Steven Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool's preparations for their crunch clash with Manchester United this weekend have not gone to plan.

The Reds' captain saw his side taken to extra time in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday after League One outfit Notts County came from two goals behind to make it 2-2 at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit did go on to win the game, however were dealt three injury blows as Kolo Toure, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho all picked up niggles.

And, after Manchester United played the day before, Gerrard has admitted that extra time was the last thing Liverpool needed on Tuesday.

The Reds captain told reporters: “That wasn’t what we wanted. We go away slightly disappointed.

“Yeah, we’re in the draw, and obviously pleased to be through, but it was exactly what we didn’t want, really - 120 minutes, and a lot of players who are going to be starting on Sunday have played too much football.

“There’s no doubt about it, that extra-time, playing that amount of minutes, is a bit of a blow to us.

“I think the plan was to get the game won, done and dusted, and then try to rest a few for Sunday.”

The Reds captain also says him and his teammates are to blame for the injury sustained to Ivorian centre-back Kolo Toure.

Gerrard continued by saying: “Kolo’s injury came in extra-time. Maybe he wouldn’t have suffered that injury if it’d finished after 90 minutes, so we have ourselves to blame for his injury.

“We all have to take responsibility for that, but, fingers crossed, it’s not too bad. We’ve got an international break coming up as well, so hopefully he won’t miss too many games."

Liverpool will have to get used to playing Manchester United after they were drawn against the Old Trafford outfit in the Capital One Cup third round last night.

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