Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers looked to have made a move to address the Reds formational failings by naming both Christian Benteke and Danny Ings in the starting eleven to face Manchester United yesterday, it turned out to be more of the same from the Reds manager with the former Burnley FC man relegated to the wings rather than playing up top with the big Belgian — something that hasn’t sat well with Jamie Carrgher.
“There’s not enough help for Benteke,” explained the former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit, taking a highly critical view of the Northern Irishman’s disjointed game plan. “Ings came in and I said before the game it must be two up front and they must be playing a diamond formation, but they were still playing 4-3-3,” continued Carragher, obviously exasperated. “I don’t understand what the point was in playing Danny Ings in that wide position. He didn’t give the support to Benteke.”
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Shackled to what were essentially wing-back roles, both Ings and Roberto Firmino failed to create anything of real note for Benteke or anyone else for that matter as the same struggles in front of the net the Reds had over the last year played out in an eerie, but not entirely unexpected, fashion.
“You think about how many strikers Liverpool have on the books and they have no wide players. They’ve only got Jordon Ibe. Firmino is not a wide player and Coutinho played there last week and he’s not a wide player,” raged Carragher. “I don’t understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3. Brendan Rodgers came to the club wanting to play 4-3-3 and it didn’t work,” he said, before making a point of stating the obvious, “The great season they had was with two strikers and how they got them into the team is down to the manager. They’ve got a lot of strikers, no wide players, and he continues to play 4-3-3.”