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Rodgers demands fighting qualities from depleted Liverpool squad

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants his players to battle through the injury crisis facing the Reds limited squad. The Reds have only two senior strikers after failing to replace Andy Carroll, who joined West Ham on loan.

"We are going to be stretched to the limit between now and January," Rodgers told the Anfield Wrap podcast.

"I've spoken to the players and told them if you get little niggles or little injuries you've got to man up."

Rodgers, who succeeded Kenny Dalglish in May, has overseen Liverpool's worst start to a league season in 50 years amid criticism of the club's summer transfer dealings.

The former Swansea boss admitted the summer transfer dealings "didn't quite go to plan" but insists he was right to trim a bloated and overpaid squad.

"Every manager wants more players but there needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad," he said. "Some of the wages were absolutely astronomical in terms of value and worth, and that needed to be looked at.

"I think what we are going to see over the next three or four months is 'do we have enough good young players to come in?' That will take us through to January then we can assess it from there."

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