Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that his current squad is not big enough to cope with their current injury woes.
The Reds slipped to a shock 3-1 loss to newly promoted Hull over the weekend, a clash they entered without Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in their starting XI.
The duo have been two of the Anfield side’s top performers over the course of the season so far, and appeared to be sorely missed at the KC Stadium.
Coutinho made a brief cameo appearance from the bench and is expected to be fit for the midweek clash with Norwich, but Sturridge is set to miss the festive period with an ankle injury.
Following the loss, Rodgers bemoaned his side’s fitness concerns, stating that he feels his squad is currently not big enough to cope with multiple injuries to key personnel:
“There’s no doubt the quality in our squad, with all due respect, isn’t big enough to cope with two big players like that missing,” he is quoted by The Guardian.
“We still have some very good players. Daniel could be out for up to eight weeks. Philippe [Coutinho] hasn’t trained all week, he has a high ankle strain and had some injections to get on the bench. He did very well to get on the field.
“You take those two out and they are two very good players who have been very efficient for us. This period now will test us. For the players who come in, it will be a great opportunity to stake their place in the team and hopefully we can get back to winning games.”
Rodgers is expected to delve into the transfer market in January with a striker and a wide midfielder thought to be priorities.
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