Rodgers admits Liverpool found it tough against Bournemouth but will be ready for Everton

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that his Reds side were made to work hard to beat Championship outfit Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday, but insists that his players will be ready for the Merseyside derby next week when Everton arrive at Anfield, reports

Liverpool advanced to the FA Cup Fifth Round – only the second time Rodgers has reached that stage of the competition in his managerial career – with a 2-0 win at the Goldsands Stadium, with goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge ensuring the Reds’ safe passage.

Rodgers had showed his respect to Bournemouth by naming a strong starting 11, but watched as his side initially struggled to dominate the game, particularly in the first half.

Despite the difficulty his side had in taking control, Rodgers says his players will be more than ready for Everton in what is traditionally a fiery affair.

“We have a very thin squad, and along with that we’ve got a number of injuries, but the tradition of the FA Cup for Liverpool is huge,” Rodgers said during his post-match press conference.

“We want to pay respect to the competition because we want to get to the final and win it if we can.

“The players have had enough recovery time and will recover well for Everton. They have everything there to recover.

“We go into Tuesday’s game on the back of a good win against a good Championship side.”

The Reds appeared to be set for another injury setback when Martin Skrtel suffered a head injury, but Rodgers has reassured the club’s fans that he will be back in time to take on their blue counterparts.

He said: “He had staples in his head, so he might need to grow some hair now! He’ll be fine.”

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