Stewart Downing managed the only goal of the game, although Gomel had enough chances to get something from the match, with the visitors now having to go for broke in this second leg contest which should allow Liverpool to create and score plenty of goals.
The Merseyside club are a best price 2/9 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory and Rodgers might well opt for Luis Suarez in attack, with the Uruguayan having just signed a new contract at Anfield to suppress any rumours that he might be interested in signing for Juventus.
Suarez was participating in the Olympic football until recently although he is now back to ready himself for what he hopes will be a goal-filled season and the striker is a 3/1 chance to score the first goal, while Fabio Borini is available at 4/1.
Perhaps this match will represent a chance for Andy Carroll to score a couple of goals and demonstrate to Liverpool’s new manager that he should be considered as part of future plans, with odds of 4/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) available that he breaks the deadlock.
Gomel are available at 14/1 to pull off a shock win, with odds of 11/2 on offer that this match ends all square although there is a chance they could be outclassed and odds of 8/13 about Liverpool leading at half-time and full-time look tempting.