Brendan Rodgers' big selection dilemma

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Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is plagued by a selection dilemma at the moment.

The goalkeeper, back four and midfield positions of Steven Gerrard and Lucas all look relatively secure at the moment which means Brendan Rodgers has a choice of up to nine players for the remaining four spots in the side.

Suarez, Coutinho, Henderson, Sturridge, Downing, Borini, Sterling, Suso and Shelvey are all names in the squad which gives Rodgers a massive headache over the rest of the season.

Of course that headache is eased a little bit with examples like Borini, who is injured and unlikely to play again but there is a fine line which Rodgers has to walk to select the best side to drive Liverpool towards fourth place.

It also goes a long way to proving that Liverpool have a lot more options than many other sides and supporters of other clubs will appreciate.

It’s positive because it means he can rotate and keep his key players fresh over the rest of the season, which will stop a repeat of fatigue setting in, as has been the case with teenage winger Sterling.

So what does he do and how does he go about addressing this issue?

Well ultimately, he can’t try and keep every single player happy because there are more consistent players who are going to keep others on the bench.

Rodgers is not the sort of manager who will go into a game making changes for the sake of it. He’ll always go with his best eleven players, which gives Liverpool the best chance of picking up three points.

It means the likes of Suso and Shelvey in particular will be confined to the subs bench for the majority of the remaining matches. They will be used, just not all of the time.

It’s a problem because players like Suarez, Coutinho and Sturridge are very unlikely to be axed at the club any time soon, which makes the problem even worse and decreases the number of starting spots which are up for gabs.

The unfortunate problem it creates is that all of Liverpool’s players will want to be playing all the time, so they may become unsettled or unhappy, which means when the summer comes round, their off to new clubs and new adventures.

It’s tricky to get the balance right for Rodgers at the moment but there are few better managers who could take this squad of players up to the top four.

Who do you think may be very unhappy by the summer?

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