Monday, September 24, 2007

Hyypia: Rotation Talk Is Silly

Sami Hyypia has labelled the preoccupation with Rafa Benitez's rotation policy 'silly'.

The big Finn is frustrated the subject arises whenever Liverpool drop points – but never when they win.

He said: "The first time the manager tells us about the team is an hour and a half before the game. But sometimes after the meeting at Melwood he'll tell some individual players that they are playing.

"Everybody knows that the manager likes to rotate, and he isn't going to change his style. Nobody said anything about that at the beginning of the season when we were winning games.

"But because we've drawn a few games people have started to talk about it again. It's silly because that's his style and he's not going to change it."

Hyypia, who is about to turn 34, even believes a bit of chopping and changing can do wonders for a veteran for him.

"It's the manager's decision whether I play or not. But I'm not 20-years-old any more and the recovery time isn't the same as when I was younger. But I'm always ready when he needs me.

"The unfortunate injury to Danny means I'm going to get some games now, though I'm not very happy with the way I get them as I would prefer Danny to be fit and help the team."

Reading v LiverpooL: Brazilian ace set to start

Rafael Benitez has admitted he will ring the changes for Tuesday night's Carling Cup clash at Reading.

The Liverpool manager insists the competition is one he would dearly love to win this season, but he knows the importance of giving some of his fringe players a chance as the Reds look to take their first step on the road to Wembley.

Sebastian Leto, Lucas Leiva, Emiliano Insua and Jack Hobbs could all be involved, while there could be a first start for Charles Itandje in goal.

"For some of the players who are not playing too much in the Premier League or the Champions League, this will be an important competition for them," he said.

"It is a trophy I would be happy to win, the first season I was here we got to the final. I would like to be in the final again.

"Some of the senior players will have to play against Reading, I will not change the whole team. It depends on who is available and what cover we have in certain positions.

"But I would hope to give players who are not playing regularly in the Premier League the chance to play.

"It is clear that with a big squad we need to see some of the other players.

"They must be involved because you cannot have them in the squad and then tell them you will not use them in any game.

"If we stay in the Carling Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League they will obviously have more chances to play."