Kenny Dalglish says Raul Meireles won’t feature for Liverpool for the next few weeks at least, after the midfielder came off in the first-half of the Reds’ Carling Cup clash against Exeter with a sore collarbone.
Meireles’ injury was the only dampener on the match up with the Grecians last night, as Liverpool cruised through to the third round of the competition.
Andy Carroll came on for the injured 28-year-old, and scored the side’s third goal in the 58th minute to secure victory, with the game eventually finishing 3-1.
But while Dalglish couldn’t give a name to the injury Meireles sustained, the Reds manager believes he will be without the star for the short-term at least.
"It's his collarbone but we don't know how long he'll be out. I think we are going to be without him for a couple of weeks,” Dalglish said after the match.
"I've not got a medical term for it. He just damaged his collarbone. He just fell on it. It's disappointing.
"It doesn't matter if he's been playing good, bad or indifferent, it's still disappointing to pick up such an innocuous thing. We are disappointed. But I'm sure Raul is the most disappointed person."
Dalglish used the tie with the Npower League One side as a chance to make some significant selection changes; eight were made from the squad that defeated Arsenal 2-0 over the weekend.
But 'King Kenny' insisted that the changes were to give different players a chance to shine as he tinkers with the starting line-up for the side.
"We said before the game we'd make changes. But we also said it shouldn't be taken in any way shape or form as a sign of being disrespectful towards Exeter or the Carling Cup,” Dalglish continued.
“We are Liverpool Football Club and we will try to win every game that we've got to play.
"I think the one thing we have learned at this club since I've been here is that you have to be respectful and to be respectful when you've won as well.
"It's not a bad night when you win is it? We'll just bob along slowly but surely together and see what happens."
Dalglish was quick to praise the effort of several squad players on a positiver night for the Reds, insisting that it was a team effort with a positive attitude that won that game.
"I think the most important thing was our attitude to the game and I think we started it in the right frame of mind,” Dalglish said.
"If we had come here with a bad attitude we wouldn't have got any result other than a disappointing one. I think that's what got us through. We had a very good attitude and a lot of players played for the first time this season.
"Martin Skrtel, Danny Wilson and wee Jay (Spearing) all started for the first time and Jonjo (Shelvey) came on as a substitute. So it was a worthwhile exercise.
“I'm pleased for [Carroll], abd I'm pleased for Maxi who also got on the scoresheet for the first time this season. Obviously Luis is hogging the limelight a wee bit by scoring again but it's great, especially for Andy to get off the mark with fantastic strike.
"We are delighted for him. He might have come on a bit later had Raul not got injured. But he did well when he came on."
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