Against Fulham on the weekend, Brendan Rodgers decided to dropped the 3-5-2 formation he had been using since the Manchester United tie in the League Cup and revert back to a fluid 4-3-3.
Many fans and pundits had thought that Rodgers would stick with the 3-5-2 formation for a bit longer but the Liverpool boss clearly has other plans as he revealed on Liverpoolfc.com.
“I just decided to change it,” Rodgers said.
“I have said to the players that between now and January we have one game a week.
“The players are working very well and very hard on a daily basis but I need to give oxygen to some players, so they can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
“It is important that I use the players well.
“Kolo has been sensational since he has been in but Daniel Agger is a top player. I just need to balance the team out when I can.”
With Liverpool having so few games this season with no European football and being out of the League Cup, many squad players are going to struggle to get much game time and thus is it up to Rodgers to rotate them well and keep everyone fit and happy. That is a task which is much easier said than done!
We saw Daniel Agger having to spend some time on the bench when the Reds were using 3-5-2 but against Fulham he was called back in to partner Martin Skrtel meaning that Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure had to sit out. Now you have two quality international centre backs in Sakho and Toure being on the bench and they are going to be pushing hard to get back into the side. This is healthy competition for the side and hopefully the players see it this way and do not get upset.
The 4-3-3 formation worked very well against Fulham as the Reds were able to freely attack and bang in four goals. What was really impressive to see was how well Liverpool were pressing high up the field when not in possession. This is something Rodgers has been working very hard on and it paid off on the weekend.
The question now for Brendan Rodgers is, which formation works best for Liverpool or does it all depend on the players available or the opposition being faced?