Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hodgson plans to field strong side

Liverpool    v    Napoli

    Uefa Europa League Group K
    Venue: Anfield Date: Thursday, 4 November Kick-off: 2005 GMT
    Coverage: Reports on BBC Radio 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; also live on Channel 5

    Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson
    Hodgson has rested key players for some previous European ties

    Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson said he will field a strong team for the Europa League clash against Napoli despite risking more injuries to key players.

    He will be without midfielder Joe Cole (hamstring), forward Dirk Kuyt (ankle) and defender Daniel Agger (calf).

    Defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos was pulled out of training as a precaution after complaining of a groin problem.

    "We'll have a strong team out on Thursday, we won't rest too many," said the Liverpool manager.

    However, there was good news on the injury front with midfielder Ryan Babel back in training with the squad after a rib injury while Glen Johnson could end his four-match absence, having been out with a thigh problem.

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    Hodgson added: "I think if we can get four more points we'll be pretty much secure for a place in the next round as I can see the other games being tight.

    "We got one of the tougher groups with Napoli, Steaua and Utrecht and on paper it looked even, but we've done what we've needed to do."

    "When you're playing these European games it's the travelling that's one of the worst aspects.

    "You're away for three days and you're very concerned about the way the players will react, not just to the game but also the travelling.

    "At home it's a slightly lesser problem but of course we need to look at the minutes people are playing and try to keep some sort of balance there."

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