By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Reds team that travelled to Moscow for their Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala included the likes of Samed Yesil, Jon Flanagan and Adam Morgan, while first team regulars such as Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard stayed in Liverpool.
Speaking to the club's official website, Rodgers stressed that while he held their upcoming Russian opponents in high esteem, a weekend game against Chelsea meant he had to rotate his squad.
"I have the utmost respect for Anzhi, but because our squad is very thin in numbers and we have a lot of games and young players, I've had to look at the games and which I can change the squad around [in]," Rodgers shared.
"We have a good squad here that we feel can get a result and then we can prepare them for this weekend's massive league game - but our focus is on tomorrow [Thursday] night."
Although the Reds manager will not be able to call upon top scorer Suarez, the Northern Irishman insisted he was not worried about his charges' chances of hitting the back of the net.
"I look at the team - there is no one individual player that has the responsibility to score goals," Rodgers said.
"For us, it is very much about the team and there is a responsibility with every player both to attack and defend. We've got enough talent in the group that travelled here. We've got some outstanding players, some young players and some players with great experience."
Rodgers also revealed that Liverpool would always look to carry out the same game-plan, regardless of the quality of their opposition.
"Tactically, it'll be about controlling the spaces to try and deny them the space of their talented players, but also when we have the ball we will look to control and dominate the possession. It'll obviously be difficult when you're away from home, but our idea is always the same - to control and dominate games with the ball," he explained.
"I respect how difficult this game is going to be, but we always play to win. Every game we play, we go out with the mentality to win the game - but, of course, you can't always win. So if you can't win, you don't want to lose it. If that gets us a point, then great and we'll move onto the next game - but our intent is to go and enjoy, play with freedom, quality and fight for the result."
The Europa League fixture between Liverpool and Anzhi Makhachkala will take place on Thursday.