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by jagdev singh sidhu
Bang! Bang! Let's hope Luiz Suarez does the business again against Crystal Palace. - ANDREW YATES/ AFP
NECESSITY is the mother of invention, and when it comes to Liverpool and their lengthy crock list, you can understand why Brendan Rodgers tweaked his formation to quite a novel 3-4-1-2.
In part, it’s to field a team based on the players he has at his disposal. The other reason is to accommodate a returning Luis Suarez.
At first glance, it will appear that the tweak has worked. Winning 3-1 away at Sunderland last week saw the team get the result they wanted but there are weaknesses in that formation.
With centre-backs and strikers being the strongest parts of the team at this moment, it’s clear why that formation was employed.
The other offshoot of the formation is that it suits a counter-attacking style, or maybe that’s the end-product of a tough game against Sunderland. There are indications that Rodgers will stick with the same formation against Crystal Palace at Anfield Saturday but the personnel being deployed will change.
Lucas Leiva is suspended after picking up five yellow cards in just seven games and Jordan Henderson should slot into midfield with Steven Gerrard. Taking Henderson’s place on the wing will either be Andre Wisdom or Martin Kelly.
Expectations are that Liverpool should continue with their winning ways against Crystal Palace but this season has shown there is no such thing as a pencilled-in victory.
Crystal Palace may be the struggling team when compared to the promoted sides but history is a lesson for Liverpool when it comes to playing the Eagles.
It was in the 1989/1990 season that Liverpool battered Crystal Palace 9-0 in a league game at Anfield only to lose 4-3 in an FA Cup semi-final which ranks among the classic FA Cup ties.
Another reason to be hesitant in expecting a victory is that this season is punctuated with unfancied sides stealing a victory against their bigger rivals. Liverpool too fell to a surprise defeat when they hosted Southampton.
If Liverpool were to have any ambition in solidifying themselves as a top-four team, then games against strugglers at Anfield should be not only chalked up as a victory but delivered upon.
Rodgers will be counting on the partnership between Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to continue their scintillating partnership against Sunderland. Both strikers scored the goals last week and Sturridge assisted on two of Suarez’s goals.
With an international break coming up, Rodgers must be keeping his fingers crossed hoping his players don’t pick up any more injuries. With players returning from injury and suspension after the break, it will be interesting to see if Rodgers continues with his current formation or reverts to his comfort zone system.
Jagdev Singh Sidhu thinks Liverpool will batter Crystal Palace at Anfield.
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