By Peter Fraser
Wigan midfielder Jason Koumas (picture above) believes Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's rotation policy will be unsettling players at Anfield.
Benitez has been criticised for his insistence on constantly shuffling his Liverpool squad and has been particularly targeted for his sparing use of star striker Fernando Torres.
The Reds travel to the JJB Stadium on Saturday and Koumas, a lifelong fan of Liverpool, insists he is aware of the struggles of the current squad after discussing the rotation policy with former Anfield striker Craig Bellamy.
"Craig suffered with the rotation policy last year," said Koumas. "He didn't enjoy it, he was struggling with it and he had to get out.
"I had a lot of sympathy with him over it. I spoke to him a lot about it, and it was tough for him because he is one of those players who needs to play week in, week out to get his form going.
"When you have a settled 11 that's winning games, it's hard to change things. If you asked our gaffer (Chris Hutchings) what he would do after winning three or four on the bounce how could you change it?
"I don't know how the other players there feel about it, but you can't argue with Benitez because he has a great record and he keeps taking the club forward.
"It has worked for him a lot. It's worked for him in the past and hopefully it will work for him in the future.
"With Benitez you don't know what his priority is. Is it the UEFA Champions League or the Premier League because he does rotate a lot?
"He has turned the club round, taken us forward, but the next step now is winning the Premier League, which is what we all want as fans.
"If you ask all the fans now, they want the Premier League title, and while it will be tough for them, I do feel they've a great chance."
utusanLFC : imagine Sissoko commenting on other club over its manager's decision... won't it tantamount to a slur? Kousmas... mind your own club, will ya?