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Reading boss Coppell ignores Liverpool selection controversy

Reading boss Steve Coppell is not concerning himself with who Liverpool field against relegation rivals Fulham at the weekend.

Last season Liverpool fielded an under-strength side at Fulham because of the UEFA Champions League and this time around Rafa Benitez again looks set to rest a number of key players with one eye on next week's European clash with Chelsea.

Bolton boss Gary Megson has already voiced his concerns, but Coppell is not overly bothered by Liverpool's approach.

"I'm not bothered. There is nothing I can do about it so why should I be concerned? You trust in the integrity of the league and I see no reason to doubt that," said Coppell.

"Whatever happens, you can't criticise Rafa because his rotation policy is famous. It's only recently that he seems to have got a team which he thinks is the most effective, I suppose, but changes are changes and I'm not going to criticise him on that.

"If we win our games, it's not even an issue. If we get sufficient points over the next four games, I won't be bothered what anyone else does.

"We've got to look over our own little patch of grass. It's very important that we don't get wrapped up with expecting favours from someone else.

"This is a four-game season and for each one individually there is not one team that I could pick to do a job for all four matches.

"The players have got to have an element of trust in me, knowing that my desire is the same as theirs.

"I have just got to pick the team that is right. I always try to remove personalities from the line-up and go on what I think is effective and will advance us."

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