Rodgers to leave Gerrard and Suarez at home for tricky Euro trip to Russia
10:25 GMT, 6 November 2012
Captain Steven Gerrard and top scorer Luis Suarez look likely to stay behind when Liverpool travel to Moscow for Europa League action this week.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is considering leaving the pair out of his squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.
Rodgers is looking to rest Gerrard and Suarez with an eye on the weekend clash with European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Guus Hiddink’s Anzhi team at Anfield last month and victory in Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium this week would virtually secure knockout qualification.
The game has been switched to the Russia capital because of security issues in Anzhi’s home region of Dagestan and one man who could play is midfielder Joe Cole.
Cole has struggled to impress Rodgers since he took over from Kenny Dalglish and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged the former England international to quit Anfield and return to Lille where he spent last season on loan.
The former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder has become a target of criticism on Merseyside. After last week’s Capital One Cup exit to Swansea, in which Cole did play, one fan tweeted Cole should be replaced by an 'upside-down shopping trolley’.
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Former Lille favourite Cabaye, who scored against Liverpool on Sunday, said: 'It is not easy for him because he does not play much. It worked well for him at Lille and maybe would be a good idea for him to return there.
'The club, the coach, the fans love him at Lille. I’ve heard that Rudi Garcia would be interested to have him back.’