Rodgers to assess Reds trio
LIVERPOOL will today assess the condition of defenders Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho and midfielder Joe Allen after all three players picked up injuries in yesterday's 4-2 extra-time League Cup victory over Notts County.
The Reds finished the second-round tie at Anfield with 10 men, having been reduced to that during the first half of the additional 30 minutes when Toure was carried off on a stretcher with a groin problem.
They had already made all three of their substitutions, with two of them injury-related – Cissokho, on his first Liverpool start, departing in the 10th minute due an ankle problem and Allen following suit in the 65th having sustained an apparent hamstring issue.
On the trio, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: "We will assess them. It was obviously disappointing with Cissokho getting injured so early on – he was distraught coming off as you can imagine.
"Joe Allen we just need to check – he has maybe tweaked his hamstring. And Kolo Toure has overstretched his groin, so we need to assess that, which doesn't look so good to be honest."
UNITED WARY OF STURRIDGE
Phil Jones has admitted Manchester United will have to be wary of his England team-mate Daniel Sturridge when the Red Devils travel to Liverpool on Sunday.
Although they were written off as Premier League title contenders during the summer, Brendan Rodgers' side have started the campaign well, recording back-to-back victories over Stoke and Aston Villa.
Sturridge has been the match-winner on both occasions, proving he has fully recovered from the ankle injury that prevented him from being named in the England squad that defeated Scotland earlier this month.
And Jones knows the former Manchester City star will have to be watched closely.
"He is a cracking player," said Jones. "He's one that we'll work on and watch out for."
United will need to be more incisive than they were in last Monday night's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, when their openings were severely restricted.