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Rodgers’ Press Conference: Johnson injured “indefinitely”, no defensive signings expected

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Brendan Rodgers addressed a room of journalists at Melwood on Thursday ahead of this Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Bournemouth.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Friday, August 9, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at Mansion House ahead of the preseason friendly match against Glasgow Celtic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On an injury to Glen Johnson…

Glen Johnson is sidelined indefinitely. Apart from that, young Jon Flanagan is back and has been training really well.

Glen’s got a really bad ankle, and one or two other issues which haven’t allowed him to be 100% this season.

We’ve got no timeline on Johnson’s injury.

On expected team selection vs Bournemouth…

We’ve only got 15 players training at the moment, so there’s not a lot of choice with the line-up this weekend.

We’ll name a strong line-up against Bournemouth. Although the Premier League is the priority, Liverpool is a club built on winning trophies and we want to win the FA Cup.

We’ll call up some of our young players to cover for the amount of injuries/illness we’ve got out.

We’ll also play with lots of our experienced players, alongside the youngsters. We want to maintain our commitment and work.

On Sebastian Coates…

Sebastian Coates’ loan move is part of him getting fit and back into games.

On Lucas Leiva’s injury…

I’m disappointed for Lucas. He’s been very important for our squad this season. It’s put him out for a few months.

Hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later. But in the mean time, it leaves us short of a really good player.

Lucas has still got a great chance of being in the Brazil squad for the World Cup in the summer. That’s up to Scolari.

On the desire to create a consistent defence…

There hasn’t been anything systematic in defence. We’ve made individual errors, and part of that is the changes and lack of balance.

It’s important to have stability in the team for tactical discipline. We have players with a strong mentality, and we want to be defensively strong, as well as good in attack.

On Simon Mignolet’s recent lack of form…

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Sunday, July 28, 2013: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in action against Thailand XI during a preseason friendly match at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Simon Mignolet has great responsibility and every keeper will make mistakes. The problem is it gets highlighted even more.

Mignolet is first class mentality and he’s going to improve. All in all, we’ve been really happy with Simon.

I’ve reinforced to Mignolet the reasons why we brought him in. They’ll have success if they work hard, and need confidence.

Mignolet is still a very very good goalkeeper, and one of the top keepers at this level. He’s saved us a lot of points this season.

On the tough game away to Bournemouth…

Whatever your motivation for a big game against someone like Chelsea or Manchester United, you have to go five times more for a game such as Bournemouth away.

Eddie [Howe] is a great, young manager. They play 4-3-3 and it’ll be a tough game for us. We have to be mentally prepared to up tempo.

Bournemouth want to show they can play at Liverpool’s level, especially away from home. This will be a difficult game.

On how Aly Cissokho has done this season…

Aly Cissokho came in here as a cover player, to support Enrique. Unfortunately Jose is still a few weeks away from training.

Aly has done his best and performed to the best of his capabilities. But it’s never easy – different football, culture, environment.

On injuries and signing reinformacements this Janaury…

We don’t need to bring any more defenders in. We just need to get some of our players back fit.

We’re missing key players, but we’ve got to manage with what we’ve got. If we can bring anyone in, great, if not, we have what we have.

We’ve looked at a number of players, but Salah is a talented player, but we’ll see what the window brings. We’re looking at several targets.

On his tactics against Aston Villa last Saturday…

I picked a too aggressively offensive team from the start and we struggled. When I put an extra body in midfield, we looked better.

Rodgers added that Brad Jones will start in goal for Liverpool at Bournemouth, if fit.

Bournemouth vs Liverpool gets underway at 12.45pm on Saturday, 25th January 2014 and is live on ITV 1.

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  • Scrich7

    Great to hear Flanno is on his way back, really hope he can replicate form

    • Arjan

      “young” Jon Flanagan is back :)

      • imoff

        yay

  • Micksir

    This transfer window is dragging and painful from a fans point of view. Spend big. Get what we need to get CL football. Worst case scenario is if we miss out , Suarez will wanna leave and we get big lump some back. No brainier.

  • Red white and blue Kop

    Sounds kind of fishy about Johnson he form is what should keep him sidelined.

  • Joe Bloggs

    Good! Kelly can have a nice run back in the side again. Flanno being back is a boost. And I say, give young Brad Smith a chance too.

    Other than that, typical ‘play the cards close’ interview from Rodgers.

  • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

    You want Run DMC ? Presumably to do the half time music.

  • Jeff Sauerman

    It’s nice to hear BR admit he made a mistake instead of denying or ignorance or anything. I think he’s learned his lesson about having a too offensive team. Another DM would be great but I’m confident we can still fight for the top 4.

  • Redshugaa

    Get used to europa league people, also life without saurez!

  • Arjan

    Johnson might have been playing through an injury this season. I didn’t expect him to dip in form this much.

  • imoff

    typical

  • imoff

    Our priority should be the league now i don’t give a damn about the FA cup play the reserve team for all i care and give us a win against Everton and stay in the top 4.

  • simon

    realy not good to miss player like salah,how can we miss creativity at LFC due to lack of money, we shall work alone again

  • jimmy

    Most people say DM or CDM… DMC “Devil May Cry” is new to me.

  • Prince

    So that means you intent to field cissokho again BR you are clueless

  • EEYORE

    I knew when I heard on the way to the game, that Lucas was out, what would go down. Villa flooded the midfield and had 2 willing and quick runners off benteke against Johnson and cissokho….. the rest doesn’t need explaining.
    What does need explaining is why when 40,000 Liverpool fans could see we needed an extra body in midfield so why did BR wait till 39 minutes before putting 5 in middle and an almost instant goal before half time.
    Admit you got it wrong in the game at 1-0 and get Lucas on and drag coutinho or sterling off if there not willing to put a shift in.
    I’d like to say lesson learnt, play lucas and put suarez inside left like last season with sturridge upfront, but alas karma and sods law has kicked in, and lucas is out now. Gerrard needs someone to do the dirty stuff and you need hendo, to get forward and stretch a defence now and again. Joe Allen will not be the solution as he is a 7/10 jack of all trades, keep the ball moving kinda guy..
    If your fullbacks are crap your as well going back 3-5-2 again albeit with a reliance on your wingers to pull your finger out.
    Never been left so frustrated with a game at Anfield before, it really was like you believed your own hype and a total lack of respect for villas pace, and then had the cheek to have a pop at the fans after the game saying they were anxious and it affected the players. You cant go round blasting teams away if you cant win a midfield battle in the first place Brendan. Get back to being solid in defence, (go and hire steve bould) and winning 50/50′s in midfield and with suarez or sturridge the rest will take care of itself. Kelly right back Flannigan left back, there its easy!
    Don’t get me started on the Mo Salah debacle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sergiu

      Philip Lahm is playing this season as a defensive midfielder and i dont think that he is higher…. if we will have possesion , is ok, allen is great with the ball…

  • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

    Probably the most depressing news I’ve read on LFC since the season started. What is happening over there! No defensive reinforcement!? BR is off with the fairies if he feels his current squad can take him to the promised land. No top 4 this term and he can kiss Suarez goodbye, which would be ironic considering Suarez has been responsible for masking many of his mistakes. I guess that’s what we can expect from a manager very much on his L-plates.

  • Kid of Kop

    15 players fit as of now… I think CP, Hull city would have more players fit by now.. I don’t understand why BR is not bringing either Assaidi or Suso back. They look like better players than Salah..