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Hodgson facing United ambush

ROY HODGSON wants some breathing space while he plots a new strategy for his Anfield troops, but with Ryan Giggs and Manchester United waiting around the corner, he's not going to get it.

The Liverpool boss will make wholesale changes to his team for tonight's Europa Cup tussle with Steaua Bucharest in a bid to keep Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard fit for Sunday's big Premier League batttle at Old Trafford.

“It's up to me to try and choose a team that will firstly win the game and secondly, possibly give some of the players that are going to be needed to play against Manchester United a well-deserved break,” said Hodgson.

But Giggs believes that Manchester United’s sharp-shooters are on the brink of a run of form which will rip opposing defences asunder.

“I honestly feel we just haven't had the breaks. The concentration lapses are a concern, but we're not too far away. If we finish our chances off, we will be beating teams four or five nil,” said Giggs before promising a torrid time for Liverpool.

“The crowd will light up. It is usually a quick game and a ferocious one. It is just the sort of game that can set us back on the winning trail.”

Words like that carry an ominous message for Hodgson who is trying desperately to form a coherent team from the squad Rafa Benitez left behind.

“We need to be more creative, need to improve defensively and need to be better at set plays. We need to be better at all the things we work at,” said Hodgson.

“I am at a club where I am trying to put a team and a philosophy together. Everything is new all the time and every training session and match is a learning curve and I will learn from those things.”