Rodgers believes in Liverpool squad depth

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has expressed his belief that his squad has enough depth to cope with this season’s extra fixtures already piling up, Sky Sports is reporting.

Last year the Reds had played just 42 games all season which gave them an upper hand in the race for the Premier League title – which they ultimately lost out on.

This season they are already on 39 games as they come to the end of a frantic period of fixtures, but with the restart of European football this month there is little let off for Rodgers’ men.

Wednesday sees them travel to Bolton for their FA Cup fourth round replay following two gruelling semi-final legs in the Capital One Cup against Chelsea.

However Rodgers is confident in his squad’s ability to handle the fixture back log despite not investing during the January transfer window – although the club did bring in nine new players over the summer.

He said: “Looking at Bolton, it’s a tough game. But we’re in two cup competitions and we want to go as far as we can.

“The idea (in the summer) was to bring in a squad which could cope with that.

“Of course there is a lot of development to take place with those players, but we brought them in because we want to be in competitions until late on and challenging for league titles, and for that you need to have a good squad.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is in contention to return for the midweek clash having been rested for Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Ham with a reported tight hamstring.

Should the captain play it would be his 700th Liverpool appearance of his career.

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