Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has revealed that Andy Carroll, Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson are all suffering injuries, after the trio were left out of the squad for yesterday's match with Aston Villa.
While Carroll played last weekend against Tottenham, Dalglish said in hindsight the striker should not have been chosen for the Liverpool squad.
"Andy's not been able to sustain any reasonable time in training and it would have been irresponsible of us to bring him,” Dalglish told the official Liverpool website of the trip to Villa Park yesterday.
"We played him last week [against Tottenham], but it was unfair on him that we did ask him to play.
“I didn't think we should risk the boy's fitness by bringing him.
“Although we've not got any games, it's important they're all back fit in July.”
Dalglish said Johnson and Maxi were both also left at Merseyside yesterday, with the pair suffering hamstring and adductor problems respectively.
"I don't think any of them will need surgery,” Dalglish assured fans.
Meanwhile, Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey both received knocks in the Villa clash, which Liverpool lost 1-0, and will receive scans today to determine details of their injuries.
"There were players who played who probably shouldn't have," Dalglish said.
"Jonjo Shelvey should not have played more than 20-25 minutes, so I think his knee will be a bit painful in the morning and young Jay's ankle will certainly be a bit painful in the morning.
"But you get to this stage of the season and I am sure a lot of people would say that."
"Jonjo might be the biggest problem for the summer and wee Jay. They've got scans tomorrow to see what their problems are.
"Soto [Kyrgiakos] was injured as well, so maybe the end of the season has come at the right time for us - I might have been in next week!"
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