Stan Collymore has admitted he's worried about old side Liverpool.
Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has admitted that he’s worried about his old club.
Liverpool’s win against West Brom before the international break ended a poor run of results for Brendan Rodgers’ side and Collymore has suggested that the answer could be to give Rickie Lambert a run of games up front.
Daniel Sturridge is back in training but Rodgers may not want to start the England international immediately after the break, with Mario Balotelli’s inconsistency up front a major worry.
“I'm worried about Liverpool. They had a disappointing Champions League performance against Basel, and Brendan Rodgers is being stretched to his coaching limit right now,” wrote Collymore for BleacherReport.
“When it comes to strikers, Mario Balotelli is the opposite of Luis Suarez. I wonder if there's the option to play two up front and a diminutive three behind. Rickie Lambert could be very useful, but only if he's given a run of five or six games to settle in and do the business.”
“I've been a striker at that level. You have to find your rhythm, and you need games to get into a groove.”
Rodgers has to make big calls and fast because the games pile up thick and fast due to the second two week break despite only being two months into the new season.
Liverpool face QPR next weekend before hosting Real Madrid in the Champions League where they will be stretched to the limit and tested in all areas of the side on a huge European night at Anfield.
Whether a change of formation is the right way forward is debatable but if Rodgers does want a player in attack who will work harder than Balotelli, then Lambert is the man who can play that role.
He doesn’t have the attacking talent Suarez showed during his time at the club, but he will work hard to help out the midfield and the rest of the team when Liverpool don’t have possession.
Real Madrid could have a lot of the game in that match in the Champions League and it’s not impossible to see Balotelli being cut off, isolated and frustrated, with that frustration seeping into the Kop.
Liverpool are being challenged tactically across all formats but Rodgers is a clever manager and will figure out a way for his side to stay effective.