Injuries to Liverpool’s injured midfielders have caused the club’s defence to be a worry and the lack of depth in the defence has also hindered them.
With injuries to Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, Brendan Rodgers has opted to play four-man defence.
In order to stop the likes of Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini attacking the defence, he has opted for four central defenders to cover them.
However, the lack in depth in Liverpool’s defence has been a problem for the Reds since January when they were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla.
The team was relegated on their return to the competition, and the loss of Henderson, Liverpool’s most experienced defender, has put the team under massive pressure.
Since January, Liverpool have been without three of their top four defenders: Henderson, Mane, and Lucas Leivas.
Lucas Levez, a long-term injury replacement, has started all four of Liverpool’s Premier League games.
Lucas Leiva has started three of Liverpool ‘s Premier League matches since January and is currently the joint second-most-used central defender in the team behind Henderson.
It is likely that the Liverpool boss will have to use another three players to keep Henderson fit.
The lack of defensive depth has also forced the Reds to play three-man midfield for a lot of matches this season.
This has resulted in Liverpool conceding far more goals than they have scored, as Liverpool have conceded more than 20 goals in just five matches.
As a result, Liverpool are only one of the eight teams in the Premier League to score fewer than 20 points in a Premier League match this season, with only Manchester City scoring fewer goals than Liverpool in the same period.
The Liverpool manager has had to make some tactical changes in order to deal with the lack-of depth in his defence, with a number of changes being made in the past few weeks.
The manager decided to change his tactics for this match against Manchester City.
After losing his first game of the season, Brendan Rosler opted to change the team’s defensive shape for the first time in six months.
Liverpool had previously played a three-and-a-half-man defensive line with Daniel Agger and Dejan Lovren.
However, the Brazilian had been left out of this system for much of the campaign, with the coach preferring to play a four-and.
Liverpool played their third-choice defensive line of Lallana, Clyne, Mane and Lalladio.
However the coach switched to playing two men on the left flank for the match against the Manchester City side, and he made changes in the build-up.
The first change was to substitute Clyne for Lovren, while Mane was dropped to the right side for the second substitution.
On the left, the manager used a 4-2-3-1 formation, which was used by Manchester City and Liverpool in their two matches against Liverpool.
Liverpool were the first team to use this formation in the competition against Barcelona, and it worked well for the teams as a whole, with Liverpool conceded just 10 goals in that match.
After a win over Barcelona, the team switched to a 4 -3-3 formation, and Liverpool went on to win the match 3-2.
Liverpool’s defensive structure was also used by Southampton in their 3-1 win over Chelsea, and they won the match 2-1.
The next tactical change was for the team to play more pressing.
Liverpool used the same 4-4-2 formation for the matches against Everton and Manchester City, and also used this formation against Manchester United.
This was used in the match with the Portuguese giants, and was used again against Chelsea in the Europa Cup final.
In this formation, Liverpool were able to dominate the midfield of Manchester United, while Southampton played the full-back, and therefore, Liverpool could press in the opposition half.
The last tactical change of the match was for Liverpool to go back to a 3-4 formation.
This was used for the game against Manchester city, and while Liverpool played with the full back, Southampton used the full midfielders.
Liverpool went back to the 3-3 structure for the Europa Round, but this time, the full backs were left out.
This formation was also employed against Swansea City, with Gerrard moving to the wing.
However in the game, Gerrard was replaced by Dejan Zeman, who played with a 4 and three-five-two formation.
The formation was used against Tottenham Hotspur, and again, the shape was used to dominate Tottenham.
Liverpool won the game 2-0, and then again in the FA Cup, but it is likely they will revert to a three man defensive line this week against Manchester.
After this game, the Liverpool manager will be asked to decide whether to switch to a more pressing game or a more passing game.
With the loss in Henderson, it has become very clear that the lack depth in Rodgers’ defence has caused problems in the midfield.In the