Duo may be rested admits Roy

Last updated : 04 January 2011 By Al Campbell

Liverpool have to play eight games this month because of the re-arranged fixtures with Fulham and Blackpool, and that could become nine if the FA Cup third round tie with Man Utd goes to a replay. With so many games in so short a space of time Hodgson has warned fans he may have to rotate his squad.

"I think we will have to hope that the fans and supporters understand that. Fernando had a very serious knee injury, which seems to be in the past, but when you've had an injury there's always the little risk of reoccurrence," said the boss.

"And Steven, of course, is susceptible to muscle injury if he plays too many games one after the other.

"So, I've got to hope that the ones who just seem to keep going - the Duracell bunnies; the Kuyts, the Lucas Leivas of this world - can keep us going and give me a chance of giving a rest to the others.

"It's disappointing but it's not just like that for us - it's the same for all the teams in the league. We've got a couple of matches in hand to play, which doesn't help I suppose, but I think you'll find a lot of teams have a lot of matches coming up.

"Our good fortune is that the squad going into these matches is relatively whole.

"We don't have that many injuries, touch wood, so going into it our squad seems quite big and we probably have a little bit more chances of changing things around than some other teams.

"But if we are going to win games it is the Torreses, the Gerrards, the Reinas - these are the people really that are going to be the ones to get us up the table and lift us above the rest."