One thing is lacking in the current Liverpool side, and that is creativity from the midfield. Coutinho is the answer to this problem but unfortunately the Brazilian maestro is still out injured. Victor Moses has been asked to fill in at number 10 in the absence of Coutinho and the Nigerian has failed to deliver.
Moses is not a bad player at all but he is not suited to being a number 10 and being tasked to create opportunities for the frontmen from the middle. Moses is a brilliant wide player on the left and we saw him start to enjoy himself better against Newcastle when Brendan Rodgers switched to a 4-4-2 formation.
When Rodgers replaced Sakho with Luis Alberto with 30 minutes left in the game, there were more attacking options available to the Reds. Alberto, who joined Liverpool in the summer, has not had a proper run in the Liverpool side and it baffles me why Rodgers has not played him in the absence of Coutinho. The young Spanish player arrived as a forward / winger when he was signed in the summer but having seen him play, he would make a decent number 10. One just has to look at the video below to see his cameo appearance against Newcastle on Saturday.
Although Alberto spent more time on the right in this game, he did tend to drift infield and deliver some telling passes and created one or two opportunities. This for me is evidence enough that he should be given a fair crack at playing in the number 10 position ahead of Moses if Rodgers decides to persist with the 3-5-2 formation.
Moses has been given enough opportunities at the 10 and he has looked very very average. We can not stick with Moses at 10 and something needs to change and Alberto should be the next option until Coutinho returns. Alberto may still be young and not experienced yet in the Premier League but given a chance he has the qualities to be a very good player for the Reds. Another more long term option for Liverpool could be to mould Alberto into a central midfielder as he has the physique, good touch on the ball, wide array of passing and great composure: the building blocks of a quality central midfielder.