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Reds boss admits defeat at White Hart Lane is another setback for side

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed defender Jamie Carragher is set for a spell on the sidelines after he dislocated a shoulder in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The veteran defender had to be helped from the field late on in the match and his manager confirmed it was a serious injury.

“He’s dislocated his shoulder, it’s a very unfortunate thing to happen,” Hodgson told Sky Sports after the game.

“It’s his 450th Premier League appearance today, a record of which he is right proudly and now we will be without him and Steven Gerrard for a while and they are the lifeblood of our club.”

Hodgson also admitted that defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane was “difficult to take” after a late Aaron Lennon goal secured a 2-1 victory for Harry Redknapp’s team.

“We haven’t played that badly this year but we haven’t got enough points, that’s the problem,” he said.

“We are still harbouring ambitions to get up closer to the top of the table and at least a point or three points would have been a big, big step but to go away with nothing sets us back once again. I suppose one can take consolation from the performance but it didn’t get us any points.”

The former Fulham boss found it hard to hide his disappointment and he bemoaned the fact his side missed chances to double their first-half lead, after both Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres spurned opportunities.

“To lose it in injury time in the way we did of course is very hard to take. I’m very disappointed for the players, very disappointed that we didn’t go away from here with at least one point which would have been something we could have been proud of. Unfortunately it’s a defeat and defeats hit you very hard,” he added.

“There is no doubt about it, we missed some very good chances today. We played some good football to get ourselves in that position. But Tottenham are a very good, dangerous team and they also create chances.”

Tottenham also missed a penalty in the game after David Ngog handballed a Gareth Bale free-kick and although Jermain Defoe missed from the spot, Hodgson had no complaints about the decision.

“There were quite a few instances in the game where there controversial decisions in the penalty area, difficult for the referee,” he said.

“The penalty is quite clear, David Ngog had no right to have his hands where he had them.”


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