The Reds take on the two-time A-League champions at the MCG as part of the pre-season tour to Asia and Australia and the Northern Irishman is expecting a tough test from Ange Postecoglou’s men.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game for us. That was the reason for coming out here as part of our preparation for the Barclays Premier League,” he said at Monday’s press conference.
When asked if he would be playing a strong team, Rodgers added: “Yeah, absolutely. The players aren’t quite up to 90 minutes. In Indonesia we played a team for 60 minutes and then we looked to make changes.
“The players are only three weeks into their preparations but they’ll all be involved, they’ll all have some part to play. It’s really about our fitness levels.”