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15 May 2017 13:31:56
Think people sometimes get caught up in putting way too much emphasis on the formation.

It is obviously a general position for a player but take Sturridge, Firmino and Mane. All 3 of them are drifters. They will pull wide, come inside, drop deeper, or look to go in behind. For me, as an interchangeable front 3 they could be lethal. Very similar to the SSS front 3 under Brendan. With players like Coutinho and Wijnaldum in behind them who are both capable of a perfectly weighted through ball, we would cut teams to pieces.

I don't see why people fret over the position of a player on paper though. Forwards in particular do not stick to a certain zone anymore. It is virtually free form to make them harder to mark. Instead of caning £30m on a new left footed/ sided forward, why not just have a front 2 of Sturridge and Mane (both looking to get in behind and pulling wide into spaces) with the relentless 'false 9' that is Firmino in a slightly deeper and slightly more central position, leading the press and pulling the strings. You could literally just send these guys out and tell them to play their game and go where there is space and they will find the gaps themselves!

Yesterday we played the best football we've played all season. That is a massive compliment to the performance. Now imagine that exact team but with new full backs who provide better width, Mane in for Origi, and Firmino in for Lallana.

Absolutely frightening prospect for next season.

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15 May 2017 13:57:40
Agreed, I do think 2 up top gives us more of an outlet going forward though and it certainly suits Studge's style of play perfectly. We could still do with another forward though as Sturridge's fitness can't be relied upon and we'll have European football to contend with too so we'll have plenty of room for rotation.

15 May 2017 13:57:41
So a midfield of couts, gini, and can? So no Hendo?

15 May 2017 13:59:19
Your master plan will require Sturridge to be fit for a majority of the season. Sadly, i do not see that happening.

15 May 2017 14:54:27
I always think formation is very important. I played midfield for my club and it's ten times easier to play in a 3 than a 2. But then you obviously lose elsewhere. For me formation and shape is an integral part of tactics. If origi played on the wing and stirrings up front as a lone striker yesterday would have been a lot tougher. Origi was able to take the attention of the central defenders away from sturridge. If he was on the wing he would have occupied the wingback more. Formation matters a lot in opinion.

15 May 2017 15:29:42
Acered, Hendo has a major injury issue and will be phased out.

15 May 2017 15:42:44
MK i know a bit about the injury he has it can be managed so it would be sad if he is to be phased out?

15 May 2017 16:02:07
I agree. It's a massive shame but Ed001 thinks that might be the plan. Guess things change quickly though.



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