Last season Steven Gerrard ran the show for Liverpool as they battered Manchester United in the Premier League run-in, scoring twice from the spot for Brendan Rodgers’ side. However, just about a year on, ‘Captain Fantastic’ is confined to the bench for the biggest fixture of the Reds’ campaign, with Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson picked to run the show in the middle for the Merseysiders.
Gerrard himself is just returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, but a player of his magnitude and importance to Liverpool may well have expected to get the nod from Rodgers, but there seems to be little room for sentiment for the Northern Irishman. The ‘No 8’ has not been the all-conquering force he once was this season and is set to leave this summer for semi-retirement in Los Angeles with the Galaxy, and it seems unlikely that he’ll be kissing the camera after a goal today. So, how did Liverpool fans take the news… pretty well!
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 22, 2015
Happy there is no Gerrard
— Craig Leaver (@Leaver17) March 22, 2015
Good decision to leave Gerrard out of the 11 IMO. No need to change what’s been working. #LFC
— James Kirwan (@tiny455) March 22, 2015
Gerrard, Balotelli and Lucas on the bench. Good choice.
— BILLY NO MATES (@GHOSTFACEK1LLA) March 22, 2015
Wanted Gerrard in myself but that’s a good side
— Nathan (@Nsmed95) March 22, 2015
Not surprised to see Gerrard not start don’t change a winning team good option off the bench though
— Iain Taylor (@tigertails2012) March 22, 2015
Didn’t think Gerrard would start such a big game so soon after injury. Be a good lift for the team if he’s brought on however! #LFC
— Damon Miles (@DamonMiles_) March 22, 2015
— Mike Hogan (@hoganbeyy) March 22, 2015