Liverpool FC manager ready to rest Steven Gerrard for Real Madrid clash
Brendan Rodgers set to make several changes for the Reds Champions League clash tonight
November 4th, 2014
Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool’s talisman for the past decade although it appears that the club captain could be left out of the team to line up at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.
Having played a full game at St James’ Park on Saturday and with Chelsea visiting Anfield this weekend, Brendan Rodgers is ready to leave Gerrard on the bench for a match against the champions of Europe.
Indeed, Liverpool’s starting XI might reflect the fact that Rodgers is prepared to lose this game and instead focus on having his best team for the Saturday Premier League match as the Reds look to play catch up after a poor start to the season.
“I don’t see it as a gamble,” the manager said. “This week and these games against the likes of Real Madrid I see as a great opportunity for the squad – you put them out there and you put your trust in them to perform.
“In Steven’s case, if he is playing on Saturday I have to look at what is the priority for him and us. If he played against Newcastle and didn’t play tomorrow night you could say that was the priority.
“Him and I have spoken about that. Three big games, Newcastle, Madrid and then Chelsea. I need to look at a number of players to look at the games we want them to play in. But I have also got to look at [the fact] we brought in other players. And there is responsibility. But there is no doubt that our priorities are the Premier League and the Champions League, and always in that order.
“If we want to develop we need to ensure we are in the top four but we also want to qualify from this group and we will never know if these players can perform if we don’t put them in the team,” Rodgers said. “I am putting my faith in these players to perform. That is not being pragmatic. It is why you have a squad to come and get results. I see that we have spent an awful lot of money on players to come in and give them an opportunity to perform.”