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Brendan Rodgers: We have about eight injured players in the squad


Brendan Rodgers is confident that Liverpool can reach the Last 16 of the Europa League despite missing key players in the form of Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.

The Reds face an injury crisis ahead of this evening's Europa League game against Besiktas but are determined to keep their February unbeaten run intact.

They arrive at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium with a narrow advantage after Mario Balotelli's late penalty at Anfield.

But Rodgers insists the objective is to complete the job and reach the next round of the competition.

"We're looking forward to the atmosphere - it should be really good," Rodgers told reporters on Wednesday.

"And we want to complete the job. The confidence is very high in the team.

"We understand that it's a difficult game.

"But this is a team that is playing very well away from home, not just at Anfield. We're performing extremely well away from home.

"This is another game that will be a challenge to that, but we look forward to it.

"Any changes that we make in the team, the players come in and know the collective job and are performing at a very high level.

"So we expect the same, to continue with that confidence level. We'll look to carry that confidence into the game.

"We have got a few injuries; we are probably out here without about eight of our squad, that have picked up knocks - some previous and some from the weekend.

"But we still have a strong enough squad to hopefully complete the job. We have got a few knocks and niggles from the weekend."

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