Michael Owen comments on Brendan Rodgers’s team selection for Liverpool v Real Madrid in Champions League

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Michael Owen has his say on Brendan Rodgers leaving a number of first-team regulars out of Liverpool’s starting line-up against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Michael Owen believes that Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling will not be pleased not to have started against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers left the duo on the substitutes’ bench for the Champions League Group B clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Midfielder Gerrard and winger Sterling both came on in the second half, but they failed to prevent the Reds from suffering a 1-0 defeat.

Before the match, former Liverpool striker Owen wrote on Sportlobster.com: ‘Even if they have been rested, I can't imagine Sterling and Gerrard will be too happy.

‘Not every day you get to play in The Champions League at The Bernabau having played a huge part in getting your club there in the first place’.

Owen, though, did understand the reasons for Rodgers making a number of changes to his team and leaving some key players on the bench.

‘Clear sign that Rodgers has an eye on the weekend’, wrote the 34-year-old. ‘He won't admit it but he has picked a team knowing that if it goes wrong he can keep morale high having rested a few. Big chance for a few players to shine on the biggest stage’.

Liverpool are currently third in Champions League Group B with three points from four matches, three points behind second-placed FC Basel. The Merseyside outfit will take on Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

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