Daniel Sturridge,could be set tor return to the side after being out with an injury since March and underwent surgery in the US. However, following a successful rehabilitation he could come into the side soon.
During Liverpool’s famed season of 2013/2014 Sturridge was incredibly important to the side mounting the club’s first title challenge for years and scoring over 100 goals. He scored 24 goals in all appearances that season and was a menace to defenders. With the Englishman rumoured to make a return to the team it will be interesting to see how manager, Brendan Rodgers fits him into the side.
The season has begun excellently for Liverpool with 7 points from a possible 9. Victories against Stoke City and Bournemouth and a draw at Arsenal all featured clean sheets in Rodger’s new appreciation for defensive organisation. Despite sitting third and not having conceded a single goal in three games the Reds have only scored two goals so far. With Sturridge returning to the side it will be perfect as he will bring back his eye for goal.
4-4-2 (midfield diamond)
Quite obviously the easiest formation to accommodate all his players and now Sturridge Rodgers would use 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond. This make sure that Christian Benteke and Sturidge would be able to form a partnership and be able to push as far forward as possible. This would also make sure that Coutinho could maintain his favoured number 10 role while Milner and Henderson would be either side of a slightly deeper Emre Can holding the midfield.
In this shape Christian Benteke would spearhead the attack and slightly behind would be Sturridge but this system isn’t ideal as it compromises the effectiveness of players like Coutinho and his midfielder partners as it all becomes a bit congested in the middle of the park.
Ultimately it is going to come down to Brendan Rodgers to figure out what is best for the team and who is going to have to miss out. Unless Roberto Firmino really turns on the stuff in the next few weeks he could likely see himself become an impact player which would limit his development and not justify his hefty price tag.