How do Liverpool line up without the duo of Sturridge and Henderson?

With the Liverpool pair picking up injuries whilst on international duty, do Liverpool change system as well as personnel?

Liverpool could be without two of their usual starting XI for this weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Daniel Sturridge sustained a thigh injury whilst on international duty and could be ruled out for the club's return to the Champions League when they face Ludogorets at Anfield next week, whilst Jordan Henderson limped off the training field with an ankle problem.

At the time of writing, there is still a chance that Henderson could feature against Switzerland for England but knowing the luck of Liverpool players during the current international break, there is the possibility he could return unavailable for the weekend.

What do Liverpool miss without them? Without Sturridge there is a slim possibility for the Reds to play the diamond formation which worked so well at Tottenham this season, as well as on many occasions last term. Fabio Borini could suit the diamond system quite well by dropping off into little pockets of space on the pitch, but given that the Reds were prepared to let him go in the summer, he could be overlooked once again.

Therefore, the Reds could opt for a front three with Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic supporting Mario Balotelli - with Philippe Coutinho possibly coming into contention. 

Coutinho could also feature in the midfield from a deeper position like he did so well in the big wins at Anfield against Everton and Arsenal in the Premier League last season, with Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen operating alongside him in the midfield, with Gerrard in his more deeper role.

Allen would therefore have to take up a lot more responsibility when it comes to pressing the opposition and controlling the game himself, though his work on that front must not be underestimated when Henderson is also in the side.

The obvious option would be to play Emre Can - a £10 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen this summer. He has only made two appearances from the substitutes bench and looks a powerful prospect in the middle of the park, and looks to be a bit of a fighter.

Liverpool are rightly concerned about the injuries to both Sturridge and Henderson, but there are several options available to them, unlike last season.

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