Rodgers: Liverpool will not underestimate Notts County

The Northern Irish manager has promised to treat the Capital One Cup tie with the same level of respect and care as Sunday’s clash with Premier League champions Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will be fully focused on beating Notts County when the sides meet in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Liverpool failed to fire in cup competitions last season, crashing out in the fourth round in both domestic cups, while also finishing seventh in the Premier League.

Rodgers has led Liverpool to wins in their opening two league fixtures and they face Manchester United on Sunday, leading to suggestions wholesale changes could be made to keep the squad fresh.

However, Rodgers has rubbished claims he would take his eye off the Notts County game, claiming he will treat the encounter just as he would the upcoming meeting with David Moyes’ side.

“We will treat Notts County with the same respect as United. We want to do well in the cup competitions this year,” he said.

“We will always respect whatever opponent we play, no matter what division they are in. Our focus is on ourselves to get the job done and get in the next round.

“The core of our team will be there. If there is an opportunity to recover one or two players who have niggles, then we will look at that – but we will have a strong side out.

“It’s very much at the forefront of our minds to go for silverware.

“I made some mistakes last season in terms of changing the team. The league is the No1 priority but this is a club based around cup competitions and trophies.”

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