Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool had to work hard in order to get a 2-0 away win at Bournemouth on Saturday in the FA Cup, but insists that his players are fit and ready for the crunch match derby at Anfield on Tuesday. Goals from Daniel Sturridge and loanee Victor Moses were enough to send Liverpool into the 5th round of the FA Cup, but Liverpool weren’t anywhere near their best and were required to battle hard for the win- particularly in the first half. However, Rodgers is confident that his side will have enough time to regroup and be ready for the mouth-watering game on Tuesday.
Liverpool’s squad has been getting thinner and thinner recently due to their injury luck, and fans have been getting frustrated with the lack of signings in this month’s transfer window,
“We’ve got a very thing squad, and along with that we have a couple of injuries, but the tradition of the FA Cup is huge and a massive part of Liverpool’s history,” Rodgers told his post-match press conference, “we want to pay respect to the competition and get to the final, even win it if we can.”
This will be the 2nd Merseyside derby of the season, with Liverpool’s trip to Goodison Park in November ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw. The 2nd league encouter has much more significance, even with so much of the season left to play.
By Ben Kelly