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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says that Steven Gerrard will not be happy at being left out of the starting line-up against Real Madrid the Champions League. A former England teammate of Gerrard, Scholes says that one of the reasons for Gerrard retiring from international duty was to play in such big matches. The showdown with Madrid was one of the biggest matches for Liverpool this season. After a 3-0 defeat against the Spanish club earlier in the season at Anfield, Liverpool were looking for revenge. Manager Brendan Rodgers, though, appeared to throw in the towel after naming a weakened starting line-up.
Rodgers may have defended his selection by saying that he wanted to win the match, but Scholes is of the opinion that this selection was largely made with regard to the weekend’s match against Chelsea in mind. Further, Liverpool are now no longer the favourites to qualify for the last 16. Their defeat against FC Basel and Real Madrid in the previous rounds has put the Swiss club as favourites for the second spot behind Madrid. Gerrard and Sterling have been the two best players for Liverpool this season, but they came on as substitutes.
They were unable to influence the game and Liverpool lost the match 1-0 after a goal from Karim Benzema. “I think that’s probably why he gave up international football, to play in games like this. I don’t think he’ll be happy tonight. think Steven Gerrard is capable of playing in this game and on Saturday (against Chelsea). It is Tuesday night, he’ll have two-day recovery, train Friday, play Saturday and he’s got a nice little two weeks off,” said Scholes. “It seems they are definitely prioritising for the Chelsea game. If I’m a player I want to rest at home and rest properly rather than travelling,” said former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon.