Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he hasn’t thought of recalling Andy Carroll from his loan at West Ham to help solve Liverpool’s striker shortage.
|The Reds have just one senior forward available for selection, after Fabio Borini picked up an ankle injury on international duty with Italy, and many had expected the Anfield boss to cut Carroll’s loan deal with the Hammers short.
But Rodgers claims that thought hasn’t crossed his mind.
He said: “It isn’t something I have considered, to be honest. Andy has obviously gone out to get games. We have people watching when he plays and they report back on how he is doing. But with Fabio’s injury just coming up we will assess it from there.”
Luis Suarez will have to shoulder the goalscoring burden during the injury crisis, and Rodgers admits he’s disappointed he won’t be able to rest the Uruguayan star during that time.
“I’ve rested him a couple of times knowing the squad we have and the games we have, looking to prioritise, but like most footballers he wants to play every minute of every game,” said the Northern Irishman.
“It is something I need to assess. The most important thing is winning games – that is what we need to do and in order to do that as often as we can I need the best players on the field.
“Luis will absolutely love playing three times a week but I need to try to nurture him because there are still many games to play between now and January.
“And even in January if we bring someone in it may not be January 1, so that is something which, over time, I need to assess and we’ll look to manage the squad.”