Rodgers provides injury update on Southampton trip, and thoughts on that penalty incident

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's Premier League trip to Southampton.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the best of his current side will come next season ahead of this weekend's huge trip to the south coast to take on Southampton at St Mary's.

The Saints are currently four points ahead of the Reds in the race for the Champions League places, but despite that Rodgers is confident his side can come away with all three points on Sunday evening.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "We respect Southampton and what they've done this season but we know we have the quality and confidence to get a result there.

"We need to keep edging towards it (top four).

"We will see the best of this team next season. Come the summer we will be ready to challenge"

The Liverpool manager confirmed that Steven Gerrard remains absent from the side through injury, with Lucas Leiva, Jose Enrique, Jon Flanagan and Brad Jones all sidelined.

This game comes straight after a Europa League game where there was confusion over who was taking the penalty between Mario Balotelli and Jordan Henderson, and Rodgers seemed content with the end result even if the 'etiquette' wasn't how he would have liked it, while also commenting on comparisons that have been made with Henderson and Gerrard.

He added: "You have to go steady with Henderson, everyone is trying to catapult him into being the next Gerrard.

"Jordan Henderson showed last night what a team player he was by letting Mario take it.

"It's the responsibility of Jordan, if he feels (Mario) can take penalty ... Jordan gave the penalty to Mario."

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