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Liverpool manager plans to play Sturridge through the middle

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his plans to accommodate Suarez and Sturridge in the team with the Uruguayan shifted to wide role.

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Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s first signing of what is expected to be a very busy transfer window for the Merseyside club. The former Chelsea striker is seen as a good acquisition by Brendan Rodgers considering the transfer fee.

It was a deal suitable for all parties, for Chelsea it opens up space for a new striker in January, for Sturridge it is another opportunity to prove himself at a big club, while for Liverpool it was a necessary addition to the squad which lacks in options upfront.

The question that came up after this transfer was, how Liverpool will accommodate Luis Suarez and Sturridge upfront. And now Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has disclosed that he plans to shift Suarez to a wide role while Sturridge will play through the center.

Rodgers revealed:

“I spoke with Luis at length on it a number of times. This has been in the plan for a few months.

“When he played at Ajax he played in behind as a No. 10, in between the lines, and he played as a reverse winger from the left side so he wasn’t quite out wide – he was tucked in round the corner.

“Wherever he plays he will make the same movements and he will find the space because he is a world class player.”

“Daniel’s best position is as a central striker. I have said that 4-3-3 will become richer because of the type of players. There is not one way to play 4-3-3.

“You can have one up and two wingers, a floating nine like Luis Suárez, you can have one like Daniel Sturridge central, two in and around him narrow with full backs bombing on.

“The principles of your game are based on your players. I think for Daniel his best position will be straight through the middle with his pace.”

It would be interesting to see if this change in role affects the game of the Uruguayan international, who has been in tremendous form this season. Suarez has already racked up 15 goals in the league so far. Although Brendan Rodgers believes there won’t be any problems with Suarez shifting out wide, it might disrupt his game.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard meanwhile believes that the stage is set for Daniel Sturridge to show his true potential and fulfil his promise:

“Daniel has the quality. I know he’s got it – I’ve seen it.

“He suffered a bit at Manchester City and moved on to Chelsea where he hasn’t played as much as he wanted but has shown flashes of brilliance.

“I think he’s at the age now when he needs to settle down, get a settled club and show consistently what qualities he’s got. If he can start producing that for us on a weekly basis he can help this club move forward to where we want to be.

“He has said he wants to play football for a big club, the stage is set for him. There will be no excuses for him. He will be playing with good players at a great club.

“It’s all there for him. He just has to go and grasp it with both hands. He’s at an age now where he should be performing week in week out.”

For the 23-year-old striker, this might be the final opportunity for him to prove himself at the big stage. At Liverpool he will get his opportunity on a regular basis and this surely is the most important year of his career so far.

Will he prove his metal or will his career fade into mediocrity? Only time will tell.

Comments (9)

  1. Whatever nothing will faze Luis. He simply has the talent to be anywhere and cause confusion to the defense. Most of his applauded performances for the Uruguay national side have been on the left side and cutting in around the back defenders. He is most often seen doing this to mouth watering effect on many LFC games. I look forward to Sturridge settling in to a more productive role than hitherto he has provided. Time will tell…..

  2. I do agree with the view of the team captain Gerald the great. We shall be watching Daniel in all the games and see if he can be of help.

    There is need to also shift Jose as a defensive midfielder and I still believe the club should consider to sign Walcot from Arsenal and Llorente from Atlantico bilbao this transfer season. The combination of Daniel, Walcot, Llorente, Suarez and sterling will be too complicated for defenders of premier league to handle.

  3. Suarez should be left up front alongside Sturridge in a 442 formation, Luis wants to score goals and with Daniel as his partner and the fullbacks or midfield players Sterling Gerard Henderson Downing (take your pick) we should be able to give defenses a lot of headaches. its a bit more flexible than 433.

    • I left out Raiding down the wings!!!

    • I totally agree with u.4-4-2 n 4-5-1 are Liverpools best formations. This Rogers 4-3-3 for me its rubbish we hav lost to Stoke n Aston Villa heavily on this Formation n i bet u, we cld hv lost to QPR if Rogers was dia. Pls Rogers leave suarez where he is dnt force him out of this club wit ur useless formation

  4. I think playing suarez on the left wing will be amazing

  5. What we need r goals!de combination wl b a nightmare 2 dfenders go go Rodgers!

  6. Suarez wants top goal scorer ,i think both suarez and sturrige should be played up front,4 4 2 formation should be the solution,but if br want 3 midfielders then i think henderson/alen should play from the wings.let’s see the formation we play against man u

  7. The pair wl b deadly an a manace 2 many a defender go Rodgers go!