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Clearly, Rodgers can’t beat them with the routine possession game.
Not that Liverpool should go back to the Rafa Benitez days, when a few passes used to end up with an effort on goal, Rodgers would be better off advising his players to try the clever possession game instead of the routine.
Too many times, when coming under pressure from opposition players, Liverpool studs seem to lose track of the whole point of possession play. Which, to begin with, is to have possession of the ball inside the opponent half and not ceding it, thus pushing the opposition onto a lever of disadvantage.
But this clever ploy may well backfire if Liverpool don’t consider the opponent’s abilities at doing exactly the same. Perhaps, sitting back, to wait for the best counter-attacking moment would yield a better result for Liverpool.
Celtic’s 2-1 result against Barcelona in their home turf is a good example. What Celtic achieved was lowering shot accuracy by organising themselves well at the back. This allowed them to score a victory despite only having 16 percent of total possession to show for.
Granted, Liverpool’s Sunday opponents aren’t as dominant as Barcelona is, but Michu’s poaching threat still remains.
This also doesn’t mean that Liverpool should take up Stoke’s approach by sitting back and waiting patiently for the opponent to build and develop only to break them down on set-pieces.
What Liverpool ought to be doing is to make maximum use of the possession that they can afford during the course of the game. And that involves, creating absolute “quality” attacks.
It serves better to have ten shots in a match with nine of them directed towards the target rather than taking shots at goal at all opportune circumstances.
To sweeten the deal, Liverpool, and most importantly Luis Suarez, would heave a sigh of relief knowing that last year’s Great Wall of Swansea in front of the post, Michel Vorm, is currently out injured thus increasing the possibilities of a Suarez shot finding its way back into the net.