Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update after Norwich draw
Brendan Rodgers delivers updates on Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool's draw with Norwich
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Christian Benteke was substituted at half-time during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Norwich due to a minor hamstring issue.
The Belgium international was brought off at the break on Sunday after feeling a slight strain in his leg and was replaced by Danny Ings at Anfield.
Ings gave Liverpool the lead in the 48th minute as he netted his first goal for the Reds, but Rodgers’ men were pegged back when Russell Martin profited from Simon Mignolet’s error on a corner in the 61st minute.
Asked about his decision to replace Benteke with Ings at half-time, Rodgers told his post-match news conference: “His hamstring felt a little bit tight so there was no point in risking it. We had fresh players on the side.
“Danny was excellent and gave us a different dynamic in the game. He was brilliant.”
The game also saw Daniel Sturridge make his first Liverpool appearance of the season after the striker underwent hip surgery during the summer.
However, the Northern Irishman was keen to stress that the forward remains a long way from full fitness, despite him playing 63 minutes at Anfield.
He continued: “I felt it was important to get him on the field and he did well for the hour he played.
“He’s still a way off his full fitness, but his presence and stature in the game will always give us hope because he’s got big quality.
“It’s just about games for him and building his fitness – and there’s no pressure for him to do that.”