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What the hell goes on in the Liverpool dressing room at half time? Do they all get in a nice warm bath, Brendan Rodgers lights some candles and puts the Best of Pan Pipes on the stereo before handing round some Ovaltine?
For much of the second half against Sunderland, it looked like their post-break problems (before this game they hadn't scored in the second period, and had dropped points in two games and nearly did so in others) were back, with Liverpool wandering around like they had just woken suddenly from a Sunday afternoon nap and were a little groggy.
However, that they recovered sufficiently to hang onto three points was one of many encouraging signs from this win, over an admittedly very limited Sunderland, after a few games that might have inspired caution among their fans.
Luis Suarez, of course, was back, and for this 90 minutes at least, it looked like he was trying to make good on his pre-match comments.
Suarez said: "During the months I was off, I meditated very much because of my desire to break the false image that I believe the supporters have of me at the moment.
"I am really serious about this. And when I play, I want to stay isolated on the pitch to avoid the provocations from rivals."
These didn't seem to be empty words as the new, improved Zen-like Suarez managed to refrain from biting, gouging, fish-hooking or wedgying any opponents, but more seriously there were a number of occasions when The Old Luis might have thrown himself to the floor, cackling mirthlessly at the ghastly unfairness of life. In this case, The New Luis stayed on his feet, the thought of theatrics briefly going through his mind, but with instincts supressed he was a much more valuable presence for his team. And the rest of us didn't think he was a frightful arse, which was a bonus.
Another man apparently turning over a new leaf in the Liverpool forward line is Daniel Sturridge. That Sturridge set up a couple for Suarez and looked like he was reacquainting himself nicely with his strike-partner was one thing, but the circumstance of those assists was another.
In the past - even six months ago - Sturridge may well have/probably would have/definitely would have tried to shoot in both of those scenarios, with The Old Daniel seeming to regard narrow angles as not so much an indicator of diminishing probability, more a challenge to beat mathematics. This time, The New Daniel splendidly picked out Suarez instead of thunking the ball into the torso of an advancing goalkeeper, and Liverpool were two goals better off. The less said about Sturridge's goal, which obviously should not have been allowed, the better.
That Suarez and Sturridge were in a position to link so effectively was a consequence of Rodgers seemingly designing his whole formation around the partnership. With Suarez suspended for the early part of the season, it was a relatively easy tactical decision to play Sturridge through the middle and a cast of assorted others to the side and behind him, but with Suarez's return he was given an interesting decision to make.
While Suarez has played from the left of a three-man attack before, it is clear that he is more effective in the middle, so the sensible thing to do was to play them as a pair. However, the problems with regards to controlling possession in a 4-4-2 are clear, so a different solution had to be thought up. Thus, 3-5-2 was the logical choice, utilising two of the three centre-backs recruited in the summer (it's almost as if he planned for this sort of thing) and Victor Moses in a more central role than he's used to, with the erstwhile winger performing surprisingly well alongside Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. It took them a while to get used to the different system, but in the latter stages of the first half in particular, it worked like a charm.
Liverpool will, in all likelihood, not play this formation in every game, but it gave an indication of the primary strength of this squad, specifically that they have excellent options, both in terms of personnel and shape of the team.
A title challenge is too ambitious at this point, but if Rodgers uses the excellent range of his resources intelligently, then the top four is a genuine possibility.
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One moment, beginning of the 2nd half, when a Sunderland defender lofted a routine pass tantalisingly over Luis to switch the play and he jumped up with both hands and narrowly missed catching it. Silly things may not just disappear, but well done on getting another piece of copy out of it.- surprisedicare