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How could Liverpool line up if they signed James Rodriguez?

James Rodriguez is a transfer target for Jurgen Klopp, according to the Mirror, and the Colombian would provide a number of options for the German.

The Bayern Munich midfielder will not be staying at the club beyond this season and is returning to Real Madrid where he will confer with his agent Jorge Mendes.

Liverpool are one of a number of clubs interested in signing the 27-year-old, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain also keen on recruiting him ahead of the 2019/20 season.

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Jurgen Klopp has worked a tactical masterclass this season by ensuring that in the absence of a natural playmaker, his side didn’t suffer a lack of goalscoring chances.

Philippe Coutinho left the club in January 2018 to complete a dream move to Barcelona, earning the Reds £142million for their work developing the Brazilian into the player he is today.

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By making Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold more responsible for creating chances for the front three, Klopp ensured his side did not struggle to score goals this season.

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However, signing Rodriguez would offer the German a more conventional way to create chances for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino by deploying him as a no.10.

Or, just as was the case with Coutinho, he could operate as a no.8, using his South American tenacity to maintain the counter press that Klopp has employed this season.

Additionally, Rodriguez can operate as a right wing in the rare instances when Salah is injured or being rested for a more important game.

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Rodriguez would be most effective in providing a fourth man in attack if played as a natural no.10 in front of a double pivot featuring two of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho.

He finds creativity easy to come by and would be hugely influential in the final third if played in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. His defensive contributions might be more effective, however, as part of a traditional midfield three.

All things considered, a 4-3-3 would most likely be the more balanced formation to feature the Colombian.

4-3-3: Alisson, Trent, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Gini, Rodriguez, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

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