Tuesday 25 July 2017

Reds shoulder another burden as Carragher joins Gerrard on injury list

John Ley

Liverpool suffered an added-time 2-1 defeat at Tottenham yesterday and then discovered that Jamie Carragher could be missing for up to six weeks after dislocating his shoulder at White Hart Lane.

With Steven Gerrard still absent after injuring his hamstring while on England duty, the additional loss of a key defender could prove crucial for Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said: "We think it's a dislocated shoulder. I don't know how long he'll be out, but it's a serious injury. Obviously, we'll miss his leadership skills, and we've also got (Daniel) Agger still injured and we're not overly blessed with centre-halves."

Hodgson admitted the twin losses of one former England player and a current international could prove costly, adding: "They're two big losses, Jamie and Steve. But it's happened. There's nothing I can say that will change matters. Steven is making big strides. With Jamie, we'll have to wait and see."

Of the defeat, he added: "It was cruel to come away with nothing having lost our talismanic centre-half, and then paid the price for not dealing with a routine long ball. I'm finding it hard at the moment to come to terms that we have to go away with no points."

Failure

Tottenham could have added another goal but for the failure, from the penalty spot, by Jermain Defoe, his seventh miss from his last 11 penalties at club level. Afterwards, manager Harry Redknapp quipped that referees would be better off awarding goal-kicks after Spurs missed a spot-kick for the fourth time this season.

"Jermain has missed a few but I was happy him taking it. Gareth took one and missed it. Crouchy? Not really. Aaron Lennon? No. Where do you find one? It might be an idea for the ref just to give a goal-kick.

"You could do with someone just smashing it down the middle, putting their boot behind it. They take penalties every day, scoring loads of goals. But it's different. It's like playing golf in the Open when you've got a chance to win something. We just can't find someone capable of scoring them."

Rafael van der Vaart would have taken the penalty but suffered a torn hamstring, while Spurs, already missing central defenders Michael Dawson, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate, could now lose Younes Kaboul.

Redknapp added: "Younes felt he might have torn a muscle in his hip. He felt that go. Michael's on his way back and is going to play on Tuesday, which is important because we've only got two central defenders now." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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