I have watched back a couple of the games over the last few days (Mrs not well
) to see from my opinion what doesnt seem quite right in terms of tactically what we are not quite getting right..
We are playing 4-3-3 but for me looking at times there are a few things not quite clicking, with personel? with tactics?
... Now look at the Newcastle match, individually the two cbs, Skrtel and Agger handled Ba and Cisse well, no problems there.. The thing im worried about is a couple of things,
1. The midfield isnt working at the moment.. Why?...
Lack of Lucas? Yes probably, he is the natural defensive anchor in there
Square pegs round holes? mmmm.. Well for me we are obviously lacking goals (not rocket science) and the most natural goalgetter and probably best finisher at the club is Gerrard.. Yet he is playing very deep, not linking with the final 3 enough.. Sahin, from all i can read back on today is better suited to a deep playmaker.. Yet he has been the furthest forward during games? Why are the two not switched?
The gaps around the midfield..
Now it may be 4-3-3, yet currently the defense is too deep, almost on the keeper which i cant understand.. The forward 3 are very high and the midfield are struggling to plug the two gaps, hence we are getting over run in there even though we are playing a 3..
It seems to be this currently
---------------------------------------------------- (Half way line)
Suso / Sterling
This is leaving too many gaps for the midfield to plug and a big gap behind our midfield in front of the back four.. Also if you look at Suso right now, lovely player that he is he isnt giving any cover to his full back, he left Enrique 1 on 1 against Newcastle and Wisdom 1 on 1 against Everton that led to goals..
We need to be tighter, the midfield needs to be better balanced, Gerrard must move forward and allow Sahin to sit next to Allen, the wide men need to help the full backs and also need to get beyond Suarez to add numbers in the box, thats not easy but its why Rodgers formation needs pace out wide..
Brendan from what i can gather so far doesnt use width as much as i thought he would do.. Is that a design or something that we have stumbled on in aid to give Suarez as much of the ball as possible?
I looked back on Swansea last season and where their goals came from and who got them in the midfield 3 and front 3
Britton 36 games 0 goals
Allen 36 3
Sigurdsson 17 7
Graham 36 12
Moore 20 2
Lita 16 2
Routledge 28 1
Dyer 34 5
Sinclair 38 8
So of that midfield "6" they got 40 goals between them over the season, only 14 from wide players, 26 from more central players.. And i wonder how many of the wide players goals were free kicks/Penaltys and where they came inside? He seems relient on someone up top to get goals, great thats what we all want plus a midfield runner/no.10 to get forward and get goals..
So that takes me back to Gerrard, best finisher still at the club, get him in areas where he can get them.. Shelvey is his rotation... Late in games if Stevie needs to come off or if he is rested then use Jonjo as the runner/10..
Up until January in my opinion we need to be more solid at the back, now that for me means two holding midfielders, allowing the full backs to get forward when they can to provide width, and a smarter
use of what we have currently..
Downing Suarez Sterling
Now i know people will think im mad sticking Downing in, but im not talking every game, but i dont think Suso needs flogging, i think he gets starts but i thibk he will develop better from coming on in games for the last 20 when teams tire and games get stretched.. (I dont thibnk Downing will start as i think he is part of a game BR is playing with the owners but thats for a different thread)
The idea then is to have Lucas back in one of the holding roles and Henderson as rotation, so 4 rotating for two postions ( think Henderson is also part of this game for Rodgers with the owners so dont expect him in much though) Then you can rotate Shelvey with Gerrard and even Suso when and if... Assaidi, Borini and Suso (Cole) as rotation for the two wide men and Borini for Suarez...
Ive noticed we have gone back to long balls a bit more recently, is that something Rodgers wants them to do or is it something that in games players are doing off their own backs as they feels more comfortable? Or if they see a good long ball why not use it? Is it design or instinct?
We need to tighten up though, we look very shaky at the back in this formation, the players are learning yes, and having so many kids in who arent used to the football at this level wont help, but we need to get where we defend and attack as a unit, at the moment at times we defend and attack in seperate parts and the midfield is trying to link the two and getting over run..
I do think we will get there, i think Rodgers will be a success, but i think he is still learning, so we will have to show patience with him, he hasnt managed at "this level" before so he needs time as well, but he also needs a few more seasoned players adding to his squad ( i think he knows this also and think he is playing with the owners to show that, again different thread)
We look a nice side currently, we play it nice, but there are fundamental issues that need sorting out immediately for me.