Date: 20th September 2013 at 2:00am
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RodgersBRENDAN Rodgers, talking to the club’s official websiteis taking away the positives from the newest list of injuries that his side have suffered, insisting that the absence of the players is an opportunity for other squad members to shine.

Daniel Agger was missing from the squad on Monday in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Swansea City, whilst Philippe Coutinho now requires a shoulder operation after a tangle with Swans’ defender Ashley Williams at the Liberty Stadium.

The duos injuries mean their names have been added to the list of injured players already this season; with Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho, Joe Allen, Sebastian Coates and Glen Johnson also been sidelined. However, despite this, Rodgers was in a boisterous mood and has urged any possible replacements to the absentees to step up and give all they’ve got.

Speaking at his pre-match conference before his side face Southampton, Rodgers said:

“You can’t forecast the injuries and obviously they have been unfortunate, young Coutinho will have to take a bit of time out. But it will open the door for someone else and they have to come in and perform.

“Martin Skrtel had been out of the team for a long time but retained his commitment to the cause and retained his quality in training every day so that he was ready to come back in.

“I said at the beginning of the season: I need every single one of them – not just 11 – we need everybody. You just need to continue to be professional, so that when you are asked to come in, you are ready. And if you come in and you get the shirt, you do well.”

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