Liverpool FC: One Simple Change That Could Boost the Reds

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Liverpool FC: One Simple Change That Could Boost the Reds
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After the brilliant Daniel Sturridge was ruled out for up to eight weeks with ligament damage to his ankle, and a disappointing 3-1 defeat on the road at Hull City, the Liverpool of old has pricked its ears up and threatens to sabotage the fantastic work Brendan Rodgers's side has achieved so far this season.

The performance was reminiscent of the Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish and Rodgers last year, with Suarez isolated and easy to mark due to the lack of quality up front around him.

The issue is and will be that without Sturridge, Luis Suarez is much less of a threat. Liverpool's attack is less than half as dangerous as Sturridge is missing and Suarez becomes less effective. Unfortunately, the injury comes at the worst possible time for Liverpool, who face stern tests against Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City away from home this month.

So what can Rodgers do given that he can't strengthen until next month's transfer window?

If he has to make do with a makeshift attack, he must make sure his defence and midfield are as strong as possible. For me, the defensive back four should be Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and either Jose Enrique or Aly Cissokho.

Where is Daniel Agger?

Well, he's not there. He's not on the subs' bench, either.

He's in midfield.

I have had enough of Lucas and hope he is replaced as soon as possible. I appreciate that he is not supposed to be an attractive player who catches the eye and that his job primarily is to break up play. I do not expect him to score or assist.

I do, however, expect him to be competent in tackling and moving the ball in a system that relies on a deep lying effective midfielder. Too many times Lucas' first touch lets him down and gives the opposition a chance to snatch possession.

Don't even get me started on the stupid fouls he gives away. You can put your money on Lucas bundling someone over needlessly when all he needed to do was hold his position. He is a liability.

He needs to be replaced and I feel that Agger can replace him. He is composed on the ball and often runs into the opposition half anyway. He is strong, an intelligent footballer and, believe it or not, knows how to tackle extremely well.

I firmly believe Agger can develop into an effective central defensive midfielder, or at least more effective than Lucas until a replacement arrives.

If it was my choice, Liverpool would line up as follows:

Simon Mignolet, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez. (4-3-1-2.)

Aspas has shown quality, albeit in glimpses, and would no doubt be an upgrade on Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses if the latter two do not radically improve. He would also benefit Suarez and vice versa. Liverpool showed against Hull that even with wide men on the field, a central attacking method is preferred, so players like Aspas and Coutinho should play alongside Suarez.

This change would, I feel, benefit the Reds. Let me know your thoughts below.

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