Manchester United great Paul Scholes: Steven Gerrard should have started for Liverpool v Real Madrid in Champions League

Steven Gerrard

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should have started Steven Gerrard against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said that Steven Gerrard should have started Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Former England international Gerrard was left on the substitutes’ bench for the Group B game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had already indicated before the match that he was going to rest the midfielder ahead of the Premier League encounter against Chelsea on Saturday.

Scholes, a former England teammate of Gerrard, believes that the 34-year-old should have started against Madrid at the Bernabeu.

‘I think Steven Gerrard is still capable of playing this game tonight and playing on Saturday’, he told ITV Sport before the match. ‘It is Tuesday night, he will have his two-day recovery, train on Friday, play on Saturday and he has got nice little two weeks off.

‘I think this is probably the reason why he retired from international football - to play in these types of games. I am sure he won’t be happy tonight’.

Scholes does have a point, but perhaps Rodgers had pretty much given up winning against Madrid.

Having seen his side suffer a humiliating 3-0 defeat to the 2014 Champions League winners at Anfield last month, perhaps Rodgers thought that getting anything from the Bernabeu would be impossible.

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