What the Arrival of Coutinho and Sturridge Means for Liverpool Formations

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What the Arrival of Coutinho and Sturridge Means for Liverpool Formations
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With fresh faces, there often comes fresh optimism. 

This has certainly been the case for Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool outfit in recent weeks. New signings Philippe Coutinho and, particularly, Daniel Sturridge have already made an impact at Anfield.

For a manager who places such a significant emphasis upon the tactical aspect of the game, Rodgers has surely already gone through all the new options and systems that these two new attacking options now offer him.

The Liverpool manager has already shown himself to be a reactive tactician when it comes to the system that his side play, having sent them out in a variety of systems so far this campaign. 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-1-1 and 5-3-2 have all been tried and tested depending on the opposition.

Despite somehow falling foul of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, performances have certainly been better on the domestic front for the Reds. The 5-0 wins at home to Swansea and Norwich have eradicated the notion that Liverpool often lack a cutting edge when the "lesser" teams come to Anfield.

The direct threat that Sturridge offers certainly seems to have helped them in that respect.

With Luis Suarez the only viable attacking threat for long periods of the season, Rodgers now finds himself with a plethora of forward options. 

The heightened flexibility that this gives the manager is very welcome and with Liverpool looking like they will have little to play for in the seasons final knockings, i’d expect Rodgers to experiment with a few different combinations. 

With Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva beginning to flourish in the double pivot, I doubt there will be minimal rotation in that area of the pitch.  But as for the forward line, here are some combinations that he might try...

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