Brendan Rodgers is set to take a huge gamble this evening and play a weakened side against Bordeaux in the Europa League, but he doesn’t reckon it’ll be a problem, Goal report.
Despite losing two consecutive Premier League matches, the Reds boss has left first-teamers such as James Milner, Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren at home – meaning a number of Liverpool stars will earn their first start of the campaign.
“We respect them greatly,” Rodgers said, despite his expected team selection. “We have enough experience here as well as some young players. It’s a chance to play players who need games.
“Hopefully that will get us a result. I have every confidence whatever team we put out can win the game.
“It’s about getting the performance level right. If we do that we’ll get results.
“I want to see greater control and greater creativity. This is a tournament we want to do well in.”
With victory in the Europa League guaranteeing Champions League football in 2016/17, it’s a competition worth putting effort into.
The likes of Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Adam Lallana, all expected to start tonight, have the ability to beat the French outfit who’ve struggled badly this term in Ligue 1.
But another poor performance and poor result will only increase already heavy pressure on the Northern Irish boss.
He’s undeniably taking a risk, but if we can pick up a draw or win tonight and the players are fresh enough to beat Norwich on Sunday, it’ll be worth taking.