I'm wondering if Brendan Rogers style of play is creating scoring problems for us.. Hear me out.
Under BR we play a very aggressive pressing defense, and a slow, methodical inch your way down the field offense that focuses, very successfully, on ball control. But what I'm wondering is this: are we too effective at ball control? Could it be that opposing teams, especially the weaker ones, realize earlier on that they need to back up and defend heavily against our superior ball control, going for counter attacks almost solely for offense, and we subsequently end up stuck in the mud, suffocated in the final third? it would explain why our chance conversion rate and goal totals are low...we're simply facing too many clogged boxes.
And If you agree with that, would it make sense for BR to play a little more cat and mouse? Instead of aggressively challenging for the ball on the opponents side of the field, let them get a little more stretched and then make the hard challenges on our side of the pitch. Of course there's more risk that we'll concede, but it would allow a more open attack that could really p lay to our accurate passing. Wouldn't we rather cotinho threading the ball into the feet of sturridge at the top of the final third with some room to run and operate than sticking him in situations where he needs to make three moves the moment he receives the ball? I'm not saying we should just go back to a huck and hope offense, absolutely not. Just lure the other teams downfield a little more before we spring our attack...