Are Liverpool Missing The Suarez Effect?
After what could be described as a lacklustre start to the season for Liverpool, we have to ask: Are they missing Luis Suarez? The Uruguayan's ban ended after the Red's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, meaning the returns to the fold in time for their crunch tie against Manchester City at Anfield in 4 day's time.
But, with Liverpool sitting 5th in the league after 5 games, with 3 wins, a win and a loss, and an inglorious loss to Leyton Orient in the capital one cup, are Liverpool missing the influence of the man who scored 23 goals in 33 appearances last season? The early signs are, yes; yes they are.
In Suarez's absence, manager Hamann has been toying with several different formation, and has only seen his side score 6 goals in the league, compared to the 13 of Man Utd and Everton, or the 11 of Chelsea and Man City; the teams who currently make up the Top 4.
This lack of goals is something which the Anfield side need to address, and Hamann must be praying Suarez is the answer to his conundrum...but where does he play him? certainly, he can hold his own as a loan striker, but is he more effective in a number 10 role, behind Daniel Sturridge? Only time will tell how he plays, and no time will be better for a tactic to click than against Manchester City.
Liverpool's Month so far: September
A late winner from Coutinho saved Liverpool from a draw aginst West Brom, but nothing could stop Chelsea from taking 3 points at home, despite the credible second-half performances of Harry Wilson and Jordan Rossiter. Reds fans will be hoping their side can at the very least take points off Manchester City, to stop them falling too far behind at this point of the season.