Riise: Liverpool players accept rotations

John Arne Riise insists all Liverpool players understand manager Rafa Benitez's rotation policy.

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The Norway international told liverpoolfc.tv: "We don't look at it as a negative thing. Of course the players want to play in every game. When we come back from internationals the manager has his own view. He knows how much travelling has been done by a player and I think it is a good thing that the players want to play even though they are tired. The manager is clever to swap it around a little bit. I think it is a good idea because, even though we want to play in every game, we need some rest as well.

"When he first came to the club and started this rotation it was hard to take because you felt like you were dropped. But he has a total belief in the squad and in every player. He knows when one player is rested then another one will come in and do the same job.

"It took time for us to get used to it mentally because, even though you had played well in the previous game, you were out of the team for the next match. The manager is brilliant and he is trying to get us to be one the best teams in Europe."

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