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Brendan Rodgers can't play second-string side against FC Sion

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At a time Liverpool need to build confidence and consistency in their play, Brendan Rodgers' decision to rest a number of first-team players for the visit of FC Sion defies belief.

It shows a certain level of naivety from a manager who's future is still very much under the microscope.

It also shows a lack of respect for a tournament he claims to want to win.

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And what about Sunday? Resting players who have not reached their peak yet is very questionable, especially when you consider it's a derby game against an Everton side brimming with confidence.

Is Rodgers really thinking clearly at the moment? I think not.

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Thursday's game against FC Sion represented a genuine opportunity for his first team to go out and enjoy their game and continue the momentum achieved against Villa last Saturday.

A poor decision

You would expect his first-team to go and score goals, get into a nice steady rhythm of play, with the option of resting a few after 60 minutes. That's the time to bring on the younger players - give them a taste with no real pressure on their shoulders.

A tough game tonight, let alone a potential loss, puts the team on the back foot again, with a hotly-contested derby to look forward to on Sunday.

Only a convincing win tonight will keep the sceptics at bay, but this is a sign that Rodgers is losing sight of his team's situation at the moment and he must show more industry in bringing results to a club who expect so much more.

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