After the last two games, some momentum seems to be building up at Anfield, which, hopefully will lead to something promising. The game against Stoke city showed us that if we have a consistent starting line-up for most of our games, we have better performances. But keeping that in mind, would a change in tactics improve our home performances and more importantly would it improve our league position?
I think a change in tactics is a must if we want to return to challenge for a league title but more importantly improve our league position so that we end this season with a 5th or 6th place finish. Here are a few suggestions for our starting line-up to end this season on a high note:
Defense: Our defense is very formidable at the moment with Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique. If Enrique or Johnson were to be injured he could be replaced by Martin Kelly who has been challenging for a place in the starting line-up, so that would not be a big worry. But if Skrtel or Agger were to get in injured (at the moment Agger is sidelined with a broken rib), a problem would come up as the only possible replacement in the present would be Jamie Carragher as Sebastian Coates is still untested in the premier league, so bringing in a central defender in the summer transfer could be on the cards.
Although bringing a defender would not be a huge priority as Coates seems to be improving as he is getting more game time. For the time being Liverpool will play Coates or Carragher depending on the game until Agger returns.#
Midfield: This is one place Liverpool will need to improvise during the summer, but right now Kenny will have to make do with the resources available. Our midfield looks like this at the moment: Jordan Henderson/Charlie Adam, Jay Spearing, Steven Gerrard, and Stewart Downing. The first change I would make is to bring in Dirk Kuyt instead of Henderson, as he brings more pace into the game and Kuyt seems to have more control over the left wing.
Spearing seems to be the only replacement for Lucas until the end of the season but if Liverpool need a more attacking side, trying Bellamy alongside Gerrard could be interesting as he would also be able to deliver crosses for Carroll. Bellamy also is playing better than Adam. Downing has shown signs of improvement during the last few games so he deserves his place in the starting line-up. A creative midfielder/winger would be on the agenda for next season.
Forwards: Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll seem to be building up a partnership which is improving our frontline a bit but, for us to challenge for a Champions League spot or title, we need a proven goal scorer. Someone who can partner both Suarez and Carroll. But for now I would strongly suggest Liverpool stick to this partnership for the rest of the season. So a striker/goal poacher is another position on the agenda for next season.
If our performances continue to improve, and we go on to an unbeaten streak till the end of the season, things could look different in the standings. As Chelsea, Newcastle and Arsenal have all been inconsistent, Liverpool may have the slightest chance to qualify for Champions League, that is if Liverpool win 8 out of their ten games and the other three clubs continue their inconsistent performances. We can dream can’t we?
Do you think this would work out? Let me know your thoughts about our current tactics and formations.
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