Liverpool’s defensive crisis worsens after injuries to Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho
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Liverpool are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
The Reds were already short on defenders with Martin Skrtel still recovering from injury, Sebastian Coates ruled out for six months and Jamie Carragher now retired.
But matters only got worse in last night’s Capital One Cup win over Notts County in which both Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho were stretchered off.
Manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that Toure’s injury looked particularly worrying.
He said: “Kolo Toure, we need to assess it. His groin opened up a wee bit.
“He overstretched his groin and it doesn’t look so good, to be honest.”
Cissokho’s injury didn’t appear to be caused by any deep-seated dental problems.
Despite being forced off just nine minutes into his first start at Anfield, the injury wasn’t serious.
Rodgers added: “Cissokho was devastated.
“He shouldn’t be too long. He’s got a knock in his ankle. He was distraught to come off in his first start here.”
The Reds boss said Skrtel should be back in contention for the game at Old Trafford, but his options are very limited.
He is expecting to make some new signings before the transfer window closes to strengthen the squad. Indeed, he had been hoping to sign a new centre-back even before Toure sustained his injury.
He said: “We’ll assess the injuries tomorrow but we’ll just see what players are available for us.
“There’s no doubt we need more numbers but it’s about quality – hopefully we can bring that quality in.”