Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Daniel Agger will play in Saturday’s game at Southampton, despite being substituted in the 4-3 win over Swansea City at the weekend.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game, Rodgers says the spotlight has been unfairly on the Reds vice-captain.
Rodgers said: “What happened to Daniel was no different to what happens to any player. Just because he’s a defender it maybe gets highlighted a wee bit more but we made the change and won the game.
“It’s not different for a winger coming off for me, or a striker or midfield player. I don’t judge players on the status of where they are in the group, it’s what I think the game needs at a certain time.
“Dan has taken it like the man he is, he’s been outstanding in training this week and he will play. He will play on Saturday, there’s no question about that.”
The Reds are boosted over the news that Mamadou Sakho could return to the squad this weekend after struggling with a hamstring injury since December, and Lucas Leiva has also returned to training but won’t be available for this weekend’s trip to the south coast.
“Young Sakho has trained this week which has been great, we’ll see if it’s too early for him this weekend and Lucas Leiva has rejoined the group today which is great. Jose Enrique is still out but apart from that we don’t have any major injuries now."
Rodgers said that both in terms of scoring and conceding is a collective effort from his mean, and not just down to individuals as he robustly defended his under fire defenders.
“It’s not any one player with us or any one unit, it’s the whole team. If we score 70 goals and we’re the highest goalscorers it’s because of building the platform for the team to go forward and play. If we defend it’s because we haven’t pressed the ball well enough at the top of the field, and that’s a consequence for the rest of the team.”
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