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Liverpool v Stoke: Gerrard dropped by Rodgers for Anfield clash

first_img1 Steven Gerrard Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been dropped to the bench for the game against Stoke on Saturday.The former England star has come in for criticism for his performances in recent weeks as the Reds have struggled for form.Now Brendan Rodgers has opted to give him a breather, with the 34-year-old making way for Philippe Coutinho.Gerrard made his Liverpool debut 16 years ago today, and his Anfield career is marked extensively in the club programme, but Rodgers has not let sentiment influence his team selection.Jordan Henderson skippers the side, while left-back Jose Enrique takes the place of Javier Manquillo in the only other change from the XI which drew against Ludogorets on Wednesday.There is no place in the squad for Mario Balotelli, who continues to be troubled by a groin injury.Stoke have made three changes from last weekend’s defeat at Burnley, with Erik Pieters, Marko Arnautovic and Marc Wilson coming in to Mark Hughes’ starting line-up.last_img read more