Why England should take inspiration from Liverpool

Roy Hodgson could prosper at the World Cup by building his England side on the philosophies of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool.

While Roy Hodgson's England tenure has so far been epitomised by a pragmatic style of play, switching to the philosophy followed by Liverpool at the upcoming World Cup could see the Three Lions exceed expectations.

Under Brendan Rodgers, the Reds have had an excellent season playing an exciting brand of football which Hodgson should emulate, rather than persisting with the slow tempo football of recent years.

The two sides have similar strengths and weaknesses. Like Liverpool, England's attack is their strongest area; Daniel Sturridge has scored 21 times in the league this season, while Wayne Rooney remains England's most talented player. On the wings, the pace of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poses a huge threat, and Steven Gerrard should perform an identical deep-lying midfield role as he has done at Anfield this campaign. Alongside the veteran, Jordan Henderson's dynamism has proved fruitful for Liverpool this term; Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere offer alternatives in this role.

Just as at Liverpool, England's full-backs can be damaging; Leighton Baines is arguably the best left-back in the Premier League, while on the right both Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker are energetic and offer a good attacking threat. Alternatively, Jon Flanagan could further the Liverpool presence in this squad.

England's weakness - like Liverpool's - is central defence. Phil Jagielka is not a world-class player and many will ask whether Phil Jones, Chris Smalling or John Stones offer an improvement. As such, a tactic which takes the focus off this area of England's team is necessary.

It is for this reason that a more aggressive approach will benefit England at the World Cup. Rodgers has proved that a 'score-one-more-than-you' mentality can bear fruit and, with the similarities shared by the two sides, it is logical that Hodgson should attempt to line up his team in the same way.

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