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Liverpool boss unfazed by former Chelsea striker

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Demba Ba's return to Anfield, 10 months after he ruined the club's Barclays Premier League title dream, will not stir up bad memories.

Liverpool don't have good memories of Demba Ba. Credit: PA

In April last year Ba, then a Chelsea player, capitalised on a slip by Steven Gerrard to race through and score the crucial opening goal at Anfield.

Chelsea, who produced a masterclass of defending that day, went on to win 2-0 and deliver a fatal blow to Liverpool's hopes of ending their long, barren run without a championship.

It won't stimulate any bad memories for me. At the time (last April) he scored a goal, which was a good goal, but he has scored many good goals in his career.

We just see him as a threat that we will pay respect to but nothing more than that. He had a very good period here in England, he is a wonderful player, who has good touch and technique and he scores goals.

He has gone to Besiktas and done well.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers



Gerrard ruled out of crucial Liverpool fixtures

Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a hamstring problem which will keep him sidelined for this weekend's FA Cup trip to Crystal Palace, and the league fixtures against Southampton and Man City.

Gerrard will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks. Credit: PA

With Lucas Leiva already out for at least a month with a thigh problem it means Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen are likely to be paired in central midfield.

Forward Raheem Sterling, who missed the midweek league win over Tottenham with a foot injury, has to be assessed while youngster Jordon Ibe is cup-tied.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Markovic, Allen, Henderson, Moreno, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Jones, Ward, Johnson, Manquillo, Enrique, Borini, Lambert, Balotelli.

Liverpool face anxious wait over Gerrard scan

Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard's hamstring injury.

Gerrard may face a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Credit: PA

The Reds captain came off in the second half of Tuesday's victory over Spurs after complaining of tightness.

"Unfortunately he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back," Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe said.

Rodgers facing dilemma over Liverpool striker

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to start the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Will Sturridge start against Everton? Credit: PA

The England international has made just two 20-minute substitute appearances since his comeback from a five-month lay-off but is approaching full fitness.

There are slight injury doubts over midfielders Lucas Leiva (thigh), Lazar Markovic (back) and Adam Lallana (groin).

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Moreno, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Ward, Johnson, Manquillo, Enrique, Allen, Ibe, Lambert, Borini, Balotelli.

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