Lazar Markovic
Lazar Markovic Getty

Liverpool have received a shot in the arm in the form of Lazar Markovic, who confirmed on his Facebook page that the injury he sustained during international duty is not as bad as feared and he is ready to join training at the earliest.

The Reds have a plethora of injuries to contend with, not least the setback to Daniel Sturridge which has cost Brendan Rodgers' side valuable points in the campaign.

Mario Balotelli's lack of form has not helped matters in the very least, as the player is still searching for his first goal in the Premier League.

"I'm ready for match tomorrow! Injury is not as bad as it seemed at first sight," Markovic wrote on his facebook page.

Internationals have not been a happy hunting ground for Rodgers' players, with Joe Allen also picking up an injury with Wales. However, the young Welshman is expected to be back before their match against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

Emre Can ruptured his knee ligaments while on international duty and the Reds are still waiting for an update on Dejan Lovren who sustained an abdominal injury while on duty with Croatia.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling's tiredness row has urged first team coach Mike Marsh to come out and banish rumours of them changing their training routine to accommodate individual players.

"With England there has been a lot of discussion recently. We don't really change. Our fitness programmes have been well documented," Marsh said.

"We try to recover the players as best we can to prepare for the games.

"We have a couple of days' recovery after the game and we work with the group that don't start (the previous match) and we build up to the next game and once one game finishes we try to recover as soon as possible.

"We try different ways. We do quite a lot of analysis with the players so we break them up into smaller groups and get players' feedback in different ways," he concluded.