Former Liverpool midfielder has suggested that Brendan Rodgers must pick a side and stick with it as we do not have many games to play this season thus players should not be burnt out.
Speaking in his Liverpool Echo column, Molby said,
Liverpool have been given a unique opportunity.
The Reds have just one midweek game between now and Christmas and so have the chance to pick a settled side.
They need to.
Liverpool began playing the season in the Brendan Rodgers style and in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
But the manager then decided to move away from that.
Against Fulham, Liverpool lined up in more of a 4-4-2 system which is not something we’ve seen much of since he arrived.
We need to see Liverpool get back to the true ideals of a Brendan Rodgers team.
Years ago, we called it the Liverpool Way.
By returning to what defines a Rodgers team, it will mean some players are left out and disappointed.
But the manager has shown he is not afraid to make the big decisions.
I totally agree with Molby. We do not have many games to play this season so we should be in a position to pick our best eleven for every game. This will mean that some players will be unhappy with missing out but that means the players in the starting eleven have to be playing well week in and week out so that they do not get dropped.
With Rodgers having experimented between different formations this season, I think before he picks his best eleven he has to decide on which formation works best.
Judging from the Fulham game, yes it was against a lesser team, but the team played well and we looked very good. It is a formation that can work against all teams in the Premier League as opposed to the 3-5-2 which is hard to execute against the top sides.
The team that started against Fulham with the exception of Aly Cissokho being replaced for Jose Enrique at left back is probably the best eleven Rodgers has i.e. Mignolet, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sturridge and Suarez.
If those players can remain fit and on form for the remainder of the season then we have a great chance of making it back into the Champions League.
With the transfer window in January coming up soon, Rodgers may look to strengthen the squad and maybe bring in a quality midfielder who can walk straight into the starting lineup for Henderson or Lucas. In terms of squad depth, we are very well stocked in the central defence position as Sakho and Toure are waiting on the wings. Cissokho, Kelly and Flanagan can fill in at the wing backs. Joe Allen is our central midfield option back up, whilst in the attacking third we can call upon Moses, Alberto, Sterling and Aspas.
For a team without European football, we have a very good squad which is more than capable of mounting a serious charge for the top four. We just need our best eleven players to remain fit and for Rodgers to stick with them.
No Rodgers should change players at a good interval cos Moses bcame proud and lazy cos he came on loan from chelsea and even Aly Cissokho.
Lucas , best eleven ? Nah . Have a word with yourself .
A smart manager will utilize whatever players he has at his disposal. A smart manager will select a tactic based on the opponents strengths and weakness. A smart manager will vary his tactics so as to confuse his opponents but not his own players.
true tat…each game is uniq & thus a smart manager wl vary his formations & players depending on the task at hand …..being smart enough to outwit the opponent yet keeping his troops happy….