Brendan Rodgers admits he could leave Steven Gerrard out of Liverpool's Champions League match at Real Madrid

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested he could leave Steven Gerrard out of Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Real Madrid, ahead of Saturday's visit of Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed he could rest Steven Gerrard for the club's Champions League game at Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Liverpool lost 3-0 to the European champions at Anfield last month and need a positive result if they are to aid their progress from Group B, as they currently sit tied on three points with FC Basel and minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.

Nevertheless, with Chelsea visiting Anfield for Saturday's Premier League clash, Rodgers has admitted that Gerrard could be left out of the line-up for clash against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

'I don't see it as a gamble. 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,' he is quoted as saying in the Mirror.

'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.'

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