Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is now ready to rotate his squad as he anticipates a packed Christmas period for the Reds.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the club’s 4-0 drubbing of Fulham, Rodgers said he is planning to rotate his squad to give his fringe players “some oxygen” in the coming weeks.
Rodgers reverted to a more familiar 4-3-3 system for the game against the Cottagers, resting former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and starting with Daniel Agger as well as handing a starting berth to Philippe Coutinho.
“The players are working very well and very hard on a daily basis but I need to give oxygen to some players, so they can see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Rodgers.
The former Swansea City manager will therefore look to give his fringe players more playing time to help the Reds negotiate a tricky festive period which sees them take on Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea in 14 days.
Fortunately for the Anfield outfit they have only the Premier League to worry about as they are out of European and domestic cup action - at least until the FA Cup kicks off in January.
The Reds’ faithful will look to take advantage of the relatively busier schedules of direct rivals -such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs; who will not only have a packed Premier League fixture list to contend with, but Champions League and Capital One Cup action as well.
Expect therefore to see more of forgotten stars such as Joe Allen, Luis Alberto and Raheem Sterling, who have just one Premier League start between them.
Former Chelsea and Wigan Athletic winger made a promising start to life in Merseyside but hasn’t started a league game since the 2-2 draw with Newcastle; and will therefore be hoping to get more playing time under his belt.
Another area where Liverpool are not short of players is in the centre of defence, where no less than four accomplished centre-backs are embroiled in a four-way tussle for a starting berth.
Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure have all impressed over the course of the season; and it will be interesting to see how the manager goes about sorting out that welcomed crisis as well.
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