Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard expresses Man United concern

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard says the Reds could have done without their League Cup excursions ahead of Manchester United's visit

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Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool could have done without playing extra-time in the Capital One Cup ahead of this weekend’s Manchester United clash.

The Reds took 120 minutes to see off the challenge of League One outfit Notts County in the League Cup on Tuesday, with Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scoring the decisive goals in a 4-2 victory.

However, the Merseyside outfit suffered injury blows as Joe Allen, Aly Cissokho and Kolo Toure all picked up knocks and are doubts to feature in the game against United at Anfield on Sunday.

And Gerrard admitted the Reds showed inexperience to allow Notts County into the round-two tie after previously holding a 2-0 lead.

“The extra time in midweek was exactly what we didn’t want really,” said Gerrard.

“A lot of players that are going to be starting on Sunday have played too much football because I think the plan was to get the game won, done and dusted, then rest a few for United.

“I think when you’ve got a lot of inexperience in the team you take your foot of the gas and punished. That’s what happened.

“There is no doubt about it that extra time – playing that amount of minutes – is a bit of a blow to us this week.”

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