It solves the problem of whether or not Patterson would get enough game time, it would also fill a gap in midfield without the need to spend any money or bring anyone in on loan.
After the Arsenal game, Gerrard spoke about how he plans to make the adjustment, as reported by The Scotsman:
“They’re two fantastic players and I can’t have one of them on the bench for every game of the season, that’s for sure. There’ll be times when it’ll suit us, there’ll be times when I don’t need it. But it is something that’s on my mind and something we’re going to experiment with.
“Once everyone’s back I have to have variety because some teams and managers will try and stop this system, because they’ve seen it for years now and within games I might have to tweak something, just to keep people thinking.
“If we use this system it’ll maybe be in a back three where James is out wide where he’s more used to being. It’s a work in progress and it’s very early days.”
Gerrard hasn’t used a back three since the ill-fated 3-3 draw with Motherwell after a last minute goal conceded from a corner saw us drop two points, however, we also had Jon Flanagan playing as one of the central defenders, nowadays we have Leon Balogun and Filip Helander available alongside Connor Goldson.
Tavernier in midfield?
The partnership, presumably, would work similarly to the one between Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson for Scotland with both players given license to get forwards, at least we have a attacking threat on the opposite side of the pitch though.