The skipper has not missed a minute of league action since joining the Reds from Leicester City and is on course to beat the club’s record for outfield players in the division, held by Gary Pallister, if he plays the 90 minutes at Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, with meetings against his former club Leicester and Liverpool following hot on the heels of the Villa Park clash, the boss feels he will be left with little choice but to rotate throughout his team.