In the aftermath of Liverpool's defeat to Man City, I wrote an article on how improved the Reds looked against both Southampton and City after they switched systems from the beleaguered 4-2-3-1 to a more dynamic diamond 4-4-2.
When Liverpool played Tottenham they started with the diamond 4-4-2 system and only changed once the scoreline was a resounding 3-0.
With a clear correlation just three games in, the blueprint for Liverpool's season had been set in stone - fastforward two weeks and Liverpool lose 1-0 to Aston Villa, again the fabled 4-2-3-1 formation proving sterile.
For much of the game Liverpool were bereft of any space or openings as a lethargic Balotelli meandered up front by himself. Likewise, the attacking midfield trio of Lazar Markovic, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were static all afternoon and could only muster one dribble between each other (Liverpool could only muster two dribbles all game).
The consequence was a succession of sluggish passes between Liverpool's backline as Steven Gerrard totalled 111 touches, Jordan Henderson 137 touches, Mamadou Sakho 112 touches and Dejan Lovren 133 touches.
By comparison, Aston Villa totalled 419 touches as a team, yet were still more potent in front of goal - much to the ire of the Kop.
However, when Liverpool brought on Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert switching to a diamond 4-4-2, they suddenly became a threat and could have easily won the game if they had taken at least two of the three chances they created.
The first was a through ball that found Sterling unmarked on the edge of the box; had he controlled the ball or knocked it to the side for Lambert or Borini who were either side of the forward, Liverpool would have had their equaliser.
The second was Coutinho's strike that hit the woodwork,
The third and final chance was when Lambert was presented with an opportunity to strike the ball inside the box but fluffed his lines.
Sterling came onto the pitch in the 67th minute, whilst Borini and Lambert came on in the 71st minute, yet the trio made more of an impact in the diamond 4-4-2 in 20 odd minutes than their teammates did in the prior 70 minutes using the 4-2-3-1 system where they only had one shot on target.
Based on the four games Liverpool have played so far, there is a clear difference in performance between the two formations, yet aside from the Tottenham game, Rodgers seems reluctant to use the system that suits his team best: the diamond 4-4-2.
The Tottenham game is distinct from Liverpool's other three games played as it was the only game where both Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli were available.
That is either a damning indictment on his views on Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as first team players - in which case why did he buy Lambert?
Or more likely, it is a sign Rodgers wants defensive cover when Liverpool aren't at their most potent best - this explanation makes the most sense and has its roots in the nail biting title challenge of last season.
Liverpool's first three games last season were totally out-of-sync with how the season would develop as they kept three clean sheets in a row but were devoid of attacking intent as they lined up in a 4-2-3-1.
Rodgers stumbled on many formations until he finally had the famed SAS partnership, as well as Coutinho and Sterling fit and raring to go.
The rare occurrence gave birth to the diamond 4-4-2 which allowed the aforementioned attacking players to rotate positions at will. The result was goals galore, although the Reds also conceded goals at a higher rate.
Stand out games were Man City (away), Aston Villa (home), West Brom (away) and Chelsea (home). In all these matches Liverpool went all out for victory but were either defeated or narrowly escaped with a draw.
What all of these matches have in common is Liverpool were not at their attacking best, could not build a comprehensive lead and were undone by defensive errors.
However, whilst on paper 4-2-3-1 seems a perfect way to keep goals out as goals going in is reduced, reality is not playing out that way this season.
Despite the added cover in front of the defence, the defenders are still making silly mistakes, this time Mamadou Sakho at fault for gifting a corner and Dejan Lovren at fault for losing his man.
With the likes of Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson at fault for other goals at various points this season, Rodgers has to bite the bullet and just go for it.