Liverpool are expected to be without their two key men for the Europa League clash with Steaua Bucharest at Anfield tomorrow.
Roy Hogdson is reportedly set to leave out captain Steven Gerrard and Kop hero Fernando Torres and give a chance to the likes of new signings Raul Meireles and Paul Konchesky.
Fixture congestion dictates that Hodgson will have to shuffle his pack in order to protect his stars from injury, but it will allow him to run the rule over some of his fringe players.
And, after the Reds' slow start to the Premier League campaign, the Liverpool boss will be even more keen to give Gerrard and Torres the chance to recharge their batteries to ensure they are ready to fire against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
"I shall make changes to the team for the game against Steaua. There's no question of that - it's something I've planned all along," Hodgson confirmed.
"I don't think there is any point of having a squad of 25 players, many of whom are internationals, and then just trying to play the same 11 every game.
"It's going to be important to keep everybody on board and it's also important for me to get to know players better.
"I learn a lot from games and I learn a lot about the players because I've not had an awful lot of time working with some of them who were at the World Cup.
"I shall be using these games in the Europa League and the Carling Cup to try and get a better knowledge of the players to make certain as time goes on that I have no doubts about what our best XI is."
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