Emile Heskey suggests simple reason Liverpool have struggled

Former Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has suggested why his old side have struggled this season.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey told talkSPORT that he thinks there is a simple reason his old club have fallen off the pace this season.

Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League table, with 58 points which is seven behind rivals Manchester United.

There are four games left to go this season and Heskey has suggested that things may have been a little different had manager Brendan Rodgers settled on a key matter related to the team earlier.

“I just think Brendan Rodgers took too long to work out his best formation – It’s as simple as that,” said the forward.

Rodgers is a manager who likes to tinker with things and make subtle changes throughout a season.

Early on he was using a more conventional four at the back before switching to the more familiar 3-4-3 type formation, which was successful for the club.

He had to try and reinvent the side because of an early injury to Daniel Sturridge, but also because teams had started to work Liverpool out.

They nearly won the league last year and that alerted teams to the quality they have or had in key positions and different challenges were created for this season.

A formation of 3-4-3 does work well for the team, but it’s a system which requires the two wide players to do a lot of work defensively.

Unfortunately in recent weeks, Rodgers hasn’t had his first choice wing back players available, which has seen players like Raheem Sterling used in that role.

If Rodgers keeps his job, he needs to look at what’s worked well over the last two season and box that up so the Reds can get back to where they belong and compete for silverware throughout 2015/2016.

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