Brendan Rodgers: 'Players need to man up'

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells his players to "man up" if they get any niggling injuries before the transfer window reopens in January.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told his players that they will need to "man up" if they get any niggling injuries.

Rodgers admitted that the transfer window didn't go to plan for the Reds after they missed out on the likes of Clint Dempsey and Daniel Sturridge on deadline day.

Liverpool also lost Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing on that day, and Rodgers is aware that his squad will be stretched until the window reopens in January.

"We're in a position where we've got 25 games minimum between now and January so we're going to be stretched to the limit," said Rodgers.

"I've spoken to the players and if they get little niggles they have to man up. We have to all come together and be strong.

"What I've got here is a platform of hard work and integrity in this group. They have been fantastic in their work. January is always a difficult month [to buy] however you are doing but it's something we have to look at."

Rodgers will continue his search for a first league win in charge of Liverpool when they travel to Sunderland next Saturday.

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