Our possible formation
Last season, Rodgers used a wing-back formation for much of the campaign after the 4-3-3 turned static. It worked in parts, before the boss switched back to variations of the 4-3-3. With a number of centre-backs on the books, and summer signing Nathaniel Clyne a perfect choice for right wing-back, fans thought we could be preparing to use it again, but pre-season has dismissed that notion. Not once has Rodgers tried the back three. Mostly he’s played 4-3-3 with two wingers given licence to cut in centrally, but as soon as Coutinho and Roberto Firmino became available, he switched it up. Versus HJK and Swindon, he used a 4-2-3-1, with a natural no.10 playmaker (Coutinho and Roberto Firmino respectively) used behind the striker. Accommodating the Brazilians (arguably our two best players) will be key to our chances of success this year, so it seems Rodgers is forging a plan to get one of them behind a centre-forward – meaning the other can start in a wide area. While the 4-2-3-1 enables this, away from home or in harder matches an anchoring midfielder might be used – making the 4-3-3 the natural choice.