Cole makes his Liverpool debut
New signing Joe Cole was handed his competitive debut for Liverpool's Europa League third qualifying round second-leg tie at home to Rabotnicki.
There was no place in the starting line-up for midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who endured an injury-plagued maiden season having arrived last summer, with promising Spain Under-19 forward Dani Pacheco preferred.
Hodgson opted to change his preferred 4-4-2 system he used at Fulham and adopt the 4-2-3-1 employed by his Anfield predecessor Rafael Benitez.
That meant Gerrard played a deeper midfield role with Cole given the central position behind striker David Ngog he prefers with Pacheco, making his first start, playing on the right.