How Liverpool may operate if they only have one striker available

There have been concerns that one of Liverpool's front two may be struggling to be fit for the Merseyside derby at Goodison tomorrow, so how do Liverpool play with just one front man?

There has been much talk ahead of tomorrow’s Merseyside derby that at least one of the deadly duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could miss out.

The Uruguayan has travelled back from Uruguay to Merseyside via private jet and is expected to play a full part in Saturday’s match against Everton, but there remain concerns over Daniel Sturridge given that he has had a problem with a dead leg for the best part of a month.

Though it looks likely both will play at Goodison Park tomorrow, it is a short to medium term issue for Liverpool. It is a headache that one of Liverpool’s prolific strikers could miss a game given that any cover is injured in the form of Iago Aspas, and has yet to settle properly, meaning that Brendan Rodgers would have to operate with a makeshift forward or a change in system.

The latter seems to be the more realistic of the two solutions available to the Liverpool boss – something that we even saw during the 4-0 win at Anfield two weeks ago before Daniel Sturridge was withdrawn from the action.

Victor Moses came into the action and took up a position on the left hand side, which was where Philippe Coutinho operated even if much of his work involved tucking inside when in possession and allowing the full-back to overlap with relative ease.

Coutinho would then tuck into the space between the lines and one side of the field would become more generic winger/full-back partnership. Though there could end up being plenty of movement behind the striker and pace and there would be a lot more emphasis on their play to make whatever gameplan Liverpool have to make the game work.

They may need to help out the lone striker with the goals though, they can’t rely too much on one man, now.

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