After back-to-back defeats at Manchester City and Chelsea, which have seen Liverpool dramatically drop from league leaders to fifth place between Christmas and the turn of the year, it was imperative that Liverpool earned three points against Hull.
The Britannia Stadium is no easy away day and Rodgers will be wary of a potential banana skin slip-up, halfway through a month he will be looking for his side to gain maximum points from.
Mark Hughes’ side have already beaten Chelsea this season, and taken points off Manchester City and, in their last Premier League game, Everton.
Rodgers will be keen for his side not to be added to that list of scalps.
A strong side is needed, and Rodgers both loses and welcomes back key players to and from injury.