Questions have to be asked about Brendan Rodgers tactical decisions

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager said after the 3-1 defeat against Southampton that it puts them in a realistic shape about the amount of work needed to strengthen the side.

However he got it tactically wrong again. Liverpool were outplayed and it looked like the Reds didn’t enter the field having done the necessary home work.

Let us start with the formation. Liverpool played 4-4-1-1 formation that could easily be 4-1-3-2 formation depending on the situation. Joe Allen who was supposed to have an operation, played in a deep holding midfield role and as expected failed to cope-up with Southampton pressure.

Those who have seen Southampton under their new manager must know that the Saints’ game is mainly centred on high pressing game. Against Liverpool, they pressed hard and in numbers.

Rodgers substituted Allen with Lucas in the second half but still Liverpool struggled to dominate the game though possession wise, it was more or less similar.

Suarez-Coutinho and Sturridge were not provided enough supply and the Reds looked flat. They had only 10 shots in the entire match and had only 50% shots on target.

Though there weren’t enough players to call upon from substitute bench but Rodgers should have added players in the middle. Henderson, a more energetic and mobile player should have started from the beginning.

Just like the Oldham game, Rodgers and Liverpool had to pay the price for being tactically inefficient once again.

 

3 comments to Questions have to be asked about Brendan Rodgers tactical decisions

  • les

    It’s all about how tactically inept Liverpool were – not how good Southampton were on the day. Liverpool have no god given right to assume they are better than those around them. The days of Liverpool domination are over. They have to face the fact that history counts for nothing in this day and age – unfortunately money does so there will be no magical cure for improving their stance. Just an ordinary team with delusions of grandeur they can’t afford in the league.

  • My concern is that I don’t know he read all this write up so he will know how he talk to us after every match when he fails

  • Tim

    A Southampton fan here – I come in peace! In response to the comment above (and 99% of the national coverage after the game) “It’s all about how tactically inept Liverpool were – not how good Southampton were on the day.” – that’s something we’ve heard a lot of after our games in recent weeks…after Everton, Man United, Man City, and now after Liverpool. Just interested to hear your opinions on Southampton as an opposing fan?

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