Klopp hints at back three vs Leicester: his potential options
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Klopp hints at back three vs Leicester: his potential options

Defensive injuries may force Jurgen Klopp to use a back three against Leicester City on Wednesday.

Klopp has four respectable options at right-back. However, bad luck has left him with zero for the game at Anfield.

Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are injured, while suspension rules out James Milner. Fabinho, also an option, is a doubt after not training for 10 days.

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“You will have to wait until tomorrow,” said Klopp when asked about his right-back situation, per the Liverpool Echo. “We will play with a right back. Or maybe a wing-back. Ooooooooh!!!

“I have no clue what we are doing tomorrow to be honest. You will have to wait and see.”

Klopp doesn’t give too much away but we may well see a back three against Leicester. It would be the first time in a year that he starts a game with that system, however.

Liverpool beat Brighton 5-1 last season with three centre backs. Injuries again limited Klopp and he responded with an aggressive-looking defence of Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum, and Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp’s back three options vs Leicester


We can expect Andy Robertson to play as a left wing-back in any combination. Similarly, Joel Matip will surely feature and Dejan Lovren is back. Virgil van Dijk, however, has missed training this week after an illness.

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Lovren may not be trusted from the start after his lay off, though, especially if Van Dijk is also not at his best. Two out-of-sorts defenders feels like a big risk.

Wijanldum showed last season that he could cover adequately in a three, while Jordan Henderson was originally going to play there against Wolves.

Right wing-back

The obvious option here is Rafa Camacho. The teenager briefly featured there against Crystal Palace and started the FA Cup game at Wolves.

He’s very unproven, though, having only a few minutes of Premier League experience.

Other options there would again be Henderson & Wijnaldum. There’s a very outside chance of seeing either Xherdan Shaqiri or Naby Keita in the role but that would be very aggressive from Klopp.

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What we’d like to see

Playing both Van Dijk & Lovren could really backfire and so using a midfielder alongside one of them and Matip may be better.

Asking both Camacho & Wijnaldum to cover the right flank may be the answer to the problem in that case. Instead of asking one inexperienced player to do the job, you have two – while still having two other centre-backs to help out.

It’s not ideal, but it should get Liverpool through the game.

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