Is three at the back a long-term solution for Liverpool?

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The Liverpool boss changed the system this season, could this be played by him for a few years yet?

Ever since Luis Suarez returned to the Liverpool side, the team seems to have adopted a system to try and get both him and Daniel Sturridge operating in more central areas. Rodgers evidently thinks it is the best policy and so far it is difficult to argue given the partnership the two of them have developed.

There are of course other factors to consider – with Liverpool having adopted a back three as a result, has it been to the detriment to the defence? So far since reverting to this system, Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet – though there is a lot of evidence pointing to Liverpool having defensive frailties from set-pieces, not a problem with the formation but more to do with the marking.

But there have been signs that Liverpool’s defence has looked a tad brittle – though one can understand it given it has only been implemented for just over a month, along with an international break disrupting whatever work can be done on it.

Also with the recruitment of so many centre-backs at the club during the summer, combined with the fact Kolo Toure is the apparent leader and the desire for Rodgers to have a centre-half who is comfortable with bringing the ball out of defence, and the very good form of Martin Skrtel.

It seems that if all of these factors were to change would perhaps be the only reason for Rodgers to change his thinking again. Yet the Liverpool manager has shown so far that he can be pragmatic, though he wouldn’t want to meddle too much.

As much as it may benefit the forwards, Rodgers claimed at the end of the transfer window that his signings meant that he thinks Liverpool are fine, defensively, for the next decade. So is this the system that will continue to be used?

Are Liverpool going to shift from this system, and go back to four in the future? Not just yet, only certain personnel can change that.

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