Liverpool latest: Midfield injury, Mignolet says side can cope

Some of the key stories surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be in the market for a central midfielder in January according to the Daily Mirror as Liverpool face a run over the Christmas period with only two central midfielders for five games in 15 days.

There is an injury concern surrounding midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has suffered an ankle injury after a poor challenge from Kevin Nolan, which resulted in the West Ham skipper being sent off at the weekend. Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen are likely to be given bigger responsibility over the festive period.

But an even bigger concern is perhaps the loss of Steven Gerrard who has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury but goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes that Liverpool have the squad capable of coping without their captain. Gerrard limped off during Liverpool’s 4-1 against West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday straight after taking a shot at goal.

But Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Steven is obviously very important for us.

‘He delivers the ball into the box with such quality. It wasn’t nice to see him going off the pitch like that.

‘But we have a decent enough squad to deal with injuries and cope with these kind of things. I am sure someone else in the dressing room will be ready to step up.’

The Belgian goalkeeper has also said the defence can be solid and shut out their rivals in what is a key fixture period coming up for the Reds, despite only keeping four clean sheets so far this season, and one in their last 12 games.

Mignolet said: ‘All the defenders here are very talented, organised, motivated and concentrated. They are doing their very best to make sure we don’t concede.

‘It doesn’t matter for me as a keeper who is in front of me. It’s just about doing your job.’

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