Europa League blow for Liverpool! Injury-hit Reds leave EIGHT players at home for Besiktas clash

first_img1 Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho Liverpool have suffered multiple injury blows in the build-up to their Europa League clash at Besiktas, with Brendan Rodgers confirming he will be without EIGHT first team players.The Reds return to Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, venue for their famous 2005 Champions League victory, on Thursday holding a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg of their last-32 tie against the Turkish League leaders.However, they will have to complete the job without vice-captain Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and defenders Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.Their absences, coupled with the already missing Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva – still working their way back from injury – and the suspended Lazar Markovic, means Rodgers has little room for manoeuvre.Nevertheless, the Reds manager remains confident what remains of his squad can get the job done and seal the side’s progression to the last-16.“We’ve got a few injuries,” said the boss, whose side host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.“We’ve probably out here without eight of our squad who have knocks, some with previous and some who picked up something at the weekend.“We still have a squad strong enough to hopefully get the job complete but we’ve got a few knocks and niggles from the weekend.”Gerrard’s absence means Liverpool will be without any players who played in their dramatic Champions League final victory against AC Milan almost ten years ago.However, the stadium brings back brilliant memories for supporters and the club itself will forever be associated with the venue.“Of course it was a great historic night for the club and everyone associated with Liverpool respects that,” added Rodgers.“It was a little while ago and there won’t be too many of our players that were involved at that time.“It’s a real iconic stadium for the club and a big part of that history.“For us to go there and play with a lot of young players and a new squad against a good team, we’ll look forward to that.“We’re looking forward to the atmosphere and we want to get the job complete.”last_img read more