Fitting Suarez & Sturridge into Liverpool XI a risk worth taking, claims Rodgers

The duo combined for three goals in the 4-0 thrashing of Everton and the Northern Irishman believes some defensive stability can be sacrificed to squeeze them into the same team
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he will continue to risk sacrificing some of his side's defensive security to fit strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge into the same starting XI.

The duo have been paired in the recent Premier League games against Aston Villa and Everton and have combined for four goals, though Paul Lambert's team escaped Anfield with a draw.

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Rodgers' side were much more convincing in their 4-0 Merseyside derby victory and the Northern Irishman hopes the teething problems that came with the formation change are now behind his team.

"To get Sturridge and Suarez into the same team is a bit of a risk because other players have to fill in, but I would rather take that risk because they give us so much of a threat," he told reporters.

"The teams that are winning leagues are scoring goals, and I've always been that way - my ambition for the team is to play attacking and attractive football.

"There has to be tactical discipline as well, of course. In the early stages here that was a difficult task to get that across in a short period of time but I think now the players understand and are happy with their jobs in the field."

Rodgers will ask Suarez and Sturridge to swap between the lone centre-forward role and one of the wing positions in a front three and admitted a certain amount of tactical discipline would be required.

"We have asked Daniel, like everyone else, to buy into the team ethic. Absolutely," he continued. "None of them will be asked to do more than anyone else and, for me, the set-up of the team is to ensure we have those real offensive threats.

"That's my job tactically, and it's difficult because I like to have superiority in the middle of the field.  But we want the three up front, for Luis and him to interchange.

"So it is organising the tactics behind that to make it work. Offensively that's the make-up of the team to go into any game to win but find the different ways to win whilst controlling the game."