Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Aston Villa test

Brendan Rodgers delivers the latest team news ahead of Liverpool's clash with Aston Villa on Saturday

Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren have all been ruled out of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Striker Benteke remains unavailable for selection after being forced off at half-time during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City due to a hamstring issue.

Firmino and Lovren, meanwhile, both suffered injuries during the League Cup clash with Carlisle United on Wednesday and will also miss out this weekend.

Rodgers told a news conference on Friday afternoon: “All three will obviously not be available for the weekend.

“Christian will probably be out for a little bit of time.

“Young Firmino landed awkwardly in the game the other night and there is another scan on his back, but he may have cracked a bone in his back. We’ll see how he’ll be over the coming weeks, but certainly he’ll be unavailable for tomorrow.

“And Dejan Lovren will be out for probably a few weeks with his ligament injury. So, unfortunately, those three are unavailable.”

The Liverpool boss also confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge remains in contention to start Saturday’s game as the forward continues his bid to regain full fitness after undergoing hip surgery over the summer.

Rodgers said of Sturridge: “We’re nurturing him. He had a good hour or so during our last game in the league.

“We’ve just got to manage him back into the games. But it’s great to see him on the training field and the pitch and obviously he’ll be available for tomorrow.”

Liverpool, who have not won in the league since 17 August, head into Saturday’s game in 13th place in the Premier League table after having taken eight points from their first six top-flight games this season.

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