Rodgers should have left Liverpool stars behind, says Arsenal legend
Lee Dixon says Brendan Rodgers took a risk playing a second-string at Bernabeu
While Lee Dixon didn’t have a problem with Liverpool resting players on Tuesday night, the Arsenal legend felt Brendan Rodgers should have left his big names behind.
The Reds manager didn’t start captain Steven Gerrard, England international Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and £16m signing Mario Balotelli at the Bernabeu.
However, Rodgers introduced Gerrard, Coutinho and Sterling as a late substitute in the Spanish capital after Karim Benzema scored what proved to be a first-half winner.
Arsenal legend Dixon felt the Northern Irishman took a risk but can understand why Rodgers decided to play his second string ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Saturday.
“It seems they are definitely prioritising for the Chelsea game,” Dixon told ITV Sport.
“Rodgers is trying to find the right balance between giving a performance and getting a result but it could be a risky prospect.
“If I’m a player I want to rest at home and rest properly rather than travelling.”
Liverpool are in third place in Group B behind Basel in second place, while Real Madrid booked their place in the knockout stage.