Liverpool have been virtually unplayable at times this season, as Brendan Rodgers continues to spread his philosophy and style of play around the team and the club in general.
However, those impressive performances have been mixed in with ones which have been less than flattering suggesting Liverpool have struggled to maintain the sort of expectancy levels they have created for themselves, through their own football.
At times they have been guilty of perhaps trying to play too perfectly, when certain situations have warranted some old school or basic tactics, to get the side over the line or just to generate the right result.
A little bit of it is down to the fact Rodgers is still working with his side, this is his first season in charge and a couple of players have only been working under him for a couple of months.
Liverpool also have a very inexperienced side, filled with younger players, players who don’t have the depth of experience to draw on in the same way as Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher.
This in itself produces inconsistency because younger players are under developed and more vulnerable to caving in to the weight of expectation, plus the simple matter of fatigue.
That will have a direct knock on effect to the consistency of their own individual performances which has been seen with various younger players this season; Raheem Sterling, Suso and Joe Allen to name just three.
Liverpool have struggled to think outside the box at times, when they have been challenged by teams that setup to defend against their pass and move style of play efficiently and stubbornly.
It’s almost as though the team hasn’t been able to draw on a plan b, when they have encountered teams that defend deep, soak up pressure and try to hit Liverpool in the counter attack.
There have been times when Rodgers has been slow to make changes and has seemed unwilling to accept that his team are not going to pass another team off the pitch, sometimes he’ll just have to admit he’s got it wrong with team selection and basic tactics.
There aren’t too many adjustments for Rodgers to make in the summer and the key will be injecting a little more experience into the team, as well as making sure Liverpool have a different plan to switch to in the middle of games.
When they fire, they play possibly the best football in the Premier League so the changes needed are minor ones, which should make the club stronger and give them a chance of consolidating in the top four from next season going forwards.
Are Liverpool trying to play too perfectly?
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