Words cannot describe how much I love a 3 at the back formation. It's just so damn flexible and it's probably the only formation where you can get away with playing a midfielder as a centre back, a winger as a full back and two playmakers in the same lineup.
I don't think Can is that good a defender, but we can get away with it by playing 3 at the back. We'd get murdered if he played at the back in a 2. What Can does bring is a huge amount of composure at the back. Sakho contributes immensely to this as well and I also think a 3 at the back formation suits him better. I have to say Sakho has been immense this past month. He's finally looking like the player we see play so well for France. His passing is so crisp and it's always forward, which is surprising considering how awkward he looks. When you have a centreback that looks to distribute the ball forward and is not afraid to pass it into tight areas, it just opens up so much space because the opposition swarm to intercept. When you have a player like Coutinho, who is on the end of those passes and has the ability to collect the ball in tight areas and wiggle free because of his agility, it has just completely transformed our play. I think Can and Sakho at the back, together with the inclusion of Lucas (who has been back to his best) has been the catalyst for our upturn in form.
I'm curious to see how Rodgers fits in Sturridge. Does he go back to a 4-4-2? Where does sterling play? Does Gerrard get dropped?
I would love to see us lineup like this:
CAN - SKRTEL - SAKHO
MARKOVIC - HENDERSON - LUCAS - STERLING
LALLANA - COUTINHO
Markovic and Sterling down the flanks would give us so much pace and penetration and both have proven that they're prepared to track back and do the dirty work.
Also, where the fuck is Balotelli? He's hardly been given a look in since he came back from injury which is almost 2 months now?