Liverpool manager Rodgers describes Williams challenge as 'clumsy', gives fitness updates

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The Liverpool manager also urged anyone at Hillsborough in 1989 to get in touch with the IPCC

Brendan Rodgers says he hasn’t even considered the possibility of a title challenge, and is just taking it one game at a time, and said they’ll assess things are 10 games.

“The only focus really is the next game. Our expectancy is to improve as a team.

“We’ll assess it after ten games, see where we are then we’ll have a more realistic idea of where we can be.”

The Liverpool boss confirmed that Coutinho’s shoulder operation takes place today and described the injury as unfortunate.

“I think it was more the fall rather than the challenge. The challenge was wee bit clumsy but it was more the fall. Unfortunately for Phillipe the bone came through the muscle

“We want to have all the best players available here as you possibly can. It’s just unfortunate at this moment we’ve had a number of injuries that have happened at the same time.

“It’s unfortunate for him because he’s been in great form since he came in here in January, but hopefully we’ll get him back sooner rather than later.

Rodgers also gave an update on the fitness of Luis Suarez who serves the last match of his ten game ban this weekend, meaning he is available for Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

“He’s just been working hard, he’s done some games behind closed doors.”

The Liverpool manager also thinks there is a lot more to come from his side despite only dropping two points in their opening four games, allowing them to sit a point clear at the top of the table.

“I think we’ve made a good start. People will talk about that it’s early stages as will I but these are still hurdles you have to get over.”

I believe the team has still got a lot of improvement only because of the nature of what I’ve seen in the games and potential we have in the players still to grow.

“We get Luis back next week which is a world class signing coming back into the picture again.”

“There’s now a better understanding of how we want to work. There’s a great confidence in the group. They come in to work every day and they never look for an easy day. I can never ever criticise them for effort."

The Reds’ boss also gave an update on the fitness of Daniel Agger, who missed Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea after an accident in the gym, and thinks Mamadou Sakho did well on debut.

“We’ll see how he is in the next 24 hours, it’s too early to say whether he’ll be ready or not.

“I thought it was a good introduction for him, not an easy place. He’s strong, he’s quick he’s aggressive and he can pass the ball. Once he becomes accustomed to the demands of this league then I think he’ll slot in and do very, very well.!

On a more serious note away from football, Rodgers also urged people who gave witness statements relating to the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 to get in touch again after the IPCC released details indicating that witness statements had been altered.

“It’s very important for all the families of the victims of Hillsborough and for the fight for justice that we get all those statements.”

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