Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that new club vice-captain Daniel Agger would have recovered from his ‘freak’ rib injury to return to the Reds’ squad for the game against Southampton this weekend. Agger injured his ribs on the eve of the game against Swansea on Monday having dropped a weight in the gym, and his presence at the heart of the defence was sorely missed as the Reds conceded their first goals of the season in the Premier League.
Should he regain full fitness, Agger would most probably be drafted right back into the starting eleven in place of fitness instrument buster Mamadou Sakho, who enjoyed a mixed Premier League debut, looking powerful but short of match sharpness as the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw on the road in Wales.
Rodgers remained optimistic about Agger’s inclusion against Southampton, but refrained from committing his participation. The Liverpool boss said, “We’re hopeful he’ll be fine by the weekend. It’s too early to say if he’ll be ready for the weekend or not. It was just unfortunate it happened the day before the game.”
Liverpool meanwhile will be without playmaker Philipe Coutinho, who has been ruled out of action till the end of next month with a shoulder injury that requires surgery.