Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish admits he's facing a tough selection task ahead of the trip to Fulham on Monday night.
The Reds have enjoyed a remarkable resergence under their Scottish boss since his appointment at Anfield back in January, with an emphatic 5-1 win at Craven Cottage in May highlighting how far the side had come under his tenure.
Maxi Rodriguez scored a hat-trick that night for the visitors, but has struggled to earn a place in the side this term, and leaving out players remains the hardest part of Dalglish's job on Merseyside.
"It's never easy to leave anybody out - it's the hardest part (of management). They train all week and want to play but until somebody allows us to put 20 on the pitch we're going to have a problem," said Dalglish.
"I don't think they really understand (being left out) but that is football, you have to pick a team. I don't get any enjoyment out of leaving anybody out of the team.
"Every individual is different and you can sympathise with them if they feel disappointed but you would be disappointed if they weren't disappointed."
Maxi isn't the only player to struggle for chances at Anfield, with Craig Bellamy another who hasn't been able to hold down a position in the Reds' side.
But the fringe players proved that they are ready for action in the midweek League Cup victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and it's that squad strength which makes Dalglish optimistic for the remainder of the season ahead.
"The strength of your squad is the ability of the ones who don't play as often as the others," Dalglish added.
"There are some of the lads who started the other night who would like to have played more often than they have done but there is strong opposition here for places.
"It's great credit to them they can go out and put in a fantastic performance like that. It does make it more difficult (to select a team) but it makes it more pleasant as well when you watch them play.
"All they can do - and they've done it to their great credit - is keep themselves fit and prepared. If they keep themselves prepared, they give themselves the best opportunity of impressing and they certainly were impressive on Tuesday night."
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