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How Selling Suarez Could Help Liverpool

I'm not endorsing this, just passing it along. The statistics are small sample enough that I wouldn't put much into them, but the gist is that playing both Suarez and Sturridge requires a tactical sacrifice in defense. Any gain in attack from having them both is probably nullified by the defensive loss.

There are, I think, several possible rebuttals. The first is that both Suarez and Sturridge have played from wide attacking positions before and could do so again if we needed to be in a traditional 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. The second is that these problems are possibly fixed simply by having more mobile CB, which we seem to be working on in the window at present. The third is that these problems are mitigated by having whichever FB attacks the play vary and stagger, so that there are something like four at the back -- CDM, two CBs, one FB -- even when in attack. The fourth is that having a bit of quality depth and tactical flexibility at key positions is never a terrible idea.The fifth is that Coutinho is good enough as an CAM to play in the Dutch style -- with Sturridge as LF and Suarez as RF -- and a MF diamond including Lucas, Gerrard, and Hendo/Allen energetic and/or disciplined enough to cut out counter-attacks while still being able to support the attack.

My guess is that the latter of these is where Rodgers will end up if Suarez stays. But it's nice to know that we've got tactical options which are not devastating if he goes even given the present personnel.

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