It has not been as obvious as this past Saturday that Liverpool needs to strengthen their central midfield.
As the season progresses we have seen teams like Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal improve their attack - scoring more goals and climbing up the table.
In Liverpool's case, it’s not about improving the goal-scoring, it’s about improving overall play.
Liverpool, regardless of the fact that they are third in the league, have gone down in form with each game that has passed.
The attack is getting better now with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge playing together and Coutinho looking to make a comeback sooner rather than later, however, Liverpool are still not dominating the game.
The midfield combo of Lucas and Steven Gerrard may seem adequate against teams like Sunderland and Crystal Palace but against all other teams so far this season, the pair have struggled to truly dominate games.
Now with Lucas injured, even if Allen was to come back, the Liverpool midfield would still not be up to par with the other competing sides for the top four.
Liverpool needs a pair of fighters if they are going to keep on playing with two central midfielders like they have done so far.
In Gerrard they have one, but Lucas is more comfortable in a three-man midfield where he is only responsible for being the tackler.
In a midfield like this Liverpool needs someone that can not only make the tackle, but also play the ball fast and be technically efficient.
Brendan Rogers will be well aware of the fact that he cannot solely rely on the defence to correct all the midfield problems against a top team.
Arsenal - who Liverpool soon face in the league - will be too dangerous for the Reds if Rodgers keeps his new found formation intact in that game.
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