5 Changes Brendan Rodgers Needs to Make at Liverpool
After five games in the Premier League, Liverpool are sitting in the relegation zone, still waiting for their first win of the campaign.
Needless to say, the Reds are off to their worst start in the Premier League era, and Brendan Rodgers needs to change something before the damage becomes unrepairable.
Continue reading to find out which changes Rodgers needs to make at Liverpool for a top-four finish to be achievable this season.
Give More Chances to Youngsters
This might come as odd to you, but Rodgers needs to give more chances to youngsters.
Yes, Rodgers has already put his faith in a couple of youngsters, and both Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling fulfilled their potentials.
The time has now come to introduce at least one more youngster to first-team football, and the former Swansea manager has a variety of options in the Academy.
Should Rodgers desire a new striker, Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil have impressed in the reserves and are already looking ready for first-team action.
Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and Sebastian Coates are all promising defenders and have, more importantly, already made the bow in some matches of less significance. All of them could one day form one of the best defenses in the league.
Suso, who strangely enough hasn't received the attention he deserves, is a talented playmaker and could help lift the load from Luis Suarez's back.
Liverpool's next golden generation is in the club's youth academy, and with the transition period taking its time at Anfield, this is a fantastic opportunity for Rodgers to introduce as many youngsters as possible to the first team.
The Sebastian Coates Situation
Related to giving more youngsters a chance is the Sebastian Coates situation.
Coates, a potential world-class center-back, has seen his progress stagnate worryingly since his move to Anfield.
He needs to get more playing time, and he needs to start playing in the Premier League before his discontent results in a transfer request.
The Liverpool defence has had a shaky start to the new season, and this is a perfect chance for Coates to break into the first team. Should he fail to do so, a considerable impact cannot be expected from the Uruguayan in the future.
Unfortunately, Coates looks set to follow in the footsteps of Danny Wilson, who turned from one of the greatest European prospects into a reserve-team regular since his switch to Liverpool.
Return Steven Gerrard to a More Offensive Position
The problem with the 4-3-3 formation is that it too often leaves Steven Gerrard sitting too deep to have a significant impact in the final third.
It's no secret that Liverpool's biggest concern right now is their dreadful conversion rate.
Yes, Liverpool need to buy a center-forward as soon as possible, but until that happens, Gerrard should be able to get the Reds attack firing again. If he is given a more offensive role, that is.
Mr. Liverpool has plenty of experience playing in a more forward role, so he won't need time to settle into his new role, and the club can only reap benefits from it.
Gerrard's proposed switch to an attacking-midfield position could leave the team opened up for counterattacks, but the Reds need to score more goals even if it means conceding more.
Try Suarez on the Right, Sterling on the Left and Borini in the Middle
Something is obviously not right in the Liverpool attack.
After five games, the Reds have scored only four goals. A truly daunting statistic. So, what can Rodgers do to try and change that?
Play Luis Suarez on the right, where he usually plays in the Uruguay national team, try Raheem Sterling on the left and Fabio Borini in the middle. The Italian is the closest thing to a center-forward the Reds have at the moment, and Rodgers simply has to try playing him there.
Nobody knows what kind of an effect this rotation could have on the team, but, sincerely, it can't get much worse.
Long have passed the times when Pepe Reina was perhaps the best goalkeeper in the Premier League...
The Spaniard has now become one of the most unreliable and careless players in the team, and there seems to be no apparent solution to the problem.
Maybe the years finally caught up with him, maybe he's just having a poor run of form, maybe he's having personal problems—whatever the reason might be, Reina cannot and must not be considered a regular starter if he carries on like this.
However, the situation only gets worse for Rodgers, as the Reds don't have a quality replacement for Reina. Doni is just a backup player, and Brad Jones will probably never reach Reina's level.
The Liverpool faithful can only hope Reina will soon return to form.