Interests in ageing full-backs are confusing given the position’s role in today’s game.
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The fixture list sees a trio of outfits poised for a pre-Christmas springboard up the table.
Speculation dictates there’s some huge transfer news coming our way this January as the whisper generators go mental.
Theoretically, adding better players to the squad should increase the prospects of success, but circumstances dictate this isn’t the case.
The former Sunderland man importance is underlined by how the side fare in his absence.
Both have been hit by their fair share of casualties but there are others worse off.
Everything from conspiracy theories to constructive criticism swept over the Twittersphere as news of the striker’s injury broke.
The Ulsterman still seems very much on track at Anfield and going back to Rafa would be madness.