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Rodgers admits squad concerns

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is concerned his side do not have the depth to deal with the Daniel Sturridge’s lay-off after a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hull.

Rodgers confirmed that England striker Sturridge is facing up to two months on the sidelines following an ankle injury in training and his team-mates appeared to feel the loss sharply as they struggled to test the Tigers.

Steven Gerrard found the net with a fine free-kick to cancel out Jake Livermore’s opener, but a second-half strike from David Meyler and a Martin Skrtel own-goal did not flatter Hull, who were clearly superior after the interval.

As well as Sturridge’s absence, Phillipe Coutinho was restricted to 25 minutes from the bench having suffered with an ankle problem of his own all week.

The stand-ins, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, put in unconvincing performances and left Rodgers worried about the strength of his squad coming into the busy December period.

“The quality of our squad isn’t big enough to cope with two big players like that missing. No doubt it was a disruption,” he said.

“Daniel is out for up to eight weeks which is a big blow for us and Phillipe didn’t train all week. He had injections just to get on the bench.

“It’s difficult if you take those two out, two players who have been very efficient for us this season.

“This little period will test us now but players will come in and it’s a great opportunity to a stake a claim.

“We have a very busy period coming up and we’ve got a squad that needs as many of its good players as possible so it’s not ideal.”

Expanding on the nature of Sturridge’s complaint, Rodgers added: ”

It was an ankle sprain in training. He just slipped on the surface.

“We thought initially it was the toe but he went straight to the medics and was getting a scan before the end of training.

“He’ll be disappointed and it is a big blow for us.”

The bad news may have started with Sturridge’s injury but it did not end there, with defeat leaving Liverpool seven points shy of league pace-setters Arsenal.

Rodgers could not hide his frustrations at the performance.

“Disappointing is an understatement,” he said.

“We went into the game with confidence and belief but we made too many mistakes with and without the ball.

“We lacked quality with the ball, we never created enough and never kept the ball long enough.

“I always felt we were in control of the game but we needed to show more quality and penetrate a wee bit more.”

4 comments… add one

  • yak December 2, 2013, 12:16 am

    Wee bit wee bit,why only the lfc managers re the once speaking this language??
    Anytime they lost..this is how daglish was speaking anytime we lost..
    Roger notgoodtactically..he has to understand now or take LFC to crash!

  • Ayo sappy December 2, 2013, 6:13 am

    is a stupid coach may b 5yr deal is making him go crazy n if he funmbled he we b sacked useless coach. BR rate hull city low n dat make him 2 feature dead players at d end we were trashed. BR is like sacking is moving close 2 u.

  • frankdialogue December 2, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Rodgers is grasping at straws right now…With Sturridge, and Coutihno apparently more seriously injured than the club has been willing to admit, the season hangs in the balance… Sturridge covered up a main Liverpool weakness, that being that other than Suarez, no one on the team can score consistently…Liverpool lack firepower.

    The tinkering with the back line is hurting the club…One of the problems with Rodgers’ system is ‘WHAT IS RODGERS SYSTEM?”

    The midfield is confused also: Apparently Rodgers has given up on Joe Allen, or Allen is a lot more badly injured than the club let on…Alberto has yet to see any meaningful playing time…Perhaps when Aspas comes back, he will be able to pick up some of the goal scoring slack.

    But, make no mistake, Liverpool have a big problem putting goals into the net, and Rodgers seems to not left himself many options…Shelvey, Borini, Assaidi all gone.

    The jury is still very much out on Brendan Rodgers…If this turns out to be another year without producing European football, there will be big problems, not the least of which is that Suarez will definitely be gone.

    Then, where will any goals come from?

  • frankdialogue December 2, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Unfortunately, Liverpool have neither the money, nor the stature to bring in world class players right now…Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, ManU, and Man City are all loaded…The Reds are very competitive when their first line players are all healthy, but when you have a run of injuries, the depth is just not there…And injuries will definitely occur when you have a run of International games along with the club games…At the moment, it seems as if Liverpool is decimated even WITHOUT any European competition.

    The summer transfers were deceiving, as they were basically done on the cheap, and Rodgers doesn’t seem to know how to use the players the club did acquire properly.

    A rather cold start to the month of December.

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