Date: 23rd November 2014 at 10:50am
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Guest columnist Paul Higgins asks some key questions ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Crystal Palace this afternoon…

So Brendan Rodgers is quoted as saying, that right now he is facing his biggest challenge. Well in a few hours we will be given an indication of whether this manager is up for it.

Liverpool fans were asking a number of questions during the latest international break and here are the ones I’m looking forward to being answered.

Will Rodgers give Mario Balotelli a partner up front? Well, Daniel Sturridge is out and Mario has struggled on his own. Rodgers really can’t continue with the same system AND the same personnel, surely?

When are we going to see more of the club’s most expensive signing of the summer, Adam Lallana? I mean £23m to warm the bench? Surely not?

If Glen Johnson starts, does this mean we are paying a loan that includes some kind of fee per game for Javier Manquilllo and we’re trying to save money?

I’m ready to call ‘time’ on Johnno’s career at Liverpool and his performances haven’t warranted his inclusion in the first XI for some time.

What to do about Steven Gerrard? Plenty of fans are ready to usher him to the exit or at least the bench. I’m of the opinion that from the start of the season club’s have set themselves up to nullify us and have targeted him in particular.

Therefore should Rodgers play him further forward or drop him altogether? This is as much a perplexing choice as it is a challenging one; to admit that perhaps the time has come for more drastic measures and Stevie G has to make way so we can move forward.

How many more poor individual displays before Dejan Lovren is dropped? Let’s hope some of those questions get answered against Palace, together with a positive result.

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