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Liverpool slipped to defeat to Hull on Sunday and manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested his squad is not big enough to cope with injuries.
The Reds were rocked by the news that England forward Daniel Sturridge is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
The loss of Sturridge would be bad enough, but Philippe Coutinho is also nursing an ankle complaint of his own, and Rodgers feels he does not have the depth to cope without players of their standing.
Via the Mail, Rory Dollard of the Press Association has the quotes:
The quality of our squad isn't big enough to cope with two big players like that missing. No doubt it was a disruption.
Daniel is out for up to eight weeks which is a big blow for us and Philippe didn't train all week. He had injections just to get on the bench.
It's difficult if you take those two out, two players who have been very efficient for us this season.
This little period will test us now but players will come in and it's a great opportunity to a stake a claim.
We have a very busy period coming up and we've got a squad that needs as many of its good players as possible so it's not ideal.