Liverpool will definitely miss Luis Suarez if he leaves the club before the start of the new season but their basic setup and the tactics Brendan Rodgers uses may not change too much in his absence.
The biggest area where Liverpool will miss him is goals because you don’t smack in 23 goals in 33 Premier League games (from last season) without being a mighty fine striker.
The basic formation that Liverpool use doesn’t really have to change at all because of the fact Suarez is a striker and can easily be replaced by someone like Daniel Sturridge or another high profile player bought later into the transfer window.
The areas of Suarez’s game which Liverpool won’t be able to replace are his ability to run at intense speed, controlling the ball in confined areas and all the time keeping that composure for the split second a chance to score a goal comes along.
The back four and the midfield doesn’t have to change, neither does the role the second striker plays in the side.
Rodgers gets Liverpool passing out from the back, moving the ball through the defence eventually up to the more creative midfield players and eventually into the final third where support comes from all angles.
The emphasis would more than likely fall firmly onto the shoulders of Daniel Sturridge because he looks like the sort of young man who would relish the chance to transform himself into having the same sort of importance as Suarez to the current team.
Philippe Coutinho’s role in the side would most likely change ever so slightly in the respect that he would probably move from a position at the top of the midfield into more of a number ten striker role.
However, the roles of Sturridge and Coutinho, in the event that Suarez leaves, do depend to a heavy degree on whether Rodgers goes after a direct replacement for Suarez.
They don’t need to because they already have superb players in the squad but they are superb because of how they have been used so far. If they’re effective in certain positions and roles already then it’s a bit pointless for Rodgers to change things.
Look at the signings Rodgers has made so far this summer, they are all signings that hint towards the chance that Liverpool are going to be playing a very popular brand of pass and move, possession based football next season.
The method isn’t going to change, it’s just a case of finding the right sort of quality players who are suited to the method and can work alongside the method to ensure that Liverpool reap the benefits of a tremendous set of tactics and a good style of football.
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