The Reds make the trip to west London as Liverpool look to secure their second away victory of the season at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
However, Rodgers will be without England striker Daniel Sturridge after the 25-year-old suffered a further setback on Friday, picking up a calf strain.
And Liverpool legend Aldridge reckons Gerrard should play in an advanced role to support Balotelli, with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling deployed wide.
I reckon Stevie G to play in behind balotelli or lambert lallana and sterling wide.Allen Henderson midfield,might solve a monthly problem??
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) October 18, 2014
In his Liverpool Echo column earlier this month, Aldridge elaborated on his argument for Gerrard to start in an advanced attacking role.
“We clicked when Steven Gerrard was played in the No 10 role for the final 15 minutes,” Aldridge wrote in Liverpool Echo.
“For me that’s been an option all season and I was delighted to see Brendan Rodgers make that switch.
“I know Stevie has been reinvented as a holding midfielder to prolong his career and he did brilliantly there last season.
“But he still has so much to offer with the quality he provides in the final third.
“We looked much more dangerous with him up there. For some games I’d like to see Emre Can, Joe Allen or Lucas in the deeper roles.
“Sturridge up front with Stevie in behind, Lallana left and Sterling right – that’s a top class front four.”
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