Liverpool are ready for Everton - Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has reassured supporters that his side will be fit and ready for Tuesday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

It's never easy managing a club with lofty ambitions - just ask Brendan Rodgers.

Not only is the Liverpool boss looking to qualify for next year's Champions League, he is aiming to add silverware to Liverpool's trophy cabinet as well - something they have only done once since 2006.

Rodgers' squad size, of course, doesn't help. Nor does Liverpool's current injury crisis - one that sees Lucas, Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique and more all sidelined with fitness problems.

Where the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have two internationals for most positions, Liverpool lag severely behind in terms of numbers and squad depth.

But Rodgers has nevertheless persisted with treating the FA Cup with respect, playing the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard against Bournemouth on Saturday.

That has raised questions, however, about whether Liverpool's first team will be fresh enough for the clash against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Tuesday. Rodgers, however, has assured supporters that the players will have enough recovery time and be ready for the Everton game.

'We go into Tuesday's game on the back of a good win against a good Championship side', Rodgers told reporters.

All the better for Reds fans, then, as this derby clash will be the most important for some time.

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