Benitez could rest Kuyt

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has hinted that he may choose to rest midfielder Dirk Kuyt over the festive fixture list.

Benitez believes that fatigue has forced the Dutch international into not fulfilling his potential on the pitch this season, with his performances receiving criticism.

“We have had some players who have had to play too many games this season and that is a consequence of the injuries,” said Benitez.

“But I’m sure that if we have some more players we will be able to manage in a different way and give the ones who need it some rest, so they will be fresh for the next match. Dirk has played too many games, we know this.

“He could have had a little break against Fiorentina but (David) Ngog was ill and we needed to play him.

“But we know Dirk will get back to his levels, for sure. He is an amazing player, his work rate is fantastic and we can see that because we are watching all their statistics.

“He is always one of the players who runs the most during a match but we want him to have a rest if he can because I think that will help improve his game.”

Liverpool play Wolves at Anfield on Boxing Day (Saturday), before traveling to Villa Park on 29th December. The FA Cup tie at Reading is on 2nd January 2010.

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