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Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool must replace Steven Gerrard with star talent

• Brendan Rodgers denies forcing captain out of Liverpool
• Steven Gerrard says lack of starts prompted desire for change
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Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool’s owners that money will have to be spent on established internationals if the club is to keep progressing following Steven Gerrard’s departure – and has denied forcing his captain out of the club.

Gerrard’s decision to move to the United States at the end of the season for what he called “an incredible opportunity to try something different” will deprive Liverpool of its traditional home-grown core, with Jamie Carragher having retired in 2013. With the loss of Luis Suárez last summer, it means the first team is short on top-level experience too. Rodgers prides himself on promoting young talent but accepts that it is unrealistic to compete with top clubs solely by producing players from within.

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