The best XI Rodgers can make from a talented squad.
After many years of disappointment in the Premier League Brendan Rodgers finally seems to have inspired some confidence at Liverpool.
The Northern Irishman has experimented with several formations and tactics this season and incorporating all the talent available at Anfield has proved difficult.
As such fanatix has comprised the best starting XI for the Reds for the 2013/14 campaign.
Goalkeeper and defence
Between the sticks Simon Mignolet is looking more and more like a top-class ‘keeper and makes the decision to replace Jose Reina seem all the more justified.
At the back Rodgers has focused on signing new talent this summer and the manager appears to be keen to operate with wing-backs – a tactic that has worked.
Whilst Mamadou Sakho was an expensive purchase and is likely to be great in the future, the experienced Premier League trio of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger is reliable.
Right-back Glen Johnson has adapted brilliantly to playing the more offensive role, whilst on the opposite flank Luis Enrique has even be known to operate as more of a winger on Merseyside.
For a central midfield partnership there is no looking past the age defying captain Steven Gerrard and the increasingly impressive Lucas Leiva.
Both have adapted their game in recent years to play more defensively and this more reserved style not only aids a three-man defence, but gives more scope for Johnson and Enrique to break forward.
In front of the pair in the No.10 role is the brilliant youngster Coutinho, as the Brazilian is beginning to emphasise how Rodgers can occasionally be shrewd in the transfer market.
Joe Allen’s seeming inability to be able to pass the ball forward is completely uninspiring, whilst as improved as Jordan Henderson looks this term, the 23-year-old is no match for Gerrard and Lucas.
The team have one of the most envied strike force in the entire division, with the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – annoyingly known as SAS.
Like Coutinho, Sturridge arrived in January 2013 for a fairly modest fee and has found the goal-scoring touch that was never utilised at either Manchester City or Chelsea.
In Suarez the club has one of the most talented forwards on the planet at their disposal and at times the Uruguayan is completely unplayable.
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