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Brendan Rodgers: There is no-one new to come back into the squad


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says none of the injured players will be back for the home game against West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds are in desperate need of a morale-boosting win after losing to Basel in the Champions League but the manager revealed injured players will only resume training after the international break.

"At this moment in time, there is no-one new to come back into the squad," Rodgers said during Thursday's press conference.

"I get on with Roy and spoke with him. We agreed it was too soon for Daniel Sturridge to meet up with England.

"I spoke Roy about Daniel being available for Liverpool but I can't think about England when he is not ready to play for Liverpool.

"He's had a grade one injury for four weeks, which is a long time, and my focus is now getting him to play for Liverpool.

"We'll have to wait and see."

Midfielder Joe Allen has not played for Liverpool since suffering a knee injury when on international duty and Rodgers admits the Liverpool midfield struggled without the 24-year-old.

"In this period it certainly has [Joe Allen's absence made a difference]," added Rodgers.

"He's a player that never gets mentioned, or very rarely.

"He's a player that very rarely turns over the ball, he always loves the football and he gets other people playing. The key feature for Joe on top of that is his intensity and pressure - he presses the game really well.

"He is a very intelligent footballer; tactically, he's outstanding in the game. And we've really missed his energy and quality since he's been out injured.

"He'll be back after the international break - it's too soon this weekend. But hopefully he'll be back for the Queens Park Rangers game."

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