ROGERS SELECTION AND TACTICS CONFUSE HIS TEAM VERSUS SOUTHAMPTON

Friends Of Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Roger’s surprising decision to field 4 centre-backs in the loss to Southampton has caused consternation amongst the Anfield faithful and many more besides.

Starting with Toure, Skrtel, Agger and Sakho in defence was perplexing to say the least, no full-backs.

The team choice can largely be explained away by the injuries to Glen Johnson and the niggling knee trouble Jose Enrique has been suffering.

But fielding four centre-backs at Anfield against a mid-table team in Southampton is a recipe for concern.

We had Wisdom, Kelly and Ilori in reserve, ready to fill in, if needed.

Instead, BR went for a cautious approach and it cost him and Liverpool dearly.

Devoid of attacking ideas, unsure in defence, lacking in the final third and the concession of a goal from a corner in the 53rd minute to Lovren, despite having four defenders on the pitch was poor.

Indeed, but for Mignolet’s triple save in the second-half we would have gone further behind in the game.

It was a game where Liverpool were clueless, listless and devoid of any meaningful attacking play.

It shouldn’t happen again and with the welcome return from a ten-game ban of Luis Suarez for the game at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, lets hope it doesn’t.