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Saturday 19 August 2017

Rodgers faces selection headache over Gerrard

Leaving a fit Steven Gerrard out of a Liverpool team to face Manchester United would until recently have been considered an act of madness, but it is a genuine dilemma facing boss Brendan Rodgers tomorrow.

The Liverpool captain came back from injury as a second-half substitute in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Swansea City on Monday following a five-week layoff.

But with the club having coped manfully in his absence, there is no guarantee he will immediately muscle his way back into the starting lineup for his last game against Liverpool's fiercest rivals before joining LA Galaxy.

Liverpool have played six Premier League games this season without Gerrard and won them all.

They have a win percentage of 41 from the 34 games in all competitions that Gerard has played this season and 69 from the 13 games he has missed.

"It's simple. It's been unfair on the boy," Rodgers told reporters. "People were trying to write him off when he was injured.

"He's back now, and it's maybe not the story you want, but he's totally committed. He's a fan of this club, and his support for guys like (Jordan) Henderson, (Joe) Allen, has been fantastic."

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