Liverpool latest: 'No blame on Gerrard for slip' says Rodgers ahead of Chelsea clash

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Liverpool will move on from Tuesday's 1-0 loss against Real Madrid this weekend, with Chelsea arriving at Anfield in a big clash on Saturday lunch time. The game will bring back memories of Steven Gerrard's costly slip against the Blues last year, which all but ended Liverpool's title hopes, but manager Brendan Rodgers says he doesn't blame the Reds skipper.

"It was just unfortunate. I think Gerrard recovering mentally shows the magnificent response from him. There was no blame – just unfortunate," Rodgers said.

"We’ll have learnt from last season’s defeat to them, it’ll be tough though. They’re the best team in the league at the moment, that’s why they are top of the league."

"When we play at Anfield, no matter the opponent, we have every confidence we can go on and get a result," he added.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has also been speaking about striker Divock Origi. The Belgian international joined Liverpool in the summer after an impressive World Cup but was sent out on loan to Lille for the season, and amidst rumours of an early return to Anfield, Rodgers says he's monitoring the youngster's progress.

"We're in regular contact with the kid, he's a wonderful talent," he said. "I get all of his games downloaded from our recruitment team. We're in contact, which is great, and we're helping him with his game. He's a big talent for someone so young and we're looking at aspects of his game."

Finally, Liverpool youngster Danny Ward has earned a call-up to the Wales squad for their upcoming fixture against Belgium, and took to Twitter to announce his delight.

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