Liverpool defender out for longer than expected as Rodgers has faith in squad

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of tomorrow night's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has that centre-back Mamadou Sakho is out for a further ‘two to three weeks’ with a hamstring injury.

Sakho was said to be close to full fitness but appears to have had a setback in his recovery, and it looks almost certain the defensive duo of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure will start the Merseyside derby at the heart of the defence.

Rodgers has said that Joe Allen has been training but they will have to wait and see if he is fit enough to play any part in the game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Everton at Anfield, the Reds boss said: ‘It’s just a case of assessing Joe on whether it’s going to push him too much, this game.

‘We don’t want another injury that is the key. Maybe if we had a raft of players we could put him and if he came out of the team there will be someone else to put in. At this moment in time we don’t have that. So we have to think not only for tomorrow night but for the coming weeks because we’ve got some important games.’

Rodgers still says there is nothing imminent in terms of transfers, with Liverpool recently missing out on Mohamed Salah who joined Chelsea over the weekend, and said if he signs anyone he would want them to be players who could affect the starting 11, and has said his side have been unfortunate with injuries and hopes to get them back as quickly as possible. The Liverpool boss seemed to show great faith in his current players to continue their pursuit of Champions League football.

‘I think we’ve shown until this point now with the squad that we have, and if we can add to it in this period it would put us in a great position. We’ve shown over the course of the season that we’re a team that’s up there on merit.

‘What I do know is that we’ve got a group here that’s fighting and if no-one comes in that will galvanise us even more and we’re really focusing on the players that we have because as I said, if we can get them [the injured players] back as a quick as we can, we’ve got a group that can really be up there like we’ve shown all season.’

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