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Liverpool icon Aldo urges Hodgson to pick stars for Utrecht: We need a lift

Liverpool icon John Aldridge wants to see a full-strength team fielded for their Europa League tie with FC Utrecht.

Aldo said that the time had come for the new manager to make a statement, by sending his side out determined to pursue the attacking policies of the club of old.

And the former Ireland international also believes that he can show his intent by picking a strong side against Utrecht in the Europa League on Sunday, to grasp a much-needed, confidence-boosting victory.

"As difficult as it may be to deal with the impact of everything surrounding the owners, the players - and the management - are the only ones who can help lift the mood at the minute by producing performances that will restore some much needed positivity," he said.

"The misery that Tom Hicks and George Gillett have heaped on the club is clearly affecting everybody, but the only thing that can be changed at the moment is the results Liverpool are getting and that has got to come from within.

"Let's see Fernando Torres get his chance to shine in Holland, then; let's see Joe Cole get another 90 minutes under his belt rather than all the chopping and changing that has been going on - you never know, the next 180 minutes might just give everyone the left that is needed.

"It's far too early to start panicking and asking questions about the manager; he is still finding his feet and having to deal with a unique pressure.

"But if he can find a way to get the Reds playing with a bit more flamboyance and adventure, the results will start to come and that will lift the mood."

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