One of Brendan Rodgers’ key decisions alongside leaving Steven Gerrard out was to deploy Raheem Sterling in a wing back role and stick with Daniel Sturridge in a lone striker role.
It has so far failed, with Liverpool’s pressing off the front not as ferocious and Sterling unable to get into the flow of the game, according to Squawka, he has only completed 29% of his passes.
Raheem Sterling has completed just 29% of his passes. Combined distance of about an inch. pic.twitter.com/V0g5rHKC22
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 22, 2015
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Rodgers has been hailed for his in game management and that quality will be tested at half time as he plans a way to get his star man into the game. Sterling may need to revert back to his false nine role, with Sturridge withdrawing as he clearly looks off the pace in a high intensity encounter.
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