Could 3-5-2 solve Liverpool's problems?
Liverpool secured their first away win of the season today. Perhaps more importantly, Liverpool produced their best performance of the season. They played in a 3-5-2 formation. The change in formation has been unavoidable since most of Liverpool's midfield players are injured. This may be a blessing in disguise judging from today's performance.
We all know that Gerrard prefers playing in central midfield and we all know that Rafa likes to play two defensive midfielders in Alonso and Sissoko. The 3-5-2 allows all three to play with Gerrard staying in the middle. Today we saw Luis Garcia occupy one of these central positions and that again is another useful option if Rafa wants to play with more a more offensive approach. At the back too the trio of Carragher, Hyypia and Agger sound a formidable combination. Finnan and Riise too seemed to relish playing as wing backs.
So on paper 3-5-2 sounds the way forward but nearly every team in the Premiership plays 4-4-2. Perhaps Rafa needs to see how it works over a period of time, and especially against the top teams. Nevertheless, it's about time we saw Liverpool produce a decent performance and just maybe 3-5-2 is their ace in the pack.