Brendan Rodgers Offers Liverpool Team News Update Ahead Man Utd Clash
Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the latest team news from Brendan Rodgers on Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho.
Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon looking to give their title hopes a major boost.
Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the media ahead of the game and gave Liverpoolfc.com a team news and injury update where he’s confirmed that Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho are both in contention to return this weekend.
Brazilian midfielder Leiva has been on the sidelines since injuring knee ligaments during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on the 18th January, and was expected to be out for at least two months.
However, he’s returned to full training ahead of schedule and came through 90 minutes for the Under-21’s against West Ham last Friday, and Rodgers has confirmed he’s back in the squad for the trip to Old Trafford.
Center-back Sakho has also been out since injuring his hamstring back in December but he too has returned to full training and played 70 minutes for the under-21’s last week, so is also available to take on United, meaning Liverpool’s only remaining injury concern is left-back Jose Enrique.
Rodgers told the clubs website:
“We’re fine – we’ve had Lucas Leiva and young Sakho [come] back in,”
“It’s a great credit to them; when I gave players time off, they actually wanted to stay behind.
“It shows you the commitment of this squad. They had an opportunity to have a break, they’d been working very, very hard with the medical team, but they decided to stay and last Friday they travelled down themselves in a car to London to play in an U21 game.
“Both came through that fine and they’ve trained very well this week. They come into squad and we’re only got Jose Enrique missing.”
“Make no mistake, the two players are very valuable players for us in our squad and if they’re called upon to play or come off the bench between now and the end of the season, of course we will use them.
“Lucas and Mamadou have got great commitment to what we’re doing and we’ll welcome them back into the squad.”
The return of the duo has come at the perfect time as the Merseysiders head into the last 10 league fixtures well positioned and in confident mood.
Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League table and a full 11 points clear of sixth-placed United, so a win will not only move them one step closer to securing a top-four finish this season but also give their title chances a huge boost.
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