Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is happy that his injury list and not the squad, is looking thinner by the day as Allen and Sakho both might be fit in time to face Aston Villa and Daniel Sturridge should be able to start the match after coming on as a substitute against Stoke City.


Mamadou Sakho - Liverpool and France central defender |

Brendan Rodgers gave updates in his pre-Aston Villa match conference on Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho, who both picked up injuries during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 29.

Allen had to be substituted due to an abductor issue, while Sakho was taken off with a hamstring problem.

“We’ve got Joe Allen back. Joe returned in training and we’ll just wait and see how young Sakho is over the next day or so.

“We’re slowly getting our players back. Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique are still out but we’re looking better.”

Daniel Sturridge made his long awaited return from injury against Stoke and instantly fired up as he notched up an assist and a goal for Liverpool, becoming the third top scorer in the Premier League, despite missing 9 Premier League matches.

Rodgers heaped praise on the ex-Chelsea player, who returned with such impact after seven weeks on the sidelines

“My opinion on Daniel has only been reinforced through the time that I have worked with him. Overall I think he’s got a wonderful opportunity over the next couple of years of being world-class.

“He has every tool, he has every quality to be a world-class striker, similar to what Luis Suarez is. If we get him onto the field on a regular basis, if he gets a bit of luck and stays clear of injury, then he can be [world-class] for sure.

“This period out with injury has refreshed him mentally. He comes back in the second part of the season now in a real good moment. I think it really signified how hard he worked in his injury period when he came into the game at the weekend.

“He made an immediate impact, physically he looked very strong and mobile and fast in his reactions. That’s a great credit to him and how focused he’s been on getting back.”

Liverpool will be very happy with these injury boosts as the squad needs to have depth and that was lacking somewhat after the strength of that went down to 16, with youngsters Brad Smith and Jordan Rossister appering on the bench against Premier League giants, Chelsea.

Liverpool will be happy that Sturridge and Suarez or more popularly, SAS, get to play the entirety of the match together and instill their thrilling chemistry on the pitch once again. The duo has been traumatizing defenders whenever they have played together. The Reds have been unlucky that both Suarez and Sturridge have missed out several games and hence have not played together as much as the club would have wanted to. However, with both of them now together again, the Kop faithful would be anxious to see the two demonstrate their threat on the pitch again.