Football: Brendan Rodgers takes strongest Liverpool team to Newcastle

Liverpool will field their strongest squad of the season at Newcastle United tomorrow, manager Brendan Rodgers (above) said yesterday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool will field their strongest squad of the season at Newcastle United tomorrow, manager Brendan Rodgers (above) said yesterday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Liverpool will field their strongest squad of the season at Newcastle United tomorrow, manager Brendan Rodgers said yesterday.

Defenders Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho as well as midfielder Joe Allen have recovered from injuries and are available for the Reds.

They are second in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Arsenal.

"We'll arrive with our strongest squad of the season against Newcastle," Rodgers told a news conference. "They haven't played games but they've been training now for the last few weeks.

"Glen Johnson will be back. Joe Allen will be back. Cissokho will be back."

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is also in contention after serving a one-match suspension.

"Lucas will come back into the squad. He's another player who has shown his worth and he's got himself back into the Brazil squad," Rodgers said.

"We've got a number of players here who are developing and improving in their careers, and he's one of them."