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Liverpool FC: Would a 4-3-3 Formation Help the Reds in Their Search for Goals?

Jake RoddCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2011

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool reacts as his goal is disallowed during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on November 5, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been justifiably criticised for not being clinical enough in front of goal throughout this season, with the Reds having scored only 14 goals this campaign.

Consequences of the lack of goals include Kenny Dalglish's side hovering outside the top four in sixth place, and looking unlikely to qualify for the Champions League at the moment.

So, what to do?

Goals win games, wins earn points, points earn league positions. So, try and score more goals. The question is, how?

There's no doubt Liverpool are capable. Chance creation is not a problem when you look at the midfield consisting of Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

Even the much criticised Jordan Henderson has the ability to create chances, the former Sunderland man came in the top three players in the league for chance creating passes.

I think many would agree that it's the finishing that's the problem. Andy Carroll has missed quite a few 'sitters' this season that have cost Liverpool three points. Swansea and Norwich spring to mind.

Luis Suarez, too, has found it difficult to find the net, though it's not through the want of trying. In fact, frustratingly for Liverpool, goalkeepers seem to find their best form against Liverpool.

So, create more chances, and score more goals. The formation Liverpool have been using thus far has been a versatile 4-4-2; but I would prescribe Liverpool a more attacking 4-3-3 formation, especially for home games.

If I were manager of Liverpool, it would look something like this:

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on October 29, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropo
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--------------------------------Reina-------------------------------

Johnson-------Carragher----Agger-------Jose Enrique-

-------------------------------Lucas---------------------------------

-----------------Gerrard--------------Adam----------------------

--Bellamy-------------------------------------------Downing-----

-----------------------------Suarez----------------------------------

The back four for me is pretty standard, and well balanced. Lucas would provide cover and allow Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam to pull the strings in attack. Bellamy and Downing would provide us with a bit of pace and energy up front, and Suarez would be there to finish moves off. Obviously this is all hypothetical.

So, that's the formation, here's hoping chances would be created. However, they still have to be put away, but there's nothing we can do about that. Fans and pundits can bemoan bad finishing all they like, but it won't change anything.

No chances are the same. The ball may bounce differently or travel at different speeds. The positioning of the striker may vary. Defenders may vary. Goalkeeping quality will change. So, don't be too critical of the strikers.

Of course, if it's an open goal or something like that you are entitles to be angry, but I would argue that goal scoring is about 50 percent luck and 50 percent skill. Let's just hope that luck goes Liverpool's way soon, seeing as, statistically, we are the most 'unlucky' team in the Premier League.

Also, to try and increase the likelihood of scoring goals, I would play Dirk Kuyt a tad more often. He is a proven finisher, 9/10 when the ball falls to him in the penalty area the result is a goal. Play him, not Carroll.

So, that's what I would do to increase the chance of scoring. Adopt a more attacking formation, use Dirk Kuyt and get lucky.

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