Liverpool FC: What Formation Suits the Liverpool Squad Best?

Jake RoddCorrespondent IIIAugust 7, 2011

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Stewart Downing of Liverpool in action during the pre season friendly match between Liverpool and Valencia at Anfield on August 6, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Relief swept through the Anfield stands yesterday as Liverpool sent a clear message to the Anfield faithful. The message was simple: We know what we're doing.

As I look at the players who featured yesterday, a couple of stand-out performers outshine the rest of the team. One, Stewart Downing. His pace and general confidence led to the crowd expecting great things when he was in possession. Another, Andy Carroll. His goal was well taken, and he was a constant pest around the back four. Finally, Fabio Aurelio, who hasn't featured as much as he would have liked due to persistent injuries.

After the match, I felt myself wondering what formation would get the best out of each and every Liverpool player? And after reading an article by Mitch Cray expressing his views (here) I've decided to show you my preferred formation.

The formation in question is the 4-2-3-1. But how would it look?

Reina in goal is a certainty, in my opinion he's the best in the league.

Then comes Johnson. A great full back when venturing forward, the Englishman can certainly help Downing with overlaps. The only danger would be the fact that Johnson is a little suspect when defending, and Downing isn't renowned for his covering. Therefore, I'd have Lucas providing cover when possible. Carragher and Agger are the best centre backs in the squad at the moment, unless some new blood is brought in. Aurelio is deadly when crossing and defensively sound, so it's best to make the most of him when he's fit—which hasn't been often.

Lucas has guaranteed his place, simply by becoming a defensive rock, and his cover and experience will prove vital, especially when covering the right side of the team. The Brazilian likes to defend naturally, so he'd be expected to stay back, giving Charlie Adam the license to move forward when/if necessary.

Stewart Downing has looked exceptional in the preseason games, especially when he tries to cut in and shoot. Therefore, he has been placed on the right flank. Steven Gerrard, placed in the attacking midfield role, is obviously injured at the moment, but for the opening fixtures, Henderson, Meireles or Cole can take his place. However when fit, Stevie is one of the best attacking midfielders in the game, hands down. His passing ability can open up any team, and his shooting ability is unrivaled.

As a winger Luis Suarez is the most questionably placed, as he is by definition a striker. However his pace and trickery would do well on the wing, especially as Liverpool have a shortage of pace. He would be given the all-clear to cut in and insist Carroll too, who plays as a lone forward, hoping to latch onto crosses and through balls.

So, on virtual paper then:







That would be my first team, what's yours?