Liverpool star suffers injury after studs up tackle

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Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel was caught by a studs-up challenge in training today - and is reportedly a doubt to face Hull City on Sunday.

The Daily Mail report claims teenage winger Jordan Ibe was the culprit, leaving one late on the Slovakian international, who was clearly seen to be in pain as a physio treated him at the training ground.

Skrtel was not wearing shin pads, and the studs marks were clearly visible on the defender's legs in pictures published by the Daily Mail.

The report goes on to suggest that the centre-back may now miss the visit to Hull this weekend. The Anfield club have a wealth of options at the back, including Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

But Skrtel has been a key player for Rodgers this term, making 10 appearances for Liverpool and playing an important role in their strong start to their Premier League campaign.

But Rodgers believes Liverpool may have a more unorthodox alternative to consider at centre-back should they ever find themselves desperately short at the back in the future.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been one of the club's most loyal servants, and one of the Premier League's most consistently excellent players.

But Rodgers believes the Reds skipper could one day play centre-back for the Anfield club.

Rodgers said: "He is as fit as he has ever been. You adapt and change. I think he can play as No 2 centre half later in his career.

"He passes the ball as anyone in the world. Ryan has been blessed genetically with a body that allows him to stay fit. At this moment in time, Steven is really fit."

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