Liverpool round-up, Skrtel provides update, Johnson confident of progression

Martin Skrtel

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

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel revealed he wanted to carry on after his heavy fall in yesterday's 0-0 draw with Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Skrtel was down for around eight minutes before he was stretched off in the opening minutes, but was unconscious though the defender described it on his Instagram page as 'nothing serious'.

He said: "Everything alright! Was unconscious for a bit but glad its nothing serious!

"Wanted to carry on but fair play to physios they didnt let me - that's the rules! Off for couple of days with the family!! Thanks for all your support YNWA"

Fellow defender Glen Johnson has told the Liverpool Echo that the side is still confident of progressing to the semi-finals, despite the need of a replay at Ewood Park in April.

Liverpool have had a congested fixture list of late but now return to just one game a week given they no longer have European commitments - while the encounter with Blackburn will take place the week commencing April 6.

Johnson said: “Hopefully we’ll play better in the replay and get the win we want. You’ve got to give Blackburn a lot of credit because they worked hard. They got men behind the ball and defended well.

“But we’re still confident we can go through. Hopefully we can pick up our performance and go through in the replay.

“The fixture list isn’t too crowded for us now so having a replay isn’t a big problem. We’ve got plenty of time on the training ground in between matches to work on things now.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers bemoaned that Liverpool weren't awarded a penalty in the first half of yesterday's game after Adam Lallana appeared to be tripped inside the area by Matt Kilgallon.

Instead Andre Marriner waved away the appeals and gave a corner, appearing to suggest that Kilgallon had taken the ball rather than the man.

Rodgers is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: "I thought that was a clear penalty. We probably needed that bit of luck to get the game opened up. If we had scored in that opening 20 minutes the game might have been opened up.”

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