A REAL SHAME! Rodgers rues resting big guns as Liverpool reserves battle to defeat

In the end Liverpool were beaten in the Bernabeu only by Karim Benzema’s first-half goal after manager Rodgers, with an eye on Saturday’s clash with Chelsea, made seven changes from their most recent Premier League outing.

Champions League rules state clubs must “field their strongest team throughout the competition” and regular picks Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli all started on the bench