Liverpool face Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Liverpool have received an injury boost as Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli are expected to make a return to the squad
“Joe Allen is back and has trained this week which has been great,”Rodgers said in his pre-match conference
a Glen has had a good week’s training and will be available. Mario has trained as well.
a We will make some changes for the game but not too many. It’s a game we want to win and we want to progress into the next round.a
Rodgers has recently spoken about his desire to have Glen Johnson at Liverpool for a long time and reiterated the experienced England international’s importance to the side. The player limped off in the opening minutes against Manchester United back in December and is expected to make his return to the starting 11 after a month long absence. Welshman Joe Allen is likely to substitute Lucas Leiva, a player who has recently proven to be indispensable to the side, in the midfield as the Brazilian could do with rest for the Chelsea game.
However, Daniel Sturridge still isn’t ready to make his comeback and won’t feature against his former team, as he completes his rehab from a torn thigh muscle. The Englishman might be able to feature on the bench on Tuesday’s crucial second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge.
Rodgers confirmed, a We are still waiting on Daniel and he is still working. He won’t be available for the weekend”.
Meanwhile the Liverpool boss has also spoken about giving chance to young academy player Jordan Rossister in this tie. Jordan Ibe, who was recalled from loan against Derby County and was used as a late substitute against Aston Villa, won’t feature as he is cup tied in the competition.
a Jordan Rossiter will be involved,a Rodgers said.
a We have some very good young players who over the next couple of years you will see more of. Alex Inglethorpe does a fantastic job at the Academy and in the next few years we will see the fruits of that.
a We’ve welcome Jordon Ibe back into the squad after a great period on loan at Derby.
“There are a number of other young players who over the next couple of years will get the chance to come in and develop.a
Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1): Mignolet; Johnson, Can, Sakho; Manquillo, Allen, Henderson (c), Enrique; Lallana, Coutinho; Sterling