Reds to rotate in Europe

22 August 2012 02:17

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe admits squad rotation is likely to play a significant part in their Europa League campaign - starting with the qualifying play-off at Hearts on Thursday.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson have all remained behind on Merseyside to rest ahead of Sunday's visit of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. That means some fringe players will be involved in Edinburgh and Pascoe accepted that would be the case this season if they successfully progressed from the two-legged tie.

"That's the way you've got to look at it," he said. "With the squad and the players we have got here it's fantastic so you have to rotate the players because you play on a Saturday, then a Thursday and a Sunday, so it's an opportunity for all the players to perform."

He added: "One minute you are in the Europa League and the next we will be playing Manchester City, then it's the second leg against Hearts followed by Arsenal.

"There are some fantastic games and teams who you want to play against. These are games we can't wait for."

Despite the squad being weakened by the absence of that key quartet Pascoe insisted they would not be taking the Scottish Cup winners lightly.

"Every game you put a shirt on for Liverpool FC is very important," he told "There will be a full house up in Scotland and all of the boys are looking forward to it.

"It's one of those banana skins and it's a great pull for them to play Liverpool.

"It's two legs and we are going to be positive and try to win the tie up there and then bring them back to Anfield for the same again."

Midfielder Jordan Henderson may be given a run-out in Edinburgh and he is looking to find a way back into the team having been left on the bench at West Brom. The 22-year-old had a difficult first campaign at Anfield last season.

Source: PA

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