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This is where the picture starts to get murkier.
Great examples include Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and more locally, Gylfi Sigurdsson. Rodgers used the latter to devastating effect at Swansea City.
The Icelandic import from Hamburg adds the flair and creative thrust from midfield.
Rodgers likes to have two players serving as attacking midfielders in this way. They control the game, maintain possession and attempt to get the ball up to the front three as dynamically as possible.
Liverpool has the following options: Joe Cole (on loan), Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani (on loan), Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing.
Each player fits the system to varying degrees yet no one is ideal for different reasons.
Cole earns £90,000 a week and is over 30-years old. If Lille wants to sign him permanently expect the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to comply.
Henderson, Spearing and Adam tend to give the ball away carelessly when under pressure. Compare that with the 86-percent pass completion rate seen at Swansea City and I doubt that they will be starters.
Shelvey has a tremendous amount of potential, but is very young. He is a dark horse to feature heavily under new management.
Aquilani in theory fits the mold. He is an excellent passer with outstanding vision.
However, he is yet to prove he can transition from Italian to English football. While on loan at AC Milan and Juventus he proved he still has the talent. But is he physical enough?
Finally, there is the matter of Steven Gerrard. He is assured a starting place, however, the transition could be particularly difficult for him. As I have written in the past, it is not entirely clear what his best position is.
He likes to run at the defense and often puts in a speculative pass. Rodgers prefers that his midfielders play measured balls and remain a bit more patient.
His class is undoubted so I am sure he will grow into it. However, it may take time.