Former Liverpool captain questions Brendan Rodgers’ Man United tactics
Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness runs rule over Brendan Rodgers's tactics at Old Trafford
Graeme Souness has questioned why Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers persists in starting players out-of-position in his Reds side.
Former Burnley striker Danny Ings was deployed in a left midfield role at Old Trafford, whilst No10 Roberto Firmino was asked to play on the right wing.
They all know what their favourite positions are and he must know he’s asking players to play out of position and I don’t think some of them are very comfortable with that
Neither of Rodgers’s summer signings were able to impact the game in their unorthodox positions as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Saturday evening.
And former Liverpool captain Souness criticised Rodgers for putting “square pegs in round holes” after the Merseyside outfit’s second defeat of the Premier League season.
“You’ve got square pegs in round holes and it just doesn’t work,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“You have to make people feel they are playing in positions they are happy to play in and Liverpool haven’t got that right now.
“They need goals. You won’t always play well, but if you’ve got goalscorers it camouflages a multitude of sins and Liverpool have got to come up with a system.
“I think they have to sit the players down. They all know what their favourite positions are and he must know he’s asking players to play out of position and I don’t think some of them are very comfortable with that.
Rodgers signed eight players in the summer transfer window as the Liverpool manager sought to significantly improve his squad.
The Reds boss signed Ings, James Milner and Adam Bogdan on free transfers before he splashed out £29m on Roberto Firmino.
The Northern Irishman also signed Nathaniel Clyne in a £12.5m deal from Southampton, while Christian Benteke became the club’s third most-expensive signing.
England Under-21 international Joe Gomez also joined from Charlton Athletic.