Mignolet: Liverpool squad strong enough to deal with absentees

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the squad has enough quality to deal with late-season absences.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the squad has enough quality to deal with late-season absences.

The Reds will be without in-form midfielder Jordan Henderson for three matches after he was shown a straight red card in injury-time of their 3-2 triumph over Manchester City on Sunday.

Additionally, striker Daniel Sturridge was subbed off in the second half with a hamstring injury and will be given every chance to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich City.

If Sturridge doesn’t come up, the Reds will be without two usual starters for the Carrow Road meeting, but Mignolet is of the belief that anybody drafted in by manager Brendan Rodgers to replace the pair is well equipped to do the job.

“I am sure we have a good enough squad to deal with these kind of situations,” Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.

“Look at how Joe (Allen) performed when he came off the bench against Manchester City.

“It was a difficult moment in the game at 2-2. It was tough to be a substitute coming on at that stage but he really helped the team out.

“He did a good job just as Lucas did away to West Ham the week before.

“Victor (Moses) also helped us when he came on against City – not only offensively but also in defence.

“The manager has options.”

Liverpool currently sit two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table with four fixtures remaining. They are also seven points ahead of third-placed City who have just one game in hand following Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

 
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