Liverpool media round-up: Rodgers offers fitness update on Henderson, Carragher praises defence

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool made it two wins from their first two Premier League games with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield, with Christian Benteke getting his first competitive goal for the Reds - even if there was an element of controversy about the goal due to the new offside rule.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was very pleased with what his new £32.5 million striker had to offer the side, suggesting he is a different threat to what the side has had ever since Rodgers was appointed manager in 2012.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “There was one moment the ball came into the box, and it was one of the reasons we looked to bring him in.

“With his strength and power, he tried to make the contact with it - but it dropped and we had a chance for Coutinho to then shoot.

“In my time here, that hasn't really happened. Balls have come in and been cleared out, but because of his physicality, he keeps the ball alive in dangerous areas of the field.

“Once the players get used to seeing that and working with that, that offers more opportunities to score goals."

One worry for the Reds is that skipper Jordan Henderson was withdrawn from the game shortly after the half-time break, but Rodgers has said the midfielder had been playing through the pain barrier with a foot problem and missed part of this week's training. 

He told Liverpool's official website: "He wanted to try it, he wanted to give it a go, but you could see he was limited in his running.

"He did great for us in the period of time that he was on but it's important that we get victories and it's important that we have fit players on the field and unfortunately for him he was just in too much pain."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised the Reds' defence following their win over Bournemouth. The defence has been a problem for the side for some time but Carragher was pleased that Liverpool had managed to limit their opponents to very few chances. He did stress, however, there are tougher tests to come for their back line in the weeks ahead.  

On his analysis for Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show, the Reds' legend said: "Sometimes you can keep a clean sheet but your 'keeper has made great saves or you've been fortunate, but they haven't given away any chances away in two games.

"That's the thing to build on. The goals will come, for sure, as players get fitter and stronger.

"But the acid test will come away at Arsenal next week considering what happened there last season.

"It will be a test for the back four next week but if they can come through that, then that will give them confidence that they have more organisation, and that can help massively."

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