Three tactical changes Liverpool must make v Man United

Thankfully after yet another dreadfully boring international break the Premier League returns, and its easy to see what the stand out match this weekend is.

On Saturday evening Liverpool travel to fierce rivals Manchester United and manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham last time out.

Before that game Liverpool had made a bright start to the season picking up seven points from their first three games.

If the Reds are to qualify for the Champions League this season they will need to take points off the teams around them, especially fellow top four rivals Man United.

So here are three tactical tweaks Liverpool need to make if they’re to have any chance of leaving Old Trafford with something on Saturday…

Start Sakho instead of Lovren

Mamadou Sakho
Lets face it, Dejan Lovren’s Liverpool career has been a disaster. The centre back has struggled to even look half the player he was during his time at Southampton.

Rodgers has surprisingly kept faith in the Croatian during the early stages of this season, instead of Mamadou Sakho.

Lovren had a howler against West Ham, and his awful attempt at defending led to their second goal.

It is great to see the Liverpool boss show so much faith in one of his signings, but enough has to be enough. Sakho has to be brought in to face the Red Devils.

The French international is certainly the more solid option. He is a big physical presence, who is strong in the tackle and although he looks incredibly awkward on the ball, he rarely gives it away, sticking to simple passes.

Alongside Skrtel he would provide a strong pairing that will breed confidence into the rest of the team, in particular full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez, who will feel they can press forward in support of the attack knowing the defence is covered.

Bring in Ings to replace Coutinho

Ings
Unfortunately for the Reds they head into this important match without their best player Coutinho, who is suspended following a some what controversial red card against the Hammers.

The Brazilian magician is the focus point of every good move Liverpool make. He has the ability to create something out of nothing and will be a massive loss for the Reds.

There are several candidates to fill the void, including the likes of Jordon Ibe, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana. However, the man to bring in should be Danny Ings.

This game has a habit of turning into a feisty encounter and Ings would be more suited to the physical battle. He would bring pace, intelligence and the desire to get amongst it to the attack.

The former Burnley man is constantly on the move and always looks to make runs off the shoulders of the defenders.

He would take some of the goalscoring pressure off Christian Benteke and would be the perfect man to feed off the Belgian’s flicks.

Use Can alongside Milner and Henderson

Emre Can
Despite the loss of Steven Gerrard in the summer, the Reds midfield is still their strongest area, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas and Joe Allen all fighting for those central spaces.

Henderson and Milner are the two guaranteed options from that list, but it is clear Rodgers is still undecided as to who will fill that final space with Lucas and Can sharing the minutes so far.

Whilst Lucas is the perfect holding midfielder, Emre Can should be given the role for the Man United game.

Can is a remarkable talent considering his young age. He gives Liverpool the potential to change tactics to suit each match with the German international comfortable in all aspects of the game.

The 21-year-old is incredible at winning the ball back and has won the most tackles out of all the players in the Premier League during this calendar year.

However, it is his ability to move forward with the ball that makes him the more suited option for that midfield spot. Can loves bombing forward at speed when in possession of the ball and would be a great weapon for the away side to have in their armoury.