Liverpool’s Strike Partnership Paying Dividends
At a time where almost every team in the world, club team and National teams alike are playing with one striker for tactical reasons, Liverpool is the exception.
Along with Serie A giants Juventus, Liverpool has chosen to play with two strikers and three center-backs in defense instead of the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation most squads use. The 4-4-2 two formation has been all but abolished, a formation that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson used successfully for decades.
The two-striker setup is nonexistent in soccer mainly because coaches don’t want to be outnumbered in the center of midfield. But when you play with three at the back, it allows you to keep three players in the center of midfield and two wing-backs to create width in the formation.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been nothing short of spectacular together since the Uruguayan has returned from suspension. Many people questioned whether or not the two could play together; credit must be given to manager Brendan Rodgers to have the brass to play attacking football day in day out.
Rogers’ tactics truly highlight and compliment the abilities of Suarez and Sturridge. The way Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sahko have played at the back, I don’t see Rodgers’ tactics changing. It also brings out the quality of Glenn Johnson, Aly Sissoko and Jose Enrique as wing-backs. No one can question the quality in the center of the pitch spearheaded by captain Steven Gerrard.
The strike partnership accounted for four goals against West Bromwich Albion this weekend as they show no signs of slowing down or wavering in commitment. The rest of the English Premier League should have nightmares in their sleep pondering the thought of taking on the dynamic duo.