Rodgers explains the reasoning behind playing 3-4-1-2

The benefits of having two men upfront for Liverpool also mean that Iago Aspas could play in his preferred position which is more central when he gets called upon to replace Suarez or Sturridge. Aspas has not looked comfortable at all playing wide in his early games for Liverpool.

The 1 in the 3-4-1-2 formation is a problem for Liverpool right now. Victor Moses is currently filling in that role but he is struggling. Moses is better suited to playing out wide and you could see it against Sunderland that he constantly drifted wide. Coutinho is the perfect player to fill in that role and it is unfortunate that he is out injured right now. Moses may just have to continue filling in that role for now although I would like to see Luis Alberto given a chance to play there against Crystal Palace.

We have not touched on the two central midfielders yet, Gerrard and Lucas. I know many fans are not happy with this pairing right now and it is an area we are going to have to work on. Lucas has already picked up enough yellow cards to warrant a suspension and that is the result of one or two things: either he is just being clumsy and picking up silly cards, or he is covering up a lot for Gerrard in midfield that he is forced to make all these tackles and thus run the risk of getting the yellows. It is no secret that Gerrard’s legs are getting slower due to age and he needs a dynamic midfielder to partner him. Lucas may not be the best option to partner Gerrard but he is the best we have right now. Maybe with the return of Glen Johnson to the side we will see Henderson move into the middle and partner Gerrard at the expense of Lucas. Joe Allen is also on the comeback and he will be wanting to get one of those two central midfield positions.

The 3-4-1-2 system is still in its early days at Liverpool but so far it seems to be working. We have to wait and see if Rodgers decides to stick with it for the duration of the season or he will revert back to 4-3-3.

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