Gerrard and Suarez absent ahead of European clash

Liverpool take on Hearts, in an all British affair this week in the Europa League, but will be minus two key players.

Gaffer, Brendan Rogers has taken the bold decision in resting captain, Steven Gerrard and striker, Luis Suarez.

Rogers insisted the Reds will still brush aside the Scottish underdogs, despite the changes made.

It’s a chance to see some young players — but I also have some international captains and some Champions League winners playing.

“We’ve got a very small squad so I have got to try to protect some of the players.

“And we have a massive game against Manchester City at the weekend to take into account.

“But whatever group we put out will still be with the aim to win the game.

“Our main objective is the league, there’s no question about that. But at a club like Liverpool every game is important.

“We want to do well, the objective over the two games is obviously to get through to the group stages. These games are always difficult to forecast but we want to win and we’ll pick strong teams we think can do that.

“I don’t need to warn my group about complacency — they are allergic to it. They focus every day and their concentration is good.

“They understand the size of the task in coming here and having to play well.

“I think Hearts will be better for the experience they had losing to Tottenham last season.

“They’ll have some regrets that the game was over so early on and it left them with an uphill task.

“So they’ll be right up for this game.”