Liverpool will assess the fitness of both captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana to determine their availability for the Premier League visit of West Ham United after the pair were absent for the trip to Arsenal on 24 August. Henderson had already been ruled out with a foot problem suffered against Bournemouth while Lallana was a late withdrawal due to a thigh injury.
Ahead of Roy Hodgson naming his latest England squad for the European Championship double-header against San Marino and Switzerland, both players must be considered serious doubts if they are unable to recover in time for the weekend game against the Hammers. The Football Association will want to avoid another falling out with the Merseyside club after Hodgson was accused of mismanaging the fitness of Daniel Sturridge.
Speaking on the fitness of Henderson and Lallana, Liverpool gaffer Brendan Rodgers said, according to the club's official website, "We'll just wait and see over the course of the next week. It was a disappointment, of course, to lose both of them for this game but the boys came in and did extremely well so we'll just assess that day by day."
The pair's absence led to Emre Can and Roberto Firmino winning their first starts of the season, the latter making his full Liverpool debut following his summer move from Hoffenheim. The Brazilian impressed during his 63-minute cameo, prior to being replaced by Jordon Ibe, and set up the best chance of the game for Christian Benteke, who was prevented from breaking the deadlock by a superb save from Arsenal's Petr Cech.
"It looked in, yes," Rodgers, who initially went to celebrate the effort, added. "It was a great ball by Firmino. Petr Cech had a 10-15 minute period where he made some fantastic saves. Christian has done everything he possibly could, he was stretching on it and gets his contact, but it was a good save. Both keepers did well. Simon Mignolet had to make a good couple of saves as well."