Liverpool vs. Derby
3pm (10am EST) Saturday, September 1
The Lowdown: Saturday’s clash is a stark contrast between two clubs, each headed in completely opposite directions. Liverpool sit fourth with seven points while Derby are butt-naked last with one single point. The juxtaposition continues with a look at the goal differences; +3 for Liverpool, -6 for Derby. In four games, Billy Davies’ squad has given up nine goals. It’s obvious there is only one acceptable result for Liverpool: the complete and utter destruction the Rams.
And a cleansheet.
Andriy Voronin should be available for selection after being held out midweek as a precaution over a thigh strain. Carra is definately sidelined due to his broken rib and collapsed lung, while Gerrard has been all but ruled out. Stevie G could play with the help of an injection, but Rafa is certainly not going to risk him given the wealth of talent at his disposal (to say nothing about the opposition).
The manager on his captain’s fitness:
I spoke to Steven again yesterday and the news was not very positive. It will be very difficult for him to play on Saturday. The doctor will continue to help him, but maybe it’s too early for this weekend.