Rodgers upbeat despite Liverpool injury problems

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to be downhearted by his side’s recent injury problems and is confident the Reds can get their first Premier League victory at Anfield of the season against Reading on Saturday.

The international break has certainly not been kind to the Northern Irishman with Fabio Borini suffering a broken foot that could keep him out for the remainder of 2012, while goalkeeper Pepe Reina faces a fitness test for the Reading clash after picking a hamstring injury when away with Spain. The injury to Borini leaves Rodgers with only one fully fit senior striker in Luis Suarez, who himself is returning after a long week of travelling with Uruguay.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers has challenged his side to overcome their doubters.

It’s obviously disappointing to lose Fabio,” said Rodgers.

He’s a young player we’ve got faith in to progress over the next number of years. It’s ironic as this is the third year in a row he’s been injured in October and for three months.

Of course it leaves us a bit short, there’s no getting away from that. It’s not ideal but that’s the cards we’ve been dealt. There is nothing we can do. The reality is it has happened so we have to deal with it. I’m not going to cry over it..

We’ll just crack on with what we’ve got and look to get positive performances and results.

Rodgers faces a decision to make on who to replace the Italian, with youngsters Suso, Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil and Dani Pacheco all in the frame to join Suarez and Raheem Sterling up front.

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