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One of those players left out was midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has risen from being branded a waste of money following his move from Sunderland to being vice captain, but former director of football Damien Comolli says it was Henderson who got him the sack in 2012.
"When we signed Jordan Henderson, he got so much criticism, I got so much criticism," Comolli said. "I was never told why I was sacked but I was led to believe it was because we signed Jordan Henderson, and the owners were convinced he was not good enough."
Rodgers' squad rotation led to a start for striker Fabio Borini, but the Italian continues to be linked with a January move away from Anfield.
Despite enjoying a successful loan spell with Sunderland last season, Borini hasn't quite hit those heights this term, and a move back to Italy with Inter Milan has been mooted - leaving Borini to play down speculation; for now.
"I wish I could play with an increasing frequency, because I need continuity," he admitted. "Inter? It is early to talk about that, now."
Borini's future may not be at Anfield for much longer though, with Belgian striker Divock Origi returning from his loan spell at Lille in the summer. The youngster impressed at the World Cup, and his Lille team mate Simon Kjaer says Origi could become a great player on Merseyside.
"He could be a truly great player for Liverpool," he told the Daily Mirror. "He has got great potential and could become one of the best players in his position."
"Origi is one of the greatest talents I have ever played with in Italy, Germany or France. I have no doubt about his potential," the Dane added.