A debate has broken out in the Football Transfer Tavern amongst Liverpool fans about the team’s best choice of system.
Brendan Rodgers has tinkered with the Reds formation consistently over the course of the season, and there have been clear pluses and minuses for each time he has done it.
Liverpool began the season with a 4-2-3-1 formation, whilst Luis Suarez completed the remaining six games of suspension.
Daniel Sturridge led the line with support from Iago Aspas, Philippe Coutinho, and Jordan Henderson, whilst Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva anchored the midfield.
Injury to Coutinho at Swansea City saw Rodgers deploy a rigid 4-4-2 for the home game with Southampton, which without a doubt proved the Reds’ worst performance of the season. Aspas struggled as a central striker, whilst Victor Moses and Jordan Henderson offered little out wide.
The return of Suarez then saw Rodgers change things around completely, and the 3-4-1-2 was born.
The system has proved effective in creating Liverpool’s ‘SAS’, and accommodating the large number of centre backs Rodgers has at his disposal.
The problem has been in the wing back areas. With Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique struggling for fitness, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, and Aly Cissokho have all been given a go at filling the role.
The Arsenal defeat really exposed Liverpool’s lack of depth in the wing back positions, with Flanagan and Cissokho caught out time and time again.
It prompted a switch back to 4-4-2 for Rodgers for the victory over Fulham, and it remains to be seen which system he will go with for Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The 3-4-1-2 has seen the Reds produce some great football, but the signing of a top wing back or two would not go amiss.
Here we have identified 5 possible candidates for the specialist role.
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