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Much of the talk this week has revolved around Rodgers' belief that he can convert Gerrard into a holding midfielder.
The idea has sparked much debate, Gerrard, himself, admitting it's something that will require work if he is to adapt his game suitably to perform in the role.
Gerrard as a holding midfielder in a three-man midfield, within the 4-3-3 shape, may work against some sides, but Gerrard as a regular central midfielder in a 4-4-2 will never work, as proven here.
Rafa Benitez quickly realised it wouldn't work, both Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson attempted to make it work, as have numerous England managers.
Rodgers did not help Gerrard's cause by leaving him so exposed here. If Gerrard is going to grow into the role, he needs to be as the pivot midfielder behind two technically sound midfielders who look after the ball.
Gerrard was woeful in the first half, although he wasn't the only one struggling to keep up with the pace, caught in possession frequently and failing to make any positive impact.
Liverpool's midfield has looked at its best with Lucas, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson as the trio; accommodating Gerrard in the side is increasingly becoming a major issue for the manager.