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Liverpool sweat on Gerrard's latest ankle injury blow

LIVERPOOL will this week look to determine how long captain Steven Gerrard will be out for with an ankle infection.

The midfielder missed Saturday's Premier League win at West Brom as a result of the problem, and manager Kenny Dalglish is unsure at this stage about the severity of the situation.

He said: "Steven Gerrard has got an infection in his ankle. Steven was in our minds for the game. It just flared up. We will be back in Monday or Tuesday, so we can be more accurate next week than we can be just now.

"We are not going to mislead anyone. We will know better on Monday or Tuesday.

"Will he be fit for England? I haven't got a clue. It's nothing to do with any injuries before, it's an infection.

"I suppose it's like having an abscess on your mouth."

Meanwhile, West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner has accused Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of diving to earn a penalty during the clash at the Hawthorns.

Dalglish has constantly defended Suarez from such allegations since the player arrived at Anfield.

But Scharner has re-opened the debate after the Reds were awarded a spot-kick when Jerome Thomas was adjudged to have fouled the Uruguayan after only eight minutes.

Asked for his verdict on Suarez's performance, Scharner said: "It was a nice dive for the penalty and that got Liverpool well started for the game.



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"It put us under pressure and we weren't good enough to respond.

"He (Suarez) is very good at winning penalties. He's one of the best on the planet. I had a good view of it.

"If that's a penalty, then you will find 1,500 penalties are given in every match.

"I know it was the assistant who flagged for it and maybe he had a better view than the referee. But there was a general feeling amongst all the players that it was a soft penalty."

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Scharner's claims, there was no disputing the quality of Suarez's general performance in a 2-1 win.

He also set up the second goal for Andy Carroll, who was quick to praise the contribution of his strike partner.

Carroll said: "He is a great player, he works hard for the team so it is nice to have him up top with me. It makes it a lot easier.

"He makes chances and can score goals himself, he can drop off and get the ball to his feet to dribble with it and slip people in.

"We are playing well together at the minute and hope it will carry on.

"Luis is a great player and it is even better to have him in the team alongside me."