Yea, matchup usually tends to end up as a 4-5-1 or a 4-4-1-1 (2) like you say, as the run of play goes on. I just like to see how they line up and envision in my head the tactical approach. Some managers very rigid in holding shape, ie Joselina (and another manager we knew), not Kenny, who seems to let them roam and swap throughout the game..
I do like the idea of Gerrard right behind Suarez alot, that was a wonderful 1-2 with Torres when both were right. I'm just wondering if perhaps Suarez and Carroll have started to understand each other's movement/thinking after two good performances from Carroll, and maybe Stevie may not click just yet? I certainly wouldn't argue it, though if Rio/Vidic are both fit as it seems, and Jones at RB, Carroll's height would help. But again I'd defer to the 11 best, and most likely to cause them issues rather than play to their strength..