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Why does Brendan Rodgers play players out of position?

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Brendan Rodgers just loves playing players out of position, doesn't he. It's a worrying trait that is becoming a bit of a joke and while he isn't getting the results, he has to be questioned about it.

Against Manchester United, he decided to give Danny Ings his first start. Liverpool fans were excited at the prospect of seeing two up-front and being positive at Old Trafford.

That positivity soon disappeared when Ings was regularly seen shoved on the left and during United pressure, was often finding himself in the left-back position. 

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It's not like there wasn't anybody else to play there. Sitting on the bench was Jordan Ibe, a natural wide man who is more than capable of doing his defensive duties. Or even Alberto Moreno, who seems to be really out of favour at the moment.

Struggled

While we're on the subject of Moreno, surely it's time for him to start at left-back instead of Joe Gomez. 

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The 18-year-old has been brilliant, but it's certainly not his position (See the trend here?). The youngster is starting to get found out and has struggled in the last two matches, giving away a penalty at Old Trafford. 

His lack of a left foot unbalances the team and Moreno needs to replace him.

How about new signing Roberto Firmino? After spending £29 million on him, you'd think Rodgers would play him in his natural position, centrally. 

But no. The Brazilian played as a right winger. An ineffective one at that. It was Coutinho out there last week. You simply can't play your best players out of position.

Out of position

Cast your minds back to last season and you can see more examples of Rodgers' love of playing a player out of position. 

Emre Can regularly played in defence during the last campaign. Yes, Germany played Can at right back last week but he's a central midfielder and has shown promising signs in this position this year. 

As much as Liverpool fans hated seeing Raheem Sterling leave for Manchester City this summer can you blame him when the winger was often playing in a right wing-back position? 

Obsession

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher questioned Rodgers' "obsession" to play 4-3-3 despite not picking the right players for that formation and it's hard to argue with the former Liverpool defender. You have to choose the formation to suit the team, not try and fit the players in. 

Rodgers needs a massive re-think and to stop attempting to fit square pegs into round holes.

Playing players in their favoured position is a good place to start.

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