Playing the bitters at Goodison Park is always a tricky fixture at any stage of the season. We are winless in 3 premiership games against them and the job will not be made any easier even with the departure of their technically gifted Spaniard, Arteta, to Arsenal. Here is how I would chose to line up The Reds on Saturday if I was King Kenny for a day:
Kelly Carragher Skrtel Enrique
—–Kuyt Gerrard Downing—–
Benefits of this formation:
A lot of the players are used to playing in it under Rafa’s regime (Reina, Carra, Skrtel, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard) and will know what is required of them in each position.
It provides the right balance of defensive solidity and attacking verve provided that we get numbers into the box when attacking. With Lucas providing cover for the defence it gives the fullbacks license to roam forward when required.
Fluidity: given the versatility of the four players in the front, they have all the attributes to switch positions and run rings around the Everton back four. The system can easily change shape without affecting the balance of the side.
Pace and intelligence upfront. With Gerrard back in contention we now have a more creative force in the midfield. This combined with the pace of Downing and Suarez, and the intelligent movement of Kuyt could all come together to a devastating effect.
Drawbacks of this tactic:
At times when this formation was used under Rafa, Fernando T****s would be found isolated upfront leading to his frustration at a lack of service. This formation requires a lot of movement from the players off the ball and we cannot afford any passengers on the pitch in order to make it work effectively.
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