Brendan Rodgers has revealed he will look to welcome defensive duo Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson back into his squad for full training next week.

Agger has not featured since he was withdrawn 10 minutes before the end of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup in early January.

Following the match at Anfield, scans concluded that the vice-captain had sustained a calf strain. 

Full-back Johnson, meanwhile, last figured for the team during their pulsating 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at Anfield on January 18.

Speaking to reporters at his pre-Arsenal press conference at Melwood on Thursday afternoon, Rodgers offered an update on the pair's progress.

Asked whether Agger and Johnson would be fit to play a part against the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday, the manager responded: "No, they'll not be back for this one, but we're hopeful that next week [they will be back].

"Glen Johnson is making a great recovery, so there might be a point towards the middle or end of next week [when he can return]. Daniel Agger will hopefully be next week at some stage."

Meanwhile, the manager gave the latest on the fitness of Mamadou Sakho, who has been out of action since he sustained a hamstring problem during the Reds' narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 29.

"Sakho is still out for a little bit, but apart from that we will be the same as what we have been for the weekend."