Liverpool morning news, Sakho likely to be disciplined, Gerrard defended

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho may face disciplinary action according to The Guardian after he left Anfield when he was informed he wouldn't be involved in the matchday squad for Saturday's Merseyside derby.

The Frenchman has since apologised for his actions but his reaction is unlikely to please manager Brendan Rodgers, who selected Kolo Toure on the bench ahead of Sakho.

The manager has also backed captain Steven Gerrard to still be an influential figure at the club following a lot of criticism ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton.

Gerrard answered his critics with a terrific derby display which included a goal from a well-taken free-kick. It was close to giving the Reds all three points where it not for a top class strike from Phil Jagielka in stoppage time.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “He’s got the performances left in him. We will just manage him through the games. But he’s obviously got great quality and great appetite, which is important.

“It’s more going to be a case of how long he wants to play, because he has certainly still got the quality to.”

Jordan Henderson has also come to the defence of his captain following his derby display, saying he is still one of the best players in the Premier League.

He's quoted by Sky Sports, saying: "There's no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting someone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is. I don't think he deserves any criticism. He's been the best player this league's probably seen in a long time and still is."

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