What Liverpool learnt from the Wolves game
1) 4-4-2 – I am not against playing the formation per se, but we certainly saw its limitations when we played Tottenham a couple of weeks ago. Especially if a couple of the midfield players are not too adept at tackling or tracking back (Adam and Henderson), the backline can be too readily exposed. For me, it should be used but not in every match, and we faced the same trouble against Wolves last season when they played 4-5-1. With a lot of teams playing 4-5-1 these days, we are likely to get outnumbered in midfield while playing the system, so it is essential that we ensure that we have players who keep possession and are adept at retrieving it.
2) Absence of Maxi, Bellamy and Kuyt – All three played an integral role in what Dalglish described as some “exceptional” football in the first half against Brighton in the Carling Cup. With all three absent from the starting lineup against Wolves, and Maxi not even in the squad, I would like to see Kenny reward these players with more starting berths because of the good attacking football they can produce.
Article is courtesy of David Tully at Live4Liverpool