Liverpool injury update: Enrique to see specialist as Johnson returns

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool welcoming his old side Swansea City to Anfield on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Glen Johnson feels better than he has done for a while as the England right-back returns to the squad for this weekend’s Premier League match against Swansea City.

However, Jose Enrique injury problems seem to continue as the Reds’ boss said he is nowhere near playing – and has gone to America to see a specialist in order to sort out a knee problem that has blighted the Spaniard’s season.

Defender Mamadou Sakho is back in training and is ‘about a week away’ whilst Lucas Leiva is making good progress in his recovery from a knee injury, but won’t be available for this weekend.

Rodgers was also asked if he had seen any of last night’s Europa League first leg clash between Dnipro and Tottenham – where January transfer target Yevhen Konoplyanka scored the winner for the Ukrainian side.

The Liverpool boss said he didn’t see the game and when asked about if the Reds would target the winger in the summer, he said: ‘We’ve got lots of people that we’re looking at and we’ll assess where we’re at at the end of the season and take it from there.’

Rodgers described qualification for the Champions League is ‘vitally important’ to attract quality players.

The Reds currently sit in the fourth Champions League spot – three points ahead of Tottenham, and Rodgers said: ‘I think for us to go to that next level it’s where we need to be. I took over the team when it was eighth and that’s what we’ve been building to in these last 18 months. If we can get into that elite competition then it, of course, attracts a different type of player as well. So I think it’s very important and hopefully it’ll be this year.’

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