Three changes Brendan Rodgers must make at Liverpool

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

In order to get the best out of his players and make his side a little more successful, here are a few thoughts as to what the Liverpool manager could do.

This season has been the greatest test of Brendan Rodgers' capabilities as Liverpool manager.

His first season was all about getting his ideas across and starting to build a side in his image where he could kick on, while the second one saw his side ride on the crest of a wave that saw them unexpectedly go so close to the Premier League title.

This season, he has had to deal with the expectation of the side being title challengers, with their return to the Champions League and try and hit the heights of last season, with the major departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

After a wretched start to the season, Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his side. He's taken players out of the firing line, tried a 'back-to-basics' approach, while also changing to a new system to ensure some more defensive solidity and getting his most creative players in the middle of the field. But Rodgers may need to make more changes in the near future to be successful.

1. Ensure his side is flexible when it comes to changing a system within a game:

In their last game against Manchester United, it seemed as if the 3-4-1-2 system had been well and truly worked out, though it was by a manager who has incredible experience of working with it himself in the form of Louis van Gaal.

But more and more managers are going to become wise to the way they play it, and both times Rodgers has tried to change things to counteract this, he has had to look to his substitutes bench. He has many versatile players at his disposal in what seems to be his preferred starting XI, and he needs to find away to move them around easily to get the better of whatever his opponents have to offer.

2. Play Lazar Markovic in a more central position when the opportunity comes around:

Markovic has been in and out of the side of late. There have been times when he has looked relatively accomplished in the role, but of late he has struggled. But there is definitely a very talented footballer there.

However, it's very rare to see him in the middle of the field, as Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are the two men who tend to play behind the main striker. When one of them is injured, it could be an opportunity to give the quick, and technically gifted Serbian a chance in that role. In the two occasions he has played in that role - in the latter stages of a 1-0 win over Sunderland and in a 3-2 win over Tottenham [when he scored in both games] - he has looked very much at home. 

3. He may be versatile but keep Raheem Sterling in the final third of the field:

This opportunity may arise with Daniel Sturridge suffering yet another injury setback, and though one can understand the reasons for Brendan Rodgers using Sterling in a wing-back role, he hasn't looked entirely comfortable there. Sterling looks far more effective in a role that keeps him in the final third for pretty much the entire game - whether that's out wide or centrally.

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