Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers throws down the gauntlet ahead of Norwich City Premier League visit

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge will miss Norwich City's Premier League visit. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge will miss Norwich City's Premier League visit. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
7:03 AM

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has challenged his players to step into the void left by injured England striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of Norwich City’s Premier League visit to Anfield.

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Sturridge has been ruled out until mid-January with an ankle problem and the forward was sorely missed in the surprise 3-1 weekend defeat against Hull on Humberside. Rodgers admits Sturridge and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez have had to carry the goalscoring burden this campaign, but the Northern Irish boss believes it is now time for others to shine.

“Of course, we’re a better team whenever we have both at the top of their game, but like we have done in the past, we’ll find different ways to win,” he said. “We’re not going to succeed if we can only rely on those two and we can’t rely on one player (Suarez) – it has to be about the team and that’s what we’ll focus on. The responsibility is for the people coming in and for the rest of the team. We have to find a different way of getting the result.

“It probably surprised us how serious it was but the scans don’t lie. It’s just really unfortunate. When you’re that level of player, the idea is to be fit every day and to play in every game and I think he has shown that when he plays, his goal record is fantastic. We just hope he can get back quickly. He recovers very well. We’ll soldier on with what we have and the players, I know, will give absolutely everything.”

Rodgers could be forced into the January transfer market to plug the attacking deficit which was painfully evident against the Tigers in the absence of both Sturridge and playmaker Phillippe Coutinho.

“I think every window for us will be exactly the same – if there’s a player we think can improve our squad and in particular the team, I’m sure we will be able to go out and get that player,” he said. “It was always going to be the case that if we had a few injuries to key players, that leaves us light. It’s no different to a lot of squads, but for us it’s even more prominent because Daniel and young Philippe were not playing and they are good players. Coutinho allows you to penetrate – I think that was one of the things that was missing from our performance. We were too slow and too predictable, then when he came onto the pitch, people started to run beyond and get forward because he plays the forward pass.”

6 comments

  • I just hope we dont concede an early goal as heads will drop as per normal.same team as palace except garrido in for elmander.olsson wide left,wes in the hole.maybe?

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Indeed sharky, Hull have been blessed with luck somewhat this season - or is it that Steve Bruce has been adopted by the refereeing fraternity as their favourite now that Alex Ferguson is absent? But yes, we need to take the game to Liverpool and rattle them at the very least.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • God I hope that's what we do.. it would do the fans and player's morale a hell of a boost if we could put em under pressure and peg them back from the off. Not to mention Hughton's job prospects!

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • There is only one thing for it, and that is we have to go for their throats from the word GO ! No sitting back and defending, that is not going to work - we will need to be at the top of our game and play aggressively from the start. Difficult to see how we are going to get anything out of this tough away fixture, but, there is no point turning up to try and sneak a point. Liverpool have conceded six in the last two games, and Hull's 'up and at 'em' approach on Sunday paid dividends. Lets hope that we can mix it up and cause an upset here (for once) OTBC !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • We know, the country knows, Liverpool know that if we sit back and try to limit Liverpool's scoring chances we WILL lose. So take a leaf from Hull's book. "Who dares wins". or was that the SAS.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Lets not forget that Hull had an incredible amount of luck. Two own goals etc. In fact Hull have at least six points more than they should have. Own goals and debatable penalties. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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