Liverpool were at their fluent best against Swansea on the 29th; not only was the scoreline a commanding 4-1 win but Liverpool did something they had only previously done once this season against Tottenham: look in complete control of the match. Liverpool's improvement has been rather swift and pronounced since changing to the 3-4-2-1 formation, though even in matches against Manchester United and Arsenal, they were unable to completely dominate due to profligate finishing and lacklustre defending.
What those three matches had in common was that Gerrard was in the centre of a two man midfield; against Swansea he wasn't and it allowed Liverpool to play a pressing game from front to back without ceding ground.
Against Swansea, an energetic Jordan Henderson and Liverpool's only designated defensive midfielder, Lucas Leiva, helped screen a backline by pressing high up the pitch and reducing the amount of opportunities Swansea had to attack. Against Leicester, Gerrard and Lucas were unable to press in tandem due to their sluggishness; as a result, they ended up camped on top of their own defence, disrupting Liverpool's shape and negating their attacks.
It was no surprise that when Leicester started attacking in the second half, Leicester's fastest players, Mahrez and Schlupp, were able to cause untold amounts of trouble as the ran circles around Gerrard and Lucas. To put the nail in coffin of this argument, against Swansea, Liverpool conceded 11 shots on goal, this increased to 16 against Leicester.
What is most alarming already is that Rodgers still persists with this partnership. Gerrard and Lucas was a partnership that failed to work five years ago under Roy Hodgson, so why would it work now when Gerrard is clearly on his last legs and Lucas is far slower than he was back then?
Liverpool's season has been catalogued with bizarre decision making from Rodgers and yesterday was the latest of a long line.