Hodgson vows to field strong line-up

03 November 2010 10:43
iverpool boss Roy Hodgson has pledged to field a strong team in Thursday night's Europa League clash at home to Napoli.[LNB] The 63-year-old believes four points from their remaining three games - two of which are at home - will be enough for his Group K leaders.[LNB]And even with a huge match against Chelsea looming on Sunday, Hodgson, in contrast to their away European fixtures, is prepared to field an experienced side.[LNB]"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," he said.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"We'll have a strong team out on Thursday, we won't rest too many.[LNB]"When you're playing these European games, it's the travelling that's one of the worst aspects.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"Of course there are international games coming up as well and some players might get a week without a game and others won't - so we have to take that into consideration."[LNB]Hodgson will be without Joe Cole (hamstring), Dirk Kuyt (ankle) and Daniel Agger (calf) while Sotirios Kyrgiakos was withdrawn from training on Tuesday as a precaution after complaining of a groin problem.[LNB]Ryan Babel is training with the squad after a rib injury and Glen Johnson could end his four-match absence with a thigh problem.

Source: Team_Talk