Tom Clegg for Back Page Football, on Brendan Rodger’s new 3-4-2-1 setup:
The formation seems to bring the best out of a number of Liverpool players. Martin Skrtel, playing as the most central of the back three, now has an almost wholly defensive role which seems to suit him.
Skrtel’s weaknesses tend to be more exposed when he has to make difficult decisions; in his new position, he knows he simply has to defend the goal and cover his fellow centre backs. Skrtel has thrived in the new system, producing some commanding recent performances.
The other centre-backs are even more crucial to the system functioning. Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho are both excellent passers of the ball.
Great points. Emre Can is excellent every time I see him. He’s a diamond in the rough, slowly taking shape. He’ll be Liverpool’s best midfielder next season if Rodgers brings a new defender in.