Could playing Suarez on the wing work for Liverpool?

There have been suggestions in the press that the temperamental Uruguayan could be used wide rather than through the middle upon his Anfield return.

It has been a successful transfer window for Liverpool Football Club. Firstly, the Reds have signed up a host of new players to give them a more competitive starting XI and strength in depth. Secondly, key man Luis Suarez has been retained, despite some controversy, to play for the club until at least January.

With three games played, three victories recorded, the Premier League champions defeated and no goals conceded as yet, the platform is there for Liverpool to have a strong campaign. The influx of new players and Suarez’s return will only add to Brendan Rodgers’ team’s potency, as they look to press for a top-four berth.

One of the plus points for the Reds so far has been the continuation of Daniel Sturridge’s goalscoring form from last term. The former Chelsea attacker hit the back of the net ten times in 14 appearances for the Merseysiders in the second half of last term, and has backed this up with three goals in three games this term.

Sturridge has shown in the past that when given a consistent chance to regularly feature as a striker he can deliver. The problem he encountered at Manchester City and Chelsea was that he was a victim of competitive squads and pushed out onto the wing on occasion, where he was less effective.

Rodgers has stated that he sees mercurial Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho playing in a central role. With Sturridge and Suarez also most effective playing through the middle, the Northern Irish manager has a decision to make when all three are fit and available to play.

Suarez is most deadly when dropping between opposition midfields and defences to pick up the ball, allowing him to dribble and link-up with other attacking players. There is no reason that the South American couldn’t start on the flank and drift in-field to get involved in play. Whether the tempestuous forward will be overly happy in a wide position remains to be seen, and he would need to be careful not to take up Coutinho’s space in the number ten role.

Victor Moses more than likely will fill the right wing position, with Sturridge, Coutinho and Suarez to fight it out for the striker, number ten and left wing roles. Which players play in which positions will be interesting to see, as all three are most-effective when in central roles. It could be that Suarez gets the short straw due to his questionable summer behaviour and the fact that he is likely to push in-field to look for the ball anyway.

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