Liverpool must change their system and play two up front in an attempt to turn their season around.
All too often already this campaign we've seen Christian Benteke isolated with very little support. They're simply not providing the £32.5 million signing with the service he needs.
With Sturridge nearing his return, Brendan Rodgers must surely play him up front with Benteke. The pair of them give the midfield excellent options with Sturridge willing to run in behind the defence while Benteke would be the target-man.
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Rodgers has preferred the 4-3-3 formation this season, often shifting the likes of Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to play out wide where they're not comfortable.
It's obvious that Liverpool lack wide men, youngster Jordan Ibe is probably the only natural winger, so Rodgers must stop playing 4-3-3.
A system that would incorporate Sturridge and Benteke up-front and the lack of wingers would be the 4-4-2 diamond formation. This would work perfectly for Liverpool and the players they currently have at the club.
The defensive midfielder would be either Emre Can or Lucas Leiva with Jordan Henderson–when he's fit–and James Milner in front of them. Coutinho would then be employed in his best position, behind the strikers.
With a defensive midfielder and the centre midfield pairing working in a double pivot, there is enough defensive protection for the full-backs to be a bit more attack minded.
Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne are ideal attack-minded full-backs and would be able to provide the quality crosses that Benteke thrives on.
Liverpool made the least amount of crosses last season and they've began this campaign in a similar style. Benteke is one of the best headers of the ball the Premier League has seen. It just doesn't add up.
Moreno and Clyne have the ability to produce those quality crosses that can utilise Benteke's aerial strength.
Hopefully, Rodgers identifies the need to change his system soon or else he could be out the door at Anfield.
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