James Milner: Rodgers has midfield options at his disposal

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James Milner believes Liverpool have enough options to cover the injury to captain Jordan Henderson.

The former Sunderland starlet limped off with an injury in the second-half during the 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield on Monday, but is back in contention to face Arsenal next week after scans revealed he had not broken a bone in his foot.

However, Milner is confident the Reds can cover his absence if the skipper doesn't make it back in time for the trip to the Emirates Stadium, believing Brendan Rodgers has the ability to change both the system and personnel on the pitch when required.


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“It depends how the manager wants to play – two or three, or one of us sitting or moving out. There’s plenty of energy in there," he told Sky Sports.

“Emre came on as well, Adam played in there and Philippe [Coutinho] played in there [at Stoke City].

“There’s a lot of options for us and a lot of different styles of players, and a lot of energy. That’s how we want to play, we want to move the ball but we want to put teams under pressure as well when they have it.”

Victory over Eddie Howe's side means Liverpool are one of only four sides with a perfect record so far this season, with back-to-back clean sheets a significant confidence boost in wins over Stoke and the Cherries.

Milner admits the fixture against the Gunners will be another tough test for Rodgers' side, but is confident that if they can continue to defend well as a team they have the weapons to hurt an opponent going forward.

“It will be a tough game. They look sharp," he concluded.

“They had a disappointing result in their first game but they are a quality team and will want to bounce back from that and try to get their run going.

“We have defended well in the first two games of the season and we’re going to need to do that there. But if we can keep improving and keep clean sheets, we have quality going forward.”

Arsenal lost their opening encounter against West Ham but bounced back to beat Crystal Palace last weekend. Arsene Wenger's side currently sit 11th in the table, whilst Liverpool are third behind Manchester City and Leicester.

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