Glen Johnson returns but Jose Enrique seeks specialist treatment in America

Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s visit of former club Swansea City to Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 26, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premiership match against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool boss confirmed that defender Glen Johnson has trained this week and is back available after an ankle injury kept him sidelined for the past month.

“Glen’s been back training and he’s felt as good as he’s done for a long time. He’ll come into the squad [this weekend]” explained Rodgers.

Johnson’s return is likely to mean either himself of Jon Flanagan replacing Aly Cissokho at left-back.

Rodgers explained how left-back Jose Enrique, who has been out since October, has been to America to seek specialist treatment on his knee injury.

“Jose Enrique has been sent to America to get some specialist advice on his knee injury” explained Rodgers. “We’re looking to try and put an end to his injuries this season.”

Centre-back Mamadou Sakho though remains sidelined, he’s been out since the Chelsea match over Christmas. “Sakho is still probably a week or so away” explained the boss.

On midfielder Lucas, the boss said “Lucas Leiva is doing well but he’s not back in the squad yet.”

Meanwhile, the boss was asked about last week’s FA Cup exit:

“Last week we were disappointed to go out the cup. I think you see in the players reactions after the game. Our performance levels were really good. But now focusses us on what’s remaining.

“Ideally we would have more games and be in more competitions but gives us chance to ensure players fitness levels are correct and focus on one game.”

Asked about the Reds’ home form this season, with 11 wins from 13 games, Rodgers said:

“It’s something we’ve been building towards and need to continue our work. We just need to go in with the same approach, that same energy and commitment in games.

“We go into every game looking to own the pitch. We have to play like we own it. That’s always been the mantra here for many many years.

“We back ourselves now and we expect to win. Dealing with that pressure has really helped.

“Everyone’s working tirelessly to achieve results. You do that consistently and you get momentum.”

Finally, Rodgers was asked about Yevhen Konoplyanka, who scored against Tottenham in the Europa League last night:

“We’ve got lots of people that were looking at and we’ll assess where we at the end of the season and take it from there.”

Liverpool face Rodgers’ form side Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday (1:30pm kick off).

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  • BEAST

    Despite having our fair share of injuries to key players Liverpool have managed to be in the top 4 for near enough the whole season with a weak squad compared to our rivals!

    • Gaz

      Maybe shows we aren’t as weak as people make out we are.

    • Rak S

      True, but luckily we’ve always had at least one striker available. If we’d lost Sturridge and Suarez, like Untied lost RvP and Shrek, we’d be in trouble. Everywhere else on the pitch we actually have decent options. It could be a case of “square pegs in round holes” but even when we do that, the players coming in manage to do a decent job. i.e.. Flanno at LB, Stevie at DM, Suarez/Sturridge on the wing, etc.

      • BEAST

        Your first two sentences was my reply for Gaz but you beat me to the punch.The squad still needs a big operation this summer especially if we achieve top four.I think the core of first team players have been the driving force in maintaining a consistent high league position.
        Players who have come in for the injured have been adequate but nothing more.Liverpool’s first team is strong but i can’t say the same for the bench!

        • Rak S

          I’ll try to be slower next time, mate ;-)
          Agree with everything you’ve said. Quality additions required if we want to take it to the next level.

      • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

        ManUre only played 3 game with both missing mate, and they were games after Christmas.
        The first 18 games of the season they had either one or both playing, so that is a fallacy.

        Agree with you that even though we have a small squad the difference in quality is minimal and those who have come in have stepped up so the team hasn’t had any major hiccups. We’ve only lost 2 in a row once in the season against Chelski & ManC. All the other times we have bounced back straight away, which has been a pleasing aspect of this team & how Brendan has raised them mentally for the next challenge.

      • scott peterson

        Ahhhhh, to have the luxury of $$$$$$ and club depth. Clubs like chelski and man Shity have doppelganger replacements for their doppelganger replacements. Just goes to show, what great clubs can do on a limited budget. Can’t wait for new transfers in the summer to bolster our club. Other clubs will fear us more! #YNWA #JFT96 #LFC #ANFIELD #Youarefootball

  • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

    Jose, get well soon. Not a good sign. America sounds a bit desperate.

  • Nanak

    I would leave Flano at RB and put Glen at LB. Think Flano has been solid as a rock, he deserves to keep that spot.

  • Gary352

    Getting back the Glen Johnson before he hurt his ankle is like a new signing. I was one of those guys that criticized this guy when he came back the first time, he wasn’t the same player he was at the beginning of the season and gave the ball away too often and never ran up that right flank attacking wise.

    • scott peterson

      Is it me or has GJ put on a few pounds? His increase in girth is a direct result of the niggles.

  • Mohsin Leghari

    Yevhen Konoplyanka was outstanding against tottenham; superb dribbling and speed. Spurs were unable to cope with him. A must buy for next season.

    It is good to see how rodgers has developed talented players into a success. To me the transfer policy of rodgers seem to be buying players at age 20-21 and then transform them into his style of play. I really like this approach because already proven telents sometimes fail miserably at new clubs resulting in loss of money e.g Soldado at Spurs and Osvaldo at Saints. Our approach is best. The only thing is a need to scout the right talent as perfectly as possible

    • allaboutanfield

      So far I have seen under BR transfers Coutinho & Sturridge have the best success rate so far for Liverpool , the other players acquired in the summer don’t even come close. Now it is also nice to Sterling & Flanagan developing into fine players.

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  • allaboutanfield

    Glad to see Johnson back . We should be able to see him in the 2nd half. Hope Enrique , Lucas , Coates and Sahko also get well soon

  • Red white and blue Kop

    Glad to hear Johnson is on the mend. Hopefully start seeing his form and concentration raise