Revealed - How Brendan Rodgers plans to use Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez will play as a winger when he returns to Liverpool first team action.

Reports this morning indicate that Brendan Rodgers will play Luis Suarez down the left of Liverpool’s team when he returns to first team action.

Rodgers reportedly doesn’t want to risk the good form of Daniel Sturridge up front, which means Suarez will likely quickly have to adapt his game in order to fit into the first team.

Sturridge has bagged all of Liverpool’s goals in the Premier League this season so it’s perfectly justifiable that Rodgers wants to keep him at the very top of the attack but forcing Suarez to play out of position could have consequences.

It would be a shame if all that’s positive about the way Suarez plays as a forward is lost because he’s having to play a wider position.

He was at his most prolific last season playing down the middle of Liverpool’s team and he more than likely would have won the golden boot had he not missed matches through suspension.

If Rodgers asks Suarez to play wide on the left, hogging that side of the pitch then he has to be very careful because all of Suarez’s natural urges will tell him to move inside.

He’s a striker that has predatory instincts. He likes to get the ball and run at defenders through the middle rather than trying to beat a full back out wide, staying in positions where he won’t see how he can score goals and be directly effective for the team.

Fortunately for Liverpool, they have a very good left back in the form of Jose Enrique who is good enough to support the midfield and attack to ensure that the side has that width should Suarez get drawn into the centre.

Enrique’s presence means that when Liverpool build pressure and are on top in games, Suarez can drift inside to link up with Sturridge and it won’t threaten the basic overall shape of the team.

The major worry is that the defensive duties which come along with being a modern wide man will not be performed by Suarez with the discipline Liverpool need to endure spells of pressure from the opposition.

It will also be much easier for opposition sides to contain Suarez in wide areas where he can be pinned into a section of the pitch and monitored.

It may turn out to be the case that Rodgers eventually has to make the switch with Suarez moving into the centre of attack and Sturridge moving slightly wider, because Liverpool can’t afford to leave a gaping great hole of space on one side of the pitch.

It’s only fair that Sturridge is allowed to stay where he is because he’s been successful leading the attack and it was Suarez’s stupidity in the first place which saw him get that ten match suspension.

However, sooner or later sides are going to work out ways to keep Sturridge quiet tactically and Rodgers shouldn’t hesitate to switch the two of them back to the formation we saw when they played together last season.

What do you think? Is it pointless to play Suarez out wide?

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