player - El Nino.