Rodgers provides Liverpool injury update, thoughts on Burnley and 'under-rated' midfielder

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Rodgers was speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool's game with Burnley at Anfield this week.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers provided an injury update on his side ahead of Wednesday night's game against Burnley at Anfield.

Captain Steven Gerrard and goalkeeper Brad Jones have returned to training as the Reds will look to keep up the pressure on the sides above them for a place in next season's Champions League, with the Reds just two points behind Manchester United who occupy fourth spot. Glen Johnson also trained after recently missing the Europa League tie against Besiktas through illness.

The Reds, however, lost Jordon Ibe because of a knee injury he picked up against Besiktas in midweek, but things seem to be a little more positive on the injury front for the Reds.

Rodgers told reporters: "Gerrard is coming along very well. He's working hard. Jordon Ibe will be out for a few weeks. He'll be back towards end of March."

It is unclear whether Gerrard will play against Burnley or be kept in reserve for the FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday as the Reds will look to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition. The update on Ibe means he could be in line for a return to the squad for the huge match against Manchester United in the Premier League.

One of the star performers during their win at the weekend was Joe Allen. While all the plaudits will go to Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho for their stunning strikes, Allen pulled the strings nicely in midfield for Liverpool, outplaying his illustrious opposite numbers in the central positions.

Allen has been something of a maligned figure at Anfield with some fans questioning what he adds to the team, but Rodgers said the £15 million that was paid to bring him to the club from Swansea City in 2012 has represented good value.

He said: "He's an under-rated player. His dominance in the game against a very talented group of Manchester City midfield players was outstanding.

"He's the type of player who needs games. He broke up the game really well, he was aggressive in his pressing, and technically, he is impressive.

"It's been difficult for him, because he's been injured this year, and that has curtailed his availability. Once you see he has a run of games, he is a top class player."

The victory at the weekend meant Liverpool remain firmly in the hunt, just two points behind Manchester United who are in fourth place, and Rodgers seems pretty intent on keeping Liverpool's good form going, against a side he says he rates after being asked questions about Danny Ings - who has been linked with a summer move to Anfield.

"For us, we are focusing on our own game.

"We are seven points behind Manchester City now, and we want to keep chasing to the very end. Our focus is the top four, and we will concentrate on that."

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