We basically had three players doing the job that Mascherano used to do on his own. I wouldn't want to force Lucas into a more attacking position just to accommodate two other deep-lying midfielders without the legs to get up and down.
I guess the idea relies on fluidity. For which you need to conserve energy. For which you need to be able to find the simple ball and control it. For which you need fluidity. Gerrard is the main culprit in all of this because he's so used to the responsibility of playing the incisive pass every single time. That mentality carried us for about 6 years, but in a completely different system. That mentality in this sytem is his, and ultimately our hamartia.
But, whatever. Main event time coming up and City are going to make those scumbag plastics cry.