Football

Rodgers right to bench 'stars'

Was Brendan Rodgers right to field a weakened team against Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek? Here are some of your views.

Brendan Rodgers should not be criticised for fielding a weakened team against Real Madrid.

He is the manager and he decides what is best for the team.

Did he rest his "stars"? Those were the same "stars" who had put in an absolutely pathetic performance against Newcastle last week.

In fact, I have not seen any "star" player in the Liverpool team this season.

If anything, I think his team selection against Real Madrid was purely based on his reaction from the match against Newcastle.

He has a large squad at his disposal anyway and I believe that those rested "star" players are not guaranteed to feature against Chelsea from the start.

- Fareed

Brendan Rodgers is a realist and he was being pragmatic.

After watching his first team being outclassed at Anfield by Real Madrid, he knew that his current team are not ready for the big time.

By fielding a weakened team at the Bernabeu, he lost the match 0-1 but won respect after his second-stringers did not lose by a big margin.

Liverpool still have two more "winnable" matches against Basel and Ludogorets and could well qualify for the knock-out stage.

Brendan Rodgers is not a fool but a smart strategist.

- Elvin Woo

What weakened team? I thought the team he played were his strongest and could beat any Premier League club.

Liverpool fans have been calling for Fabio Borini to play. I had my doubts about Kolo Toure but he had a good game against Real Madrid.

If you think the strongest team for Liverpool are the one with Steven Gerrard who is slowing down, Mario Balotelli who doesn't seem interested, Dejan Lovren and Glen Johnson who can't defend, think again.

- Wai Yin


MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST RODGERS

W - 2

D - 0

L - 0