File - Liverpool's Mario Balotelli (L) shoots wide past Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
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This weekend, there will be no "SAS" to clamber over the balcony and rescue Liverpool.Essentially, for the first time in 18 months the Reds will enter a game that matters without either Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez primed and ready to offer a goal threat as the fulcrum of the team.Without Sturridge, Rodgers can still choose whether to go with two strikers or one (or three for that matter).He can choose a straight swap between the England man and another England man in Rickie Lambert, or an Italian in Fabio Borini. Or he could play Borini wide in a three-man front line with Mario Balotelli as the lone striker.Lambert seems the best bet, given the goal threat he undoubtedly possesses, with Sterling playing in a freer role behind.Last season, when Sturridge was injured, his only option was to bring in whichever one of Coutinho or Sterling that had been rested.For the last three months of the season, Liverpool basically had a 13 man squad.
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