Liverpool team sheet to play Madrid: A plan to stop Real AND Chelsea?

first_img Possible Liverpool line-up v Real Madrid Emre Can, Joe Allen, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho could all start, as Rodgers attempts to pack the midfield, although Lazar Markovic may get the nod for his pace on the counter. A shuffle in defence could see Rodgers gamble on Kolo Toure.With Chelsea in mind, which players do you think will start against Real Madrid? Comment below!For commentary of the match, listen to talkSPORT live from the Bernabeu from 7pm. There is talk of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leaving Steven Gerrard out of the starting XI against Real Madrid.After the Reds’ Bernabeu test, they return to England to face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime for a demanding domestic tussle, and it would seem Rodgers must juggle his resources accordingly.Gerrard remains an absolutely key figure at the club, but two tough games in a short space of time may be beyond the Kop idol.The Liverpool manager is attacking by nature, so there is every possibility he might opt for an attacking line-up, which we looked at here, but after describing the Champions League holders as probably the best team in the world – and with Liverpool in poor form – he may choose to set his team up to contain Madrid as much as possible.That could mean resting Gerrard and even Raheem Sterling, ahead of what looks like a more winnable match at home against Chelsea.Sterling has shouldered a lot of the attacking burden in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, since Luis Suarez left in the summer, and Rodgers remains aware that he must carefully manage his exciting 19-year-old player.Although we suspect Sterling will get the nod for both matches, here is a possible defensive-minded Liverpool XI v Real Madrid, excluding the young star: 1 1last_img read more

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