On-loan Valencia player is set to line up against West Brom
The on-loan Valencia defender, who made his full Premier League debut at Newcastle last weekend, is set to line up against West Brom at Anfield tomorrow.
With Jose Enrique still hampered by a knee problem, Cissokho has the opportunity to establish himself in the left wing-back role and the manager has great confidence in the Frenchman’s ability.
“Jose is still working to get over his injury so he’s got no chance for the West Brom game but next week he won’t be too far away,” Rodgers told the ECHO.
“I’ve got no concerns about playing Aly. I thought he was excellent against Newcastle.
“Considering that was his first full Premier League game, he did really well. He got up into the advanced areas when we want to see him and put some great crosses in.
“He will only get better and in training this week he has been outstanding.
“His fitness is excellent and he knows the role well. He will provide real stiff competition for that position this season.”
Rodgers sent Andre Wisdom out on loan to Championship outfit Derby County earlier this week.
With right-backs Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly now back fit, the manager decided the time was right for the 20-year-old defender to leave on a temporary basis in order to gain valuable experience.
“I wanted to get Andre out earlier,” Rodgers admitted.
“The plan was to get him out in the summer but I couldn’t because of the nature of the injuries we had. We had to keep him around.
“Andre has played 22 games for us which has been great for him. But now we’ve got other players back and with only having one game a week you have to be careful with young playees that they don't become stale.
“The chance came up for him to go out and play regularly, and Derby is a brilliant club. Steve McClaren is a good manager who has worked at the top level and I’m sure Andre will benefit from his time there.”
Centre-back Tiago Ilori could also be made available for loan but not until after the turn of the year.
The Portugal youth international has yet to make his debut for the Reds following his £7million move from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.
With Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger above him in the pecking order, his opportunities this term are likely to be limited.
Rodgers is in no rush to get Ilori game-time but admits a spell away from Anfield is a possibility later in the campaign.
“After coming in during the summer there has been an adaptation period for Tiago to get used to the club he has joined,” Rodgers said.
“He is training with the squad every day and getting used to the conditions in which we work. It's a step up for him and he understands that.
“He is adjusting to the game in this country and then we'll assess it in January.
“If young players aren’t getting games and we feel we need to stretch them for their experience then we will look at loans. Certainly defenders in particular get better with games.“It's all about timing. If the timing is right it's something we will look at.”