Liverpool latest: Injury updates, as former pair rile Manchester United

A round up of the latest news and gossip about Liverpool.

Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of defender Daniel Agger and midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Agger injured his ribs during an incident in the gym while Coutinho picked up a shoulder problem during the 2-2 draw last night against Swansea City.

That injury to Coutinho is something Brendan Rodgers blames on changing the pace and nature of the game last night.

“We showed great character to come from behind so early on in the game, but probably young Coutinho going off disrupted the flow of our game,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

It also gives him a headache over who to use in the weekend match against Southampton before a Carling Cup tie against Manchester United next Wednesday.

Daniel Sturridge bagged his fourth goal in as many games during the draw but he too is still not 100% fit. Speaking after the draw last night, Sturridge admitted that he doesn’t feel fully fit following a thigh problem.

Reacting to that draw, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has backed Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho to both be successful at the club. Moses grabbed a goal on his debut while Sakho looked more sporadic in the back four.

“It was great for Victor to score. It was a good performance from him and hopefully he keeps it going. With Sakho, you can see he has all the qualities to be a centre-back in the Premier League,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo.

In transfer news, Liverpool may have a problem if they harbour intentions to sign Kyriakos Papadopoulos from FC Schalke. Liverpool were strongly linked with the centre back over the summer but reports are now suggesting that Arsenal want to sign the defender.

Fabio Borini’s agent has admitted that the striker may have been better off staying in Italy with Roma. Borini has struggled to hit the ground running at Liverpool following periods of inconsistency and injury.

“I think Fabio would have been the ideal player for Zeman last year. But the decision was made to leave Roma. Of course, it all happened very quickly and there was no chance to talk with the Coach,” Marco De Marchi told Radio Mana Mana.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have had their first big spat on Sky’s Monday Night Football. The pair engaged in a heated debate after Carragher claimed that current Reds midfielder Steven Gerrard is a better player than retired Manchester United man Paul Scholes.

Another former Liverpool player has had a sly dig at United, with Dietmar Hamann suggesting the current side at Old Trafford will never be easier to beat than they are at the moment.

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