It’s Saturday, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time again for my weekly Liverpool FC blog for The Anfield Spirit. Though, for the first time in what seems to be an eternity, we’ve got a Saturday match against the returning Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

As a team, Liverpool have put themselves in a very good run of form since the humiliation at Southampton; we don’t need to speak about that though, never happened. A much needed bounce back which saw Liverpool become the top goal scorers in the Premier League.

Injury News

It looks like Daniel Sturridge is getting that record-breaking sight of goal back, which is something we’re going to need in the run-in. News arrived on Friday that Divock Origi will be out for the season after he suffered ligament damage; a huge loss.

Since being ranked among the worse players in Ligue Un following his immediate loan back following his signing, Divock bounced back through hard work and became one of the most exciting players on the pitch; it came just at the right time – we needed that spark.

The news seemingly gets worse, as it has been revealed that Christian Benteke is nearing his return to full fitness following his knee injury. Personally, I think his future is already decided but maybe he’ll get a few games, with the Europa league concerned, to change his fortunes.

In better news, Danny Ings could return to the Liverpool team before the end of the season as it has been revealed he’s ahead of schedule recovering from his season-ending knee injury. There’s also rumours flying around that Emre Can could play again before the season is out – Not confirmed.

Europa League

After doing my rounds on Twitter earlier this week, I discovered news about the potential ticket allocation for the Europa League Final, it’s a bit stupid isn’t it? Holding the final in a 38,000 seater stadium? Could you imagine the SuperBowl being held there?

No, I hear? Glad we’re thinking alike. It’s a good job that the overall prize for winning the Europa league is bigger than the actual venue. For Liverpool, should we make it, it’ll be like playing another Premier League game. But first, Villarreal stand in the way.

Whilst we’ve already done what looks like to be the hardest task in the competition, we should give Villarreal as much respect as we did BVB Dortmund. They’ve made it this far, but the realistic argument here is, they are nowhere near as good.

There is a real possibility that there could be 5 English teams in the Champions League next year, this is made possible due to a rule change which was introduced when it was made possible for the winners of the Europa League to enter the Champions League.

Is English football getting back to the heights it used to be? Both Liverpool and Manchester City remain in their respective European Competitions; this has to be a sign doesn’t it?

Until next time guys, I’ll catch you down the road.

Nic

@MrNickMason

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