Steven Gerrard faces a fight to get back into Liverpool side

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Fit-again Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been warned by manager Brendan Rodgers that he is no longer an automatic selection in the side.

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Gerrard, who will join MLS side LA Galaxy this summer, has missed the previous seven matches with an hamstring injury, but he is available to make his return.

However, he will face a fight to break back into a Reds side which has coped extremely well in his absence, losing just once in all competitions.

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Swansea tonight, Rodgers has admitted that the team’s performances comes first as they aim to close the gap on the top four to just a point.

“I am respectful and this guy is one of the greatest players in the history of the Premier League and arguably the greatest player of this club,” the Liverpool manager told the Guardian.

“But I am not one that makes emotional decisions on whether I like someone or not. For me it is about picking and finding the right balance in the team and what makes the team function to ultimately win. He still has big qualities that we will need between now and the end of the season.”

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