Ivorian Should Be Back to Offer Solidity
Martin Skrtel’s appeal on the three-match ban has been rejected by the Football Association disciplinary panel, hence a huge responsibility has to be filled at the back line by Rodgers. The Slovakian has been their optimum and most consistent defender this season, however his intolerant stamp on De Gea’s feet on Sunday was tough to be overlooked. Brendan Rodgers wisely rebuilt the side from the back, forming a three-man wall comprising Emre Can, Mamadou Sakho and Skrtel. Back in the FA Cup quarterfinals goalless match against Blackburn, the Reds saw Dejan Lovren, Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure shaping the defense, and it was frantic and frustrating. The fans have finally ignored Lovren’s price tag and extremely happy to just see him warm up the bench. Skrtel will miss the Premier League games at Arsenal and against Newcastle plus the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn Rovers. At the Emirates, Toure seems to be the significant replacement for the 30-year old. The Ivory Coast international isn’t the one who offers attacking overlaps or goals, yet he gets his primary job done efficiently with his experience and strength. It could be suicidal if Lovren is the one marking Olivier Giroud who is casually finding the back of the net.
Leave the Skipper Alone
Despite expressing regret for the harsh tackle on Ander Herrara, Steven Gerrard is still flocking around the papers and media with destructive remarks. Therefore, the England international will join Skrtel among the spectators too for couple of games. Liverpool were playing eye-catching football with fluidity passing and quick attacking flair without their skipper, plus Jordan Henderson seems to be a tailor-made swap for Gerrard. Moreover, when they were down to 10 men against Manchester United at Anfield, they performed with more enthusiasm and surge upfront.
Don’t Risk With New Tactics
There are plenty of worrying grapevines stating that Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana is out with injuries and would miss the crucial clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool supporters will be hoping they could recover within the international friendly break. The former Chelsea man hasn’t been on top notch form yet did find add his name into the score sheet against United. Well, it seems to be a voodoo as both times the Reds faced their arch-rivals Manchester United this season, they stumbled to play their rhythmic football with the 3-4-3 formation. Additionally, fantasy premier league star Raheem Sterling was fruitless, at least he placed plenty of attempts at the United goal back at Old Trafford. Rodgers has put in his heart and soul to craft this new impactful line-up which has been rewarding for them, therefore a sudden change in tactics could lead to disaster at Emirates stadium. Perhaps, if Lallana and Jordan Ibe are still unavailable, Lazar Markovic’s pace could be lethal whereas shifting Raheem Sterling into a false nine is never a bad option. Two bad games doesn’t make it a bad formation, the players didn’t really step up to shine.