Brendan Rodgers has explained why he decided to change his defensive line-up for Saturday's clash with Fulham, indicating that he intends to utilise his squad fully over the coming weeks.

Liverpool reverted to a 4-3-3 formation for the 4-0 victory over the Cottagers, with Daniel Agger partnering Martin Srktel at the heart of the defence. Meanwhile, Mamadou Sakho was named on the substitutes' bench and Kolo Toure afforded a rest.

Rodgers admits he will look to rotate his team selections as the traditionally hectic Christmas and New Year period approaches in order to keep players fresh.

"I just decided to change it," he said, when asked about his thinking behind Saturday's team selection.

"I have said to the players that between now and January we have one game a week.

"The players are working very well and very hard on a daily basis but I need to give oxygen to some players, so they can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

"It is important that I use the players well.

"Kolo has been sensational since he has been in but Daniel Agger is a top player. I just need to balance the team out when I can."

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