He’d never admit it of course, but Momo Sissoko being out for three months with a dislocated shoulder is great news for Steven Gerrard.
Regardless of his attempts to be the consumate team player, we all know the Liverpool captain prefers central midfield to being stuck out on the right, and with Sissoko wearing a sling for the next 90 days his chances of partnering Xabi Alonso in the middle have increased greatly unless Benitez decides to put Bolo Zenden there out of spite. A little strange though that Alonso openly acknowledges that he and his captain haven’t always enjoyed the best of times together,
“Stevie and I have played together in the middle a lot. Sometimes it’s worked really well and other times we’ve had some problems.”
It’s also good news for Jermaine Pennant. Maybe Gerrard’s permanent move back inside will give the former Arsenal and Birmingham drunk-driving ankle-tag wearing right winger a chance to deliver on all that early promise and seal a place in the side as they look to get back in amongst the top Premiership places.