Liverpool will have fresh injury worries following the international break as they face Aston Villa in the Premier League this coming Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge is already a slight doubt to make the game against Villa and is ruled out of England’s European qualifying game against Switzerland tonight. To add to this Brendan Rodgers may have to plan without Jordan Henderson for this weekend’s clash after the 24-year-old looked to have sustained an ankle injury during training yesterday, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are two pivotal cogs in the Liverpool machine and to be without these players for a Premier League tie will give Reds boss Brendan Rodgers a selection headache. Both players have played in all league games so far this campaign with Henderson already popping up with two assists and Sturridge with one goal.
The possible exclusion of these two crucial assets for Rodgers however may give the manager an opportunity to see how some of his new recruits can do without some of the stalwarts of the squad missing through injury. It will add more pressure to Mario Balotelli playing up front as the key man in their attack should Sturridge not return to full fitness. It could also be an opportunity for Rickie Lambert to make his first start in the Premier League for his new club.
On the other hand Emre Can or Adam Lallana may be given a chance to prove why Rodgers decided to sign them up during the summer.
Missing both Sturridge and Henderson will affect the continuity of Liverpool’s starting XI at this early stage of the season but with new signings needing to get some first team football a test against Aston Villa could be a good barometer of where the players challenging Sturridge and Henderson are at.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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