Liverpool will have to dispense with their in vogue diamond formation if they are to see the Adam Lallana they so coveted at Southampton reproduce his best form.
What’s more, doing so will put centre-forwards Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli on a collision course over a solitary striking berth.
The former Saints skipper is expected to feature at Anfield for the first time since swapping the south coast for Merseyside in a £25m summer switch against Aston Villa.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are a warm order to down Villa with home advantage in their next Premier League adventure at 7/25.
Unfortunately, for both Lallana and his new employers, he is unlikely to be seen at his best as long as his manager persists in using the 4-1-2-1-2 formation that utilised his squad to such destructive effect against Tottenham.
Wide forwards were a feature of the overwhelming majority of configurations employed Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton last term.
The 26-year-old tended to feature on the left of an attacking three behind lone-frontman Rickie Lambert as he contributed nine goals and five assists to the cause in 2013/14.
Steven Davis was, more often than not, the number ten inside of him, with a two-man holding delegation doing the majority of the donkeywork in behind the attacking quartet.
It was a system that relieved Lallana of elbow-grease duties in the middle of the park, leaving him free to create.
On the left-hand side of a diamond, far more leg-work is required form the 26-year-old, in all likelihood curtailing the attacking influence that made him so attractive to Liverpool in the first place.
Reverting to a 4-2-3-1 would ensure that the England international was given the ideal platform to produce for his new paymasters.
It would also ensure Raheem Sterling could continue trading at number ten, the position which seems to have become his favourite station of late.
However it allows for a just single striker meaning Daniel Sturridge of Mario Balotelli must miss out when both are fit.
The dilemma for manager Rodgers is clear; keep both hitmen happy to the detriment of Lallana or bench one of his potentially lethal centre-forwards.