Liverpool have had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in eight new faces and shipping on some of those less suited to Brendan Rodgers' philosophy. Perhaps the most important piece of business this summer, though, was retaining last season's key man—Luis Suarez.
Per David Maddock of the Mirror, Suarez has stated that he decided to stay at Anfield "some weeks ago." The Uruguayan then went on to stress his commitment to the Liverpool cause, which can only be a positive thing for the club.
When fully focused and not missing matches through suspension, it is undeniable that Suarez is one of the best players currently operating in the Premier League. However, with the form of Daniel Sturridge in a central striking role, it is likely Suarez will need to adapt to a new position upon his return.
Suarez creates a lot of chances when playing upfront and, in turn, scores plenty of goals. However, there is a very real argument that the team as a whole operates better with Sturridge at the point of the attack.
While Suarez will frequently look to take on opponents himself, Sturridge has proved to be better at bringing those around him into the game.
In the past, both players have played from wide positions to some effect, with Suarez performing such a role for Uruguay, and Sturridge likewise for Chelsea. However, it appears to be Suarez who has been lined up for a starting berth on the flank.
According to a report from the Guardian's Andy Hunter, Rodgers has decided that Suarez will be best deployed from the flank this campaign, with new loan signing Victor Moses set for a starting role on the opposite side.
With Suarez and Moses both quick, skilful attackers, the attacking unit would appear somewhat reminiscent of the style of player utilised by Rodgers at Swansea in Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer—albeit of a better quality.
Sturridge will provide the attacking focal point for the duo to play off, and the onus will fall upon Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho to provide the inspiration and conduct the attacks.
The Guardian claim Suarez will play as a wide (presumably right) forward when he returns, with Moses other side of Sturridge. Sounds good!— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) September 3, 2013
Liverpool are serious about their top-four ambitions, and the deadline day capture of Mamadou Sakho, a potentially outstanding defender, was a statement of intent regarding their hunger to see the return of Champions League football to Anfield.
Rodgers has made a decision as to how he plans to best integrate his attacking options to achieve those aims and will hope that his vision can become reality.
If the four can come together as a unit, with the likes of Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Raheem Sterling in reserve, then a top-four place will be within Liverpool's reach in the near future.