Despite claiming six points from their opening two games of the Premier League season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, will have more questions than answers heading into the game against Arsenal.
Defensively, Liverpool have been surprisingly solid, although they have not faced the most potent of attacks. Rodgers’ side were similarly limp offensively however, and have struggled to create clear cut chances against either Stoke City or Bournemouth.
A clear area of concern for Rodgers will be the centre of midfield. Both Jordan Henderson and James Milner are dynamic, productive and effective box-to-box work horses, but have struggled to form an understanding yet, and in some ways, seem to cancel one another out.
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At Stoke it wasn’t until Emre Can came on in the 63rd minute, that Liverpool really began to get a foothold in the game.
His presence in front of the back four enabled Henderson and Milner to run into space, press the opposition high up the pitch and offer more support to a starved Christian Benteke.
Going forward, in order to to find some much needed potency and cohesiveness in the final third, Rodgers may look implement the 4-4-2 diamond formation that served him so well in the almost successful 2013/14 campaign.
If nothing else, the diamond will allow Liverpool’s best footballers to play to their strengths, and enhance their most impressive and noticeable characteristics.
Benteke, who opened his account against Bournemouth, would welcome the support of Roberto Firmino alongside him, and Phillippe Coutinho could orchestrate play in a more central position at the tip of the diamond.
Henderson and Milner would provide industry and creativity on the sides, with Can sitting in front of the back four.
Last season, Brendan Rodgers struggled to stick to one system and seemed unsure as to what his best starting eleven was throughout.
If Liverpool are to be successful in the current campaign, Rodgers will need to identify his favoured formation and personnel early on, and stay true to his principles.
Liverpool fans, what do you think the club's best formation and starting 11 is? Have your say below!
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