Liverpool face former manager Roy Hodgson's team West Bromwich Albion today confident that the international break has been good for the Anfield club in several ways
Striker Andy Carroll scored his first England goal in the friendly against Ghana on Tuesday night, while none of the players who played for their countries reported any injuries on their return. It also gave injured captain Steven Gerrard time to recover from groin surgery and put himself into contention.
However, defender Martin Kelly has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem with Fabio Aurelio also making slow progress from a similar injury.
"You have to look at each one individually to see if it has done them good or bad," said manager Kenny Dalglish. "For ourselves we have tried to get people back to fitness so it is a bit of 50-50 success rate on that. It has been almost two weeks between games but for us we were delighted with the way they played at Sunderland and so will they have been."
n In a report on Liverpool's sponsors Standard Chartered yesterday, comments provided by the bank's global head of corporate affairs, Gavin Law, at the Soccerex football exhibition, were wrongly attributed to chief executive Peter Sands, who was not at the exhibition. We apologise to Mr Sands.