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Possible formation for Liverpool with Sturridge and Suarez

January 9, 2013

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Ever since Andy Carroll was loaned away to West Ham during the summer transfers, Liverpool has been in a serious need of a striker who could score goals with consistency. Hence, this January transfer window was very important for Liverpool and they have acquired the services of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for GBP 12 million. But, the greater question lies – what kind of formation would Brendan Rodgers adopt to suit his team? Lets explore at the number of options that Rodgers may be tempted to adopt.

Sturridge down the middle – lone striker

It is no rocket science to know that Daniel Sturridge has joined Liverpool with the hope of playing first team football and that too down the middle. Though, he is open to playing in the wings as well, but his first choice would be down the middle. Sturridge will have a great deal to offer as he has tremendous pace to make those darting runs and it could be used especially during counter attacks. But he needs to curtail his selfish play when he plays under Brendan Rodgers. This means that Suarez needs to play behind Sturridge. With Suarez being in red hot form, he can play anywhere in the park and score goals. But, it could be wise if such an approach is adopted, as Suarez with his clever moves may link up well with Sturridge and assist him in scoring goals.

Suarez – the only striker

He has scored 15 goals in the league as Liverpool’s only central striker. So, there seems no reason as to why would Brendan Rodgers would shift positions for Luis Suarez, where he has proved to be the best player for Liverpool ever since the season started. Had he not been in rich vein of form, Liverpool would have been in the lower half of the table.

Suarez has been carrying the burden of Liverpool single-handedly and to great success. The Uruguayan star, who possesses a bagful of tricks can definitely lead the attack on his own help Liverpool climb to glory. One does not know how would Suarez link up with Sturridge, as both of them want the ball on their feet most of the times, especially in the final third.

With this formation, one could see Daniel Sturridge on the bench, which could auger well for Liverpool as he can be used as a super sub, especially initially, until he gets to Brendan Rodgers scheme of things. Until then he could be used as a striker to come in and play along side Suarez if they are trailing in the game or could substitute Suarez. The upcoming big game between Manchester United and Liverpool could see the same formation being used.

Sturridge on the wings

Sturridge on the wings is not a bad alternative, as the player can come in form wide left and link up with Suarez. His pace could be a major forte that Brendan Rodgers would love to use, if he is on the wings. With the player having a good left foot, one can also expect some crosses from the player and when he cuts in, his venomous left foot could find the back of the net also.

Sturridge – second striker

This is a formation, which might disappoint Daniel Sturridge, as he has a strong desire of playing upfront and not the false number nine. But, he has agreed that he would play whatever position the manager wants him to play. All in all this is the formation, which would not work effectively within the team, so this option can be experimented against weaker opponents. But one would like to add, with th EPL moving into the business end – there are no weaker teams.

4-3-3 formation

This is the formation, which has been used by Liverpool with Suarez playing down the middle and Sterling and Downing/Enrique playing in either flanks with good results. With Sturridge coming into the squad, this formation may be still continued with Downing most probably facing the axe and making a mouth watering trio of Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez. The three S of Liverpool.

Whatever formation Brendan Rodgers decides to come up with in the second half of the season, they have to agree that Sturridge gives them plenty of options going forward. Brendan Rodgers needs to adopt such kind of formation, which will help the team win matches and help Sturridge and Suarez both get on the score sheet.

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