Liverpool Pre-Arsenal Injury Update: Reina, Enrique & Johnson Latest

By on January 28, 2013
Jose Enrique

Photo: Mirror.co.uk

Liverpool are in the capital to take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night looking to move level on points with their fellow top-four hopefuls.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has given Liverpool’s official website an injury and team news update ahead of the game with the latest on Glen Johnson, Pepe Reina and Jose Enrique.

Full backs Johnson and Enrique were forced to miss Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Oldham with hamstring complaints while goalkeeper Reina also missed the game at Boundary Park with a thigh injury. However, Rodgers has confirmed the trio are all fit to face the Gunners on Wednesday as he takes an almost fully-fit squad to north London.

Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com:

“We’ve got players coming back from injury, which will be good.

“Glen Johnson is back, Jose Enrique will be back and Pepe Reina will be back, so we’ll travel there with a strong squad and the mentality to get a good result.”

Liverpool currently sit seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Arsenal, but a full seven points off fourth-placed Tottenham and Rodgers knows the importance of a positive result at the Emirates if his sides are to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the champions league next season: He added:

“It’s a very important game. I wouldn’t say it was a must-win game, but it’s a game where, if we put yesterday aside, the team that has been playing of late in the league has got big confidence.

“We know it’s a tough game for us, but it’s a game we’re certainly going to look to go and try and win – and a game we’re capable of winning.

“On the day, we can go and win the game – there’s absolutely no question of that.

“We played Arsenal earlier on in the season and because of circumstance we weren’t at the best and deservedly lost the game.

“But I believe we’ve made improvements, both mentally and tactically, in our game, so it will be as equally as tough for them.”

We’ll have a match preview up for the game on Tuesday but now we’ve seen the Liverpool team news, what would your team be for the game LFC fans? Get involved in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. Sunnypa de gooners

    January 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Arsenal will beat liverpool on wednesday nothing they can do to beat arsenal at home.arsenal will beat thyem by 3-0

  2. DagunD

    January 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry to go off topic, I think the most vulnerable position in the lfc team is the LEFT BACK position. With Enrique so prone to injury which is also depriving us the service of Glen Johnson at right back, going to the business end of the season, the best decision BR could take IMO is the acquisition of a seasoned left back before the window closes. A rope they say is as strong as its weakest point. Wisdom is talented and full of potentials but not yet the finished product and it was apparent in him repeating the same mistake he made against man utd. by leaving his territory uncovered which led to the first goal yesterday. Arsenal beware and be warned, liverpool most dangerous when they appear most vulnerable. I foresee a WIN!

  3. Tc

    January 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Another Liveroool false dawn, same old same old. Lets spend a fortune and get nowhere. Rafa “lets desecrate the youth system” and “the new era” under King Kenny! No chance of Liverpool getting near The Arsenal. COYG

  4. Lawal olashupo

    January 29, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I thnk we’r gona win

  5. frank

    January 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    LFC to beat the Gunners … that’s for certain !!!

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