Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the commitment of Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva – who both return to the Liverpool squad ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
With no game last weekend for the Reds, Rodgers decided to give his players five days off – but the duo that were recovering from injury decided to stay at the club, and take part in an under-21 game against West Ham last Friday evening.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the clash against United, Rodgers said: “It’s great credit to them because when I gave the players the time off they actually wanted to stay behind.
“It shows you the commitment of this squad here because they had an opportunity to have a break. They’ve been working very, very hard with the medical team but they decided to stay and last Friday they travelled down themselves in a car down to London to play in an under-21's game.”
Jose Enrique is the only man on the sidelines now for Liverpool as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee problem.
Ahead of the game on Sunday, Rodgers said a first win at Old Trafford since 2009 would put down a marker for his side.
“We’ve had a number of those statistics this year. We hadn’t won away at Tottenham for quite a while and we performed there. We hadn’t won at Southampton – in the last game which is a really tough away game – for 11 years, and we won there. We’ll take the very same approach going into this game.
“We know it’s going to be a difficult game because of the level of opponent but we’ll go in with that same level of aggression and confidence that we can cause problems to any opponent.”