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Utrecht not that good: Hodgson refused to weaken Liverpool FA Youth Cup team for Euro tie

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has revealed how his team selection for their 0-0 draw with Utrecht was dictated by the FA Youth Cup!

Hodgson admitted he did not want to weaken the Liverpool youth team last night by calling up players for the Europa League.

Asked whether there were any injury concerns surrounding Martin Skrtel after the Slovakian was replaced at half-time by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Hodgson responded: "No. If I had have had other centre-backs or defenders, I wouldn't have played either of them.

"Jamie Carragher is injured, Daniel (Agger) is injured and one or two of the players we quite like in the reserves in the Academy - Jack Robinson, John Flanagan and Conor Coady - had a match tonight for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup, so we didn't want to take them and weaken the youth team."

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