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Liverpool hope to prevent spread of illness

ESPN staff
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Liverpool have moved to quell concerns that the virus that kept manager Brendan Rodgers away from Sunday's 3-0 win at QPR will spread to the rest of the squad.

Rodgers was sent home after being struck down by the bug, which also affected back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones and head of performance Glen Driscoll.

Assistant manager Colin Pascoe took charge for the win at Loftus Road, but even he was not completely unaffected.

Pascoe was feeling unwell and told by the club's medical staff not to enter the dressing room at half-time, and instead had to hand on instructions to first-team coach Mike Marsh.

But the Reds' No. 2 insisted that was just a precaution to ensure that no else is struck down with illness ahead of Wednesday night's Premier League home game against Sunderland.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "The way the medical team and the doctors work here, they have made sure to isolate those carrying the virus and so have hopefully nipped it in the bud and not too many players or staff will pick it up."

Asked if Rodgers had been in contact with him during the game, Pascoe said: "No, he is that bad. He might not have watched it because he was very bad."

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