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Under the leadership of new manager Roy Hodgson Liverpool have reverted to playing in a 4-4-2 formation.
It appears that Liverpool playing in this formation are far from effective and producing poor results, which are resulting in cup failures and an average mid table league position.
In this formation, Hodgson does not seem to be getting the best out of his players, players which other managers would welcome into their squads with relish.
The deterioration of Fernando Torres as a feared striker and the dip in form of Steven Gerrard are seriously disturbing, particularly as these two are the stars of the team. When their form is ordinary the team becomes so as well.
Torres revels in the role as the lone striker, and playing in this role under previous manager Rafa Benitez, the Spaniard developed into one of European football's top forwards. Free to make runs into the channels and drift along the front line as he pleased, Torres struck fear into defenses.
However, he is far less potent when paired with a fellow striker to play alongside. Torres looked half as dangerous when playing for Spain as when he was in full flight with Liverpool. In the national team he is also partnered up front and this thwarts his natural game.
With Steven Gerrard playing just behind him, the Gerrard-Torres combination began to become synonymous with other great Liverpool striking partnerships such as Toshack and Keegan and Rush and Dalglish.
Each seemed to be able to read the other's mind, and together they became a lethal duo. Gerrard became a superb attacking midfielder and a genuine goal threat.
Their combination even sparked a new position in the Liverpool team named "The Gerrard Role" which was given to the player who played just behind Torres.
By playing a 4-4-2 formation, thereby splitting them up and pulling Gerrard into central midfield and partnering Torres, Hodgson has effectively destroyed Liverpool's most feared and effective striking combination.
Both players have suffered as a result and consequently so has the team and results.
By reverting back to the 4-4-1-1 formation, Hodgson would free up his main striker, allowing him to play his natural game and re-ignite the awesome Gerrard-Torres partnership.
Furthermore, this would also allow him to play Raul Meireles and Lucas as the central midfield partnership which has flourished in recent weeks. Joe Cole could play on the flank or alternatively in Gerrard's role as a different option.
All in all, Hodgson's strict and stubborn reliance on his preferred 4-4-2 formation of his Fulham days is stifling Liverpool's creativity and firepower and ultimately is not the best system to play given the players at his disposal.
It is time Hodgson adapted his tactics to the squad and playing style of his players, rather than continuing to force a system on them that is obviously not working.