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Mixed Injury News for Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13:  Charlie Adam of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on August 13, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Charlie Adam of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on August 13, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool got mixed news on two of their star midfielders over the weekend. First it was announced that Steven Gerrard is training again and expecting to make his Premier League return against Spurs on 18 Sep. However, this was tempered by the more immediate news that Charlie Adam has suffered a hip injury and is now a doubt for their trip to Stoke City.

I guess this is why Liverpool went on a shopping spree and ended up with a glut of central midfielders. Adam has a history of niggles, and Gerrard... well, Gerrard hasn't been available in what seems like forever. Now with Meireles gone to Chelsea, are Liverpool short of players for the weekend? Maybe it's not quite bare bones just yet. My best guess would be that we'll see Andy Carroll back in the line-up with Suarez in a free, attacking role. Dirk Kuyt and Downing would be the wingers with Henderson and Lucas Leiva in the center. That still leaves Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey on the bench, if need be.