One call Rodgers got right against Chelsea, one he got badly wrong

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

The Liverpool boss mostly got his team selection right but made one glaring error.

Emre Can for Joe Allen

Brendan Rodgers has come in for a lot of criticism for his team selections against Real Madrid and then Chelsea. The Liverpool boss was deemed to have rested his first team against the European champions at the Bernabeu - although there is a case in suggesting he dropped them for poor performance.

Against Chelsea, however, the regulars were largely restored to the side.

Liverpool lost both games. But to suggest that was because of team selection is laughable. The Reds played one of the best teams - if not the best - in the world right now, before facing the form team of Europe. Winning either would not even be an option for 99 per cent of other teams.

And one call Rodgers got particularly right against Chelsea was to pick Emre Can ahead of Joe Allen. Allen has been poor lately and Can's inclusion instead of him - meaning he retained his place after his performance against Real Madrid - was vindicated when he opened the scoring.

The 20-year-old's overall performance was solid and an upturn in form from him is vital when it comes to also vindicating Liverpool's summer transfer business.

Kolo Toure

One crucial error from Rodgers, though, was to drop Kolo Toure once again after his titanic performance against Real Madrid.

At the Bernabeu, the Ivorian handled Cristiano Ronaldo with ease - arguably the best player in the world.

So what kind of message was Rodgers sending by then leaving him out against Chelsea and restoring Dejan Lovren to the starting line-up?

The Reds were appalling in defence once again and it is no coincidence that they lost structure without Toure. His inclusion may not have solved all problems - but compare how organised Liverpool were against Madrid and how typically unorganised they were against the Blues. Toure should have started.

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