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Liverpool suffer Agger, Coutinho injuries

September 17, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Daniel Agger is a doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League home game against Southampton on Saturday after damaging his ribs in a gymnasium accident.

Liverpool have injury concerns over Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Agger.
PA PhotosLiverpool have injury doubts over Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Agger.

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The centre-back suffered the injury during a training session on Sunday as he tried to avoid a falling weight.

He was forced to miss Monday night’s 2-2 draw at Swansea -- and with Kolo Toure judged only fit enough to start on the bench, new signing Mamadou Sakho stepped in to play alongside Martin Skrtel.

Toure, who has been recovering from a groin injury, played the final 21 minutes at the Liberty Stadium and should be fine to start on Saturday.

But manager Brendan Rodgers is unsure as to how serious Denmark international Agger’s injury is, and is also waiting to assess Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who damaged his shoulder against Swansea.

Coutinho left the Liberty Stadium with his arm in a sling, having been taken off during the second half after falling under two heavy challenges.

Rodgers told the Daily Mail: “Philippe will have a wee scan. As for Daniel, It’s too early to say whether he will be fit for Saturday. He had a real freak incident in the gym. Just before he was coming out to train, he overstretched trying to prevent a dumbbell falling on his foot.

“He has overstretched and yanked his side. We are waiting to see if that settles down over the next few days. If it doesn’t, we have got ample replacements. That is why we brought in extra players.”

Rodgers was pleased with the performance of Sakho, signed from Paris Saint-Germain on September 2.

“Sakho did very well,” Rodgers said. “He has played a lot over pre-season but he has come back in and done very well. I thought he was excellent and assured. Once he gets used to working with us, he will improve.”

Rodgers, who spent two years in charge at Swansea before joining Liverpool in June 2012, also gave a debut to on-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who rewarded his manager with a goal.

“I had a feeling about playing Victor coming here,” the manager said. “When I was manager here, he always played well against us. He scored here and also scored for Chelsea here. I just had a feeling about him and his goal was very good.

“He is still getting up to speed. These are boys who haven’t played a great deal over pre-season but overall, we had moments that were very good. We had fluency and quality. When Coutinho went off, we probably lost that connection between our midfield and forwards.”


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