KENNY DALGLISH admits Liverpool’s performance at Brighton has left him with a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Wolves at Anfield.
The Reds boss rang the changes for the Carling Cup tie and those who came into the side grabbed their chance to shine.
Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Jay Spearing were among those who staked a claim to face Mick McCarthy’s men and Dalglish says he has some tough decisions to make.
“I picked that team because we wanted to win the game and we want as many players up to speed and available for selection as we possibly can,” he said.
“Those who played did everything to help themselves and make it difficult for me to pick the team. That’s what we want.
“The boys gave themselves the best possible chance for selection by the way they played.
“We don’t have a team, we have a squad and there will be times when people play and others won’t. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and sometimes you’ll be unlucky.
“The football club is more important and bigger than any individual, including myself, and I’m sure the players realise that.”
Rodriguez has been on the fringes so far this season and apart from the Carling Cup he’s only had one brief substitute appearance in the league.
But the creative Argentinian impressed on the left flank at Brighton to underline he still has a great deal to offer.
“Maxi’s a very intelligent footballer,” Dalglish said.
“I’ve said before how good he is and about the contribution he has made.
“Maxi hasn’t got anything he needs to prove to anybody. I can’t speak for everybody but for ourselves none of them have anything to prove to anyone.”
Glen Johnson has returned to light training but won’t be considered for selection so Martin Kelly is set to continue at right-back.
Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel are available after serving one-match bans, while Daniel Agger remains sidelined after fracturing two ribs at Tottenham last Sunday.
Fabio Aurelio is back training but Jose Enrique will return at left-back in place of Jack Robinson after sitting out the victory at Brighton.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard admits the progress Liverpool made over the past six months fuelled his burning desire to get back playing.
The Reds’ talismanic skipper, who made his comeback at Brighton, believes the Reds are in far better shape now than they were when he was sidelined by a groin injury in March.
“I’ve been really happy with what I’ve seen,” he said.
“There are lots of happy faces around the training ground and the supporters are happy. About 90% of the performances have been fantastic. Take Tottenham out of it and it’s been exactly what I was hoping for.
“It makes you even more desperate and hungry to get back in among the lads,” he added.