Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers dismissed the so-called “narrative” that Liverpool were injury-stricken last night following the Foxes’ 3-0 defeat at the hands of his former side, as reported by The Mirror.

The Reds triumphed comfortably at Anfield, despite significant omissions in Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago and long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed a victory that saw the Reds climb to second place in the Premier League table.

Liverpool took the lead through a Jonny Evans own-goal, with Diogo Jota doubling the lead before half-time. Roberto Firmino’s 86th-minute strike sealed a thoroughly deserved three points.

Prior to the encounter, many pundits suggested the league champions would struggle as they were woefully short in numbers defensively. However, Brendan Rodgers questioned that suggestion.

Rodgers: ‘I don’t see it as depleted’

The Northern Irishman pointed to Liverpool’s ability to bring in ample replacements such as Joel Matip, James Milner and the returning Fabinho.

Rodgers said: “Everybody spoke about Liverpool’s injuries – I don’t go with that narrative.

“I don’t see it as a depleted back line. I know they are missing Virgil van Dijk, but (Joel) Matip is a top player.”

Liverpool have proven players

The Reds were arguably missing first-team regulars in every position with the exception of goalkeeper Alisson.

Rodgers, however, pointed out Liverpool still boast several proven players in their overall squad.

He also suggested those players had deputised in unnatural positions and performed well when previously called on.

“Fabinho has played there against Chelsea and against top players. Andy Robertson has always played, Alisson is the number-one goalkeeper and James Milner does an incredible job wherever he plays.”

Leicester City went into the weekend sitting top of the league. The defeat, however, saw them drop to fourth.

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