Reds rocked by injuries ahead of Man U clash


ANFIELD— Liverpool have been rocked by injuries to three stars ahead of their weekend game against Manchester United.


Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen all limped off during the 4-2 Capital One Cup win over Notts County at Anfield.

Toure looked to be the worst case, being carried off on a stretcher with a groin problem while Cissokho was forced off early on due to an ankle complaint and midfielder Joe Allen also had to be substituted having sustained an apparent hamstring problem.

Rodgers said: “We will assess them tomorrow. 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.”

Rodgers did confirm that defender Martin Skrtel, recently sidelined by a knee injury, would be available for Sunday’s Premier League home clash with Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Liverpool needed two extra-time goals to beat Notts County 4-2 at Anfield on an eventful night for the Premier League clubs in the League Cup second round on Tuesday.

England forward Daniel Sturridge and substitute Jordan Henderson spared Liverpool’s blushes after their League One opponents stormed back to level at 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Hull City also advanced with a 1-0 extra-time win at Leyton Orient while Fulham won a penalty shootout 5-4 at League Two Burton Albion after their topsy-turvy showdown finished 2-2.