Louis van Gaal should drop 3-4-1-2

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Will he be Rodgers’ biggest challenge yet as Liverpool boss?

Date: 25th August 2014 at 5:30pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Brendan Rodgers' spell Liverpool manager has been embroiled with difficult personal challenges. Only last season, when the Reds staged a surprise charge for the Premier League title, did he truly gain the faith of the Anfield fanbase, all the while not spending more than £20million on a single transfer. In the process, he's transformed a  Liverpool squad of overpriced, underachieving mercenaries into one of the most promising, progressive and value-for-money rosters in recent Mersey history. The Ulsterman's most testing personal triumph thus far? Keeping Luis Suarez, despite the public relations disaster of the 2013 Confederations Cup, at the club a year longer than initially seemed possible. But now Rodgers faces his biggest challenge to date in the form of Mario Balotelli, a striker dubbed unmanagable by Jose Mourinho in 2010 and sold by Manchester City in January 2013 after coming to blows with then Etihad boss Robert Mancini. Reports of a £16million deal for the AC Milan star emerged last week, and he's now expected to be named an official Liverpool player on Tuesday. You can envisage the Liverpool gaffer's light bulb moment. Less than a month ago, he 'categorically told' reporters in Los Angeles 'that Balotelli ... Read More

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